Wedding Dress Colors 101

What Colors are There?

What do they look like? And which one is for me?


One of the first things we mention to brides when color is a concern is that we don’t carry white. For clarity’s sake, the white that most people think of is purest of white colors as Bright White. Bright White has a blue undertone, which is what gives it such crispness. It also causes a blue hue in photographs so be aware of that.

Knowing the difference between white, ivory and other gown colors will make your shopping experience easier.  So we’re going to break it down for you!Let’s keep it simple and break it into 4 categories: Ivory Family, Blush Family, Nude Family, Adventurous Colors.

**note: Bright White is not in any of these families, it is a family all its own and we do not carry these gowns at Bitsy Bridal.

Ivory Family

Ivory is a “catch-all” color. Anything that is white or off-white to the naked eye but isn’t actually white.  Most often, ivory will have a warm undertone of yellow or brown which is what makes it so much more appealing than Bright White.

Rachel Lauket
Elyse Alexandria 
Kenzie Victory

Other names that designers will use for their ivory gowns include: natural, off white, soft white, beige. Some designers will have a dress available in ivory and beige – both are versions of ivory just with different undertones or in a darker/lighter shade. These photos feature gowns by Christos and Alyne by Rita Vinieris.

Blush Family

Technically, blush is the lightest of pinks- almost undetectable and very light. But lately blush tends to describe any dress that looks pink. There are a numerous color names for various shades that really just boil down to being called blush.

Stephanie Lorraine
E+E Photography

Many people are afraid that blush doesn’t look “as bridal” as something from the nude or ivory family, but rest assured it photographs beautifully and is a fantastic way to make a statement while still being a bride! Check out our recent post featuring the color blush! In these photos we’re featuring (from the top down) Sareh Nouri, Tara Keely, and Saphia Blue.

Nude Family

Within the nude family we have Mocha, Champagne, Nude, Cashmere, and Cafe. Essentially these all have a brown or tan tone to them. Similar to ivory but much more saturated so there is no way they can be considered “off-white”.

Kristina Curtis
Brooke Bakken
Duke Moose 

Cashmere, Mocha, and Cafe are essentially the same color just different names used by different designers. This color is a bit darker than  Champagne but still holds on to the soft “milky” quality. Nude is the darkest and is meant to look like tanned skin.  We showcased the first photo in a post here, the second gown is one our favorite Tara Keely gowns, and of course Lazaro brings up the rear with his dazzling piece that we took up to Park City.

Adventurous Colors

These are gowns that are anything but ordinary! From black, to lavender, to gold and grey, and the now trendy blue! These colors will really make a bride stand apart from the crowd without looking like she is going to the prom!

My current favorite is our beautiful Star by Kelly Faetenini! Grey and blue are hot colors for bridal right now, so if you’re a bride with a bold side come and try on our Star! The other gowns showcased in this post are also by Kelly Faetenini and Sareh Nouri  who are a part of our exclusive collection.

Hopefully this helped break down the confusing world of bridal fabric colors. Don’t forget to check back with us for more info to help your bridal experience! If you want to make an appointment to try on some gorgeous gowns of all colors call us or make an appointment online!


Stacie & Becca

Designer Feature: Kenneth Winston

Showcasing Designer Kenneth Winston

As well as their Ella Rosa line!

The Kenneth Winston line is part of the Private Label by G Bridal Design House. Which also houses the Ella Rosa bridal line. They are known for impeccable fit and elaborate, glamorous designs. The twin brothers Kenneth and Winston collaborate together to create fabulous works of art!

This bride really rocked one of our personal favorites from the Ella Rosa line. If this designer can do anything its provide a fit that will make you look and feel fantastic on your special day! The photographer, Megan Robinson, was able to capture this beautifully!

The unique flower appliques against the champagne fabric really make this dress pop! Kenneth Winston and Ella Rosa gowns give traditional silhouettes and shapes a chic and modern flare that make them a prime candidate for the millennial bride looking for tradition with a twist. With a Kenneth Winston gown you can be sure that yours is one of a kind since they are exclusive to Bitsy here in Utah!

Check out some more of Kenneth Winston’s amazing creations here and in our own collections.  Give us a call or schedule an appointment here so we can help you find the gown to make your special day your very own! Take a look at our Christos feature to get even more ideas of designers you could fall in love with and stick around to see more great designers we adore!

See you soon darlings!

-Becca & Stacie


Industrial Elegance

Hello Lovelies!

Time for another styled shoot! This particular shoot was for Utah Bride Blog and featured this lovely gown from Mikaella Bridal.   The addition of a mid-century lounge space, metal accents, and a bright backdrop made the perfect combination for this industrial wedding.

We love Mikaella gowns, and they fit so well for an industrial style wedding! This lovely gem, named Margo, is a crepe dress with an  a-line fit and amazing train. It’s simple elegance really makes this bride shine. Check out some more of our Mikaella gowns if you are drawn to the chic simplicity of this beautiful piece.

We love the simple geometric style this couple used in their wedding! The shapes really bring a modern glam and industrial feel that compliment the gown so beautifully.

Even their cake looks like it is cut from a beautiful slab of marble!  From the lighting to the decor and, more importantly, to the dress, this couple knocked it out of the park as far as the industrial style is concerned!

If you’re loving this look and want to find a gown of your own to compliment this elegant style give us a call or schedule an appointment here and we can discover the gown to elevate your industrial wedding! Special thanks to Jalene Taylor for the amazing photography!

Hope to see you soon darlings!

-Becca & Stacie

The Knot’s 2018 Best of Weddings

2018 Pick the knot best of weddings



12th Annual Best of Weddings Awards,

From the #1 Wedding Planning Website, Honor the Top Wedding Vendors Across America

Salt Lake City, UT/January 18, 2018 — Bitsy Bridal is pleased to announce that we have been selected as a 2018 ­­winner in The Knot Best of Weddings, an award representing the highest-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests on The Knot, the leading online wedding brand and app. We truly are the best bridal shop in what Utah has to offer.

In 2018, only 3% of the approximately 300,000 local wedding professionals listed on have received this distinguished accolade. In its 12th annual year, The Knot continues its longstanding tradition of supporting local wedding vendors with The Knot Best of Weddings 2018. It is an annual by-couples, for-couples guide to the top wedding professionals across the country. To determine the winners, The Knot assessed almost 3.6 million reviews across the various vendor categories—venues, musicians, florists, photographers, caterers and more. These winners represent the best of the best wedding professionals that a bride or groom would want to consider booking for their own unique wedding.

“At Bitsy Bridal, we are all about the bride!” 

As the number 1 online wedding brand and app, The Knot has inspired approximately 25 million couples to plan a wedding that’s uniquely theirs. With a rich history of providing quality content and inspiration, The Knot is making it easier for couples to connect with and book just the right wedding professionals to create their perfect wedding day. 8 out of 10 couples come to The Knot where they can be connected to any of the approximately 300,000 local wedding professionals across the country. The Knot marries great technology with trusted content–and a little love–to make planning for the most important day of a person’s life easier and more enjoyable.

For more information about The Knot Best of Weddings and a complete list of winners, please visit

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Fall Colors Fantasy

Hello Lovelies!

Anyone else wishing that Fall Colors would get here a little faster? I mean who doesn’t want to be a real life meme by curling up on their couch with a pumpkin spiced latte and a cozy blanket.

I am just aching for sweater weather and knee-high boots. Are you wistful for crisp cool air and changing leaves like me? Then take a look at this gorgeous styled shoot. It features one of our favorite model, Jordan Blackhurst. Several of our shoots featured her lovely work.

This shoot is unique in that it is outdoors but maintains the simplicity of an indoor, industrial shoot.  The colors are incredible and I just can’t get over the use of light.

This beautiful mocha colored gown is from the Tara Keely line – designed by Lazaro. The chunky lace on the bodice is offset by a skirt of soft organza.


With a plunging neckline and open back, this dramatic gown is not for the faint of heart.

Most people prefer full color photos but I have to admit that I am a sucker for a good black-and-white! I love the details and contrast that you pick up in a colorless image. But, these photos are absolutely gorgeous no matter the color.

Read about our Tara Keely, designed by Lazaro, right HERE!


Until next time ladies,


Photography: Lindsaay Lou

Model: Jordan Blackhurst

Dress: Tara Keely 2500, Available at Bitsy Bridal

Florist: Salt and Flora

Hair: Devynn Elizabeth MacLennan 



Stylist Picks: Barnyard Bride

Hello Gorgeous!

I will admit that these are my all-time favorite posts to write. Maybe its because at the end of the day I’m just a sucker for bridal gowns or maybe I have a thing for playing favorites … ha … Either way, here are the stylist picks for a barnyard  or country wedding.

Ball Gown

Pippa from Blush by Hayley Paige 

Pippa is a pheonomenal gown and an archetype of Hayley Paige’s designs.

She is flirty fun and princess-y but has a good done of rustic charm or bohemian flare depending on how you wear her. Head over to my post dedicated to Pippa for more info.


Ella Rosa style BE400.  Another brand new gown to Bitsy Bridal and one that I am loving! Beautifully detailed bodice and a skirt that has just enough volume to be fun without getting in the way.  Strap details and a scalloped neckline add to the interest.


Matie from Kelly by Kelly Faetanini. Slim fit, flowing gown with thin straps and lace details.  Matie is one of those gowns where the fit is right on the edge between ALine and Column.

Soft chiffon and a mock basque waist line slim the hips without adding volume.

Fit to Flare

Tara Keely 2450.

This is a tried and true style from Tara Keely.  Venise lace sleeves and bodice paired with a crepe skirt are a very demure combo. The wide, plunging neckline is incredibly daring. The combo makes for a mesmerizing gown.  The skirt is straight cut but due to the train and the fabric it falls into a soft flare which lands it in Fit-to-Flare territory over Column.

Crepe is the most difficult fabric to wear as it is the most unforgiving. It is comfortable as it acts like a second skin but not the best choice for summer weddings since it isn’t the most breathable.


Tara Keely 2751.  Unlike 2450, this is a brand new design from Tara Keely. We had this dress in store for a trunk show a couple months ago and are insanely excited to get it back in store as part of our collection. It should be arriving any day now!

Chantilly lace in a beautifully rustic gold color lays atop this trumpet gown from top to bottom.  Spaghetti straps fall into a plunging neckline and V back reaching to or almost to the natural waistline which is marked by a gold ribbon.  This gown is remarkably simple yet full of texture and interest.

Final Thoughts

I can just envision a pair of funky cow boy boots peeking out from under Pippa or BE400. And Matie or either Tara Keely gown would look fantastic in silhouette against the sunset in a field or in a candle lit barn.  If a barn wedding isn’t your style, take a look back at the Stylist Picks for backyard, city, and temple weddings.

Check back for later installments including tropical weddings and garden weddings.

Ice-Cold Creativity: Behind the Scenes of Styled Shoots

Hello Lovelies!

We’ve been showing you a lot of our styled shoots lately so I’m going to take a little bit of a different approach on this one. This is one of the many shoots that I personally helped with. I was there for the entire thing (freezing my fanny off might I add) and the bridesmaid in the shoot…that’s my old friend Savanna.

Isn’t she cute?
Go Behind the Scenes at Jeremy Ranch

Shoots have carefully planned call times so everything goes off without a hitch. The day of this shoot, those call times went out the window. Several creatives got caught in a huge traffic jam in a canyon, another had her car broken into, and I was recovering from a concussion and had to hitch a ride from Dear Old Dad.

Eventually, we all got there and got back on track.

Our “bride” Jordan Blackhurst with hair stylist Julia Maughan (Blushing Blonde)
Bridesmaid Savanna Toussaint having her makeup done by Karlee Gibbons (Lure Makeup Artistry)

Groom and groomsman Cameron Nance and Tyson Romero

This shoot capitalized on the venue, Jeremy Ranch,with a design focused on  a contrast between rich tones and bright airy accents.

This Alyne by Rita Vinieris gown was such a perfect addition to this lush shoot that I’m not sure it could get any prettier.

Here are the Ceremony Shots

Beautiful shots right? Absolutely gorgeous!  Even more impressive considering there are 10 people crowded behind the lens, a table full of scattered hair and makeup supplies about 10 feet to one side and a fully staged catering table off to the other.

Also, these two models met about 10 minutes before the first shot.

This was the third week of January 2017 so it was well below freezing. Everyone working this shoot is standing outside in snow boots and parkas. Our model, Jordan, is outside is a paper thin dress. Don’t let the sleeves fool you, they’re made of mesh and lace – absolutely no warmth there.  Also, the gown had a sheer back.

Plus, I have never worn a men’s suit but I can’t imagine it was as warm as my down parka!

Let me tell you, trying to take pictures in the middle of a field of snow, in a wedding gown, while minimizing tracks that the photographer has to edit out is NOT easy.

This is probably the craziest shoot I’ve been to. The most effort, most energy, most time and most anxiety but it was also the most fun. I think it shows in photographer Chad Braithwaite’s photos.

The custom made suits are to die for and match so perfectly with our gown.

I loved working on this shoot, especially with the people! Props to the models for standing in below freezing weather without coats and still smiling like it was balmy. Also a special shout out to Julie Maughan for give Yours Truly a ride down the canyon so I didn’t have to Uber-it while carrying a designer gown.  I had a concussion remember – no driving allowed.

I hope you had fun with this little glimpse behind the scenes of our style shoots. After all, I know I always have fun participating in them.

Look below for all the talented vendors that participated in this shoot.

Until next time,


Venue and Food - Jeremy Ranch Golf & Country Club
PhotographyChad Braithwaite with Faces Photography
Gown - Alyne by Rita Vinieris
Female Models - Savanna Toussaint and Jordan Blackhurst
Men’s Wear - BeSpoke Clothing
Male Models - Cameron Nance and Tyson Romero
Décor - Eventmasters
Floral - Esprit Raw Flowers
Linens - Luxe Linen
Styling - Angela Livingston, Jeremy Ranch GCC

Dakota from Blush by Hayley Paige

Hello Lovelies!

Its time for another installment in our Hayley Paige saga. We’ve taken a detailed look at 3 Blush by Hayley Paige gowns and we are still waiting for our last one, Kingston, to come in. Today, we have Dakota, our second to last gown and the second gown featuring Marrakesh Beading.

The other gown in our inventory to feature Marrakesh is West.  As you can see there are many obvious differences such as silhouette, straps and amount of Marrakesh. But one that is not so obvious is the difference in lining colors.  West’s lining is Cashmere and Dakota’s is Nude.



Dakota is from the most recent season of Blush by Hayley Paige. It has the very sought after demure skirt paired with a very princess-y bodice.

For Utah brides, this dress is an excellent option if you need a modest gown. We can very easily order the Marrakesh beading and make the bodice modest without losing the integrity of the design and without having it look like piecework.

The Skinny

Silhouette: Ball Gown

Neckline: V-Neck

Waistline: Natural – it actually falls just below the natural waist but not low enough to be a “corset” waist.

Straps: Cap Sleeves

Back: Keyhole

Fabric: Marrakesh beaded bodice and tulle skirt

Sparkle Factor: 4/5

The Marrakesh Beading is very obvious and the only way for it to be more sparkly is if it covered the whole gown.

Boho Factor: 1/5

This gown reaches clearly to the “princess” side of the spectrum. There is a little bit of a Boho vibe from the lace and relaxed silhouette of the ballgown but that’s about it.


I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this gown. Now that it’s here… it is quickly becoming one of my favorites.

I think it is such a fresh and flawless design from Miss Hayley Paige. What are your thoughts?

Until next time,


Lush and Romantic with Tara Keely

Hello Lovelies!

We’ve all seen our fair share of wedding and engagement photos. Obviously the majority of these photos are smiling and happy pictures with a lot of light and energy. That’s why this shoot: dark, full of lush texture, and not a smile in the mix is such a fun change of pace.

Delicate Details

This unique shoot took place at The Ogden Click and includes detail shots of the cake, decanters and dress.

The gown is a classic piece from the Tara Keely line. Designed by Lazaro Perez, this gown has an amazing balance between the Venise lace bodice and the thick crepe skirt with a subtle fit-to-flare silhouette. A high back and low-v neckline continue the balancing act and keep the gown from falling into either the stuffy or revealing category.

Moody and Romantic

The low light and lush texture give this shoot a distinct mood. A feeling of calm romanticism and an almost noir-like mood hang over every photo.

Cranberry and deep, dusty blue compliment the ivory gown and pull out the mellow tones in order to greater highlight the romantic feel of the shoot. 

The addition of a heavily textured bouquet gives the slightest prickly feeling to detail shots.

Dramatic poses and a model who has mastered her ability to look pensive and moody are the final pieces in this elegant shoot. 

The bright window in the center of the room provides a flood of natural light in the otherwise dark room and shows off the texture of the couch, gown and bouquet.

Shots framed in unconventional ways highlight the offbeat feel of this shoot.

This perfectly executed, unconventional shoot is one that I find myself staring at over and over again because I love anything that is outside the norm.

Until next time ladies!


Gown: @bitsybridal 
Photo: @krystalandcophoto 
Jewelry: @farrsjewelry 
Styling: @sageandthistleevents
Cake: @mysweetfancycakes
Model: @babyylexxiss
Floral: @stylinstemsfloral
Venue: @theogdenclick_ut 
Hair and make up: @hairbysarahschorr
Video: @stacielarsenphoto_ut

What Your Bridal Stylist Wishes You Knew

Shopping for your wedding gown is both wonderful and frustrating. Its the most unique shopping experience you will ever have. Never again (most likely) will you be in a situation where a complete stranger is dressing you in what could easily be the most important dress of your entire life. Never again will you need the opinions and advice of a whole group of people just to buy one dress.

Many brides are completely unprepared to gown shop and have no idea what they are getting into.  With this in mind Morgan and I, the longest reigning stylists at Bitsy, have put together our top pieces of advice for brides.

Becca’s Advice

1-Do your research

Know what kind of shop you are going into. What’s the price range? Are their dresses samples? If so what size? Do they have a seamstress in-house? What designers do they carry?

2-choose those who come with you carefully

Don’t bring a ton of people. Seriously, 2-3 is the magic number. Brides who bring more usually get overwhelmed and leave early or it takes them the whole time to try on 3 dresses. Neither scenario is good for the bride. The key is to only bring those who’s input you MUST have in order to purchase your gown.

3-Shop at the right time

Don’t shop until you are prepared to purchase! Styles get discontinued, floor samples get sold and factories get backed up. You don’t want to risk finding your dress and it being unavailable by the time you are able to purchase it and you don’t want to wait so long that you don’t even have time to order it anymore.  Avoid the heartache and shop at the right time.

4-speak up

As stylists, we don’t have any unnatural attachment to any of our gowns, our only intention is to find the gown that YOU love the most. So, speak up! If we pull something and you hate it: tell us and don’t waste your time or ours. If there is a type of dress we aren’t pulling that you want to try: don’t wait for us to read your mind, just ask us.

5-Eat a meal, but not right before

Trying on gowns can be a workout, especially if you are attracted to ball gowns, sparkle, or chunky lace. Eat a meal so you have energy but don’t come straight from lunch. Corsets and a full stomach don’t mix well.

Morgan’s Advice

1- we are here to help!

Don’t know what silhouette would look good on your body type? Ask! Want to know our opinion on a certain dress? Just let us know! All we want is to help you find your dream wedding dress, so anything we can do to help you, just holler and we’ll come running!

2-we don’t want you to be uncomfortable

Prefer to keep your tank top and shorts on while you shop? We won’t judge you no matter how little or how much clothing you keep on during your appointment. Also, if there is a dress we think would look great on you, but you HATE it, just say the word!

3-know your time limit

Dress shopping can be both fun and exhausting, but sometimes we get carried away! Unless your stylist has told you otherwise, your appointment will be the standard 1  1/2 hours. its fun to try on 30 gowns, but realistically, your stylist will know which dresses to put you in to keep your appointment (and those behind you) running on time.

4-bring only those who you want with you

You may feel obligated to bring your cousin’s neighbor’s boyfriend’s sister to your appointment, but trust us: only bring your most valued opinions with you. Those closest to you know you the best! And sometimes outside opinions make it tricky!

5-don’t dress to impress, dress for you

Brides always ask themselves “what would so-and-so think?” and unless their opinion is THE MOST important to you, follow your own instinct, you know yourself better than anyone else and this is your wedding, So do what makes you happy and pick the dress that does the same! Don’t pick a dress because you think its what others would want you to do.


We hope that these pieces of advice help you as you start your search!

Until next time,