Soft, neutral colors are flattering and versatile, which is why neutral wedding palettes are perfect for any season. While they’re popping up more and more, like in popular boho weddings, the shades themselves have a timeless appeal. There are so many ways to play around with this look, from grey neutrals like Dove and Charcoal to mauve shades like Desert Rose and Dew Drop. If you’re not sure you want to go bold with your bridesmaid dresses, consider a neutral wedding palette for your modern boho wedding!
Kennedy Blue ‘Latte’ / Danielle Hickman Photography
Why Choose Neutral Colors for Your Wedding?
If you want to be trendy yet timeless, a neutral wedding palette is the way to go. Neutral colors never go out of style and are oh so versatile. They can lend both a casual and cozy or more elegant bridal party look depending on your preference. For brides who are dreaming of mix and match bridesmaid dresses, they are especially is to pair up. Plus, we’ve done half of the work for you! Try out our Shop by Color feature to see all our current neutral bridesmaid dresses. From there, you will easily able to create a palette by complementing warn neutral with warm colors and cool neutral with cool colors. If you need more visuals, stay tuned for neutral-themed wedding inspiration from real Kennedy Blue customers!
What are Neutral Wedding Colors?
By definition, neutral means lacking or without color. So beige, ivory, taupe, black, gray, and shades of white. It’s important to note that neutrals have an undertone. That is, they have a hidden secondary color, less noticeable than the mass color. For example, our popular shade Dew Drop has a light pink undertone. Why is understanding and identifying undertones important? You should aim to complement the undertones found in your primary neutrals. Which will help you create a more cohesive and aesthetically pleasing palette. A general rule: Pair warm neutrals with warm colors and cool neutrals with cool colors!
Kennedy Blue ‘Dew Drop’ / Photo: Basically Emily Photo
Tan and Beige Bridesmaid Dresses
Tan and beige are unique colors that can be intimidating. The trick with these shades is to ensure the neutral color isn’t too close to your actual skin tone—you don’t want to look nude! Choose something that has a bit of contrast. These colors all go well with each other, but you can balance out the neutral wedding palette with a rich burgundy or gold. Try utilizing the rich brown hues of natural wood in your décor! At Kennedy Blue, our tan and beige bridesmaid dresses include the colors Fawn, Latte, and Champagne.
Beige Bridesmaid Dress Inspiration
There are a variety of ways to describe beige, from a pale sandy color to a grayish-yellow. For many people, this color may actually resemble their skin tone, making it a popular choice for a nude-colored wedding. At Kennedy Blue, beige is ‘Latte’, and happens to be one of our most popular colors for boho brides. This color lends a lot to an event, whether sophisticated or casual. It contrasts beautifully with a crisp white and light shades of brown. And is often complemented with beautiful textures, like pampas grass. It also goes with black or deep browns for a more moody or alt boho bridal vibe.
Kennedy Blue ‘Latte’ / Photo: Danielle Hickman Photography
Take a look at a few of our favorite Latte bridesmaid dresses! These gowns are a beautiful mix of both casual and more formal fitted styles. For a traditional look, opt for a gown with a flowing skirt and elegant ruching, such as Brittany. This shade can be tricky, so we recommend grabbing a fabric swatch to compare to your bridesmaid’s skin tones before purchasing any gowns. In general, it tends to look best on those with darker, contrasting skin tones.
Shop: Brittany | Lauren | Haley
Tan Bridesmaid Dress Inspiration
Not a fan of beige? No worries, at Kennedy Blue we offer a truly unique tan color called Fawn. A mid-tone brown is quite similar to a milk chocolate color. We find that these tan colors tend to be easier to complement with other colors, versus Latte. For example, it is frequently paired with deep forest-inspired greens as well as vibrant oranges. If you prefer a softer, more romantic style, you can even pair it with subdued shades of pink.
Kennedy Blue ‘Fawn’ / Photo: Natalie Caho Photography
Haley, Caitlin, and Courtney are just some of our favorite fawn bridesmaid dresses. It’s the perfect color if you found Latte to be just a tad too light for your girls. This color will offer just enough contrast, plus lend a beautiful warm glow - making it a summertime favorite! This color is easy to pair with other shades of brown, as well as true black. If you want to lend a little color to your palette, we recommend doing so with a hint of rusty orange for a modern boho vibe with a little retro inspiration.
Shop: Haley / Caitlin / Courtney
Classy Champagne Bridesmaid Dresses
Let’s go even lighter! A totally understated shade, Champagne is oh so bubbly. This is a fun color for brides who want a truly unique boho bridal party. The color is similar to the drink in your glass, light, and buttery with brown undertones. So what colors does it work with? Lean into the brown tones by pairing them with our colors Ivory and Fawn. Or tip towards cooler colors, like Silver and Dove. Either of these combinations can be used to create a super trendy lineup.
Kennedy Blue ‘Champagne’ / Photo: April Mae Creative
We understand that Champagne can be intimidating, but should you choose it you won’t be disappointed. This color is a stunner for spring and summer, pulling the yellow tones from the warm environment. Our favorite way to style it? With nude shoes and a gorgeous bouquet of brown and bleached florals. You and your girls will look on-trend and yet timeless.
Shop: Cameron / Bailey / Emily
Grey Bridesmaid Dress for Your Neutral Wedding
A grey neutral wedding palette screams sophistication. Dove, charcoal, and storm are the main players in this category, which complement a range of skin types. Dove tends to look best on slightly darker skin tones, whereas paler skin tones are better suited to darker shades like charcoal and storm. When considering your full neutral wedding palette, consider that these colors pair well with white, blues, and greens.
Silver Bridesmaid Dresses
At Kennedy Blue, our silver bridesmaid dresses are true silver. That is they don’t lean any particular way, warm or cool, in terms of the undertone. What does this mean? It is a stunning color if you are wanting a more toned-down look. We recommend mixing in a few of our beaded bridesmaid dresses, for a boho-chic bridal lineup. To complement it, feature shades such as ivory and champagne.
Light Grey Bridesmaid Dresses
Our most popular color grey is a lighter shade called Dove. By far our favorite detail about this color however is the blue-green undertone, which makes it especially versatile. Complement Dove with a mix of nude and dusty green colors for an ethereal or earthy boho wedding. Or with blue and other greys for boho beach wedding vibes. It’s a great choice if you are going for a more understated look, but don’t be afraid to include at least one rich shade for added depth.
Kennedy Blue ‘Dove’ / Photo: Rocheal Photography
Yet another reason to love the color Dove is that it looks grand on everyone. And because it is a true neutral, it can look both casual and formal. We recommend complementing it with lighter, clean colors for a more sophisticated bridal lineup. Whereas a casual vibe can be achieved by sticking to dustier tones.
Dark Grey Bridesmaid Dresses
Charcoal is the darkest color in our lineup, aside from black. This dark grey shade is a step between Black and Dove. Meaning, if you wish to create a gradient palette, you can do so in a way that looks perfectly natural. It has a slightly cooler tone, making it a good choice to pair with Silver, Dove, and White. Alternatively, consider mixing in a dusty shade like Slate Blue for a moody beach wedding. Or use Charcoal as the only darker shade, as a stark contrast, for a boho-chic look.
Mauve Bridesmaid Dresses
Desert Rose and Dew Drop are two of our most popular colors, both of which fall in our neutral-mauve category. The pink undertones of these shades look stunning on darker skin tones. If your skin has pinker hues, though, it might not be the best shade for you. These colors pair well with each other, as well as with a variety of other neutrals, bold colors, and metallics like rose gold. Meaning it's a great color for a mix and match boho bridal party!
Kennedy Blue ‘Desert Rose’ / Photo: Sidney Ashton Photography
A dusty pink, our desert rose bridesmaid dresses are an absolute dream. It is a neutral alternative to a traditional pink that still lends an air of romance and femininity. This shade pairs especially well with warm tones of brown, including our Latte and Fawn bridesmaid dresses. The icing on the cake? This color looks divine on every skin tone. So much that your girls will wish they could wear their gowns again.
Light Mauve Bridesmaid Dresses
A truly one-of-a-kind color, light mauve is a neutral pale purple with a gray tint. A romantic yet more sophisticated shade, this color is a boho bride’s dream. It will lend an air of elegance to your event and is surprisingly versatile. For example, pair it with ivory and champagne for a bubbly spring palette. Or for a more earthy look, opt for Fawn and Latte. At Kennedy Blue, you can find the color light mauve under the name Dew Drop.
Kennedy Blue ‘Dew Drop’ / Photo: Love + Covenant
When styling our Dew Drop bridesmaid dresses, you have a lot of options. This color looks especially beautiful with elegant styles, such as Shannon, Sophie, and Morgan. You can even add an understated touch of bling thanks to our beaded designs. To complement your boho wedding theme, we recommend keeping jewelry minimal and the shoes neutral. Let the dresses do the work for you, even more so if you decide to go with a mix and match lineup!
Shop: Shannon | Sophie | Morgan
Choosing a neutral wedding palette creates an elegant and timeless look from your bridesmaid’s dresses to the flowers to the décor. It’s easy to coordinate different shades, which gives you room to play around with your colors. Perfect if you’re trying the mix-and-match bridesmaid dress trend! If you’re not sure which neutrals will look best on your bridesmaids’, order a few color swatches. This way you can see the fabric for yourself at home!
Would you consider using a neutral wedding palette for your big day? Have any great tips for styling neutrals across accessories and décor? Let us know in the comments!
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LOVE LOVE LOVE the fawn and dew drop!! I also love a good dusty green but can’t decide! They’re all so gorgeous.
These are great examples! I’m still toying with the idea of having my maid of honor in a neutral color, so it’s great to see different examples