The modern brides guide to wedding dress colors

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So we all know there is white and ivory wedding dresses, and that these days some are even blush and champagne! But did you know there are three kinds of white? Have you heard of Powder and Mink? How many gold or lavender wedding dresses did you spot in your local wedding dress salon?

This is the modern brides goldmine of color knowledge – after reading this you’ll might inspired to try something new before making your final dress decision. If you are not scared of challenging the traditions on your wedding day, why not shake things up a bit with a splash of color?

Did you know why – and how- wedding dress color matters? Be sure to read all you need to know in this article!

PURE WHITE

The brightest, crispest white you can find, pure white is whitest of all whites. It might even give off blue/ UV violet shimmers in photos. Having been the most common amongst traditional brides, most find it a hard color to pull off, especially if you are fair. This fabric is most often man-made, I.e synthetic, as natural fibers will not come out this white even when bleached.


OFF WHITE

Also known as winter-white, snow white or diamond white, this is a shade below pure white. It will appear less vivid and more silvery than pure white. Being less bright than pure white, it is easier to wear. It most often is made of natural materials such as cotton and silk.

NATURAL WHITE/ MILK WHITE

We are really getting into the subtleties of colors here! Natural white should not be confused with Ivory. Some group it in with ivory, and some call it off-white, but it is actually its own category. “Milk” is the perfect description: it is white, but just softer and warmer just like the liquid, without being as golden as ivory. In photos, it is hard to see the difference sometimes, it is best seen in real life when comparing the fabrics.
If you are not keen on ivory, and don’t feel like you can pull off off-white, then milk is the perfect color for you.

IVORY

Over the years, as such a popular wedding dress color, a range of different names and variations of ivory has developed. They can be called things like bone, eggshell, almond-white, candlelight or creamy white. All ivories are “sunny” in the appearance if compared to any variations of white and will look more golden.

CREAM

Cream, as name suggests is a rich, creamy color. It is a more saturated version of ivory and will appear warmer as it has more butter-yellow in it. 


Modern wedding dress designers and brides have realized how wonderful it is to change up the white and ivory and add layers -or all over- color variation. A darker or tinted underlay gives gorgeous dimension and extra personality to the dress, making it a perfect choice for modern Brides.


CHAMPAGNE 

Champagne, sometimes called Light Gold or Rum pink, is often used as a lining for a lace or tulle gown to create depth and make the pattern of the fabric stand out, or some interest through the sheer layers. Some dresses are made entirely in this lovely and flattering shade. Although in some cases it appears slightly pink or lilac, some times champagne is just a hint of cool light sand color, like a mineral-y, earthy hue, and sometimes towards caramel.

NUDE

What is the difference between champagne and nude? It might be very hard to tell the difference at a first glance, but generally speaking Champagne is lighter, cooler and less vivid, whereas Nude is usually closer to mid tone beige, camel or honey and thus more orange in color.


MOCHA

Mocha is a new color, popular amongst boho wedding dress designers and alternative brides. The benefit of this color is that it makes the lace really pop – and of course if you have darker skin, this is your “nude” color.

PEACH

Peach is not a common color, but has become an extension of the champagne color range for those brides who wants something different. It is certainly dreamy!

BLUSH

Blush is a soft pink with subtle hues of grey.

Pink or millennial pink is more saturated than blush, appearing brighter and more colorful.

POWDER

Powder and blush – just like your makeup kit includes these for two different applications, the colors might at first be hard to distinguish, but as you look at the powder dresses you’ll notice they are much lighter, less saturated and with a slight nude color in it.

You could call it the love child color by blush and nude – the best of both!

LAVENDER

Lavender and purple shades of wedding dresses became very popular in 2018 as one of the major bridal runway trends. Offering a slightly more elegant and mature look, they might be a great option for the bride who is not keen on looking too girly, but would still like something eye-catching.

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 GOLD

Gold wedding dresses has been huge in the middle east for a long time, but are now on the rise across the bridal fashion world thanks to designer such as Netta Benshabu and One Day bridal.

MINK

Mink is not a common color, but it is very sophisticated and a lovely alternative to champagne. It might sometimes be referred to as dusty rose. As the examples below show, mink is a greyer and more lilac color than champagne, thus appearing cooler.

BLUE

Wearing your dress as “something blue” will give your wedding look a hint of fairytale magic that works really well for a poetic fine art wedding.

GREY

Just like Hillary Duffs wedding style statement, a smoky grey dress redefines the essence of bridal cool.

SILVER

Metallic wedding dresses became a thing already 4 years ago. The look is certainly glamorous with a hint of edge!

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