What’s Your Wedding White?

What’s Your wedding white?

Of all the days of your life, you want to look your best on your wedding day. And yet it may also follow the most hectic week of your life. A guaranteed way to ensure you look radiant rather than run-down – wear your right colours – especially your wedding white!

If you are wearing white, there are many variations, so you want to find the one that’s right for you. Your best wedding white will bring healthy colour and smoothness to your complexion, sparkle to your eyes, whiteness to your teeth, and gleam to your hair. Your face will appear to ‘lift’, and your jawline will be more defined, enhancing your happiness and vitality. The overall look is harmonious and ‘wow’!

By contrast, whites that are not your best can make your complexion jaundiced, anaemic,

or pasty, and emphasize shadows and blemishes. They can make your eyes and hair appear dull, and tinge your teeth with yellow or gray. They can make your face appear to ‘fall’, bringing a look of sadness or tiredness. The overall look is distracting and unfortunate!

If you have already had a personal colour analysis, you will have a white in your swatch wallet. If not, here are some guidelines that follow Seasonal colour analysis. You may find you fit obviously into one of these 4 palettes.


Your Colouring

  • Natural hair is black or brown-black.
  • Complexion is cool and reflective – whether milky white, clear rose, olive, cool brown, or deepest cool brown.
  • Winter Prototypes are Megan Fox, Lucy Liu, Kim Kardashian, Naya Rivera, Ariel Winter, Keke Palmer, and Zoe Saldana.

The Colours that Suit You

  • Best wedding white is pure icy snow white.
  • Harmonious jewels have bold colours – sapphire, ruby, emerald, and diamond
  • Best flowers are dramatic and vibrant – red rose, fuchsia, magenta orchid, hot pink peony, purple iris, and blue anemone are some examples.
  • Complementary colour scheme is strong, cool contrast – white, black, bright purple, electric blue, or hot pink.


Your Colouring

  • Natural hair is golden blonde, strawberry blonde, caramel, or bright warm brown.
  • Complexion is transclucent and shiny – ‘peaches and cream’ or ‘strawberries and milk’. You may blush easily!
  • Spring Prototypes are Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, Renee Zellweger, Drew Barrymore, Reese Witherspoon, Katherine Heigl, and Taylor Swift.

The Colours that Suit You

  • Best wedding whites are light cream and vanilla.
  • Harmonious jewels are light, bright, and clear – aquamarine, amethyst, tanzanite, peridot, and creamy pearl.
  • Best flowers are light and bright with yellow – yellow freesia, spray crysanthemum, yellow rose, lilac, sweet pea, and cherry blossom are some examples.
  • Complementary colour scheme is light, bright, fresh, warm, and lively – cream, yellow, peach, lime, fresh green, turquoise, aqua, or clear violet.


Your Colouring

  • Natural hair is ash blond or taupe-brown.
  • Complexion is cool, soft, matte and light – ash-rose or soft porcelain.
  • Summer Prototypes are Emilia Clarke, Cara Delevingne, Amber Heard, Liv Tyler, Katy Perry, and Angelina Jolie.

The Colours that Suit You

  • Best wedding white is soft white or ivory.
  • Harmonious jewels are soft and opaque: white pearl, soft opal, moonstone, spinel, tourmaline, rose quartz, lapis lazuli, and turquoise.
  • Best flowers are soft and smokey in colour – hydrangea, tweedia, stephanotis, baby’s breath, jasmine, and succulent.
  • Complementary colour scheme is cool, smokey and hazy – powder pink, old rose, soft strawberry or raspberry, mauve, faded blue, or smoked purple.


Your Colouring

  • Natural hair is red, auburn, red-brown, or warm black.
  • Complexion is warm and opaque – beige, golden beige, mocha, golden brown, deepest warm brown. You may have freckles!
  • Autumn Prototypes are Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, Julianne Moore, Debra Messing, Rachel Weisz, Selena Gomez, and Kate Middleton.

The Colours that Suit You

  • Best wedding whites are antique white, heavy cream, eggshell, and ecru.
  • Harmonious jewels are natural and warm: topaz, tigers-eye, citrine, carnelian, malachite, moss agate, and jasper.
  • Best flowers are bold and natural – sunflower, marigold, lily, orange amaryllis, heliconia, eucalyptus, and fern.
  • Complementary colour scheme is warm and earthy – gold, orange, terracotta, russet, umber, moss, or teal.

If you don’t find yourself in one of these palettes, that’s okay! Many people are between palettes.  For example, Penelope Cruz’s colouring could place her between the Autumn and Winter palettes. Nicole Kidman’s natural colouring could place her between the Autumn and Spring palettes. If you’re not able to easily place yourself, you may want to book a personal analysis with an experienced and reputable Colour Consultant.

Wear your ‘wow’ wedding white, look your radiant best, and have a beautiful wedding!


All photographs are courtesy of Wolf Photographry.  You can check them out at www.wolfphotography.ca


Karen Brunger, international trainer and author, is President of International Image Institute and Past-President of the Association of Image Consultants International

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