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What do different wedding dress colours mean?

Tracey Dale
Tracey Dale

With so many colours to choose from, we help you to understand the meaning behind the colour you choose for your bridal gown.

Coloured wedding dresses

The rule is, there are no rules.

Weddings are changing and couples now want a wedding day as individual as they are.

Whilst there will always be traditional church weddings, many more are opting for civil ceremonies in hotels, many fun loving couples are having festival type weddings in fields, with marquees and even tepee’s, getting married in a woodland setting or hiring a barn, Vintage themed weddings can be held in village halls too.

There are many, many inventive ideas for where to get married and it is no wonder that the choice of the wedding dress colour is also changing, these days’ brides to be are daring to be different and sometimes want to make a statement with the colour choice for their gown.

So dare to be different and understand the symbolism behind the colour of your choice.  


White is the colour of innocence and purity. An age old choice for the more traditional brides including royalty and remains the colour of choice for many cultural or religious reasons too.


Ivory is a modern classic that signifies the values of white with a more up to date meaning of love and commitment. A softer tone of the ivory shades suits a wider range of skin tones.


Pink tones are associated with playful femininity and a flirtatious nature. Colours in this pallet include pale rose, subtle blush tones, and blossom hues through to more vibrant sherbet hot pinks.


The colour of love, the bride who wears red is bold, passionate and full of desire. Not for the fainthearted this is a bold statement to make on your wedding day.


Spice things up with an orange gown which suggests a youthful vitality coupled with strength and flamboyance, a cheerful cheeky colour that will put a smile on everyone’s face.


Known as the happy colour, yellow conveys intelligence and wisdom with a hint of humour. This bride is curious and has drive and focus in all that she undertakes.


The bride that wears green is refined and inventive, the colour of nature itself perfectly in balance and features a compassion and loyalty that is as strong as the roots that hold a tree in the ground.


Traditionally the colour of good luck, blue signifies peace and purity. The bride who wears blue is just like calm water, life giving, and stable and endlessly loyal.


An air of mystery and magic surrounds deeper tones signifying strength and power, whilst paler shades suggest romance and nostalgia. From witchcraft to whimsical, choose the tone to suit your character.


Natural tones such as nude and sand are symbolic of order, standing and patience. Brown hues like caramel and coffee represent a steady conservative nature that will always be reliable.


Gothic influences of the colour black demonstrate power, sophistication and wealth mixed with an air of mystery. The bride who wears black will never look back, as the old colour rhyme goes.


Silver grey tones suggest composure, organisation and glamour. This bride will be sleek, smooth and calming with a touch of an old school Hollywood actress from bygone years.


The most extravagant of all the bridal colours, this choice represents wealth and power with a touch of ego boosting confidence for the bride who knows who she is and is not afraid to show it off.


Choosing a wedding dress is probably one of the most difficult choices you will have to make and should be approached with joy and anticipation. You may try on one or two gowns and know instantly that you have found the one or you may need to try on many more before you can choose, there really are so many to choose from.

Having chosen your style it is then time to consider the colour, sometimes this falls into place because you love the colour you have tried on sometimes you choose a colour that suits the style of wedding you are having. Colour is a reflection of how you feel and also how a colour can make you feel.

So as you can see there really are no rules.  

Good Luck but choose wisely, you only have one wedding dress  


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