How To Choose the Perfect Bridesmaid Dress Colors

Choose Bridesmaid Dress Colors
Choose bridesmaid dress colors. Image credit: Adobe Stock.

When picking out all the bells, whistles, and ribbons that complement your big day, you want your color palette to be cohesive and fit together harmoniously. An aspect of that colorful cohesion is your bridal party, but picking the right shades can be a little daunting.

The good news is that with the right tips and considerations, you can choose colors that will make everyone happy and tie in beautifully with your event’s palette. If you’re ready to ensure your bridal party feels gorgeous, dive into how to choose the perfect bridesmaid dress colors.

Keep in Mind the Theme and Color Palette of Your Wedding

When choosing a bridesmaid dress, one of the first things you need to consider is your wedding’s theme. Are you envisioning a classic white wedding with splashes of pastel hues or perhaps a vibrant summer event with bold and bright colors?

Once you understand your wedding’s color story, think about how your bridesmaids’ dresses can complement that palette. If your wedding colors are soft and subtle, choose dresses in similar shades to maintain a cohesive look. On the other hand, if your palette is bold and dynamic, you might choose bridesmaid dresses that offer a striking contrast or a touch of sparkle.

Consider Colors That Reflect the Seasons

We usually associate the different seasons with a distinct palette. For example, spring weddings often feature light and airy pastel tones like blush pink, lavender, or mint green that evoke the season’s sense of renewal. Alternatively, summer weddings might incorporate vibrant, sunny colors like coral, turquoise, or bright yellow to capture the season’s warmth.

Selecting dresses that match the seasons means you can create a natural harmony between your wedding and the world outside. This can bring an extra touch of beauty and coherence.

Think About the Skin Tones and Hair Colors of Your Bridesmaids

For bridesmaids with cool undertones in their skin, colors like navy blue, emerald green, or icy hues can be incredibly flattering. Warm undertones pair well with earthy colors such as burgundy, burnt orange, or mustard yellow. Rich hues can look fantastic for those with neutral undertones.

When considering hair colors, remember that darker hair can provide a striking contrast with lighter dress shades. On the other hand, you can complement lighter hair with a myriad of colors, from deep, rich tones to bright, vibrant hues. Redheads also look stunning in earthy tones, deep greens, and bold purples.

Don’t Feel Limited to One Color

One of the biggest mistakes people make when choosing bridesmaid dress colors is thinking they can choose only one color. Exploring the world of color blocking and gradient color schemes can add a unique touch to your wedding aesthetics.

For instance, you could select dresses in varying shades of a single color, creating a beautiful ombre effect. Or, if your wedding palette includes complementary colors, why not have each bridesmaid wear a different shade? This approach adds visual interest and allows more flexibility for each bridesmaid to wear a color they feel best in.

Choosing your bridesmaids’ dress colors is a journey that intertwines personal preference, seasonality, venue aesthetics, and the individual beauty of your bridesmaids. By considering these elements, you can create a color palette that will add depth and harmony to your big day.

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Dr. Jade Marie Tomaszewski is a pathologist-in-training at McGill University, where she also did her degree in MSc Pathology. She obtained her medical degree (MD) from the University of the Philippines, after completing a BSc in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. In her (little) spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, curling up with a book and a large mug of tea, and trying out new recipes in the kitchen. You can follow her on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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