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DARCY MILLER | MARTHA STEWART WEDDINGS

“Chrissy’s playfulness, charm and sensuality made this a very special client for me!” – Vera

Singer John Legend and model Chrissy Teigen said “I do” last fall in Lake Como, Italy. The bride, who wore three different Vera Wang gowns — two in ivory and one in red — chose a pastel palette of pale pink and ivory for their romantic wedding. Chrissy and John’s wedding showed off two current wedding trends: the incorporation of color, and a second “reception” dress. We asked Darcy Miller, Editorial Director of Martha Stewart Weddings, to give us the inside scoop on how to incorporate these two trends into your special day.

Scroll through for Darcy’s take, plus original images and sketches of Chrissy’s reception dress.

[Photos via Instagram]

Why do you think brides have been gravitating to color either as part of their gown’s design or an all-over colored wedding gown?

Color is the jumping off point for everything on planning weddings today— it’s what inspires so many decisions and sets the tone for a lot of the details. So why not the dress as well? The rules have changed. Planning a wedding has a lot more to do with personal style than the rule book these days. Brides feel more open to walking down the aisle in a non-white gown, especially since there are so many out there now. And many brides are looking towards the red carpet to inspire their walk down the aisle. Lots of celebrity brides have gone down the aisle in color- Jessica Biel & Blake Lively both wore pink, while Gwen Stefani’s dress had a splash of fuchsia.

If a bride isn’t 100% comfortable in a colored wedding gown, in what ways can she add a splash of color to her gown/wedding-day look?

Even if the full gown isn’t a solid color, there are many ways that color can be brought into it— from the details on the dress itself, such as embroidery, beading, or appliques, or through the use of accessories like a bolero, sash, ribbon or even a colored shoe. Maybe it’s in a small detail, like a clutch—those are places brides love to add color, especially when incorporating “something blue” for luck. And of course the wedding day jewelry can be in various hues as well.

What should a bride keep in mind when selecting a second reception dress (or as Chrissy did, a third)?  How different should the reception dress be from the ceremony dress in style, formality, design?  Should they complement each other?

Just like with color, there are no rules any more when it comes to the 2 (or more!) gown trend. But if you are going to change dresses, then you can really take advantage of embracing 2 totally different looks for the separate parts of your wedding day (say, ceremony vs reception vs after party). You should always start with something special and ceremony-appropriate— your most grand look should be in the ceremony gown. If you’re going to change, make a different statement—and pick something you can dance in!

 

When should you change into a second gown?  Do you also change your overall look with new makeup, hairstyle, accessories?

When you choose a second dress- remember you have to consider your accessories, such as jewelry and shoes. That doesn’t mean you have to change them, necessarily—Chrissy Teigen wore her favorite pair of peep-toe Louboutins all night—but you want to make sure that your accessories complement your new gown as well. You also might want to opt for a different hairstyle, which might take a little time and planning, so discuss it with your hair stylist ahead of time—there will be an extra cost for having them stick around until you’ve changed. If you are going to change, a common time to do so is post-ceremony, while guests are having cocktails, so the bride has a whole new look before even entering the “reception.” Again, it’s totally up to the bride; choose one dress you love and wear it all night or change as many times as you want (as long as you’re not spending the whole night getting in and out of gowns instead of partying with your friends and family). On your day, do what feels right for you.

Don’t forget to pick up the Spring 2014 issue of Martha Stewart Weddings, on stands now, to see their stunning wedding photos.

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