Post # 1
So before I purchased my dress, I didn’t know what diamond white was, or the difference between diamond white and ivory.
Ok, I admit, I still don’t know. the lady at the dress shop said “there isn’t a lick of difference” but I honestly can’t believe that.
could you bee’s shed some light on the shades?
Post # 3
Here’s a great thread that discusses the difference: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/my-dress-colour-confusion-diamond-white
The general consensus seems to be that the diamond white shade depends on the brand, but typically tends to be in the middle between white and ivory.
Post # 4
Here’s how I understand it –
Diamond white is for brides who want a “pure white” looking dress, but don’t have the skin tone to carry off a “white” (think bleach white or chalk white) gown. (hint – very very few women look good in “white”). Diamond white doesn’t have any real warmth to it. My dress in the pic below is diamond white (Casablanca brand).
Ivory is for those who want a “softer white” looking dress (think a very very slight warm tone rather than a true white look). It is more forgiving with different skin tones than a true white would be. It photographs pretty white, you’d only know it wasn’t when you hold it up to something that IS white.
It helps to look at real-life pics of brides at their weddings to get a sense of how the difference really shows up – it’s really a very minor difference. [attachment=849216,106429]
Post # 5
Like others said, diamond white is a slightly softer white, maybe like a slight off white, whereas ivory has a warmer, yellow tone.
However, there are such differences depending on material and manufacturer that it’s really hard to know what the actual color is going to be. I think you have to either look at swatches or calibrate what you want based on the sample. The sample I tried on was ivory, but before they told me, I would have told you it was white.
Post # 6
Stephmarie- like you, before I bought my dress I didn’t know the difference either. Before going shopping my FI and I decided my dress needed to be “white” because that’s traditional- (even though i’m pale). When I went shopping and had finally tried on “the one” I hadn’t even thought about the shade of it until after I was set that it was “the one.” It has some lace and detail to it so it has a different look and shade altogether, but the diamond white that it is, is absolutely stunning and all my girls told me it looked amazing with my skin tone. My FI and his groomsmen are all going to be wearing “white” but we are having a fall wedding in the evening so I think it’ll blend just fine.