A Guide to Choosing Bridesmaid Dress Colors

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When it comes to weddings, color is everything. From tablescapes to dresses and accessories, color is what brings your wedding together and creates the aesthetic you will remember for the rest of your life. Out of all of the color decisions, bridesmaid dresses tend to reign supreme. 

While choosing bridesmaid dress colors can be intimidating, we’re here to help. With our diverse collection of customizable bridesmaid dresses and our years of experience in helping brides pull off wedding looks, we’re just the people to help you through this major life decision. 

How to Choose a Bridesmaid Dress Color

When it comes to how to choose a bridesmaid dress color, there’s no exact science, but there are definitely tips to keep in mind that can make the decision a whole lot easier. Here are the top three things we think you should keep in mind when deciding on your wedding party colors:

1. Theme

The first thing to consider when picking your bridesmaid dress color is the overall wedding theme and dress code you’re going for. If you’re looking for black-tie glamour, you’re going to want to go with more traditional colors like black or white. If you want a more casual wedding, we suggest more fun, light colors like purples, pinks and yellows. 

Pro-tip: keep your bridesmaids’ skin tones in mind when selecting colors. Make sure you’re not making a selection that will wash anyone out or conversely, cause anyone to look flush.

2. Season

With regards to color, season is everything. Winter and fall tend to call for more rich, dark colors like deep reds, greens and blues. Spring and summer bring more light and open the door for pastels, pinks and purples. 

3. Location

Your venue frames the look and the vibe of your wedding day, so make sure your bridesmaid dresses complement the space. If your space is bright and open, dark colors may bring down the mood and feel out of place. Conversely, if your space is darker, choosing bright colors may offer a nice contrast. 

Options, Options, Options: Same Color Different Style Bridesmaid Dresses

Modern brides have a lot more wedding design freedom than their predecessors did. Traditionally, bridesmaid dresses were uniform, meaning that all bridesmaids had the same dress in the same color with the same accessories. 

Today, many brides select the “same color different style” approach to bridesmaid dresses. With this option, you give your wedding party a color (tip: be exact when choosing the shade of your color, not all reds/blues/purples are built the same!). 

At Fame and Partners, we’ll gladly send you as many fabric swatches as you like! This service allows you to get up close and personal with our colors, ensuring you’re picking the exact color and shade that you want. 

Bridesmaid Dress Color FAQs

Do bridesmaid dresses have to match wedding colors? 

Yes and no, ultimately the choice is yours. Traditionally, bridesmaid dress colors were selected to match the overall wedding color aesthetic and theme. Today, brides have a bit more leeway when it comes to matching bridesmaid dresses to other wedding elements. While it’s a good idea to keep your general color scheme in mind to avoid any dress colors that might clash or create a disruptive aesthetic in photos. 

Do ties have to match bridesmaid dresses? 

It depends on what look you’re going for. Traditionally, groomsmen would match their ties and flowers to bridesmaid dress colors and accessories. Today, some brides opt for a more organic look where wedding party members don’t all necessarily match or follow cohesive color schemes across the board. 

No matter which bridesmaid dress color scheme you opt for, Fame and Partners is your source for all things wedding. From bride to bridesmaid, our customizable dresses are designed by us and finished by you. From neckline to sleeve type, Fame and Partners gives you the freedom to wear a dress that fits your style, preference and desired aesthetic. 

At Fame and Partners, clothing is always made to order. Never mass produced. Designed by us. Customised by you.