The Colour of a Wedding Dress

“Married in…White, you will have chosen all right. Married in Grey, you will go far away. Married in Black, you will wish yourself back.
Married in Red, you’ll wish yourself dead. Married in Blue, you will always be true. Married in Pearl, you’ll live in a whirl. Married in Green, ashamed to be seen. Married in Yellow, ashamed of the fellow. Married in Brown, you’ll live out of town. Married in Pink, your spirits will sink.” (Source Unknown)

What colour will you wear or did you wear at your wedding? When Kat married Alfie on Eastenders, she wore red. In fact, she wore the same red dress to both of her weddings to Alfie – but added a gold bow over her bump, the second time around. Paula Yeates also wore red, when she wore a stunning red Vivienne Westwood dress at her wedding to Sir Bob Geldof, in the 80’s.

Blue was a popular colour during and after the second World War. Barbara Hutton, the Woolworths millionairess, wore blue when she married Cary Grant in 1942 – the marriage that lasted only 4 years. Dita von Teese also wore blue when she married Marilyn Manson – and that marriage din’t last long either!

The Van Eyck picture “The Arnolfini Marriage” celebrates a young woman wearing a green dress, and Elizabeth Taylor wore yellow when she married Richard Burton in 1964.

Marilyn Monroe wore a brown fur trimmed suit when she married Joe Dimaggio and possibly the most famous pink dress in recent years was that of Jordan (Katie Price) when she married Peter Andre.

At the time of writing, the designer of Catherine Middleton’s gown still remains a closely guarded secret. According to recent press coverage, the Alexander McQueen team has announced it is not them.

Whether Catherine’s dress will be decorated by 10,000 seed pearls, as was the wedding dress designed by Norman Hartnell for Her Majesty the Queen in 1947, is unlikely. It is also unlikely, that when Catherine marries William later this month, she will wear any colour other than white or ivory. This is, of course, the traditional colour for Royal Brides, and its origins go back to the early years of the 18th Century, when white and silver first became popular colours for royalty. The colour was made fashionable for everyone, by Queen Victoria, when she married Albert in 1840.

Of one thing I am certain – whatever colour Kate has chosen for her dress, in her married life, Catherine looks set to “live in a whirl”.