Expert Advice from Kelly Lundberg: Think White – Think Again

 Think White – Think Again

It’s the image we’re all familiar with: the glamorous bride walking down the aisle in her white or ivory gown. But what if you want to do something different for your big day? Perhaps white or ivory tones do not suit your complexion, or maybe it’s a case of wanting to express your individuality and stand out from the crowd. If so, a gown that is a different colour, or has elements of a different colour, could be an option. Below, in her final post, our expert panel member and founder of StyleMeDivine, Kelly Lundberg, advises our readers on the options available if you want to wear a truly striking dress on your wedding day.


White may still be considered a traditional bridal colour, however, it seems that fashion savvy brides are being tempted to follow a less traditional approach to their wedding. 

With so much choice available, access to social media platforms and celebrity insights into who is wearing what, brides are becoming much more adventurous. When it comes to selecting a wedding dress, coloured gowns are featuring heavily in the style stakes. 

Adding colour to a wedding dress means that a bride can look to a colour that compliments her skin tone. It’s the perfect opportunity not only to suit her style personality but also for brides to choose a dress that will enhance their natural colouring and complexion.  If you still haven’t made a decision about your dress, perhaps now is the time to be colourfully inspired.

 Warm Tones

If you’re still not too sure about veering away from the traditional, why not try easing into colour with subtle tones such as ivory, rose or pale gold.  These are perfect tones for those with a fair complexion, as they add warmth to the skin. It’s a more conservative alternative to white, with this colour palette giving a soft hint of colour whilst still maintaining a classic bridal look. 

Expert Advice from Kelly Lundberg: Think White – Think Again

 Cool Shades

Cool shades will always suit darker skin the best; blue, blush pink and champagne have a real glow. It’s worth noting that they will require careful styling, as you don’t want to end up competing with the dress!

 Be Bold

Coral and bright pink are striking colours that tend to look their best when worn with a backdrop of either darker or Mediterranean skin tones.  Bold brides are destined to look hot in bright colours. 

 Jewel Tones

Here’s where brides can have fun; red, teal, purple and greens are stand out colours and there is a shade to suit most people. Brightly hued wedding gowns are the perfect opportunity to express personal style and fabulous fashion sense. They also look fab on your bridesmaids, providing an amazing, eye-catching contrast.

Expert Advice from Kelly Lundberg: Think White – Think Again

 Metallics and Sparkle

For brides looking to pack a punch, think silver and bright gold.  Whilst cooler skin tones will suit frosty silver, antique or dazzling gold will add warmth.  This is one colour choice where you can allow the gown’s embellishment to take centre stage.

Picking a non-white wedding dress means that you can incorporate designer dresses, evening gowns and special occasion dresses into your shortlist.  It also means that you can extend your choice to range from affordable high street designs to the pricier gowns from designer boutiques. 

Picking a coloured dress means you will wear be able to wear it again, which makes it a pretty attractive and cost effective wedding solution to any dress dilemma. 

If all over colour doesn’t quite win you over, why not try a wedding dress with a coloured underlay showing through an ivory lace or tulle skirt? You can achieve a timeless and graceful silhouette with this modern twist.

Xx Kelly xX

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