You don’t have to wear white

Today’s bride has unlimited options. She can wear the classic white dress to reflect the traditional wedding experience which symbolizes the purity of the soul. She can also pick a gown in other colors such as  blush pink, peach, mint, or other colors for a totally fresh and romantic look.

These are criteria for picking the color of the Dress:

  • Most women know what colors flatter them the most. Since this day is all about wedding pictures and memories, many brides want to look their best in colors that complement their hair, skin and eyes. The better choice for lighter skin tones is an ivory or antique white. Women with medium to dark-toned skin can often pull off a diamond white beautifully.  Bright whites on darker skin tones are stunning!
Oscar de la Renta, Elie Saab, Vera Wang (photo by Maria Valentino)
  • By choosing a colored gown or a white dress with colored accents, the bride can feel more coordinated with her bridal party and overall color scheme.
  • Increasingly popular destination weddings may call for simpler, less-complicated dresses that travel lighter and are more comfortable to wear. Beach weddings are the perfect place for bright, fun colors.
  • The season in which she is being married can also be a factor. Pink, blue, peach, ivory and turquoise are popular spring colors for wedding dresses. Summer weddings are an invitation to brighter colors or soft lavenders, yellows and dusty pinks. Vintage ivories and warm fall colors blend beautifully with autumn’s wardrobe change. Winter whites with velvet or fur trim are stunning, as are sapphire blue, emerald green and ruby red.
  • In regards to flowers, they are available in white, cream or ivory.  Some flowers work well with all  3 colors, (ie., calla lilies and hydrangeas). Flowers are available in stark white (roses, gladiolus, carnations, gardenias, paperwhites, stephanotis, stock).
Lazaro, Romona Keveza, Saveh Nouri  (photo by Maria Valentino)

While white is still the favorite choice in wedding gowns for 80-90 percent of modern brides, it is far from the only option. Today’s bride is free to be married in the style and color that best suits her personality, taste and appearance. After all, she’ll be remembering this day the rest of her life.

more info at White Swan Bridal Boutique 

Destination Wedding Dress

Are you planning a wedding away from home?

Wear a dress that fits the location of your wedding by choosing a Destination/Beach Wedding Dress for your oceanic wedding day. If your destination wedding parties are held on the beach, you need a dress that compliments the calm ocean breeze and warm golden sunshine and that allows you to get sand in-between your toes. A neat and casual, yet beautiful and flowing, beach wedding dress that goes with the wind and accentuates the great oceanic feeling will be the perfect finishing touch to your dream wedding day at the beach. Beach wedding dresses come in a variety of colors to inspire the relaxing feel of the beach and will make everyone at ease.


Destination dresses are made for easy storage and wearing and they are always made comfortable so that the bride can blissfully enjoy all of her sweet moments at the wedding under the heat of the sun. Aside from that, dresses of this kind are made from light fabrics so that the bride can easily walk along the sand and march her way to the altar effortlessly.

How to transport your wedding dress to a far-off locale? Here are five tips on how to pack your gown.

Choose a travel-friendly fabric. Bridal designer Winnie Chlomin Lee suggests “lightweight, comfortable fabrics such as silk charmeuse, lace and chiffon. A slimming, fluid silhouette, one with less crinoline, is always more convenient to pack and store.”

Talk to your bridal salon. They may be able to insert a cardboard form into the bodice. Better yet, they might even be willing to pack it for and give extra advice and tips for getting any creases out of your specific dress.

Protect your dress. Stuff the bodice with acid-free tissue paper, and layer it between each fold. Use white tissue for a white dress, for colored dresses, match the shade or go a hue lighter. Then enclose the gown in plastic dry-cleaner bags before placing it in the garment bag to provide an extra layer of protection. Or ask your bridal shop to put it in the preservation box for you. We at White Swan Bridal Boutique do it for our clients all the time.

Carry it on. To avoid the risk of lost or delayed luggage, take your dress as a carry-on. Some airlines will hang your dress bag up in the first class wardrobe if there is space – this is more likely with summer destination weddings when there will be fewer passengers with heavy coats to hang up.  If the wardrobe is full, lay the dress flat in the overhead bin on top of the other luggage.

Talk to your venue. Ask in advance if there’s an iron, a steamer, a seamstress or dry-cleaning service. If not, bring your own tools. Be familiar with the destination and what amenities are available; don’t let a little crease in your gown put a wrinkle in your big day.


Whether you’re jetting off to a sandy beach or a chic European city, we’ve got dream destination wedding dresses perfect for any out-of-town nuptial. Be specific to choose the dress that will speak of the location.

more info at White Swan Bridal Boutique