To the uninitiated, veil color seems a non-issue: white. In reality, the choice is much more involved. White is actually one of several colors: pure white, winter white, and ivory. Each white has its own variations, but you needn't match your dress perfectly. Allow for some color variation, which will better show off your veil's detailing to guests. If you do vary the color, most experts recommend wearing a veil a shade or two lighter than the gown for a put-together look. Also, choose similar tones and intensities for your gown and veil. If you have a champagne gown, for example, opt for an ivory veil with similar yellow undertones, rather than pure or diamond white.

The Pure White Wedding Veil

This is the true "stark" or bright white with no tinting. Experts generally recommend wearing it only if your gown is simply white. If you like the way pure white contrasts with your not-pure-white dress, get the honest opinion of trusted friends and family before purchasing. This color looks beautiful with a white satin gown but also goes well with white lace, cotton, or chiffon.

Diamond, Winter Silk or Off-White

This shade has a different name depending on the material or designer. Diamond, winter silk, off-white, and light ivory are all names for similar shades. Whatever the name, it is a soft white, between pure white and ivory in color. This white goes best with white silk and other gowns with a natural or lightest ivory appearance.

Ivory Veils

Ivory is an off-white, yellow-tinted hue. Variations range from light eggshell to a cream color. Lighter shades go well with light ivory gowns, while creamy ivory or champaign gowns look beautiful under the darker shades.

Colored and Blush Veils

The traditional shades above are most common, but you have other options, such as light blush tints and darker colors. You can even order black and red bridal veils online! Some other, less intense shades you might consider include:

  • Peach Blush: This veil color has a hint of peach tint
  • Pink Blush: Tulle in this color is a very light pink
  • Taupe: Taupes range in intensity from light oyster to creamy mocha and go well with ivory or champagne tone wedding gowns.
  • Rum Pink: This is a bit deeper color than blush and is a recommended for oyster gowns.
  • Champagne: Experts often describe champagne as a creamy, color more intense color than ivory.
  • Light Gold or Honey: These veils are golden-toned and work will with cinnamon or the darker gold gowns.

While experts will have certain recommendations for what shade of ivory or white veil to wear with your gown color, the choice also depends on your personal preference, the look you want to project, and if you want to follow current fads or trends. Any or all may impact your final veil color choice. The number one rule to follow is do not make the decision in a vacume. Choose your gown first and consider how the veil will look with it. Visit bridal shops and hold different color veils against your gown shade to see the effect. And ask those you trust. Only then are you in a position to choose your most fabulous veil color.

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