The Not-So-White Wedding Dress

Every bride knows at least something about their dream dress. The only thing I knew for sure before I went dress shopping was that I wouldn’t be wearing white-white. White just doesn’t do it for my complexion. When choosing the final color for my dress, it was clear I didn’t want white, but to my surprise, I actually had options to choose from!

**Champ, if by some slim chance you’re reading this, please please don’t look closely at the pictures… you might get a peek of my dress!

Obviously, champagne is my favorite! All gowns may not come in these color choices, but this was enough for me. When I tried on dresses, it was obvious that ivory or darker would be the best for me. When the dress was actually photographed, I saw how WHITE ivory looked. Unfortunately, the sample of my dress that I tried on was ivory, so I tried on a different style dress in champagne. At first I was worried that a champagne colored dress would look like I was wearing a previously loved or dirty wedding dress, and that wouldn’t be good!

So here I am in a champagne colored dress. Now as you can tell from my facial expression, the empire waist dress did nothing for my figure. I just wanted to try on this dress to get an idea of the color. My imaginative ability was tested as I had to physically hold the dress to prevent an unexpected boudoir session, but I felt pretty confident that a champagne colored dress would be better than an ivory one.

I also made sure that the champagne dress I tried on was the same designer as the dress I had chosen, a pretty important detail. My dress is satin with a lace overlay, so this was a good example of what the color change would do for me. Here’s a closer look at the champagne color.

And for comparison sake, the champagne dress next to my ivory sample dress… quite the difference!

I ended up ordering my dress in champagne satin with an ivory overlay of lace. That’s always been my favorite combo, and I’m so fortunate to be able to choose my colors! Here are some other brides who have chosen the combo.

Eli Manning’s wife chose this champagne dress with ivory lace at their Spring 2008 wedding, below.

I actually tried this Jim Hjelm dress and loved it, but it just didn’t quite hit me in the right places. So sad.

This gown is by British designer Sassi Holford. Very pretty!

Katharine McPhee also chose a gorgeous lace dress. Another thing I’ll point out here is her mantilla veil. I love it, and more on that later!

Wedding dresses come in so many variations!

What makes your dress unique?


Mrs. Champagne

Wedding Date:
February 2009
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  1. margarita Bee
    margarita 369 posts, Helper bee @ 6:40 pm

    Gorgeous! I am wearing a champagne color too 🙂

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    Littlefoot, Guest @ 7:41 pm

    I call mine a ‘dark cream’ color…not quite champagne, but darker than ivory. Another thing that makes it different is the dark red sash that hits closer to my chest (kinda empire style) and does the fit and flare thing at the end…can’t wait to rock it! Only 6 days left!

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    Lindsay K, Guest @ 8:56 pm

    i tried both of those dresses on! i loved the ivory but the baby doll won’t flatter anyone, I’m convinced!

    I ended up choosing a lace gown from that same designer in ivory- I am VERY happy with the dress and color

    it is very possible we might have the same dress!

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    Lindsay K, Guest @ 8:57 pm

    i tried both of those dresses on! i loved the ivory but the baby doll won’t flatter anyone, I’m convinced!

    I ended up choosing a lace gown from that same designer in ivory- I am VERY happy with the dress and color

    it is very possible we might have the same dress!

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    espresso 1308 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:56 pm

    The champagne looks great on you. And as Pom said- it’s so perfect for you

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    Another Dress Weekend and The “One”! » Weddingbee » The Wedding Blog, Guest @ 3:51 pm

    […] Now remember, it’ll be champagne with ivory lace… […]

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    Beans, Guest @ 6:58 am

    We just tried on tuxes and I also have an deeper ivory dress. The ivory shirts didn’t really match with the vests we wanted which were a cooler tone to match my bridesmaids. We’re going white for the shirts.

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    Kristen, Guest @ 9:20 pm

    Is that the casablanca 1900? How did the lace on that one compare to the one you are getting? Do you have any more pictures of you in the champagne?


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    Jules, Guest @ 1:47 am

    I am so glad I stumbled upon your thoughts tonight!! I was starting to doubt the champagne dress with ivory lace overlay I ordered for my wedding this coming summer – should I go for the puffy stark white dress?? Should I make myself into the Barbie doll I always see in other wedding pictures?? **Sigh of relief** NO! I can’t wait to get my dress in now and rock it like the Ol’ Hollywood vintage look I have been dreaming of. Thank you so much for sharing.

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    sonja-cicinnati, Guest @ 10:55 am

    hello…. what is so funny is I was having trouble finding a picture of the dress that I had picked out but you are wearing it…lol its lovely and Im even more sure now that it is the one I want … I had tried it on and fell in love with it… thanks for sharing…

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