Choosing a colourful wedding dress

You are planning your wedding and starting to think about your dress. But maybe a white or ivory dress just isn’t what you want, or doesn’t feel right for you. There are amazingly beautiful white, ivory and champagne coloured dressed out there, and styles to suit all body shapes and styles. However, if a white dress just doesn’t fit what you want or you fancy the idea of adding a splash of colour to your wedding why not think about a colourful wedding dress?

I’ll let you into a little secret. I wore a dark blue long evening dress for my own wedding. At the time I just couldn’t find a style I liked (thankfully there are many more options available now). And every time I tried on something white I looked like the I was at deaths door, feeling even more pasty white than normal. So, I decided to go for colour and I was very happy to go down a slightly different route for my own wedding.

I have photographed so many truly beautiful weddings, with brides wearing the most fabulous dresses. I have seen everything from princess style full skirt dresses, to slinky satin styles. From boho inspired dresses, to stunning sequinned gowns. Amongst these elegant dresses there have been a number of my brides who have chosen to wear a different colour. Whether that was for their main dress or as a second dress for the evening party. Either way it was a fabulous splash of colour and reflected their own style.

Here you can see some of the gorgeous dresses and a little inspiration for choosing a colourful wedding dress.

Beautiful wedding dresses with bright colours

Som & Jonny married in Tuscany (amazing!) Som chose a coral Oscar De La Genta gown, and her bridesmaids wore simple ivory dresses from Ghost. Check out Som & Johnny’s amazing two day Italian wedding here.

Destination wedding in Tuscany bride in a coral Oscar De La Genta gownCoral satin wedding dress from Oscar De La Genta with silver shoesBride wearing coral dress from Oscar De La Genta with bridesmaids in ivory dresses from GhostDestination wedding photography in Tuscany bride in a coral dress from Oscar De La Genta

Belinda & Pete had an outdoor ceremony and a really laid back wedding day. Belinda wore a gorgeous dress by Temperley London and she looked amazing. The style suited her and fitted their wedding day perfectly. You can see more of their beautiful outdoor wedding in Berkshire here.

Outdoor London wedding photography bride wearing dress by Temperley LondonOutdoor London wedding photography bride in a Temperley London wedding dress with colourful details

Maya & Ash had a change of outfits for the evening part of their wedding reception. For the official ceremony and the wedding meal Ash wore a bespoke suit and Maya a white dress. After the speeches they changed into traditional bright red outfits. You can see more of their amazing colourful wedding here.

London wedding photography the newlyweds in traditional outfits London wedding photography the couple in traditional bright red outfits

Jumana & Sabih’s wedding also included an outfit that was traditional. Jumana wore the most exquisite Kimono, that had also been worn by her mum when she was young. I have never seen a kimono being worn before and its the most amazing thing to watch. So many layers and so much detail. Jumana wore this for the wedding ceremony and the dinner. She then changed into a gorgeous short dress, with floral pattern to capture the essence of the Kimono’s style. This was much easier to dance in for the evening party. I loved how she chose bright pink shoes for her party outfit too. Click here to see Jumana & Sabih’s wedding (keep an eye out for the flamingoes!)

London wedding photography bride wearing traditional and exquisite Kimono London wedding photography bride wearing traditional Kimono from her motherDestination wedding photography bride wearing a short dress with floral pattern and bright oink shoes Elegant Roof Gardens wedding bride in alternative wedding dress

Kate & Geoff married at Goodwood House where Kate wore a red Oscar De La Genta dress and Geoff a dark blue suit. They chose warm colours for their flowers with oranges, pinks, reds and purples to tonally match the red of the brides dress.

Elegant London wedding photography bride in bright red wedding dressLondon wedding photography bride in a red wedding dress with red orange and coral wedding flowersLondon wedding photography bride in a red Oscar de la Renta dress for wedding day

A little more colourful inspiration…

Here are some other gorgeous colourful wedding dresses that have a little bit of colour, with pale and pastel tones keeping the colours light and bright.

London wedding photography bride in a short beige satin floral dressLondon wedding photography creative wedding portrait Preston CourtLondon elegant wedding photography the happy coupleGloucestershire natural wedding photography bride in pastel pink wedding dress London wedding photography bride in pale lilac dress with a loose bouquet London wedding photography bride in pale lilac dress in the garden at Horniman MuseumKissing couple in Horniman gardens London fine art wedding photography

So, what do you think? Would you consider a colourful wedding dress or have you got your heart set on white or ivory? I’d love to hear more about the dress or outfit that you got married in or are planning to get married in.

The main thing is to choose a dress that’s right for you. Your wedding is unique to you, so go your own way and choose a dress you love, whether that’s a bold bright red or soft ivory. Let your style shine through and make sure you feel amazing in the outfit you choose to wear to get married in.

Thanks for popping by, and don’t forget you can see lots of wedding top tips by visiting my planning guide.

Fiona x