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Dress Talk is a bi-weekly post featuring wedding dress shopping and gown advice by guest blogger Kayleigh Hicks of Solutions Bridal Designer House. Make sure to check back for more bridal fashion information and also add The Bridal Closet, official blog of Solutions Bridal Designer House, to your blog reader!

The ever classic debate ensues to this day. Which color wedding gown should you choose? Stark white? Maybe ivory… Or even champagne? Are there rules? What if you absolutely love one color, but don’t feel it is appropriate for the season or the setting?

Not to worry beautiful yet baffled brides-to-be! Solutions Bridal is here to offer our services! This classic color debate is something we see in our salons nearly every day. Brides are always on the search for their dream gown, but many find themselves stumped by this oh so important question. Which color gown should I select?

Each of the gowns we carry in our stores come in a variety of color selections, which is typical for any special order bridal salon. Trust us when we say that this is a good thing, because as a bride, you definitely want to have the most options possible even if it makes the decision making process slightly more difficult for the time being. If you are somewhat confused about the correct color selection of your dreams, take into consideration a few factors before deciding.

Consider skin tone as a huge factor in the decision making process.
Skin tone is unique to every individual, and this means that not every shade of white or ivory is going to look stunning on every bride. There is absolutely that one shade of wedding gown that will compliment you flawlessly, and you should not stop until you find the shade that makes you feel like the best you possible! If you are at a bridal salon, ask the stylists to show you swatches of the gown colors available. Here at Solutions Bridal, we have multiple folders filled to the brim with swatches of every shade of white, ivory, champagne, and ever other color you could think of! Not every gown comes in every color, so if you are set on a certain shade of gown that is unique. You don’t want to fall in love with a gown, only to find out you can’t get it in your perfect hue. Make sure the gowns you try on are available in this ideal shade to avoid confusion and frustration.

Ceremony setting is important, but don’t let the site select the color.
Many of our brides are very concerned with the setting of their ceremony and color of their gown clashing. They worry that if they are not in a stark white dress, their classic church ceremony will be in shambles, or if they do not choose a champagne gown, their vintage night time wedding will not have a consistent theme. Although you do want to make sure your gown is appropriate for your setting, the only thing you need make sure you love when you select a gown color is how it looks on you! The shape of the gown, material, and design can all factor into the appropriateness of the gown, but whatever shade you select will work wonderfully with the “I-Dos” if you feel comfortable and confident in your gown’s fit and color. The setting of your wedding can absolutely influence your gown choice, but your love and absolute adoration of how you look and feel in the dress should be the main decision making influence. This is your day to look and feel the most beautiful you have ever felt in your life, and no setting or building should determine the gown you wear.

The time of your wedding and ceremony is just that, a time!
Just because your ceremony is set to begin at nightfall on a delightful Saturday evening does not mean you need to have a champagne gown! Likewise, just because you are having a Spring inspired garden ceremony does not mean stark white is the limitation to your gown color. Although you do want to make sure you feel comfortable in your gown choice, there are no set rules that govern the wedding gown style, design, length, or color any more! One of my personal favorite things about weddings is the fact that every wedding is so incredibly unique. Each bride has the chance to express herself through each and every detail of her Big Day. Don’t let a silly factor like time on a clock deter you away from the gown color of your dreams or the one that compliments your tone and personality the best. Just be you when selecting that oh so fabulous dream dress, and the rest will fall into place perfectly.

The best piece of advice I can offer in regards to any aspect of choosing a wedding gown is to get out there and try them on! As always, you never know until you try. Try on as many shapes, styles, colors, and options as possible, if you are not sure of where to start and don’t stop until you find the one that wows you. If you are a simplest and have always pictured yourself in a stark white ballgown on your special day you should absolutely select the ballgown of your dreams. Similarly, if you are a daring bride that feels the fire to marry the love of your life in a hot pink mini, I support that just as much! Do not worry about any of the set rules you think exist when choosing your ideal gown. As long as you feel like the most incredibly confident, beautiful, and chic woman in the world on your wedding day, everyone else will love the dress as well!

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