(Closed) Can someone give me a crash course in Wedding dress Colors?

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
327 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

hmm I’m curious too! I’m a very pale person and was told to only look at ivory so it doesn’t wash me out (like white would). I’m not sure if the same would be true for olive toned people.

Post # 4
145 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I don’t really know the difference, but know that I got an ivory dress, and thought it was pure white, until my consultant told me otherwise!  They all look so close to me

Post # 5
1375 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

It is so hard to get a photo because it can be difficult to see the differences unless they are held up next to each other.

White: White is a true white, also known as snow white or winter white

Diamond White: Diamond white is frequently requested because this is an off white that is between white and ivory. Also known as light ivory and candlelight.

Ivory: Ivory wedding veils are a light creamy color.

Here are some swatches.

Honestly, whatever you go with, it’s going to look white to you on the day-of. If your groom was wearing a white jacket or something, you’d need to get White so you didn’t look dingy. But a white tux shirt with an ivory dress looks fine.

FWIW, I was debating ivory or white. I have pale skin and dark hair so what I’d “heard” was that “Oh, you should definitely go with ivory,” like white was off limits for someone with my skin tone. I tried them both on. They both looked fine. My stepdad was pretty adamant that white looked better, and I put the dresses next to the tuxes I was planning to get at the time (Charcoal gray, although we ended up with black), and white did look better next to them.

In the vast majority of fabrics, I could only tell the difference when I held white and ivory up next to each other – but not when I had them on individually.

Post # 7
764 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I can deff tell the difference between a ivory and white dress without having to hold the dresses next to each other … guess I have a sharp eye for that.  I can’t however tell the difference between a white and diamond white dress … they look so similar to me.  I have an olive skin tone and my dress came in ivory or white … I was able to see the yellowness in the ivory so I went with white unseen and love it!  It really comes down to the fabric of the dress you select and your skin tone … go with what you feel looks best. 

My dress is made by Allure, fabric is organza.  This is a picture of the sample gown which was ivory.  This a cell pic so it may not be the best quality but you can see the yellowness especially against my skin tone, white privacy panel, and white colored veil:

This is a picture of MY dress in white.  Again this is a cell pic but you can see how much nicer it looks against my skin tone and might I add that it does not wash me out:

Post # 8
756 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

oo i like this thread   bookmarking

Post # 9
6593 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

From a wedding photography aspect (used to shoot weddings as an assistant) you usually cannot tell white from diamond white from ivory in pictures due to the lighting.  Many brides who ordered ivory dresses would complain that their dress doesn’t look ivory in pictures.  Well that is because the flash usually washes out the color a bit making it look white.

One thing to keep in mind is that if your dress has a lot of detail (lace, beading, etc…), it generally will not show up in pictures as well with white and diamond white dresses.  Yes, you can get closeups of the detail to look good and with the right natural lighting (sunset is best) you can see a lot but distance shots will tend to look like a blob of white.

Bottom line is that you should try on all the shades of white and determine which looks best with your skin because that contrast will get picked up by the camera and nobody wants to look washed out.

Post # 10
2674 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Also, be aware that nowadays you can also get some dresses in blush or champagne. Lots of dresses with lace have a few options for both the underneath layer and the lace layer. If you have them both the same color it can be hard to see the details of the lace, which is why many brides opt of white lace with an ivory or champange underlayer.

@beachbride1216: +1 The woman who wore my dress before me has pro shots of it looking pure white, even though it is blush/champagne.

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