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Understanding Wedding Dress Colours

24/07/2018 | weddings

For all of you who have recently become engaged, or if you are in the market for a wedding dress, Brides of Eire very kindly have given us some advice to share with you, when it comes to picking your wedding dress colour.

A White dress is not what you'd expect. Pretty much every dress you see pictured on their site that looks "white" is in the ivory colour option. The actual name ivory tends to be a little misleading, because we naturally think of ivory to have a very warm tone. Ivory just means a soft white. 

So, what's really "white"? The easiest way to imagine it, is to go find yourself a piece of printer paper. Yes, it’s THAT white. Obviously different fabrics will produce different tones, but in general the "white" colour options out in the wedding dress world are pretty bright.

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Ivory is essentially what you'd consider "white", just not as bright. This is by far the most popular dress colour. Most people think of an overly creamy colour tone when they hear "ivory" when in reality, it’s just a softer white. Dress styles in ivory are the most common type of base colour you'll encounter when you go dress shopping and it especially compliments our Irish skin tones.

Champagne will vary greatly from dress style to dress style. The colour tone of “champagne” can range from slightly off white, to a slight rose tone, and a creamier warm tone. The actual colour depends on the layering.  Typically, the Champagne colour comes from the bottom satin layer. This is the base layer from which all other design elements are layered on. When you start adding English net, lace and bead elements, they will diffuse the colour in different ways. For example, some “champagne” designs have an ivory lace layer on top, which brings out a creamier palette.

Oyster has a high sheen and has a slightly colder tone. Oyster is in essence the other side of the spectrum from champagne. This colour allows for a very beautiful contrast against lace appliqué. Usually thicker embroidery lace will produce a vintage feel to a dress style, but with oyster it allows for a very modern contrast. The only thing to watch out for when shopping for an oyster colour tone dress is to see it under natural light. If you're under older incandescent lights it will make it look almost grey. Under florescent light it produces a colder colour tone.

For all your wedding dress requirements maek sure to pop into Brides of Eire in Clonakilty. Happy Shopping!

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