Let's be honest here. I love Arkansas with all of my heart, but as for being a trendsetting state within the world of fashion, we aren't known for that.  However, after looking at Vera Wang's Fall 2012 bridal collection, which features a lot of BLACK, maybe that is a good thing.

But Vera Wang is trying to set a different tone this year. She stated that after the royal wedding and the Kardashian wedding, she was ready to go in a different direction. She is quoted in The New York Times as saying, "I did take it to a witchy kind of place. For me, it helped build a sense of mystery that I was hungry for. And it added this sensuality and sexuality, and a little bit of severity, too.”  

One quote that seems to sum up the whole black wedding dress trend is from Jung Lee, a founder of Fête, an event-planning company in Manhattan. He stated, “The bride who chooses the black dress does not care about etiquette.” 

Well, I couldn't have said it better myself. I will admit that I don't really care for trendy picks for weddings. I lean toward traditional, sophisticated and classic when it comes to my personal wedding style. But I suspect even the most trendy of brides will not be turning to a black wedding dresses anytime soon either. I mean, in Arkansas, if you really want to step away from traditional, just wear a champagne or blush colored wedding dress. (You'd have all the 80+ year old ladies talking in my church!)

So,what do you think about Vera Wang's black wedding dresses? Love them or hate them? And if you love them, be honest, would you really wear black on your wedding day?

PS: If you're looking for gowns (white or black, blush or champagne), Arkansas Bride's got you covered with their guide to bridal boutiques.

Deborah Edwards is a recent newlywed and a star account executive for our sister publication, Little Rock Family. She chronicles the exciting days of settling into married life, buying a house, nesting in said house and all the in between on her personal blog, Edwards Newlywed Nest.