Choose your wedding dress colour wisely – white remains the most popular across all styles, but it may not be flattering for your skin tone or hair colour. Just moving a shade or two away from bright white could make all the difference to how flattering the dress is on you. There is such a wide range of fabric available that what is described as ivory in one range or design could look quite different to another dress which is also described as ivory. Specialist bridal stores are invaluable as you can try on a range of gowns in natural light and choose the wedding dress colour that is the most flattering for you whether that is white, ivory, pearl or oyster. They will also be able to show you styles that you might not have considered at first and this could lead to you finding your perfect dress. Think about your accessories when choosing the colour, will you be able to have a veil that matches exactly, will you need to have shoes dyed to the same shade? How will the dress look with your grooms suit colour?
If you are not having a traditional white dress because it is not your usual style, there are vintage companies who can supply something different from tea dresses to full skirted gowns with underskirts, or unusual colour combinations- a monochrome dress with bright underskirts can look stunning. Dress designers and seamstresses can also make a bespoke design for you, where the only limit is your imagination, so if your usual day to day style is eclectic you could have the dress altered easily and keep wearing it after the wedding.
You could also bear the following rhyme in mind to help you, although there does not seem to be a rhyme for ivory!
Married in White, you have chosen right,
Married in Grey, you will go far away,
Married in Black, you will wish yourself back,
Married in Red, you will wish yourself dead,
Married in Green, ashamed to be seen,
Married in Blue, you will always be true,
Married in Pearl, you will live in a whirl,
Married in Yellow, ashamed of your fellow,
Married in Brown, you will live in the town,
Married in Pink, you spirit will sink.