The White Wedding Gown: Is It For You?

Queen Elizabeth I of England wore white often. She was the "Virgin Queen".
Queen Elizabeth I of England wore white often. She was the "Virgin Queen".

Not All Brides Wear White... A History...

Queen Elizabeth I of England loved the color white. She wore it often and because she was known as the Virgin Queen, white became the symbol of purity and virginity.

Hundreds of years later, a distant relative, Queen Victoria, broke royal tradition and instead of wearing silver to her wedding as all royals before her--wore white. The tradition stuck!

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So many designers; so many choices! www.wedshare.com

White and How It's Evolved...

Today, white is no longer symbolic of purity, but rather is a color associated with weddings as one of joy and celebration.

Many bridal-gown designers have now extended their lines and have included color into their collections from blush, to the palest blue, to the lightest of gold... these gowns are stunning. 

If white washes you out, think of a wedding gown in color!
If white washes you out, think of a wedding gown in color!

Should You Buy A White Wedding Gown?

Many women are "washed out" by wearing white. If that's the case, let me give you a few options:

* Silk gowns are off-white, whereas gowns made from synthetic fabrics tend to be white-white. If pure white washes you out, try silk. But be aware that silk is more expensive!

* Try ivory: Ivory is traditionally correct for a wedding and is softer and more flattering than white, in most cases.

* Try blush: Blush is a palest of pink colors.

* Try gold: Some designers make gorgeous gowns in the palest shades of gold, which are rich and elegant.

* And for those who must wear white? Buy a gown that has a low neckline, keeping the fabric as far from the face as possible.

P.S. Visit Deborah McCoy, AAWP: www.aa-wp.com

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