(Closed) Shades instead of colors? (also question about the bridesmaids dresses)

posted 6 years ago in Themes
Post # 3
100 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I think the different shade thing can be tricky. Burgundy can translate differently depending on the designer, so if you have all the girls wear their own shade of burgundy, I think you could run the risk of the dresses possibly clashing. If you and BMs don’t mind ordering dresses online, try weddingshoppeinc.com. They seem to have a huge selection of dresses at all pricepoints. One of my girls lives in FL while the other 2 live in NY and when I registered the bridal party with this store, the customer rep. told me that if you order as a registered bridal party, the dresses are all made at the same time to guarantee each dress will be the same shade of whichever color is chosen.

I love the idea of different dresses. If I were a Bridesmaid or Best Man again, I would love the opportunity to choose the type of dress I wear (and the amount of $$ I had to spend on it too!!)


Post # 5
4676 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’ve seen some weddings where they used different shades of colors, reds, pastels, ect and they look so cute and amazing!  I say go for it! 

Post # 6
4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Melipop:  I think it would be tough with red/burgundy because the undertones have a wide range. For example a blue-red and an orange-red and a pink-red probably would not look good next to eachother. However, I’ve seen shades of blue work well together. I think if you do shades you need to see them in person next to eachother.

Post # 7
4014 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

What about an Alfred Angelo? I have more of those in my city than David’s, maybe they can try there? Theres a really pretty burgundy color in their selections called Mahogany.


Post # 9
1340 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

You might try DB Wine. The color is technically discontinued, but you can order dresses online in it still from the Outlet and Sale sections.


Post # 10
1734 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Normally I’m a fan of shades, but I think it’s really tough to pull it off with reds. I love your burgundy, black, and gold original idea — so rich! And yes, Alfred Angelo had nice dresses. Dessy also seems to have a nice selection of burgundy colors.

Long story short — if you want shades, I think you’re going to have to choose the style of dress for them to make sure clashing doesn’t happen. If you want burgundy, black, and gold, you could either choose the colors at one of these stores, and let them choose their own style — or choose both colors and styles. OR, you could “assign” each woman a color and tell her to choose her own dress then — so you get all the colors you want, and can fine-tune with each of them colorwise (instead of “oh no, your burgundies clash!)

Post # 11
1866 posts
Buzzing bee

@Melipop:  For different shades of a particular color, that is what my FH and I are doing.  Our main color is “purple” but I’m not going crazy trying to match all of the purples.  The invitations will have more of a royal purple, and of course the various shades of purple flowers will range from light to dark.  I actually think the different shades of one color will add more depth and look cool.  

For BM’s getting different style dresses, here’s what I think.  I think a different STYLE is fine, but I think the color and fabric needs to be the same or it will look weird in pictures.  My BM’s are having all different style dresses by Dessy but in the same color and fabric.  Dessy is awesome b/c they have so many different options.  Dessy website below, good luck. 🙂


Post # 12
444 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@misschickpea:  SOOO loving this dress and the color I vote Yes

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