Wedding Trends: Telling Your Color Story

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Posted on June 15 2011

Weddings are a time of celebration and one of the greatest traditions in planning is choosing a color story. Your colors can reflect your own personal taste, the latest trends, or your family history. Before choosing your wedding colors, including the important choice of bridesmaid dresses—and before choosing your wedding dress as well—make sure to pick your venue first. If you choose a beach resort destination wedding, your dress palette will be dramatically different than if you are tying the knot at an historic site such as a local estate. 
For princess brides who decide to get married at a fairytale castle, and who might opt for a regal ballgown silhouette, your bridesmaid dresses can mirror your gown in traditional, girly colors, like pastel pink, baby blue, or buttercup yellow. This classic number from Bari Jai comes in a wide variety of traditional colors. 
If you are a summer-loving babe who is opting for a breezy beachside affair, you might consider going for shades of silver, blue and aqua. Since your dress will likely be less of a ballgown, more of a breezy sheath, you might want to opt for even more casual bridesmaid gowns, like this short and flirty Alfred Sung style which comes in a pale aqua color called what else but Seaside. The shorter length is not just more casual, but also practical for pictures along the shoreline, where a splash or two could weigh down a longer hem. 
Little black dresses are also a great option for bridesmaids at the beach or elsewhere, and your maids will thank you for their ability to actually wear their dresses again. This elegant yet affordable classic black dress will flatter a variety of figure types and will definitely be used again after the wedding day. Black dresses also coordinate with the trend of bridal gowns with waist-cinching black sashes embraced by designers including Vera Wang. 
Once you have chosen your wedding venue and preferred bridesmaid dress color—of course, one that is flattering to you as well as your maids stand up beside you for pictures—you can carry the color theme through your entire wedding. Even neutral flower bouquets can be tied with matching ribbons. If you choose fuschia dresses, for instance, you can go all the way with the color, with full-on fuchsia bouquets, centerpieces with fuchsia accents, and even a wedding cake with some fuchsia accents.  
Even get the mothers of the bride and groom into the action. While you might not want their dress colors to match your bridal party colors exactly, you do want their dresses or suits to coordinate, not clash, with one another, and to compliment the colors used elsewhere in your décor. 

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