If you go into David’s Bridal, you’ll quickly be swept into a sea of white satin and tulle; not everyone goes the stereotypical white dress route, however. Many celebrities, from Marilyn Monroe to Dita Von Teese, have opted to go for the unique instead of the expected.
Kaley Cuoco married her tennis player fiancee in December, while wearing a light pink, strapless Vera Wang gown. It was a simple, but still very Disney princess-esque gown. It has been compared to Princess Aurora’s dress from Sleeping Beauty.
On the subject of actress and athlete marriages, when Marilyn Monroe married baseball player Joe DiMaggio in 1954, she eschewed a wedding gown entirely, instead wearing a black skirt suit, with white cuffs and collar. It was January, after all, so this was a sensibly warm option. While it was a toned down choice for a wedding, Marilyn still looked stunning, as always.
Anything involving Dita Von Teese is probably gorgeous yet unconventional, and the gown she wore to marry musician Marilyn Manson in 2005 was no exception. She chose a Vivienne Westwood dress that was a rich purple color, with blue undertones.
When Paula Yates, a journalist and presenter, married Bob Geldof, the dress she wore was a vivid red satin, with long train and matching equally shiny red veil. There was no losing her in a crowd of white-clad bridezillas. It was a mid-1980s celebrity wedding in Las Vegas with Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon as best man, so a memorable gown was to be expected. Unfortunately I have been unable to find out who designed and made the dress.
Elizabeth Taylor was married eight times, so she had to shake things up a bit in the wedding dress department. Personally, I am a fan of her yellow dress she wore to marry Richard Burton for the first time in 1964.
It was simple and very 1960s chiffon number, that was far more elegant than the scarily 1980s yellow creation she wore to marry Larry Fortensky in 1991. It’s hard to make yellow work for weddings.
When it comes to choosing a dress for the big day, wear what works for you. There’s plenty of inspiration from the word of celebrity. Don’t be afraid to takes risks with colors, but if you want to wear white, then go for it. It’s your day.