Understanding Wedding Gown Colors

If you’re the average bride, you probably walk into your first appointment thinking you’re about to try on white dresses. We get lots of brides who are surprised by the plethora of color options available to them while still remaining traditional! We’ve summed up what you can expect when it comes to understanding wedding gown colors in this handy guide!

Classic Bridal

There’s a wide range of options available to you even if you’re just wanting a classic “white” gown. In fact, most “white” gowns aren’t actually a true white, but ivory! A true white gown can be very difficult to balance on most skin tones, but ivory has a softer undertone that looks more natural on most skin types. If you’re looking for an in between of the two, some designers also offer a shade called diamond white that is slightly more white than ivory, but not as bright as a true white.

There are many wedding gown designers that are offering less and less true white wedding dresses. Sometimes this is simply because true white is so bright. Other times, the use of higher quality fabrics does not allow designers to use the dyes necessary to reach a true white.

In any event, if you’re wavering between shades of white, it always helps to try dresses on in both shades to see what looks best on your skin tone. Seeing the dresses next to each other on the rack may make the ivory dress appear yellowed, or the white dress may seem almost blue. It isn’t until you see it on your own body that you can determine which color makes you feel the most bridal.

From left to right: Diamond White (Mckenna from Modern Trousseau), White (Memorable from La Demure), and Ivory (Wedgewood from Modern Trousseau)

From left to right: Diamond White (Mckenna from Modern Trousseau), White (Memorable from La Demure), and Ivory (Wedgewood from Modern Trousseau)

Other Traditional Colors

Traditional white bridal gowns are great for a classic look, but there are also plenty of other colors that never go out of style! Designer names will vary, but most will offer a classic blush color and some form of champagne. Names can be literal (like light gold) or more conceptual (like moscato), and the general result will be a soft off white shade that leads to a more glowing complexion. Usually, this off white shade is used to emphasize an ivory lace, which stands out more on a darker background.

Off white shades can be a great fit if you are looking to emphasize lace or other details while still having a color that matches well with your skin tone. Off white shades can also be a great complementary color to lots of hair colors and more dramatic make-up! As with different shades of white, trying on different off whites is the only way to determine if that is a good color for your wedding gown.

 

From left to right: Natural lace with Pearl lining(Mikaella # 2165), Ivory lace and Cashmere lining (Nessy from Blush by Hayley Paige), Silk White lace with Blossom lining (BL 16204 from BLISS by Monique Lhuillier), Ivory lace with Champagne lining (Lapis from Wtoo)

From left to right: Natural lace with Pearl lining(Mikaella # 2165), Ivory lace and Cashmere lining (Nessy from Blush by Hayley Paige), Silk White lace with Blossom lining (BL 16204 from BLISS by Monique Lhuillier), Ivory lace with Champagne lining (Lapis from Wtoo)

 

Trend colors

For the bride looking for something up and coming, we’ve found that bolder colors are starting to become increasingly trendy! While there are always some truly special brides that can rock bright red, black, or other non-traditional colors, there are more and more brides finding an easier balance with brighter pastels like pink and nude! Grey and silver are also a great way to find a close-to-traditional color with a unique feel!

If you want your dress to stand out on your big day, or if you have a particular theme in mind that works well with a more colorful dress, we would definitely recommend trying some on! These colors can definitely take brides by surprise with how much they end up liking them!

From left to right: Ivory lace on a nude lining (Corella from Willowby), Ivory beading on Latte lining (Hathor from Wtoo), and Ivory lace on Pinkberry lining (Denver from Blush by Hayley Paige)

From left to right: Ivory lace on a nude lining (Corella from Willowby), Ivory beading on Latte lining (Hathor from Wtoo), and Ivory lace on Pinkberry lining (Denver from Blush by Hayley Paige)

 

Feeling inspired to look for your perfectly colored wedding gown? We’d love to help! Check out our Pinterest page for inspiration, or set up an appointment to try some on with us in store!

 

 

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