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Here comes the bride....dressed like a rainbow threw up on her.


If there’s one thing your average bride is non-negotiable about, it’s the dress. Particularly, the colour of the dress.

When was the last time you went to a wedding and the bride was NOT wearing a white dress.

Oh I know: never.

As a lady with a Twilight complexion (READ: whiter than Porcealin white but not as white as Chinese white in the Derwent pencil box), white is not my most flattering colour option (think: camouflage).

Which makes the thought of choosing a hypothetical wedding dress extremely daunting. Richer shades look better on me but you don’t see those little wedding cake figurines wearing peacock blue gowns, do you? No. But wait. You might soon…

Women are increasingly choosing coloured gowns; celebrity wedding dress designer Henry Roth told the Sydney Morning Herald that non-traditional dresses make up 18 – 22 per cent of his business.

Hollywood brides like Jessica Biel and Reese Witherspoon, who were both pretty in pink at their weddings this year, are spearheading the trend. With Tara Moss, Dita von Teese, Cynthia Nixon and Amber Tamblyn also walking the aisle in vibrant shades of red, purple, green and yellow, respectively.

But wait, there’s more. Coloured dresses have also made an appearance on catwalks, with Vera Wang’s Mei Meng Spring 2013 wedding collection showcasing dresses in various shades of red and Oscar de la Renta showing dresses in mint and blue.

Choice is hard….

While wedding traditionalists may be horrified by the idea of a coloured dress, I’m on Team Rainbow. Not because I intend to veto white – I love the idea of wearing classic white lace a la Kate Middleton – but because it would be nice to have a choice, free from the shackles of tradition and judgement.

If a woman wants to be wed in red, fluoro green or, hell, even tartan, she should damn well be able to do it.

So. Now the whole wedding dress issue is a bit closer to being sorted for me, there’s one small detail that needs addressing… the groom. Anyone got Ryan Gosling’s email address?

Are you in favour of the coloured wedding dress trend? Would you wear one? Or should brides stick to wedding traditions?