White. Ivory. Cream. Eggshell. Diamond. Pearl. Bone. Candlelight. Natural. Blush. Caramel. Antique. Champagne. You may find yourself asking yourself “what happened to just plain old white?” More and more brides are turning away from the traditional, bright white color. Blush, champagne, even wisteria are becoming the new favorites in the world of bridal color. So how does one decide what shade is perfect shade? Let’s break this down.
Every designer will have their own palette of bridal shades. Within a designer’s collection, each dress will have their own color palette. Most likely while shopping for a wedding dress you will run into two major shades of white; white and ivory. While you may have always pictured yourself in a beautiful white wedding dress, that may not be the case while shopping. More and more stores are eliminating white from their stock because it is difficult to wear on different skin tones. Bright, stark white can wash out brides of a lighter or medium skin tone, while on brides with a darker skin tone the white glows. Pure white is the most striking bridal shade.
Ivory is where it gets tricky. More often than not brides will mistake ivory for white, and in the long run end up preferring the ivory over the white. Ivory is softer than white, therefore not as difficult to wear. Ivory can mask itself in different shades. Tones such as bone, candlelight, natural and cream are popular members of the ivory family. Each tone varies with its under tones and tints. It’s all about trying on different shades. Once you think you have nailed down the dress, ask about different colors and what is available for the dress. After trying a few different shades on, each bride will be able to understand more of what suits their skin tone.
Color is not normally something one would think of when it comes to wedding dresses. We see it time and time again down the runway but color is finally making its way down the aisle. New trends are developing show casing blush, champagne, caramel, antique, wisteria, and even prints! Brides who want to show off a more fun, flirty vibe can express themselves through different exciting colors. Blush, champagne and antique are often the most popular. These shades paired with a quality lace make for the perfect vintage feel. Brides may be scared to step out of the normal white or ivory family, but sometimes color can make a dress even more special.
Your dress color may not be the first thought that comes to mind while shopping, but it is important to keep in mind. Whether it is traditional white, a soft ivory, blush, or even floral print, you will look amazing in that one special dress.