And the maid of honor wears...ivory, too?

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Kate Middleton arrives with her sister, maid of honor Pippa, at Westminster Abbey. Is the color of Pippa's gown a little too close for (bridal) comfort, or will it set a new trend?

By Lisa Marsh

Bride Kate Middleton is wearing ivory, and a smashing Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen at that, but so is the entire wedding party.

While it's traditional for the younger members of the bridal party to be dressed in attire similar to the bride's -- and in this case the dresses were made of the same exact ivory satin gazar as Middleton's -- it's the maid of honor that's throwing us off.

Philippa Middleton, aka Pippa, is wearing a slim ivory sheath, also by McQueen's Sarah Burton. Could the simply stunning set off a trend that flies in the face of conventional bridal wisdom -- that no other woman at the wedding should wear any shade of white? 

"I like the idea that (Kate's) sister is wearing white," bridal designer Reem Acra told "It makes the whole thing more thematic and looks clean and modern."

"There is something quite beautiful about it," said J.Crew's vice-president for bridal wear Tom Mora. "There's a purity about her sister wearing white."

And, more importantly for this media-savvy wedding, "she was thinking about the photos, even with her mother in pale blue. They'll look quite lovely."

We predict there will be a huge amount of all-white wedding parties in the future.

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