For more than 150 years, white has been the traditional color for a wedding dress. But that standard is getting a splash of color. Wedding dresses are popping up in colors of every hue — and with a modern dip-dyed twist.
It was Queen Victoria who started the white wedding dress tradition when she donned a white gown in her marriage ceremony to Albert of Saxe-Coburg in 1840. She chose white because she wanted to use a particularly beautiful white lace that she admired. Before long, every British bride wanted to wear white to emulate their queen, and soon after, the trend spread around the world.
But a new generation has taken "thinking outside the box" to an entirely new dimension. A quick search on sites like Tumblr, Pinterest and Instagram turns up loads of ideas for wedding dresses that encapsulate the trend as well as instructions for turning your own wedding dress into a dip-dyed masterpiece.
Last summer, I dip-dyed tank tops with my Girl Scout troop, and while I will say that it's remarkably easy, I'm not sure I'd be brave enough to stick a dress worth hundreds or (gulp) thousands of dollars into a bucket with some salt, baking soda and fabric dye. Fortunately, another Google search turns up the names for artists and dress designers who are ready and willing to take your wedding dress in whatever colorful direction you choose.
We can't wait to see how the dip-dyed trend gets incorporated into this season's already bursting-with-color fall weddings!