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Dedicated July 2019

Dress Listed as Ivory---but It's not Ivory

Jenna, on May 20, 2019 at 2:49 PM Posted in Wedding Attire 0 38
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Hey there everyone!

My wedding gown is on it's way to me and should be here in a matter of days... However, there is a slight problem. The dress that I ordered is listed as "ivory", and the sample I tried on twice at the bridal salon was also "ivory". I remember thinking at the time that I expected the dress to be more yellow.I went ahead and ordered a gorgeous custom made veil from a seller on Etsy, and it arrived very quickly. It was gorgeous! But the first thing I noticed is that it is definitely yellower than my "ivory" gown. I contact the seller and she is amazing... she said she will exchange the veil for a lighter color... She said she's run into this issue before, and is positive my dress is actually "diamond white"... A shade of white between pure white and ivory.It's a Stella York dress... They are a Essence of Australia line (long with Martina Liana and Sorella Vita)... Has anyone had a similar situation from any of these dress makers?For the record, I'm not complaining! I love my dress and would exchange it ever! Just wondering if I'm not the only one who has run into this similar issue! I know some designers have different "fabric color ideas" for white, ivory, blush, champagne, etc etc...

Here is a picture of my dress at the bridal shop, before it was shipped out to me. You can tell its not "WHITE" but it's not super yellow either. Also attached pics of me in the ivory sample gown!

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  • Kelly
    Champion October 2018
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    Bridal ivory looks white to the naked eye. I’ve never seen an ivory wedding dress look yellow. And myself and everyone I know wore an ivory dress.
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  • earias
    Champion December 2017
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    Exactly this. Most wedding dresses are ivory now and do not look yellow at all. "Bridal ivory" looks white but it is softer and looks better on most people than true white. My dress and veil were ivory.

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  • Kelly
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    Kelly ·
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    I saw so many different shades of "ivory" in the salon I lost count. My dress is "ivory" and it's basically white too. I would sweat it.
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  • Kelly
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    Would not sweat it*
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  • Jenna
    Dedicated July 2019
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    Hmm, I'm not sure about that. I've seen some "yellow" ivory wedding dress samples (albiet, that was several years ago... when my mom was getting married!). They aren't butter cup yellow mind you *LOL* but you can definitely tell the difference! I found this picture that has different shades of white line up together, thought it was pretty cool!


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  • Jenna
    Dedicated July 2019
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    Found some more O_ODress Listed as Ivory---but It's not Ivory 5This one... all the fabrics would look white to me if they weren't held up together honestlyDress Listed as Ivory---but It's not Ivory 6



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  • Kelly
    Champion October 2018
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    I’ve never seen an ivory dress look that yellow. When I was shopping for dresses a lot of dresses didn’t even come in true white because it doesn’t look good on most people’s skin tones and almost no one buys true white anymore. My dress was Martina Liana which is the essence of Australia line of dresses.

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  • Jenna
    Dedicated July 2019
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    I think you're right Kelly. The bridal salon told me that my dress wasn't even made in white so that makes sense. Maybe I'm really just over thinking it?? Your dress looks stunning by the way!

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  • Kelly
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    I've seen some ivory dresses look straight up brown like they were tea stained or placed in storage. I consider ivory a bit lighter than a nude you'd see for a bra. But there's really no consistency in dress colors.
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  • Kelly
    Champion October 2018
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    Thank you! It makes sense that you’re used to ivory being more of an eggshell color in real life but wedding dresses are very different I think. Try not to overthink it and trust the bridal salon!
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  • Sherrie
    Expert August 2019
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    Same. Ivory photographs as white. It should not be yellowy at all.
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  • VIP September 2019
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    Same here girl my dress is ivory and nude. I think in most lights it is white. My bridal shop said Allure ivory is a softer white

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  • Lauren
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    My Martina Liana dress wasn't offered in true white. The lightest color was "Ivory" It looks white but has a warm hue instead of being blue-ish.

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    Fabric samples of linings and satins and zippers and trim, most often show what is here listed as light ivory, as ivory, and what is here called ivory, as cream or creamy ivory. . . . In quilting "whites" family, threads and fabrics will have 6-10 shades, calling what here is called ivory, as bone. . Quilting, it makes me nuts. Threads have different designations. Seamstresses labeling their things have difficulty matching names with a field of shade names that vary from one manufacturer to another, and from thread to fabric to beads, where what a computer scanner will match as the same color , will be called an off white thread, a bone lining, a creamy ivory satin and a pearly white ribbon or bead. The problem is not you or the veil seller, it is the industry.
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  • Allie
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    My dress is "ivory" but looks totally white to me. I ordered a soft ivory veil that looked fine with it but ended up giving it to my cousin for her wedding because it didn't look good with my dress. I want to get a really shear raw edge veil now but debating on ordering white or ivory for this reason... I'm thinking about just going with white.

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  • Emily
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    When I bought my dress, the salon owner told me it was two different colors, ivory and white, but they look exactly the same color to me.

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  • ASMini914
    Super September 2019
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    I have an EOA dress that is technically ivory, but looks white. I bought a diamond white veil and I think they look fine
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  • Melissa
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    My dress was also "ivory." Ivory is basically what most people will refer to as WHITE. Generally any dress ordered in "white" is a very true, stark white. Ivory is white...just with a warmth, really. Diamond white is also something I've heard referred to as ivory-ish, but just in general, if you hear "ivory," and you're talking bridal...you're hearing "white, but not WHITE WHITE!"

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  • SummerBrideInAutumn
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    As all the others have said, bridal ivory looks white unless it’s put up next to something that is truly white. I’ve never seen a bridal ivory that was yellow. Here’s my ivory Essence of Australia dress and it definitely looks white.

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  • thisismrsb
    Expert June 2019
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    That "true white" almost looks purple in comparison!
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