Marie at a wedding
I loved that dress and Marie in it. It's gold not white and I would wear such beautiful dress at a wedding (if my sylhouette it allows.not
It's very ivory/gold to me which is a possible color for the bride. I think it's always best to stay away from whites and creams but if you know that the bride is wearing white then this isn't a big deal, I suppose. Ultimately if I wanted to wear this color I'd ask the bride for approval (because really, she's the only one who matters ).
Marie's dress is nearly white.
I would consider Pippa's dress as a faux pas, she looked nice but too much cleavage for maid of honour.
Well, yes, but I do not believe for a second that Kate or Pippa will have been allowed to just go ahead design a dress without it having to be approved by the Queen and/or the palace. And I think the "bride decoy" explanation really makes sense.
I posted about the "bride decoy thing in the wedding thread but for those who didn't see it/don't know it: long ago the purpose of bridesmaids were to act as sort of decoys of the bride, protecting her from evil spirits/kidnappers. Lady Sarah Chatto had all her bridesmaids all in white dresses that were similar to her. I imagine she was nodding to the ancient tradition (since her dress was so very much a nod to another age). I'd quite like something like this if I were getting married in an old church.Source.