How to Choose Bridesmaid Dress Colors

Mar 21, 2022

Choosing bridesmaid dress colors is a totally unique experience to each bride. It’s really up to your personal preference! However, a lot of brides get overwhelmed when trying to choose from all of the different colors and shades out there… which is totally normal! If you’re feeling this way, take a deep breath and read through some of our tips to help you figure out what you might want.

Choosing Your Bridesmaid Dress Colors

Here are some things to think about when trying to decide your bridesmaid dress colors!

1. Wedding day color palette

The first thing to do is to think about your overall color palette for your wedding, in terms of decor, flowers, etc. Most couples choose 2-3 colors for their wedding day color palette. If you already have this figured out, think about if you want to try to narrow it down to one of those colors for your bridesmaids, or to mix in a couple or different shades.

And if you don’t have your wedding day color palette figured out yet… that’s okay! We have plenty more ideas for you to get the ball rolling on ideas.

2. Venue

One thing to consider if the venue that you’re getting married in. The venue really sets the theme for the whole wedding, so you’ll want to choose colors that complement the space. Here are some different ideas for some venue options:


  • Blush
  • Lavender
  • Pale yellow
  • Peach
  • Pale blue


  • Light pink
  • Sage green
  • Slate blue
  • Dusty orange
  • Burgundy/wine


  • Gold
  • Champagne
  • Light peach
  • Blush and navy
  • Black and white


  • Champagne
  • Gold
  • Wine/burgundy
  • Navy
  • Ivory

3. Season of wedding

Another way to choose bridesmaid dress colors is to base it off the season that you’re getting married in. Generally speaking, spring and summer lend more to light and vibrant colors, while fall and winter lend to moody and dark colors. Of course, this is not a set rule that you absolutely have to follow! It can just be a good way to start thinking about it. Here are some ideas of colors for each season:


  • Shades of pink
  • Sage green
  • Peach
  • Lilac/lavender
  • Dusty blue


  • Navy
  • Bright orange
  • Green
  • Bold yellow
  • Red


  • Dusty blue
  • Black
  • Gray
  • Deep yellow
  • Plum


  • Dusty blue
  • Black
  • Blush
  • Dark green
  • Burgundy/wine

4. Bride’s dress + groom’s attire

One thing to think about is the color of the bride’s dress and the groom/groomsmen attire, if you have these figured out. You don’t want to clash with these!

As an example – if the bride is wearing a dress that is different than the traditional white/ivory, then that needs to be taken into consideration. Also, if the groomsmen or groom are wearing navy suits, then you might not want to have the bridesmaids wear black (or vice versa). This is, of course, all personal preference, though!

5. Mismatched vs. coordinated

You’ll also want to decide if you want your bridesmaids to all wear the same color or if you want to choose between a couple different colors or shades. This is completely your choice… there’s no right or wrong answer to this! 

6. Trendy vs. classic

Another thing to consider is whether you want to choose more “classic” colors or more “trendy” colors. Trendy colors can be such a fun choice, but you’ll need to decide if it’s something that you’re going to look back on and regret. An example of this is patterned bridesmaid dresses. They are all the rage right now, but will they be 20 years from now? On the flip side of that, if you are someone who really loves to show off your personality, then you might feel like classic color choices are too boring. 

7. Consider skin tones

Finally, you’ll want to think about the skin tones of your bridesmaids. Try to stay away from colors that will wash anyone out.

Hopefully this helped get the ball rolling in your mind of what bridesmaid dress colors you want to go with! We can always help you go more in detail with choosing them during your consultation before your bridesmaid party. Give us a call at 301-665-1070 for more information on our bridesmaid parties or click here if you’re ready to book one. Good luck with wedding planning!