How did you decide on a wedding dress color?

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
284 posts
Helper bee

I honestly picked the color based on my skin tone! I’m very pale and loved every white dress I tried on because it made me look darker complected. I hated the ivory color I tried on because it washed me out and blush made me look even paler. I ended up ordering my dress in white even though I could only try that dress on in ivory. 

Is it possible for you to try on other dresses by the designer in the other colors? The bridal salon I went to tried to carry at least one dress in each color for each designer so brides would know what that designers “ivory” or “white” looked like! It may not be your dress but I found it helpful. Who knew there were so many shades of white 🤣

Post # 3
2608 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Valleybrook Country Club

fourthnoel :  The dress shop or designer should be able to provide swatches to you so you can pick. I chose mine based on the fact that I am very pale and white would just wash me out, so I went with a combo of ivory light gold and champange for mine.

Post # 4
3563 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

fourthnoel :  the bridal shop should have extra swatches of he fabric and can often tuck them up under the tulle so you can see what the color will look like. Also, you might ask if they have sample gowns from the same designer in some of the different color ways. 

Post # 5
3544 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 29th, 2016

fourthnoel :  As another PP did, I chose based on my skin tone. I love the contrast of crisp white and my golden/brown skin, so it was a no brainer for me 🙂 Some of the samples I tried on were champagne colored and they just looked dingey to me, so I knew that those shades weren’t going to work for me. 

Post # 6
1018 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I knew I definitely did not want white/ivory. My dress ended up being gold over champagne. The bridal shop had a small swatch and based my decision off that. I was very nervous to make the wrong decision but I just had a gut feeling it was right for me.

Post # 7
664 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

The sample I tried on was ivory over champagne (more of a pink color), but I ended up buying ivory over gold (more of a true champagne color). I liked the color of the one I tried on but felt it was a little lacking, and the pink undertone just didn’t really feel that “bridal” to me – it was unique but interestingly just felt kind of ‘blah’ to me. The ivory/gold looks better with my skin tone. 

Luckily the salon where I bought my dress had dresses in the different colors by the designer so they were able to put a little bit of the lining of those dresses under the overlay of the one I was trying on so I could get a better idea of what the actual dress would look like (they didn’t have a sample of my dress with the color combination I chose). 

Post # 8
33 posts

Skin tone is a big deal, as others have said. I went with ivory because it looked good with mine.

Post # 9
299 posts
Helper bee

Why don’t you try on some dresses in other colour combinations? Even if the dress isn’t your style at least you can see colours on your skin.

Post # 10
484 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2019 - Southampton, UK

I just had to do this. My dress came in many different color combinations, but as I knew I wanted ivory lace and tulle and not white, that narrowed me down to three: ivory/ivory, ivory/cafe, ivory/sable. The woman at the salon was able to find the different color combinations in other samples from the same designer, so I was able to see how each color combination looked.

Post # 11
625 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I went with ivory because that’s all that was available for my Haley Paige dress. I have a caramel complexion with yellow undertones.  I think ivory looks good on me even though lots of blogs and bridal mags suggest pure white for darker skin tones. I’m kinda relieved the designer made the decision for me so I didn’t have to mull over another choice. Some designers have 5 different choices of off white. It’s too much. 

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