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Written by Leanne Smith Last updated: May 9, 2015
In the past, the dress a bride wore on her wedding day was simply her best dress. Then, in the 1800s, Queen Victoria popularised the white lace wedding dress that has endured even to this day. But gone are the days where this was the traditional go-to wedding look. Colourful wedding dresses grow more popular with every passing year. Today we’re pretty in pink!
Pink is commonly a very ‘feminine’ colour, and it works with any theme. It looks particularly pretty for spring and summer weddings, and can suit any bride; pink wedding dresses come in countless styles and shades.
Strong shades of pink include hot pink, candy pink, and peony pink. They are bold colours, most suited to brides who want to make a statement on their wedding day. Such bright colours are more often seen in Asian bridal fashion, such as on saris and lenghas, but can be found in stunning designs for western brides too.
Lighter shades of pink like rose and fuchsia pop less than the stronger shades. These colours add character to a bride’s wedding dress while not being too prominent. Therefore, you don’t run as much of a risk of getting lost in your dress.
Pale pinks like blush and sherbet are particularly popular wedding dress choices for pastel weddings. This colour is a lot subtler than darker shades of pink, and makes for a very pretty bridal look.
Many brides opt for an even more unique approach to their wedding dress by using two or more colours together. Pink, across its entire spectrum, works wonderfully with many colours. Black appliqué on pale pink, as seen below, and deep pink with vibrant orange. Don’t be afraid to shake it up a bit!
All-pink wedding dresses are distinctive styles that go very well with bright wedding themes like contemporary garden or colourful vintage. A wholly-pink wedding dress is so far from the traditional white that you’re sure to stand out from the crowd.
Some brides prefer to stay as traditional as they can with a white wedding dress, but sometimes they also want to add a dash of colour. Ombre dresses are a particularly great compromise, varying in styles so that you can have a strong pink tint or a very delicate one.
For the bride who doesn’t necessarily want a pink wedding dress, accessories and detailing may be the way to go—this could be something as simple as adding a pale pink bow. But again, if you’re a bride who wants the best of both worlds (traditional and modern), you can choose a dress that has a beautiful pink pattern like appliqué, which gives a stunning vintage inspired look.
Pink dresses don’t only have to be for the bride! If you want to match your mum and bridesmaids to your gown there are lots of very pretty designs to browse. The best part: they come in every style and shade too!
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