bride with yellow petticoats under retro wedding dress on carousel

Some brides want a dreamy white dress for their walk down the aisle. However, other brides may fantasize about a bolder, less traditional gown. From subtle touches to full-on color, these dresses prove that wedding day glamour isn't limited to white!

If you adore color, but you're not sure just how much you really want to commit, try colored petticoats (above) or tulle (below) beneath your white gown. This way your grandma won't sigh as you walk down the aisle muttering about "kids these days," and you'll get to show off your pop of color in all of your reception photos!

strapless white wedding dress with pink tulle underneath

Another option for brides wanting the best of both worlds is a dress that mimics the latest trend of pale dip-dye for your hair.  These subtle infusions of color along the tiers of your dress (below) manages to be both a little rebellious and very sweet.

ballgown wedding dress with subtle tips of light color

The most popular colored wedding dresses are definitely those in shades of blush and pink. It's feminine and graceful, and is especially flattering on brides that are very pale.

strapless blush wedding dress standing under modern chandelier

Use color to elongate your frame by wearing a gown in a sandy nude (or any color that closely mirrors your own skin tone). This lace blouson gown below is relaxed and elegant--perfect for a boho bride that would prefer not to wear white.

blouson wedding dress in nude with lace overlay

For instant glam, wear a gown in a metallic shade, like this stunning draped sheath below.  We love this dress for an evening or Art Deco themed event.

modern gold sheath wedding dress with draping around bodice

Take it up a notch by adding some sparkle to your metallic gown. Whether in a shimmering gold (below, left) or soft copper paired with peach (below, right), these dresses guarantee that you'll command your guests' attention.

sparkly gold wedding dress
gold and peach wedding dress

Not all colored wedding dresses are necessarily for modern weddings. You can look divine in a lilac gown (below) for your vintage wedding.

bride twirling in lilac wedding dress

Or perfectly preppy in Kelly green!

Kelly green halter neckline wedding dress

Wearing color is a total style statement no matter which hue you choose. A sophisticated silhouette in a deep jewel tone (below, left) is a tad more subtle than this navy and white striped gown, but both are chic in their own unique way!

elegant emerald wedding dress with pleated bodice
dramatic navy and white striped wedding dress

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