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 in wedding trends, 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 that will flatter everyone and look incredible.
A neutral wedding palette doesn’t have to stop with shades like champagne and ivory, though—you can still add a bold splash of color to the mix. A good way to balance out your wedding colors is to consider the 60-30-10 rule. This means you’ll use your primary color for 60% of the palette, a secondary for 30%, and an accent color for 10%. Neutral tones pair well with all sorts of accent colors, so you can capitalize on the versatility of the softer shades while still getting that bold pop of color into the décor.
If you want to be trendy yet timeless, consider a neutral wedding palette. Here is a breakdown of our favorite neutral tones and the best Kennedy Blue bridesmaids dresses available in each shade. Find one you love but want to switch up the color? Don’t worry—each of these gowns is available in numerous other colors, so you’ve got plenty of options.
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.
The Melanie gown is flawless, feminine, and fabulous in dove. The A-line silhouette and lace give this gown a timeless elegance, while the halter style neckline provides it with a modern update. The lighter shade of grey really accentuates the detail of the lace bodice. Enjoy a touch of sparkle, too—this gown’s subtle beading will catch the light in any venue.
Little grey dress, anyone? This simple, V-neck design is elegant and timeless in charcoal. The flattering neckline and knee-length cut keeps things fun and flirty, too. If you want to give your bridesmaids a dress they’ll wear again and again after the ceremony, Kennedy Blue Faith is definitely a fashion-forward choice. If you’re looking for an evening gown in this style, check out Gabby.
This floor-length dress is a sophisticated, stunning design in storm. Enjoy a bit of flair with the high slit, V-neckline, and strappy open back. Give your bridesmaids the perfect mix of class and sass with this gown, and watch their faces light up when they realize it has hidden pockets!
A slightly more boho design, the Isabella looks amazing in dove. The lighter shade of grey complements the flowing chiffon, which flatters a variety of body types. Delicate spaghetti straps criss-cross in the back to create a simple, yet elegant gown.
Classy and chic, Riley looks stunning in charcoal. The tank straps on this slimming A-line provide plenty of support and allows you to wear a regular bra with it, making this a great choice for a variety of body types and bust sizes. With a tasteful slit and V-shaped straps down the back, this gown captures a bit of sass alongside the sophistication.
Fawn, latte, and champagne are the driving colors of the true tan and beige neutral wedding palette. 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!
The Elena gown in fawn is incredibly flattering on all sorts of body types. The high criss-cross halter neckline provides support and style, while the long chiffon skirt keeps things flowy and fun. The chiffon sash is also removable, so you can style the look with or without it.
The Kennedy Blue Parker design captures sleek elegance and class in latte. The color absolutely glows in the ruched bodice and flowy skirt. The simple sweetheart neckline and flattering A-line cut give this dress a timeless, beautiful look.
This fun and flowy dress looks incredible in the sunshine-tinted shade of champagne. The luxe chiffon fabric creates a graceful silhouette, while the strappy back makes a memorable statement. We also love the fitted ruched V-neckline and hidden pockets!
The soft, flowing grace of the Allison dress looks gorgeous in fawn. The ruffled neckline of the dress can be style in a few ways—on or off the shoulder and with or without the detachable spaghetti straps. This is the perfect boho chic dress for an outdoor wedding that’s incorporating natural elements into the décor!
The beaded embroidered bodice of the Devin gown looks stunning in champagne. The subtle bling factor complements the warmer tones of the color, making the gown sparkle. The open racerback style shows off your back and the delicate lace pattern.
Desert rose and dew drop are the Kennedy Blue tones in the mauve and tan neutrals 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, which makes it easy to mix-and-match the perfect neutral wedding palette.
We love this gorgeous gown in desert rose! The V-neckline features a unique ruching pattern, complimented by the whimsical flow of the A-line skirt. Wear the straps criss-crossed or straight in the back and take this dress for a spin—get that slo-mo camera ready!
The Erica dress is a timeless design that flatters a variety of body types and looks incredible in dew drop. The bodice features gorgeous ruching front and back and a sash around the waist creating a classy silhouette. The high halter neckline in the front keeps the bust covered but opens up to a keyhole down the back of the dress.
Kinsley is a dream in desert rose. The sheer fabric over the sweetheart neckline shows off the detailed embroidery and beadwork, while the three-inch straps provide plenty of support. With a flowing skirt and hidden pockets, this dress has it all.
This simple, feminine gown is flattering and elegant in dew drop. The dress has soft V-shaped ruching in the front and back of the bodice, the one-inch straps providing plenty of support and allowing you to wear a normal bra. Amelia also works well on a wide range of body types.
The Thea design evokes a sense of Grecian elegance with its soft off-the-shoulder straps and spaghetti straps. A gentle V-neckline and ruching create an elegant bodice that connects to the flowing chiffon skirt. Like the Amelia, the Thea is flattering on all body types!
Another big trend in neutral wedding palettes are colors like ivory and white. These colors look super clean and make a bold statement (since typically the bride wears these shades). That’s one of the biggest perks of these colors, though—all skin tones look good in white or ivory! They’re also easy to pair with bold accent tones and any number of other colors for your wedding palette, from grey to green to gold. One way to use white bridesmaid dresses while still setting yourself apart as the bride is to put your ‘maids in short dresses. Accessorize away with jewelry, belts, and hair accessories.
The Wren is an elegant floor-length dress that looks great in ivory. The embroidered lace bodice looks chic and sophisticated, while the flowing chiffon gives the dress a youthful feel. This classy gown will complement a variety of ivory wedding gown styles.
The Brielle dress is a sophisticated, yet fun knee-length dress that works well in white. The lace fabric complements a lace bridal gown without upstaging it. The pencil-skirt fit makes this versatile enough to wear again!
Luella is a fun and feminine bridesmaid dress that looks amazing in ivory. The ruched fabric, fun straps, and flowy skirt give the dress a sense of modern glamour. If you’re unsure about making a statement with ivory bridesmaid dresses, this dress tones down the bold choice with its knee-length style.
Fun, feminine, and flirty, the Nova style is a great choice for white bridesmaid dresses. The lace bodice, chiffon skirt, and spaghetti straps help it pair well with countless bridal gown styles. It’s also an easy gown to style up with bright accessories in your accent color!
The simple elegance of the Kennedy Blue Alice style lends itself beautifully to ivory. The high neck bodice and simple chiffon skirt give it a timeless look that will complement any number of wedding gowns.
Choosing a neutral wedding palette creates an elegant and timeless look from your bridesmaid 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 would work best for your bridesmaids’ skin tones, order a few color swatches and 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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Taking Your Measurements
For the most accurate measurements, do not measure over your clothing. Your measurements should be taken while wearing undergarments similar to the ones you will wear with your dress. The measuring tape shouldn’t be pulled too tight or have too much slack, and should always be parallel with the floor.
Wedding apparel is typically sized differently than retail clothing, so keep in mind that it’s not uncommon to find yourself requiring alterations.
Wrap the tape around your back and under your arms at the fullest part of your bust (not underneath the bust).
While standing up straight, bend at the waist to one side. Take the measurement where the natural crease happens in your side. This should be a few inches above your belly button. Stand up straight and do not “suck in” when taking this measurment.
Standing with your feet together, wrap the tape around the fullest part of your hips and butt to get this measurement.
Compare these three measurements to the Kennedy Blue size chart above. It is very important that you order the largest size that corresponds to your measurements. For example, if your bust measures 40.5” (size 12), your waist measures 31” (size 10) and your hips measure 41.5” (size 8), we advise that you order a size 12, and get your dress altered down to custom fit your body.
Depending on the fabric, a dress can be altered down up to 2 full sizes, but can be very difficult to let out as there is only about .5 inch of fabric to do so at the seams.