I Want a Non-White Wedding Dress: How Do I Convince My Traditional Mother?

Etiquette, Wedding Dresses
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When you're planning your wedding, you're sure to have a lot of questions about finding the right wedding gown, bridesmaid dresses, mother-of-the bride attire, and more. That's why our etiquette experts are here to answer all of your fashion-related questions.

I want my wedding dress to be a color other than white. My mother, a traditionalist, is having a fit about this. She's footing the bill, so how can I make her understand that times have changed?

Start by arming yourself with the facts. Tell your mom that colorful dresses are a sizzling hot trend in bridal wear. In addition to being quite fashionable, colorful dresses can also be very meaningful. Yes, white represents purity, but so does blue. All the other colors of the rainbow have their own significance, too. For example, purple symbolizes spirituality and yellow represents joy and happiness.

You may even be drawn to a color because it makes you feel great, or it has something special to do with your relationship with your fiancé (it's the color of the shirt you wore when you first met, or the precise shade of pink of the first roses he sent you). After you explain your desire for color, offer to take your mom out dress shopping with you. She may need to see for herself just how beautiful colorful wedding dresses are. When you find the right one for you, she's sure to be wowed by how radiant you look in it.

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