There’s many elements that contribute to a match made in heaven when it comes to a veil and wedding dress. One part many brides struggle with is knowing how to pick the right veil color for their wedding dress.
If you’ve done any amount of wedding shopping (online or in person), you likely discovered it can be hard to tell the difference – and there are many, many “shades of white”.
So how do you go about picking the right veil color for your dress? The answer may surprise you...
But first! Here's a brief guide to veil color:
White- a pure, bright white. Goes with “white” wedding gowns made of fabrics like satin, organza, tulle, crepe, taffeta, chiffon, *except* those made of silk fabrics.
Eggshell (a.k.a. natural or diamond white) - a just barely "off-white" shade with no yellow undertone. Works perfectly with gowns made of natural silks, and other barely off-white tones; often referred to as natural, pearl, off-white, and silk white.
Ivory – a rich, light off-white, with a hint of creamy undertone. Ivory is a shade darker than eggshell. Perfect for gowns in the ivory, ivory nude, ivory blush family of color. 99% of the veils we produce are either ivory or eggshell in color, with all other tones combined making up the other 1%. Unlike eggshell, which almost has no colour at all, when you scrunch ivory up in your hand, you can see a warmer, pale ivory cast.
Dark Ivory- a deeper ivory shade, verging into the cream family. Dark ivory is a good fit for candlelight, cream or some champagne fabrics, like many silk mikados and brocades that have a deeper tone.
There’s also a couple of other niche shades to choose from. At Laura Jayne, we offer blush, sorbet (a ballet-slipper pink), and oyster (a very soft sand color that pairs beautifully with champagne tones, or warms up a pale ivory gown).
"When in doubt, eggshell is a good choice. We send it to bridal fashion shoots all the time when we don't know the dress colors we'll be working with."
Now that you have the cliff notes, let's break it down further...
At trunk shows, we’ve met many brides who were surprised to discover the range of color options when it comes to wedding veils. Many don’t realize veils come in different colors. Why would they? Unless a bride has played a key role helping a friend shop for a veil, this is likely a first.
Not only do veils come in different colors, wedding gowns come in many colors as well, and designers tend to have their own names for their color palette.
In other words, natural, pearl, diamond white, silk white and eggshell are all more or less the same color- a "just-off-white" shade without any yellow undertone.
One designer’s “creme” could be the same as another designer’s “ivory” or “vanilla". Or, the “ivory” of 3 different designers, or even different fabrics within the same designer's collection, will differ slightly in appearance.
Now for the surprise answer to "how do I match my veil color to my wedding dress?" Well... you don't!
Yep, you really did just read that. I said don't bother matching your veil. Ok, well…not exactly. What I mean to say is, look for your veil to tone with your dress, not an exact color match.
Wait, what? So how does that work? Here's a couple of secrets:
Secret #1: Most wedding veils are made of tulle, most commonly a very sheer illusion tulle. Tulle for wedding veils intentionally has very little color. Since most veils have some gathering at the comb or "fullness" at the bottom, you want a sheer, ethereal effect, not a dark “halo” at the top where the comb sits into your hair.
Secret #2: Bridal veils are usually very sheer, and are a light, open weave, so even the identical “color” in a satin fabric and tulle illusion will appear slightly different due to the satin being shiny and opaque, and the tulle being matte and sheer.
That’s why we aim for a tonal match, not an exact color match. There are far more subtleties between bridal gown fabrics and coloration than there are tulle colors.
5 Tips to Get the Perfect Veil Color for Your Dress
Know what you’re trying to match. If you know the designer name, style name, and color of your dress, that’s a great start. If you’re having a bespoke wedding dress made, know the name of the fabric, what it’s made of, and get a fabric swatch if possible.
Don’t rely on your screen for exact color. Screens are not color perfect and many things impact how color appears in photos, such as lighting, filters, etc. Also, veils have very little color, so often different colors will appear to be the same online.
Ask for expert help. Most bridal salons or online wedding shops (including ours), will be familiar with top bridal designers color palettes. They will know if Romona Keveza’s ivory duchesse is on the richer side, or if Pronovias nude reads more ivory in person when pairing a veil. An expert bridal stylist will be able to offer advice once you share details about your dress.
Remember to look for a tone that works with your dress. For all the different colors of wedding gowns, there’s only a handful of tulle colors widely in use. Refer back to the brief veil color guide at the beginning of this article.
Follow this easy rule of thumb:
- For a bright, white gown, go with a pure white veil. For other gown colors, look for yellow undertones in your dress
- If your dress isn’t pure white, but has no yellow undertone, choose a veil in eggshell.
- If your dress isn’t pure white, and has a slight yellow/warm undertone, ivory is your best bet!
- If you are still unsure of which color to choose, get a veil swatch. Most veil designers offer swatches at nominal cost. Getting a swatch may help ease your mind and choose in confidence.
"Remember, it is not necessary to match your veil to the exact color of your dress. A tonal match is all it takes with a sheer fabric in a lighter shade."
There you have it! We understand it can be challenging to choose a wedding veil and accessories online, but we also know that for many brides it's the only option available right now.
Still unsure? We’ve helped 1000’s of women find their perfect veil, and we’d be happy to assist you too.
Feel free to reach out via Instagram or our "Contact Us" page for help finding your perfect gown/veil pairing.
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