Hello, lovelies! Becca Thomas here from Rebecca Ann Aesthetic, ready to chat about a common dilemma brides face- choosing a white vs. ivory wedding dress.
I’ve shot hundreds upon hundreds of weddings, with wedding gowns in every shade imaginable. There is a very real difference in how each of these seemingly similar colors impacts your overall look.
Picking the right color for your gown can significantly impact your wedding photos. So let’s delve into the distinct qualities of these two classic hues through the lens of how each preforms aesthetically on your skin tone and in your photographs.
Understanding the Basics: White vs. Ivory
First, it’s essential to understand the difference between white and ivory. White is a pure, stark shade, a classic color that’s synonymous with traditional bridal gowns. On the other hand, ivory, while still a shade of white, carries a subtle hint of cream or yellow, giving it a warmer tone.
In person, the difference between the two may seem subtle. Yet, in photographs, these differences can become more apparent and contribute to the overall mood and aesthetic of your wedding images.
The Impact on Your Wedding Photos
When it comes to how these colors photograph, there are a few key points to consider. White gowns tend to reflect light more, which can result in a bright, crisp look in your photos. They stand out against almost any backdrop, making you the clear focus of the images. However, the high reflectivity of white can sometimes lead to a loss of detail in the gown’s design elements, especially in brighter lighting conditions.
Ivory gowns, on the other hand, absorb more light, which can lead to a softer look in photographs. This can enhance the intricate details of your dress, making lacework, beadwork, or other embellishments more noticeable. Ivory’s warmer tones can also complement various skin tones, providing a glow that can be particularly flattering in portraits.
Complementing Your Wedding Aesthetic
Another point to consider is how the color of your dress fits into your overall wedding aesthetic. White gowns can lend themselves well to a modern, minimalist, or glamorous theme, providing a clean, striking appearance. Meanwhile, ivory gowns can beautifully complement rustic, vintage, or bohemian wedding styles, contributing to a warm, romantic ambiance.
Remember, though, that there are no hard and fast rules here. Your wedding should reflect your personal taste and style. If an ivory gown makes your heart flutter, but you’re planning a modern, city-chic wedding, go for it! The most important thing is that you feel beautiful and confident.
Factoring in Your Skin Tone
Your skin tone is another crucial factor when deciding between a white vs. ivory wedding dress. White gowns can be striking, but on some skin tones, they can create a harsh contrast, making the skin appear washed out in photos. On the other hand, ivory can add a warm glow to many skin tones, lending a flattering, natural look in images.
The key is to try on gowns in both colors and observe how each one complements your skin. Trust your instinct and choose the shade that makes you feel most beautiful.
Traditional Vibes of White Gowns
We’re not going to spend a great deal of time here- because we’ve built an entire brand on how you should do what is right for you. White gowns ARE the traditional color. The reasoning behind it however- gives us pause. White gowns are symbolic of purity- which leads into discussions about virginity and saving yourself for marriage.
Through this lens, we note that ivory gowns are traditionally reserved for second marriages- again, because purity.
At Rebecca Ann Aesthetic, we respect all customs and traditions- but understand that it’s totally fine to move against the grain. Many people are opting for peach or green or even black gowns and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. You should choose whatever color you feel your best in.
In conclusion, the decision between a white and ivory gown depends on several factors – how each color photographs, your overall wedding aesthetic, and most importantly, how each shade complements your skin tone. Ultimately, the best color is the one that makes you feel most confident and radiant on your special day.
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