This is a public service announcement (kinda… if you are a bride or bridesmaid):
by Brittany Shunk of The Bridal Suite and Special Occasion
Okay, so do me a favor: Walk into your closet and take a look around. What colors do you see? Do you see peaches and yellows? Hot pink and emerald greens? What about bright orange or neon coral? The answer is probably no. You are probably seeing neutral tones such as navy, brown, black and tan. The chances are that you accessorize with the aforementioned bright colors, rather than wearing a lime green onesie.
Do me another favor: picture yourself in one of those random shades, being forever immortalized in a pansy purple number in your best friend’s wedding photos. Eeek… and bright purple is soooo not your color! You don’t pop in purple! The only person to pop in that color purple is Grimace from the McDonalds happy meal of your childhood. Why, oh why did she have to choose that purple?! One last favor: Keep this in mind when choosing what colors you are going to have your bridesmaids wear. Turnabout is fair play, my friend. Choose wisely… for you may be the next fashion victim!
But, you argue, your colors are baby blue and ivory! Your bridesmaids cannot possibly wear ivory. That’s your color and your color alone. That’s cool. I get that! But baby blue? Yes, your blonde haired blue eyed friend is going to look amazing in baby blue! But what about your sister-in-law to be? Her golden skin tone and dark hair color is just not complimented by baby blue. Instead, why not go with a nice navy shade? Everyone looks great in navy. Use accents of baby blue in the details, not the whole outfit.
Maybe pair the navy dress with a baby blue sash, or put baby blue in your bouquets and in other decorations throughout the wedding. Not only is navy a more neutral color tone, but the darker shade is flattering for every shape! If you have bridesmaids who range in size from 0 – 22, a dark color will be universally becoming on every size. Truly, navy would be amazing! Think about it… your groomsmen aren’t going to wear baby blue suits (insert mental image of those amazingly horrible Dumb and Dumber tuxedos). Chances are they are going to be cool and comfortable in grey, black or navy. Why not extend this same kindness to your bridesmaids? *** I would like to take this opportunity to give a shout out to my lovely friend Haley for choosing chocolate brown bridesmaid dresses. Don’t get me wrong! I love my curves, but I felt so much prettier in my size 14 dress next to Haley’s size 2 sister than I would have had we both been rocking lemon yellow. It’s a scientific fact: bright and light colors just aren’t as flattering on larger frames. ***
Dark shades are not the look you are going for? Want a more light and airy look? Why not outfit your maids in soft white, stone, dove grey or blush? Choose a color that compliments your bridal gown, and then accessorize with your wedding colors. For example, if your wedding colors are coral, ivory and silver, don’t become a “frenemy” and ask your ladies to wear floor length coral gowns. For reals though… that is a LOT of coral on one person, let alone a party of five. Choose light grey or blush pink and slap a coral sash on that dress. Putting a darker (or more vibrant) color around the waist will make your maid’s middle look instantly smaller. She (and your photo album) will thank you for that detail. I promise.
*** I have to admit, I wore a full length coral dress for my mom’s wedding in Maui. I felt beautiful and it was my favorite bridesmaid gown I have ever worn. But, I was the only bridesmaid, so it didn’t feel like coral exploded all over the whole wedding. I was the pop of color! Bright colors are lovely in moderation. ***
Let us chat a little about black. Traditionally black is the shade worn when one is in mourning. Today, not so much. Black is the new dusty rose. Ashes to ashes dusty rose. We will mourn you. Honestly, half of your closet is probably black clothes. It’s such an easy to wear color and when in the form of a fancy dress is oh so classy! May I remind you of that little black number Holly Golightly wore in Breakfast at Tiffany’s? It also doesn’t hurt that a well fitted black dress can make you lose 10 pounds instantly. Girls, can I get an amen? *** My mom, mother-in-law and bridesmaids were ecstatic when I asked them to wear black. There were no crash diets or insane workout routines when my favorite females were prepping for my nuptials. Why bother changing their perfect posteriors when black dresses would mask any of their self-proclaimed “flaws”. ***
Brides, these are merely suggestions! If you have been dreaming of your doting darlings wearing mint green, then pick a mint green dress. Heck! Pick the mintiest of minty greens! It is your wedding and if any of your girls give you grief about your chosen color, then maybe just maybe they aren’t the friend you thought they were! Just keep in mind that not all of your ladies might have the same confidence as you to rock that mint halter dress. Grab a glass of wine and talk about it with your girls! Truly it’s all about keeping the love on your wedding day – whether this is you being flexible with your bridesmaids colors, or your girls being happy with whatever you choose – so don’t fret over it too much!
One last thought: if this blog has convinced you to fashion your girls in a nice neutral tone but you are still dreaming of a full peach colored dress, put your flower girl in peach! Tiny four year old girls look stinkin’ cute in every color! They won’t feel like James and The Giant Peach like a fully grown woman might. P.S. This applies to your mama as well! PLEASE STOP TELLING YOUR MOM TO WEAR PEACH. From the word of your mom through the mouth of a professional bridal consultant: she hates it… unless of course she is the rare gem that rocks peach.
Now go! Dream! Enjoy the planning of your wedding! It will be beautiful no matter what styles and shades you choose! I cannot wait to help you coordinate your entire wedding party at The Bridal Suite & Special Occasion in downtown Bend, Oregon.