(Closed) confirmed: ivory dress will clash with white table linens…..eek

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 47
105 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I’d be more worried about blending in with tablecloths than standing out from them. 🙂

However, you mainly sound anxious that you chose ivory for your dress colour more than the clashing factor.

I’ve seen your photos–you look lovely in the ivory, and your dress in the ivory shade is indeed very beautiful. I understand that your ‘recommended’ colour according to the colour system is white, which is possibly causing you much of the anxiety. My recommended colour is white too, yet ivory actually looked better on me… so sometimes you can bend the rules of the colouring system and get away with it, particularly if you have a pale shade of ivory. I think yours is one of those cases.

Ivory is softer and gentler on the complexion than white. I think you are a ‘summer’, and the muted softness of light ivory is more flattering for you than stark, icy white, which suits the more dramatic ‘winter’. In the photos of you in your white dress in the sunlight, the white dress is the first thing I see, not you. That’s because your colouring is soft, so the drama of icy pure white competes with you. This competition would be magnified with a shiny satin dress.  

I really hope that when your dress comes in, your regrets fall away from you.

Back to the tablecloth issue.. if you can afford it, then rent it, or just go with coloured tablecloths. Your dress is then guaranteed to look rather white in comparison!

Post # 48
546 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Here is a pic:  Me in ivory, Hubby in white, table linen in white.  A little off but no one is gonna care.

Post # 49
69 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I went back and looked at your dress post and a) you look amazing and b) the color is GORGEOUS. It’s a pretty light ivory, from how it looks. Also, you said in that post that the bridal shop said that 1 in 100 people ever order white, not ivory, which I think is correct. Most people look better in some sort of off-white. I think the bridal stress is making you (and most of us) overthink little details. Just remember to relax and enjoy this time and your wedding day! It will be over before you know it.

And please don’t worry about your dress, you look AMAZING!

Post # 50
112 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

People will not notice unless it is pointed out that your dress is ivory and the linens are white. Even then, they are not going to care. They are there to be happy for you and your new husband!! Smile

Post # 51
1 posts
  • Wedding: February 2011

i def agree with the minority here! Get the ivory linens! I have an ivory wedding gown and i too was worried about the dingy/dirty look while standing next to white table cloths. The venue where my reception is being held allows you to use their white tablecloth free of charge, so i thought this was great. but once i really thought about it, it just wasnt giving me the satisfaction i needed. I know weddings are already expensive, BUT its YOUR DAY, and it should be filled with pure JOY, No subconcious worries, (which you will have w/ the white tableclths). I actually only spent $130 extra dollars on 12 60″ ivory tablecloths. I bought them instead of renting. Its Worth It, Trust me!

Post # 52
294 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m wearing ivory and was worried about the same thing.  However, I recently went to an event at our venue and the lighting is so romantic that the white linens didn’t look a bright white!  I also chose to have napkins not be white, so only chair covers and table cloth will be white and I’m not worried.  I mean really, how many of you pics are gonna show your linens?….lol

Post # 52
604 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Bees, I have to bump this thread because it made me laugh. I was trying to decide between white vs. ivory table linens and found this thread.

Post # 53
122 posts
Blushing bee

What a load of rubbish!!! I am wearing ivory and my linens will be white, white is the standard colour for linens you don’t have to co-ordinate with it!!!

Post # 54
4083 posts
Honey bee

Who cares?

Post # 55
8573 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

This happened to me. Originally I had purchased ivory linens, and then I picked out my dress which was STARK WHITE. I bought all new white linens. I hated how yellow my linens looked next to my dress, they really did look yellow.

Post # 56
2968 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I dont think this is the case at all. My dress was ivory and my linens were white and silver and my dress looked just as white if not whiter. Consider the lighting in the room.. it will be more than fine

Post # 57
1936 posts
Buzzing bee

I had an vory dress with white table linens and it was completely fine. Esp since the room isn’t brightly lit..

Post # 58
665 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I am doing this too, I have an off-white dress, and my linens will all be white.. I dont think anyone will be able to tell. 

Post # 59
9831 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

My SIL’s bridesmaid’s dresses literally matched the tablecloths at their wedding, fabric and everything. I thought it was terrible, lol.

I had no desire to match the linens!

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