Ethereal designs for the colourful bride

The classic white wedding dress may have competition – in the form of delicate pastels, vibrant reds and prints reminiscent of teacup china.

Famous brides such as Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor opted for a less conventional look, choosing stunning, colourful wedding gowns for their nuptial celebrations. 

And now Oscar de la Renta, known for his signature cream gowns and porcelain suits, has surprised us all with a line of Tiffany-inspired blue gowns, with the designer's signature embroidery and pearl-lace detail.

Joining in this colour craze are New York's Douglas Hannant, and Spanish bridal designer Rosa Clará who have also moved away from tradition, towards more daring, multi-coloured gowns.

Dare to brighten up the aisle with these spectacular wedding dresses from the catwalks of 2013.

Androgynous model Andrej Pejic is the star of Rosa Clara 2013 with this strapless wedding dress in pale pink 

Just a step out of the traditional, Rosa Clara keeps her embroidered pastel dresses light, but accentuates their individuality with varying lengths and necklines


Carolina Herrera keeps colours subtle and feminine with flashes of yellow, pink or blue pearl in delicately dyed lace 

A fusion of the traditional with the avant-garde, add a flash of mauve to the most daring dresses with Spanish designer, Isabel Zapardiez 

Classic strapless cuts are given an edge with extra volume at the hips and patterns of classic porcelain by American designer, Douglas Hannant 

Victorio & Lucchino give a touch of colour to the traditional white gown with streams of pastel roses that adore the lining of the dress and match the eccentic floral headpiece of the model 

Brides can tick off something blue from their wedding list with Oscar de la Renta's baby-blue gowns made grown-up with intricate embroidery, paired with ornate crystal jewellery


Ethereal and full of romance, the models of Raimon Bundo glide along the catwalk with flowing chiffon gowns and extra-long veils printed in the most subtle of colours


Be daring in red lace like the lovely models of Carla Ruiz and Jordi Dalmau. To pull off this bold colour, keep the look regal with delicate jewellery and soft, subtle make-up


The delicate printed chiffon of the Bundo collection offers up a rainbow of blended pastels. For a relaxed spring wedding, keep the cut flowing and add a loose veil twinned with flowers for a picturesque country feel 


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