Many brides prefer a little color in their wedding gown, and nothing is more romantic and feminine than pink wedding dresses. With many shades to choose from and a variety of styles that can infuse the dress with color, pink is the new white.
Shades of Pink
From light to dark and from pastel to vibrant, there are many shades of pink to choose from. Some of the most popular hues that appear in colored wedding dresses and other wedding decorations include:
While lighter, more subtle shades of pink are typically more suitable for wedding attire, brighter colors make fabulous, eye-catching accents that can turn an ordinary dress into an extraordinary gown. Similarly, softer shades are more appropriate for spring or early summer weddings, while bolder hues are perfect for late summer, fall, or winter weddings. Brides should also consider their hair, eye, and skin color to ensure they find the perfect shade of pink for their dress.
Coordinating Wedding Colors
Neutral colors such as ivory, white, silver, black, and champagne coordinate well with any pink hue, but brides interested in a more colorful palette often choose bolder wedding colors. Whether pink is a main color or a subtle accent, it can work well with these trendy shades:
- Teal, aqua, or turquoise
- Cocoa, mocha, or rich chocolate
- Apple or sage green
- Lilac or lavender
- Lemon chiffon yellow
Styles of Pink Wedding Dresses
Because pink is a very romantic and distinctly feminine color, most wedding dresses that use shades of pink have lovely, feminine designs. Gathered waists and full skirts are popular, particularly with silhouettes similar to princess or Cinderella wedding gowns. Both ball gown and A-line skirts are popular in pink hues, though designer wedding dresses may use pink on unique and innovative styles. Necklines tend to be soft and sweet, such as scoops or sweetheart curves, and gowns usually have delicate lace, crystal, or beading accents that coordinate well with the feminine shade.
Some brides prefer pink accents on a white gown instead of a fully pink dress. Brighter shades of pink make the best accents and can be used for trim on a skirt or train, a waist sash, decorative flowers, embroidery, beading, or crystals. Some gown designs create the bodice of the dress in a delicate pink hue matched with a white skirt for more contrast.
Promotional Pink Gowns
For several years, Brides magazine has challenged top designers such as Christos, Amsale, Alfred Angelo, Vera Wang, and David's Bridal to create pink wedding gowns to help raise awareness for breast cancer research. Every October these promotional dresses are unveiled, and a portion of the proceeds from sales of the dresses goes to support breast cancer research.
Finding Pink Wedding Gowns
Not every bride can afford a designer dress, but there are many ways to find elegant pink wedding attire. Many bridal shops can custom dye a dress in a suitable pink shade, or a seamstress can add pink accents if desired. Brides interested in more casual wedding dresses can find a range of pink shades in prom, homecoming, and bridesmaid dresses as well.
Online retailers also offer a range of shades, including different types of pink. Merchants offering information on ordering pink wedding dresses include:
More Ways to Use Pink
For a bride's pink dress to really coordinate with the entire wedding, it is necessary to incorporate shades of pink throughout the bridal party attire and wedding decorations. For a pretty in pink palette that doesn't overwhelm, consider:
- Choosing bold pink bridal party dresses to complement a paler pink or white wedding gown.
- Adding pink shades to wedding flowers, including bouquets and centerpieces.
- Creating a pretty in pink wedding cake that matches the bridal shade.
- Opting for pink shades in the wedding reception decorations, such as pink candles, table runners, or other accents.
- Adding pink to the wedding stationary, such as chocolate and pink wedding invitations or bold tropical pink announcements for a beach wedding.
Problems with Pink
While the bride may adore pink and want to use it as a central color throughout the wedding, it is important to respect the groom's wishes as well, and many men may be uncomfortable with an overwhelmingly pink wedding. To keep pink in the wedding palette and keep a smile on the groom's face…
- Choose a more subtle shade of pink instead of an obviously bright hue, or confine brighter shades to accents instead of large swathes of color.
- Restrict pink wedding attire to the women in the wedding party and forgo matching pink ties or tuxedo accents.
- Respect the groom's personality and show his influence on the wedding at the wedding rehearsal dinner or with a themed grooms cake.
Pink wedding dresses can be flirtatious, feminine, and fantastic. With many shades to choose from for fully pink gowns or classic gowns with pink accents, there is a way for every bride to be pretty in pink on her wedding day..