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Colorful Wedding Dresses for Every Type of Bride

Color can—and should—play a role in your big-day wardrobe.

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Wedding white is certainly a real thing, but that's not to say it's for everyone—especially not when it comes to the wedding dress. Today more than ever before, not every bridal tale begins with white. Whether it's the barest hint of tint or a fully saturated style, color can—and should—play a role in your wedding-day wardrobe

 

Have you been toying with the idea of ditching the white dress in favor of something a little brighter or bolder? Then you're in luck. The dreamy ensembles here span the spectrum and channel different personalities. Whether you want to go bold in a bright pink gown or turn your wedding dress into your something blue, there's a colorful big-day look here for every type of bride. Find yours, then write your own happily ever after.

 

Rose in Bloom: Decidedly not for the shrinking violet, this incredibly tactile Peter Langner mermaid gown and matching sculptural cape is for the bride who prefers to take fate into her own hands. Simply doff the cape when it's time to hit the dance floor. You'll lead, of course.

 

The Details: Peter Langner "Seline" Strapless Wedding Dress with Mermaid Skirt and Matching Sculptural Cape, both in Dusty Pink, $14,300 and $4,000, peterlangner.comRebecca de Ravenel Drop Earrings in Rosita, $345, modaoperandi.com. Paolo Costagli 4.68-Carat Pink-Sapphire Ring in Platinum, Price Upon Request, paolocostagli.com.

Where the Wild Things Are: Proper up top, party down below: This silk-organza Romona Keveza Collection dress starts with an elegant pale-peach bodice and ends with a riot of orange bougainvillea at the hem of its full skirt. Put it on for your walk down the aisle, and get ready for wherever your adventures take you.

Portrait of a Lady: You want to go classic on your big day: elegant hair, understated makeup, ivory gown. Problem is, you're not a totally traditional gal. Add some oomph to your look with can't-miss-'em jewelry, like the oversize gold-and-silver chandelier earrings that bring shine and sass to this structured Martina Liana silk-zibeline dress.

 

The Details: Romona Keveza Collection Dress, $19,790, romonakeveza.com. Emily Wheeler Diamond Choker Necklace in 14k White Gold, $14,400, emilypwheeler.com. Martina Liana "Style 844" Silk-Zibeline Dress, $1,999, essensedesigns.com. Eddie Borgo Barbell Chandelier Earrings, $425, eddieborgo.com.

House of Mirth

The soft, high-collared Isabelle Armstrong tulle capelet, which seems to have come straight off an Edith Wharton heroine, feels at once old-fashioned and flirtatious. Wear it over her matching dove-gray taffeta-silk gown with ruched bodice, and make a sweet entrance into your next chapter.

 

The Details: Isabelle Armstrong "Mathilda" Tulle Capelet and Taffeta-Silk Gown, $4,995 for both, Kleinfeld Bridal, 646-633-4300. Solange Azagury-Partridge "The Countess Ring" (left) and "The Moon and Stars Spinner Ring," Both Price Upon Request, 212-879-9100. Oscar de la Renta lapis Resin Flower Earrings, $360, oscardelarenta.com.

Everything is Illuminated: All brides fret about day-of weather. Choose this bright-yellow Naeem Khan "Nairobi" gown with an embroidered blouson bodice and charm to spare, and you'll be assured ample sunshine, no matter the conditions outside.

The Secret Garden: Express your love for flowers beyond the bouquet with a high-necked Angel Sanchez lace gown in a tonal floral pattern that is as striking as it is subtle. Petal appliqués on the bodice add texture, while a light-blue under-layer delivers a hint of color. You provide the drama.

 

The Details: Naeem Khan "Nairobi" Gown, $10,995, markingramatelier.com. Cynthia Rowley "Swimming Fish" Earrings in Blue, $175, cynthiarowley.com. Angel Sanchez "Style NS1710" Lace Gown,  $9,790, angelsanchezusa.comSolange Azagury-Partridge "Cleopatra" Diamond Earrings in 18k White Gold, Price Upon Request, 212-879-9100.

In Her Shoes

If you've chosen hot-pink heels for your wedding, chances are you're looking to get down on your big day. But why stop there? Put on some swingy earrings in the same bold shade, and an equally fun off-the-shoulder Delphine Manivet dress—in a midi length that better shows off those sexy footnotes.

 

The Details: Delphine Manivet "Harlon" Off-the-Shoulder Dress, $3,150, delphinemanivet.com. Malone Souliers "Maureen" Shoes in Fuchsia, $625, malonesouliers.com. Lele Sadoughi "Plumeria" Ring in Shell, $145, lelesadoughi.com. Sachin & Babi "ChaCha" Fringe Earrings, $250, sachinandbabi.com.

The Princess Bride: Ready for your fairytale moment? Carolina Herrera's organza dress, in the prettiest blush pink, is a soft, billowing dream. A plunging neckline and an asymmetrical tiered skirt keep the look modern.

The Woman in White: It's no mystery why this ivory column dress by Viktor&Rolf feels so chic. Its long, fluid lines and unexpected one-shouldered cape would steal the heart of any fashion-forward bride. Plus, its minimalist style means you can get away with wearing maximalist jewelry.

 

The Details: Carolina Herrera "Emanuele" Dress, $9,900, carolinaherrera.com. Lele Sadoughi crystal-star earrings, in Ivory, $240, lelesadoughi.com. Jenny Packham star-collar necklace, $88, Lord and Taylor, 800-223-7440. Viktor&Rolf Ivory Column Dress, Price Upon Request, viktor-rolf.com. Lele Sadoughi "Boulevard" Earrings in Jet, $280, lelesadoughi.com. Kirk Kara "Carmella" Halo Ring, from $4,540, kirkkara.com. Paolo Costagli "Bon Bon" 11.88-carat Moonstone Ring with Pavé-Set Diamonds, Price Upon Request, paolocostagli.com.

The Feminine Mystique

You're a complicated woman—why would you wear a simple dress? Slip on Elizabeth Fillmore's body-hugging silk-crepe gown with vibrant floral and butterfly appliqués for a look that's a little bit rock and roll, a little bit country, a little bit sexy, a little bit sweet.

 

The Details: Elizabeth Fillmore "Love and Rockets" Dress, $3,795, elizabethfillmorebridal.com. Eddie Borgo "Dahlia" Mood Ring, $250, eddieborgo.com. Oscar de la Renta Tourmaline Dead Double-Oval Earrings, $590, oscardelarenta.com.

Lean In: Now this is a conversation starter: Ines di Santo's slate-blue ball gown in Italian tulle shows guests you're not afraid to take risks or take up space. The standout dress boasts a bodice-to-skirt cascade of beading and embroidery, plus detachable sleeves—because you're nothing if not prepared.

Bright Lights, Big City: You want a dress that's demure but alluring, simple but embellished? It's your wedding—you can have it all. A figure-fitting silhouette makes this stunning Temperley London "M'O Exclusive" long crossbone lattice gown surprisingly sexy; an exaggerated bow in the back and hand-embroidered beading, meanwhile, deliver a satisfying dose of bling and high fashion.

 

The Details: Ines de Santo "Brielle" Ball Gown in Italian tulle, $14,990, markingramatelier.com. Kirk Kara "Lori" Ring with Signature Filigree and Milgrain in White Gold, from $2,990, kirkkara.com. Cynthia Rowley Lapis Cabochon Earrings in Blue, $90, cynthiarowley.com. Gatti London Blue Topaz Pendant with 14k Gold Chain, $650, cynthiarowley.com. Temperley London "M'O Exclusive" Gown, $11,595, modaoperandi.comPaolo Costagli Pavé-Diamond Earrings with Connecting Diamond Pendants, both in 18k White Gold, Price Upon Request, paolocostagli.com. Kirk Kara "Carmella" Ring with Signature Filigree, from $4,540, kirkkara.com.

Great Expectations

This pink gown with ethereal illusion sleeves and a voluminous net skirt by Hayley Paige brilliantly walks the line between girly and glamorous. Wear it with a badass pendant necklace and stylishly uncoiffed hair for a look that won't feel too precious.

 

The Details: Hayley Paige "Rogue" Gown, $7,290, jlmboutique.com. David Yurman "Mustique" Tassel Necklace in 18k Gold, $5,200, davidyurman.com. HOF "Double Halo Compass" Engagement Ring, from $4,500, heartsonfire.com.

A Delicate Balance: Monique Lhuillier's exquisite "Alexia" gown ($9,400, Monique Lhuillier Salon, 212-683-3332) has a graceful ballerina neckline and layers upon layers of tulle, all embellished with white embroidered flowers. Just be forewarned: It may inspire you to try a few pirouettes on the dance floor.

The Girl Who Played with Fire: Not a rule follower? Slip on Dior's siren-red tulle dress with a sheer micro-pleated skirt, pair it with colorful high-heel sandals, and gleefully watch jaws drop.

 

The Details: Monique Lhuillier "Alexia" Gown, $9,400, Monique Lhuillier Salon, 212-683-3332. Jimmy Choo "Lee" Satin Sandals in Ivory, $750, jimmychoo.com. David Yurman Classic Solitaire Ring in 18k Gold, Price Upon Request, davidyurman.com. Dior Red Tulle Dress, $8,400, Dior Boutiques Nationwide, 800-929-DIOR. Trademark Pom-Pom Pajama Sandals in Canary Yellow, $498, trade-mark.com. Kirk Kara "Lori" Ring in 18k Rose Gold, $3,050, kirkkara.com.
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