Gray Matter

Sure, black is chic and slimming and goes with everything; but the new trend in wedding attire is a more muted shade -- gray! Just as versatile as black, gray has a subtlety and softness that basic black does not. A handsome groom in a gray suit is fresh, and can look great at a beach wedding or a formal country club affair. Pair the suit with any color tie, and you'll see that it is a fantastic neutral. An orange tie with a black suit? Halloween alert! But the same tie hue with gray -- super stylish. Black suit, yellow bow tie = bumblebee. Gray suit, yellow tie = swoon-worthy. And who says the bride has to wear white or ivory? This gorgeous gown from BHLDN is fantastic with its flowy gray self, all pleated and dreamy:

This dress for the bride, and some hot pink bridesmaids' dresses would be an amazing choice for spring; or with deep plum or chocolate brown on your ladies for fall! So beautiful and unexpected.

If going whole-hog with a gray dress is not your style, but you are using gray as an accent color, these shoes are for you:

Gorgeous, heirloom-worthy slingbacks with an unexpected twist.

Think outside the black box, and embrace something on the lighter side of the spectrum!

With all that Life has to offer,