Non traditional white wedding dresses

Published: 10th June 2009
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Non Traditional White Wedding Dresses

It may be "a nice day for a white wedding," but more brides than ever are looking for non-traditional, unique wedding dresses. Does this mean you have to get rid of the white wedding dress? Not at all! In fact, you can find many non-traditional wedding dresses that come in shades that are close to white without being stark.

One of the best reasons to look at a shade of off-white for your gown is that, in all honesty, pure white isn't flattering to most skin tones. In fact, very few women look their best in a bright white gown. There are lots of flattering options available for unique wedding dresses if you look at other colors.

If you have very fair skin, consider what is called a "warm white," which is a deeper shade of white that has a touch of yellow in it that will warm up your skin and add a bit of color to your face. If you're sallow or have an olive complexion, look for "cool whites," which have a pink undertone that will balance out the yellowness of your skin. Popular cool shades are champagne and rum white. You can find many non-traditional wedding dresses in these shades.

For skin that is prone to flushing or has a pink or blue undertone, it's best to look for creamy shades of ivory. The touch of yellow in an ivory gown will tone down the ruddiness of your skin. Eggshell white is one of the softest, lightest shades of ivory and is very popular for weddings. A deeper shade is candlelight white, which has a lovely glow under candlelight.

If you have dark skin, you're one of the lucky few who will look good in almost any shade of white, so if you want a unique non-traditional gown, you have lots of shades to choose from. To add some interest, look for a gown with unusual touches such as a lace overlay in a different color.

If you want even more color in your wedding gown, consider a wide, colored sash that contrasts with whatever shade of white you've chosen. You can also find unique wedding gowns embroidered with silk threads in just about every color imaginable. Putting the colored accents close to the face, perhaps around the neckline, will add color and relieve white a bit.

If you want to take a chance and wear an even more non-traditional, unique wedding dress, think about wearing a gown that has no white at all. Soft pastels such as powder pink, sky blue and sage green are all lovely for afternoon weddings. If you're having an evening wedding, consider a gold or silver gown. These non-traditional wedding gowns will look extremely elegant in any setting.

If you choose a non-traditional, unique wedding gown, you have two options for the flowers. You can contrast by carrying a romantic, traditional silk flower bouquet for a touch of tradition or you can ask a professional to create a sleek, unusual bouquet that fits the dramatic fashion and color of your gown. Using silk wedding flowers is a great way to make sure your flowers matching perfectly - you can send the company a swatch of your dress material and they will match it exactly with one of the hundreds of shades of silk flowers available.

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