As a neutral, cream and ivory are calming colours. As neutral colours they carry some of the same pureness, softness, and cleanliness of white but are slightly richer and a touch warmer. In some cultures, Cream garments can symbolize simplicity. Ivory represents quiet, pleasantness with a touch of luster. The colour ivory provides a calming effect; use it to set a relaxed tone of understated elegance. Ivory can be seen as an elegant and expensive colour. Many precious stones including pearls and opals are ivory in colour not forgetting the now rare ivory tusks of an elephant. Ivory is the traditional Fourteenth Wedding Anniversary gift.

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Colours to Compliment Ivory Weddings

Ivory is a classic wedding colour and looks stunning as the colour of a wedding gown. When choosing colours to compliment Ivory you could start with your favorite colour, the colour of a certain flower you must have at your wedding or even what colours suit your grooms and bridesmaids skin tones.

Every colour comes in different shades and tones so you are bound to find one that will be perfect for you. If you want your wedding to feel fresh and crisp you should use softer, pastel colours combined with ivory such as pale grassy greens, light browns, lavenders and light peaches or subtle pinks. Remember these colours don’t have to take the attention away from the purity and romance of ivory but could be used as a accent colour. Balloons, table decorations, bridesmaid dresses, cravats or the waist coat of the groom along with ribbons on the flowers or even the cake would be the perfect examples or where you could introduce an accent colour along to compliment the ivory without overpowering it to create that perfect ivory wedding theme.

Ivory can work amazing not only as the primary colour at a wedding but also when being used to lighten brighter and darker colours. Using a touch of ivory to colour schemes such as medium and dark orange, blue, green, purple, black, gold, satin or red will tone the colours down a little and make the in some cases dark over powering colours less intense. Adding ivory to certain colours can change the look completely and help colours adapt to different seasons for example using ivory as the accent colour to deep greens, reds and purples will also give you a gorgeous luxurious colour scheme for winter weddings.

Colours to Avoid at a Ivory Wedding

If you are going for that classy, elegant wedding most of us dream of there are some colours that will definitely not give that impression when teamed with ivory. The colours you should stay away from when using ivory as a colour in your wedding are extremely bright and neon colours. Some colours that just don’t go with ivory are turquoise, hot pink, kiwi-green, neon orange, bright pinkish-purples, neon yellow along with any other glowing colour you can think of. All colours of them sorts paired with ivory detract from its calming pleasantness and should be avoided.

Ivory Wedding Decorations

Decorations besides the bride of course are a fabulous way to make a wedding have everybody saying ‘wow’. The perfect decorations should feature throughout your day displaying only the colours you have chosen for your theme. From ivory flowers, balloons and confetti through to ivory chair covers, ribbons and candles for day and ivory napkins, table cloths, sparklers and centre pieces for night decorations can really make a wedding inviting and look stunning. Besides the usual decorations everybody thinks of its always nice to think hard and add personal touches that mean things to you to your decorations.

Ivory Wedding Favours

Favours are the perfect way to say thank you to all your guests for attending your special day and will give them something they can keep to remind them of your wedding. Finding favours in ivory can be pretty hard that’s where favor boxes and organza bags come in. Putting favours in small boxes or bags means you can give your guests anything you wish in any colour and they won’t detract from your ivory theme as they will be concealed but also beautifully presented. Another option is to introduce that accent colour again whether it is soft pink or grassy green it will still fit in with your colour scheme and you may have more option when it comes to buying the favours. Traditionally favors were sugared almonds, chocolates wrapped in foil or candy of some sort. That would work well with having an ivory colour scheme as there are candy and foil covered chocolates in abundance ivory in colour, however if you plan to give something your guests can keep what about miniature ivory bubbles, ivory picture frames, ivory stationery or even ivory lottery ticket holders which has become very popular. For the kids activity books and jars filled with marshmallows or sweets would be a great idea and keep them amused through the wedding toasts, perfect.

Celebrity Ivory Weddings

Celebrities who have involved ivory in their weddings include Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise who got married in Italy in 2006 and actress Nicole Kidman who married country singer Keith Urban on June 25, 2006.

Renee Zellweger married the casual groom Kenny Chesney who wore a Cream linen suit to their wedding.