There are two main elements to picking your dress, one of which is choosing a gown to suit the shape of your body and the other is picking a style which complements the theme of your day.
These are covered in more detail in their respective articles however there is one other thing to consider at this stage – colour.
Some of you may be familiar with the rhyme that goes….
Married in white, you have chosen alright.
Married in green, ashamed to be seen.
Married in grey, you'll go far away.
Married in red, you'll wish yourself dead.
Married in blue, love ever true.
Married in yellow, ashamed of your fellow.
Married in black, you'll wish yourself back.
Married in pink, your spirits will sink.
Wearing a white gown on your Wedding day stems from the 1800’s and represents purity and symbolises a Bride’s ‘supposed’ virginity. The old rhyme about Wedding dress colours outlined above may be a bit depressing but don’t take it to heart - remember they also had rhymes about the bubonic plague - jovial folks back then weren’t they!
When you start looking at gowns, you will not believe how many different shades of white there are, let alone ivory or cream. Dresses come in all shades from the brightest, starkest white, to the most luxurious, gold shades. They don’t stop there either. Pale pinks, lilacs or blues through to red bodices with white skirts, heck - gowns in blood red, bottle green, or dark purple - this industry accommodates everyone. The less traditional the look you want, the harder it may be to find (and the more likely you’ll chose to go down another route - see our article entitled Getting A Dress Made), however you can guarantee you won’t be the first.