Real Brides in Colourful Dresses – Bridal Trend 2013

gold sequin wedding dress
Dress: Designed by bride | Photographer: Love Katie & Sarah | Wedding: Gold Yarra Valley Wedding on Ruffled

Last week we shared our top bridal trends for 2013. Just like every year on the bridal catwalks, there are trends we love and that completely take our breath away, but at the same time there are bridal trends which we just can’t see translating to the aisle. One in particular is the colourful wedding dress. We’re just not convinced a bride will give up her one day to wear a big white (or off-white) wedding dress! So today we decided to take a look at some of the brides who dared to not wear white, and who set the trend for others to go against the norm. From gold to green to grey, these ladies made a statement on their wedding day, without compromising style or their moment in the spotlight.

By Karen Birney

green jenny packham joy dress
Dress: Jenny Packham | Photographer: Caught the Light | Wedding: A Glamorous English Wedding on 100 Layer Cake

Many of the gowns from Jenny Packham’s Ready to Wear collection would make stunning and original wedding dresses. This emerald green dress was worn as the bride’s reception dress, but almost made more of an impact than her white and grey ceremony gown. We can only imagine the wow moment if she had appeared at the end of the aisle in this dress, but would it be ‘wedding enough’ for you?

jenny packham pink wedding dress
Dress: Jenny Packham | Photographer: Jonas Peterson | Weddings: An Elegant Australie Wedding on Once Wed

Ever since we saw this bride a couple of months ago we’ve had a serious girl crush on her. Originally we were all about her top knot hair style, then we couldn’t get her no-back, pink sequin Jenny Packham gown out of our heads. This is how to rock a pink gown. Part Great Gatsby, part boho and part rock n’ roll bride, there’s nothing about this look that’s not unforgettable.

pink vera wang wedding dress bride
Dress: Vera Wang | Photographer: We Heart Photography | Wedding: W Hotel Wedding on Style Me Pretty

This Vera Wang gown is made for the bubbliest of brides. Not only is it a beautifully feminine silhouette and the most decadent of materials, but it looks like so much fun to wear! This dress could never be mistaken for anything other than an incredible wedding gown, so may not be as daring as going for gold, but the candyfloss element to it certainly gives it an edge, doesn’t it?

grey wedding dress
Dress: Myrtle Ivory, Dublin | Photographer: Siobhan Byrne Photography | Wedding: Bowled Over Beauty on The Bridal Lounge Blog

When we saw Pippa on The Bridal Lounge‘s blog Wedding Belles, we felt our hearts go all warm and fuzzy. She looked like a serious siren in her Gemy Couture dress from Myrtle Ivory alone, but pairing it with striking red nails and lips was a stroke of style genius. Pippa, we salute you.

silver sequin wedding dress
Dress: Pam Shorley, Fashion Crimes | Photography: Scarlet O’Neill | Wedding: Sparkly Sequin Wedding Dress on Wedding Chicks

This bride, although she obviously didn’t know it at the time, is all of our favourite trends for 2013 bridal all rolled into one! Colour? Check. Statement back? Check. Long sleeve? Yep. Vintage hair? Check. Sparkle? Check times a million. We love that she wanted to show off her tatts, and the long sequin sleeves are the perfect to balance off the sexiness of the back. Stunning!

So what do you guys think? Would you go for a dress in a different colour? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

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Former editor, current contributor, (she just can't let go!) Karen enjoys writing fashion but is known to dabble in decor from time to time. Her favourite section on the site is the Real Wedding section, followed closely by the Health & Fitness forums.

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  1. MichelleRhett says:

    So beautiful like stars!!!!

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