I ruminated about bucking the trend and opting for a red wedding dress before ultimately deciding on my current selection. The dress in question was a hue of scarlet so bright and gorgeous (and culturally relevant) that it was hard to say no. Friends who know me will joke that my decision was also influenced by HBO pop culture.

I think it is important to try on your wedding dress options more than once, and on different days. Even though I fell in love with it the first time, I did not feel the same gasp and awe the second time I put the dress on. The dress I eventually became enamored with and will be wearing (in Ivory) has structure, architectural interest, and a mix of textures that provide all the pop I’ll need.