We welcome our guest blogger, Stacey Kwan to talk about a trend we’re seeing: Blue Wedding Dresses….
There are so many wedding traditions it’s hard to keep track sometimes, but have you ever wondered why brides wear white on their wedding day? Well it may come to us from merry old England where rumour has it that when Queen Victoria was engaged to her future husband Prince Albert, she asked the royal dressmakers to incorporate a beautiful white lace into her gown. While she wasn’t the first bride ever to wear white, once her wedding portraits were widely circulated, the idea of wearing a white dress on your wedding day was given a hefty boost. It took almost another century to become the standard colour of choice so it begs the question if Queen Victoria created the white dress trend in 1840, what were brides wearing before that?
The simple answer is their best dress. Other than that, there were really no formal social rules or norms. There is an old British saying that goes:
Married in White, you have chosen right,
Married in Blue, your love will always be true,
Married in Pearl, you will live in a whirl,
Married in Brown, you will live in town,
Married in Red, you will wish yourself dead,
Married in Yellow, ashamed of your fellow,
Married in Green, ashamed to be seen,
Married in Pink, your spirit will sink,
Married in Grey, you will go far away,
Married in Black, you will wish yourself back.
While Blush has been becoming increasingly present in bridal stores and with celebrities like Jessical Biel, Reese Witherspoon, and Anne Hathway all wearing variations of pink on their wedding days in 2012 we can only wonder what colour trend 2013 may bring. Vera Wang presented her newest Spring 2013 collection in a palette of red but here’s another possible contender: Blue.
Blue has long been connected to weddings in the West in the traditional rhyme ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’. For years brides have hidden blue cloth patches or blue shoes under their white gowns. What better way to incorporate the colour than in the wedding dress itself?
Oscar de la Renta took the idea and ran with it for his Spring 2013 Bridal Collection.
And I saw these dresses from Ian Stuart on Pinterest and had a minor heart attack.
Unlike the bold departure of Vera Wang’s red gowns, these soft blues like Blush is just a tinge away from the traditional white but allow the bride to express herself in a completely new and individual way. Blue wedding dresses are one celebrity away from becoming a bonafide trend.