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Do Or Don't: Colorful Wedding Dresses

11/23/2012

 

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It used to be that you'd never wear anything but white down the aisle, but these days, brides are opting for an array of bright, colorful wedding dress shades, eschewing tradition in favor of a rainbow of eye-popping shades. You see the dresses everywhere -- from the girls on My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding to some of the brides on Say Yes To The Dress, and even on Mrs. Justin Timberlake; Jessica Biel recently married Timberlake in a pastel pink gown. And she's hardly the only one: Reese Witherspoon was wed to Jim Toth in a blush Monique Lhuillier gown; Sophia Coppola married in a violet Alaïa dress, and Sarah Jessica Parker wore black (!) on her wedding day.

 

Studies show that people are waiting longer than ever to get married, which  may account for why there are now so many shades of wedding gown. The white dress signaling "purity" just doesn't apply anymore, and brides are striving to start their own personal traditions. But for some, white is what makes a wedding dress, well, a wedding dress, and the shift to colored dresses is seen as a step backwards.

Below, we've found some of our favorite colorful gowns from the runway. What do you think of these dresses? Wedding-worthy, or just too much?

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Left: Jim Hjelm Spring 2012 wine-colored wedding dress. Right: Mark Zunino ombre pink dress with feathers.

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Left: Oscar de la Renta red velvet wedding dress. Right: Romona Keveza Couture wedding dress.

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Left: Michelle Roth baby blue wedding dress. Right: Oscar de la Renta floral wedding dress.

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Left: Jason Wu neon green wedding dress. Right: Rodarte for Opening Ceremony mint green wedding dress.

So what do you think? Would you wear a colorful dress, or do you think white is the only right color on your wedding day?

--Julie Gerstein

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