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It's traditional for the bride to wear red in other countries, but the red wedding dress has yet to make a big splash in the United States. In China, red symbolizes joy and good fortune. Chinese weddings feature red decor, red flowers and yes, red wedding gowns.
In some European countries, it's not unusual to see red wedding gowns in hues from brick red, fire engine red to a deep burgundy. Red is a festive color and often associated with hearts and love, so it makes sense to wear it on your wedding day.
Blue might not be a color that you'd normally associate with wedding dresses, but it's been increasing in popularity in the last few years. Blue wedding gowns vary from sky blue to deep navy. If blue is your favorite color, consider making a bold statement and getting married in your favorite shade.
Nothing could be further from the conventional pure, white wedding dress than a bodacious black gown. London-based designer David Fielden even went so far as to suggest that brides wear black while their bridesmaids wear white. It definitely takes things in a whole new direction.
Before brides go running out to buy black dresses, there is a word of caution. Years ago, Sarah Jessica Parker wore black when she married her husband, actor Matthew Broderick. In a 2006 interview with Marie Claire magazine, the Sex and the City star admits that she looks back and regrets not wearing a more traditional gown at her wedding. Weddings are incredibly special days, so while we encourage you to be different and wear what you please on your big day, do it because you love it and not because you want to go against the tide.
For brides who aren't thrilled with the idea of skipping the white gown altogether, there is another option. You can wear the traditional white dress and still bestow a little color to your gown with a colored sash, bow, trim or hemline. Some bridal retailers, like David's Bridal and Alfred Angelo, offer wedding gowns with these types of colorful accents. With these dresses, you can liven up your look without being overwhelmed by too much color.