Post # 1
I’m having a vintage/shabby chic wedding theme. I’m having the hardest time picking bridesmaid dress colors. The colors are an array of pinks and blushes. My dress is ivory and I will probably be the palest one. My bridesmaids will range from pale to golden sun kissed skin colors. I thought about having each bridesmaid pick their own color, but I’m afraid that will turn into a nightmare trying to coordinate.
What do you all think on colors? Stick with 1 color or let the bridesmaids choose the shade? And if 1 color, which one works well for most skin pigments?
Post # 2
I think you should definitely go with the girls shopping and let them try on things in the colors they like or at least find a dress color they each like and see all of them together. Until you see them together it’s really hard to decide if it will all clash too much. Personally I love navy bridesmaid dresses. I think the color looks great on everyone and can be paired with lighter colored accessories.
Post # 3
This is the look I’m going for with my bridesmaid dresses <3
Post # 4
I chose blue for my BM’s. There are so many different shades and everyone can wear at least one shade of blue.
Post # 5
amandakay.clark: Do you like the look of slightly mismatched dresses for your bridesmaids? If you do feel like it will work with the vibe of your wedding and your vision then I think keeping the blush/pink tone as the color for the dress makes sense. I say that because finding one shade of a soft color can be difficult when considering multiple skin tones. Blush can be a tough choice- think of how hard it is to find a neutral colored pump these days!? I would decide if you are thinking long or knee-length and work with your girls from there to find coordinating silhouettes in the same dress length.
If you feel like having all of your ‘maids in one color really fits your vision, does it have to be blush? Do you have a more saturated tone in your wedding color scheme? Hands down the colors that look best on almost everyone are jewel tones– they are rich enough to add color to those with fair skin tones and highlight the tone of those with darker skin tones. Colors like plum, emerald,and deep blues (PP said navy and she’s right) tend to work on a variety of skin tones.
Best of luck!
Post # 6
I did something similar-except instead pinks I did purples. Originally I was going to have everyone in Iris from David’s bridal, but honestly as beautiful as the color it is, it didn’t look good on any of my girls…nothing against them! So I decided to go with varying shades of purple. Here is a pic so you can see the look of mixed shades.
Post # 7
Go to a Home Depot and pull a bunch of paint swatches in the colour scheme you’re wanting for your girls. Either take enough that you can distribute them or just take a pic and send it to them, and say (for example) find a knee length dress that’s mostly chiffon that fits in this colour palette.
Post # 8
amandakay.clark: let them pick and don’t worry too too much about them being perfectly coordinated – that’s part of what makes vintage great! I took my ladies on an inspiration shopping trip and then let them have at it on their own and they did not disappoint. There were a few email chains of everyone sharing pictures but honestly it was more for the fun of it – no one suggested any dress that didn’t look incredible with the others. Here’s what we ended up with:
Post # 9
I really dislike the look of mismatched colors unless maybe it was done in a really planned way (like exact same dress). There will be some guests wearing pink at your wedding, and if the bridesmaids were just wearing any old pink dress, they will look like bridesmaids too.
That being said, blush is a very hard color to wear on many skintones- especially those more pale like myself. Perhaps look into more of a grayish/purplish blush tone, or a darker brighter pink. The best way is really to grab all your bridesmaids and let them have a say in the dress. If you are really into the mashed color, perhaps look into a simple aline dress with straps that comes in a lot of different shades of pink. Make sure that if you go for the variety that they choose a variety. It will look odd if all the bridesmaids choose the same color except one. That sort of happened to me, so I ended up having the same dress for all the girls since they pretty much all wanted the same one.
Post # 10
LilliV: I love this look! I dont think it would look as good if they all had the exact same dress. The mix makes it unique!
Post # 11
Maybe you can search pallets of colors that you like and then have each of your maids choose a color? Here’s some examples!
Post # 12
Soft peach seems to look great on everyone.
JCrew’s “misty rose.” I have someone with super pale skin and dark hair, someone with olive skin and very light blonde hair, two different Asian skin tones, and someone with darker brownish skin. The color looks amazing on each of them, somehow!
However! I WISH someone had told me the idea sooner of just telling the girls which color, and then letting them choose their style.
Post # 13
berrybelle: These are the exact pictures that started my obsession…classic, beautiful!