Can there be too much white at a wedding?

Is it alright to go all white?

Of course, white is the traditional color for brides, but many of them are surrounding themselves with white way beyond a head-to-toe look. It's more like left to right and floor to ceiling, and everything in between.

SAMANTHA CRITCHELL
The Associated Press
Modified: February 6, 2012 at 3:09 pm •  Published: February 6, 2012
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Is it alright to go all white?

Of course, white is the traditional color for brides, but many of them are surrounding themselves with white way beyond a head-to-toe look. It's more like left to right and floor to ceiling, and everything in between.

"I do love an all-white wedding," gushes fashion designer Amsale Aberra, who uses her first name as her label. "I think it can be very beautiful."

But, in the next breath, Aberra says the look leaves room for error, with white-wearing bridesmaids and flower girls, white flowers, white tablecloths and white candles all potentially stealing the bride's thunder. "You don't want to need to wear the veil the whole day just to be identified as the bride," she says.

It takes a woman with a strong personality and sense of self to remain the belle of the ball, and she needs to embrace little tools to help her shine — things like a beaded waistband on her gown or choosing a dress that's just a slightly different shade of white than everyone else's, adds celebrity wedding planner David Tutera.

Kate Middleton pulled it off at the big British royal wedding this spring, Tutera said, but even so, her sister, Pippa Middleton, got her fair share of attention in her white cowl-neck gown.

"I think the royal wedding will have an influence on brides for years, even decades, to come, and Pippa Middleton's white Alexander McQueen bridesmaid dress will most certainly be credited with sparking a trend," says Darcy Miller, editorial director of Martha Stewart Weddings. She notes, however, that it's a longtime tradition in Britain to have the wedding party wear white.

"It's very striking," Miller adds, noting that Beyonce and Kim Kardashian also opted for the color — or non-color — scheme.

Miller says the look is sophisticated, too — but more versatile than one might think. "The classic look of an all-white wedding is thought of as very traditional, but the clean, sophisticated palette can easily be transformed for modern venues so it is suitable for all types of brides. Whether you are getting married on the beach, at a country club, at a ski lodge or on a city rooftop, the look will translate, so you really can't go wrong."

Tutera, who hosts WeTV's "My Fair Wedding," still isn't fully sold. When white is done right, there's nothing better, he says, but there's still more of a chance that something could go wrong.

There are hundreds of shades of white, from bright, blueish diamond white to a creamy, more yellowed eggshell white, he notes. The color scheme of the wedding should all be in the same family, although not 100 percent matching, either.

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