No longer is a poufy Cinderella dress the norm for gals walking down the aisle. Lauren Davis, for example, wore a custom-designed floor length Olivier Theyskens Couture feathered gown which the designer "sheared" to a minidress for the party (See VOGUE March 2008).
White is still customary, but a splash of color or band of black might be added. I positively ADORE the idea of wearing blue or green satin shoes with an ivory dress. Let it be noted, however, that Christian Louboutin has traded his signature red sole for baby blue when it comes to bridal footwear. Clever!
Above are some examples of dresses which may not have been designed with matrimonial pursuits in mind, but which would suit the occasion divinely. Top, a white Alice & Olivia gown is elegantly accented with black spaghetti straps and a wide black cummerbund waist. Bottom, Douglas Hannant translates the one-shoulder trend from day to evening, with a whisper-light silk gown trailing two thin sashes to the left, balancing the asymmetry of the design.