Find Your Color
By Jean Donnelly
August 5, 2011
Turns out, a bridal gown is not a black-and-white issue, as white comes in many colors. From brilliant white, to antique white and silver-tinged tones, there are many varieties of white to choose from. Thats good news, as some skin tones look simply stunning when sheer white is blended with a dash of cream or pastel.
Here, weve listed the fabric choices available at Simply Bridal, along with recommendations on what types of skin tone match each hue. We encourage you to purchase a sample of the fabric of your choice, dyed to the color youre considering. Computer monitors cant provide the best representation of what the color will look like next to your skin. A sample will offer the information youll need, and will allow you to touch and feel the fabric of your dress. Well refund the price of the sample when you buy your dress.
- Ivory: The most universally flattering of fabric colors, Ivory is a mild cream color that makes all skin types look healthy and vibrant.
- White: Pure, bright White looks striking and lovely on brides with darker skin tones. Fair brides, however, may look sallow in this color.
- Gold: Want to avoid the cookie-cutter wedding dress and go against the grain? Consider a deeper Gold hue. The tone is hopelessly romantic and gives off a warm, antique glow. The color flatters fair to dark skin tones, but should be avoided by those with yellow-toned skin.
- Mocha: Deep warm Mocha was made for the fall or evening bride. Its a unique bridal color, but also romantic, sophisticated and elegant. Plus, it caters to most skin tones. Just be sure to tell your guy youre choosing a non-traditional color, so hell know what to expect.
- Silver: Not all brides want to wear white. Silver is a breathtaking alternative, but doesnt veer too drastically from its pure white counterpart. Go metallic and edgy, or understated and elegant. Either way, a silver wedding dress is the perfect choice for a vibrant winter bash.
Once youve found the ideal wedding dress in the perfect color, youll need to choose accent colors. These colors will guide the entire spectrum of your eventfrom the colors of the bridesmaids dresses to the hue of your mans boutonnière. In other words, this is your wedding color palette; consider yourself Picasso. Choosing accent colors can feel slightly stressful, but these tips can help:
- Let your dress be your guide. It is the centerpiece. If youve chosen a formal style in a traditional color, use traditional colors for your accents. Or pick colors that pop. Go bold with turquoise and maroon or go festive with tangerine and green. If youre a daring bride, choose a black-and-white theme to shake up the ceremony.
- Think about the time of year. If youre getting married in the spring, choose cheerful colors that match the season, such as pink, yellow and a dash of lime green. The deep, rich tones of burnt orange and taupe suit an autumn wedding. During the colder season, silver