The New Essence of a Wedding Dress: A Story Behind Black Wedding Dresses

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Are you getting married? What’s your wedding dress say about you? It’s okay for brides to wear black to their wedding! Could one be a bride in black? Or are we always going to have to stick with, “the bride wore white,” rule (or the more modern ivory)? Why would you want to look the same as everyone else?
Especially on the biggest day of your life!

Who needs a white wedding dress when you can wear a black one?!

It is not wrong if the perfect dress just happens to be black. From gothic to fancy, black wedding dresses definitely are a great choice for getting married. There is nothing better than putting on a fancy flattering black dress, after all, it is THE universal neutral color and so versatile; it can be chic and sophisticated or casual and fun and you can be assured that no matter what year it is, it’s always in style.

Getting married dressed in black, or any other color, in an atmosphere full of romanticism and small vintage details is one of the latest trends and also one of the options increasingly in demand. The big companies eliminate the white and incorporate the color for the bride to be. In fact one of the latest fashions within the sector that have already captivated many celebrities.

There’s a good saying That celebrities are the first to succumb to this fashion and mark a before and after. So, does the precedent of celebs make bucking tradition okay in your books?

Well, wearing black to your wedding is absolutely acceptable these days, and I wholly endorse it and so do other women of the dark dress history wedding books, such as: Elizabeth Taylor, Gwen Stefani, Jessica Biel, Julianne Moore all chose to opt out of a white wedding dress! Sara Jessica Parker wore a raven, strapless gown to say “I Do” in ’97 and Avril Lavigne was faithful to her style and went dark and romantic for her fairytale wedding day, as she wore a spectacular black dress. Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen
Pompeo chose a YSL in jet black and Shenae Grimes donned a grey on black Vera Wang creation of one of the most influential in the industry. This is not the only celebrity who’s broken bridal tradition by wearing a color other than white on their wedding day. Black wedding dresses, in fact, were worn centuries ago in different cultures. In Europe for example, brides wore whatever color they pleased or basically the best dress they owned.

The rules of wedding etiquette are constantly changing, The rules of wedding attire are so confusing that we find ourselves second guessing whether or not it’s appropriate to wear a black dress to your own wedding. I was raised that a future bride no matter the venue or time of day, to wear a black dress on your own wedding day was never an option and I certainly remember a time when black was considered taboo for wedding attire, so I can understand why this is a popular question.

Despite what we may have heard from our grandmothers or whomever, we’re here to settle the debate once and for all, again YES, you can wear that gorgeous black dress to your own wedding we’re giving ourselves and you full permission to stop questioning it. Wink, wink.

So, why was it ever unacceptable that such a versatile, chic, and—let’s be real—slimming color be worn to our own weddings? I’m happy to say that times have changed and glamour agrees!

Ceremonial importance of the gown may depend on the religion and culture of the wedding participants. The style of marrying couples is another important indicator in western cultures, as brides often choose a white dress. The one who originally sparked the trend for white was made popular by Queen Victoria in the 19th century, she wore it to her wedding ceremony in 1840. After WWII, the middle class caught up on the trend.

Back in the day, it was seen as a way to passive-aggressively protest someone’s marriage; Nonetheless, black wedding gowns were still worn by brides and most often by those who had recently lost a loved one. Interestingly enough, in Spanish cultures, Roman Catholic brides wore black to symbolize their devotion to marriage till death. In eastern cultures, brides often choose red to symbolize auspiciousness. Sounds so romantic, wouldn’t you say? What a black dress at a wedding can’t have is even a whiff of mourning about it. However, if you’ve been shying away from pulling out your black dress to your wedding, you’ve been missing out.

If you aren’t sure or comfortable with the idea, just pick something else. In my experience, most brides wouldn’t opt for black as a first choice thanks to this hold-over idea about mourning, gone are those ceremonies in which she goes white, now it’s about coloring one of the most important days of your life and not letting superstition or tradition tarnish your moment. The big fashion firms like Oscar de la Renta, who also includes this year some surprises and splashes of color and a black wedding gown. Most girls dream of the day when it’s their turn to scroll Pinterest and shop windows for that white dress, but over the years, we’ve said goodbye to the traditional dress and hello to the unique creations by top designers who have breathed a new life into a modern and determined bride who marries despite any color that best suits her. These days, it’s more about the cut, material and style of the dress, as long as the dress isn’t too somber-looking, remember the formality of the piece really depends on the fabric. The black dress is a way to break molds and give way to new proposals for this event, as well as a different way of getting married away from topics and old customs. Getting married in black, the new trend of the bride to be no matter what color or shade it came in.

Here we are highlighting one of our favorite spring collections modeling by Marina capeluto. When I took our idea of a photo shoot with a black wedding dress to the amazing Designer Edwin Ra Mendieta he couldn’t have been more supportive! He said he had always wanted to do a photoshot to a black wedding dress but had never met anyone with the confidence and vision to do so in their head.

Throughout my experiences and knowledge of our generation, there’s nothing wrong with wearing black on your Wedding Day! Remember, you can always dress it up with colorful accessories, glamorous makeup and dramatic jewelry as well as carry some decorative detailing ideas in your mind. Many of the designers who parade through the catwalk of Madrid Fashion Week also include a bride with some touch of color. Also don’t forget to add some sparkles for a statement!

Glam up your black dress with some sparkle — whether it’s a bomb statement necklace, shimmering sequins or a touch of glitter. Bright splashes of color can really add a pop to your outfit and draw the attention not to only to your gorgeous black dress, but how amazing your black dress looks with your colorful pumps or bright clutch. Adding some sparkle to your black dress is always a good idea.

How do you feel now about wearing black? Do you like the idea? I don’t want to hate one or other wedding dress spectrum, being a bride is a joyous occasion that sees everyone looking their best with any color you prefer. Your wedding day is your special day to stand in front of the people you love and make a commitment to another person. You want it to be special and you want to feel amazing! That is all.

It was such an amazing experience working with such a creative team who helped bring this article to life!

Married in Black It’s bold, it’s sexy, it’s daring, but as usual, I do have some exceptions, guidelines, and plenty of musings about this topic. The classic white will always have their place.

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Nataly Yabur
Nataly Yabur

Nataly Yabur editora de moda MY Lifestyle Magazine

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