Most people are flattered and delighted to be asked to be a bridesmaid and shopping for the bridesmaids’ dresses is another exciting part of planning a wedding. It is important that you choose a colour you are happy with, after all the bridesmaids will feature heavily in the photographs but you must also consider the bridesmaids themselves. If they feel happy and attractive in what they are wearing, it will be a guarantee that everybody will look radiant on the day.
Little girls will look lovely in most colours so you may not have to be quite so careful if your bridesmaids are under seven, but teenage and adult bridesmaids will need to wear colours that suit them, if they are to look their best.
There are some “universal” colours that suit anybody. “Soft white”, “taupe”, “stone” and “pewter” suit all skin tones but these may not be a good choice if the bride is wearing a shade of white, cream or taupe herself unless you want the Bridesmaids in exactly the same colour as the Bride.
Other colours to choose from that flatter all skin tones and hair colours are “mint”, “turquoise”, “emerald” and “teal” if you like blues and greens, or “periwinkle”, “purple”, “blush pink” or “true red” if you prefer pinks and purples.
If none of these colours appeal, the alternative is to choose the colour you like, for example “aqua”, and dress your bridesmaids in different shades of that colour to suit their own natural colouring. All the dresses could be the same style but slightly different shades so they would tone with each other but flatter the individual and still co-ordinate with the theme colour. This can be very effective and each bridesmaid will be delighted to wear a colour she knows really suits her.
Another influence on the colour you may choose is the time of year you are getting married. If you are having fresh flowers in your bouquet, find out which flowers are in season during the month you choose to get married. For example in June there is an abundance of pink and blue flowers growing but by August the flower colours in the garden have become “hotter” with lots of yellows, oranges and reds. Pastel shades don’t seem quite right in the winter and equally dark burgundy or pine green is better suited to a winter wedding.
If you have chosen your best friend to be one of your bridesmaids, it is probably diplomatic to include her in your decision of colour. Even if you have the ultimate choice, she will be delighted to have been involved and flattered that you have considered her when making the choice.