I can’t decide if the best part about planning a wedding is finding the perfect dress, deciding on your wedding party, or sampling wedding cakes, but choosing the perfect colors for a wedding has to be one of my favorite parts! Finding colors that represent your personality and reflect your style can be so much fun. You can truly be creative in how you blend your colors together and make your accent colors pop. It can also be difficult though, and the styles seem to change every year. The eggplant color is so pretty, but does it work with your spring wedding? When is the best time to use claret as your primary color? We put together a guide to wedding colors by season, including our favorite bridesmaid dress colors. Some of the combinations might surprise you!
Picking the colors for your wedding can be some of the most fun or most challenging decisions! Choosing colors doesn’t have to be difficult though. When creating a color palette, think about your personal style and what inspires you. If you are spontaneous, adventurous, and creative consider an array of bright colors that will be sure to turn heads. If you love the outdoors, think about earthy tones such as browns and greens. Take some time thinking about what you love and want to see in your wedding pictures. Once you come up with one color, then you can start planning the rest of your palette around it!
Our first tip for your wedding palette is to consider the 60-30-10 rule, 60% of a primary color, 30% of a secondary color, and 10% of an accent color. Try not to pick too many colors because your wedding may become too chaotic, but we recommend having around three. You can use your primary color in the bridesmaid dresses, men’s attire, invitations, and décor elements. Secondary colors are great for the flowers, linens, décor, and bridal party accessories like shoes and ties! And last but not least accent colors can be used within flowers, centerpieces, other elements of the décor, and other highlight elements. The mismatched bridesmaid trend is a fun and easy way to mix all your colors, but some colors are easier to mix on your ‘maids than others. (P.S we have a whole blog dedicated to mismatched dresses here!) Have fun with choosing your colors, and don’t be afraid to try something new!
Spring weddings are beautiful! The fresh florals, sunny weather, and fun pastels set the stage for a gorgeous bride and wedding. Spring weddings usually consist of pastels such as sage, violet, blush, mint, rose petal, and light blues. A lot of the combinations from our summer color list can also be interchangeable with spring, depending on how early or late you are getting married!
Our favorite bridesmaid colors for spring are cornflower blue, sage, blush, mint, violet, and slate blue. These all fit the spring theme and are super cute! We compiled a list of some spring color combinations below:
Summer weddings are gorgeous with the fun venues, in-season florals, bright colors, and beautiful weather! Depending on how early or late in the summer you choose to have your wedding, you can also pick from the color sets on the spring or fall color lists as well. Summer weddings are always fun to have bright, popping colors such as coral, cornflower blue, or berry. The options are endless! Summer is also a great time to rock short dresses and the mismatched bridesmaid trend too!
Our favorite summer bridesmaid dress colors from the Kennedy Blue collection are berry, coral, royal, peacock, rose petal, and sage! There are so many fun combinations!
Fall weddings are some of my favorite because of all the great colors and décor. The crisp, cool weather, combined with the amazing natural fall colors are a sure way to have a beautiful wedding. Muted or rich tones are often seen in fall weddings such as bordeaux, eggplant, browns, and oranges.
Our favorite Kennedy Blue fall bridesmaid colors are bordeaux, eggplant, buttercup, latte, and slate blue!
Bold, dark winter colors absolutely pop against the white snow of winter! Don’t be afraid to go dark with your colors, or experiment with some new trends by adding a colorful accent color. Either way, winter provides a unique opportunity for secondary and accent colors through cover-ups for you and your bridesmaids to stay warm!
The winter colors we like best from Kennedy Blue are claret, silver, navy, champagne, and latte! Some other wedding palette combinations are:
Deciding on your wedding colors doesn’t have to be challenging, but can be really fun! You can be so creative in how you incorporate your colors into your big day. The exciting part about wedding palettes is that they grow and evolve, and there aren’t really any set rules. You can pull off bold color choices and make up your own color combinations that we didn’t think of! Find inspiration and examples, and let your imagination run wild. If you need help envisioning how the colors would work together, you can order fabric color swatches through Kennedy Blue (which will also come in handy when you need to show your florist the exact color you want for your bouquets). The color options are endless!
What are your favorite wedding and bridesmaid colors for each season? Do you like some of the new trends and colors? Already married and still obsessed with your color scheme? Leave us a comment!
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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.