"Well, my wedding dress isn't white and it isn't ivory but it's not ivory ivory it's light ivory but not buttery". It's silk white...oh, I give up!"
Have you been there...done that? Are you frustrated with trying to figure out what veil color matches with which dress tone?
There's no perfect science to it. It seems every dress designer has a different "ivory". So, to help guide you a little, here's a few tips on the basics of that classic veil colors...
Bridal veils in white are often a stark white and go well with classically white bridal gowns. Makes sense right? However, there are some tones of wedding veils in "silk white"? What does that mean? It means it has a very slight tint of ivory that is not quite "diamond white" (which we'll explain in a minute) but leans more in the "white" toned category. Silk white will generally match wedding dresses made of natural silks that are called "white".
"Diamond white" is a color between white and ivory. This is confusing for some brides because "diamond" seems like it would imply this color should be a brighter "white". However, if you think about it, diamonds have a tinge of ivory or yellow. Thus the color "diamond white". Ta da!
Diamond white wedding veils are too light for a ivory wedding dress and too ivory for a white wedding dress. But, they are just right for a diamond white or what might be called a "light ivory" bridal gown depending on the dress designer. This has been and is one of the most popular colors in the last decade for brides.
So the quintessential ivory. The Queen of all bridal veil colors. You say, "The Queen"? Yes, ivory is by far the most popular wedding veil color for the last 15 years or more. Many bridal gown designers have met the demand of brides seeking the less traditional gown for the off white or ivory toned wedding dress. Thus, the need to have the coordinating ivory bridal veil.
Now, the problem is there seems to be a 1000 (not really, but feels like it) of hues in ivory! They run the gamut, from a light tone to a buttery tint to a deep dark vintage ivory. Forget the number of names for ivory such as pearl, cream, vanilla, eggshell, powder, bisque...well this list goes on. So, what's a bride to do?
The good news is even though there are a ton of names for ivory, typically each will fall into a general "hue family" within that gamut. It will either in reality be a light ivory (creamy), classic ivory (buttery to yellow), or a dark ivory (vintage tone) regardless of the "name" the designer gave it. So, now you might be asking...ok, so now what?
Now, if you're confident about the color your ivory dress think about the "category" it falls into and look for a wedding veil in that tone.
However, if you're unsure, it's good to ask for a swatch from your veil designer to ensure it really matches your dress.
SWATCH TIP: Keep in mind a swatch does come from a dye lot. What the heck is a dye lot? A dye lot is the color a specific bolt of fabric has be "dyed" in. So, these "lots" will vary ever so slightly from one to the other although the same color. The swatch will give you an idea of the color so you can confirm it will match your dress. Therefore, do not be alarmed your veil will be significantly different from the tone of the swatch.
White is typically not dyed. Therefore, you probably don't need a swatch of white. It's white. Notice, they're not so clever with the names for "white". Because, it's white. Okay, off my soap box. But, if you must, feel free to make that request.
Side Bar: So, Why Do Some Bridal Businesses Charge for Swatches While Others Don't?
Well brides, quality fabric cost quality money. Most bridal businesses especially those who make wedding dresses and wedding veils customize or make the garment to order. Lots of time and resources go into creating something just for you. These materials although swatches still cost the designer. Well, that's great for them, but what's in it for you?
Paying a dollar or less for a swatch can really prevent a bride from making the more costly mistake of "guessing" on a color and having it made then finding it really did not work with her dress. You can't return it, you can't exchange, you can't do anything. And that really stinks! There's a common saying..."Pay now or pay later".
So, invest that dollar or two. You can see and feel the fabric in person and match it up. This will give you real peace of mind. Some businesses will even allow you to apply amount paid to your final order for swatches that costs you a little more. So, hopefully that helps to explain. It'll be worth it.