Wedding color trends are always changing. Right now we, along with the rest of the wedding world, are fawning over dusty tones. Dusty rose weddings are making headlines and Pinterest inspiration boards everywhere. It’s easy to see why this is a cutting-edge trend. This gorgeous pink hue coordinates well with other traditional wedding colors while also breaking free of the mold. It’s darker than the classic blush hues, but it also pairs well with it and plenty of other colors like darker mauve, which is a dusty version of purple. If you’ve been curious about doing mix and match bridesmaid dresses or are looking for a classy vintage-inspired wedding color, dusty rose and mauve are great colors to add to the mix.
Having a dusty rose wedding palette doesn’t box you in to any one style. There are plenty of ways to creatively use this or the vintage mauve wedding trend and make it your own. We’ll talk about dusty rose wedding palettes, show you how to mix and match pink bridesmaid dresses with some of our favorite styles in this color, and leave you with some inspiration for incorporating your dusty rose wedding theme into the rest of the décor.
There are plenty of ways to create a dusty rose wedding color palette. We recommend you choose three wedding colors: one to be the primary color in your wedding décor, one to be a secondary shade, and another to be the accent color. The days of two wedding colors are long gone—the 50/50 color split in décor was too static, anyway. Follow the 60-30-10 rule of thumb across all your decorating to balance these three shades.
Our dusty rose color, called Desert Rose, coordinates well with Blush, Dew Drop, Peony, and Latte, all delicate shades of pink and brown. Using Desert Rose along with one or more of these other colors creates an ethereal, romantic feel for your wedding. You can also branch out to include bolder or contrasting shades like Bordeaux, sea glass, cornflower, or dove. These colors would be a great accent choice for a dusty rose wedding.
Mix and match bridesmaid dresses are also an ongoing wedding trend. It’s an easy way to display your amazing color palette. Another great way to mix and match bridesmaid dresses is to change up the style of the individual dresses. Let each of your bridesmaids find a dress that suits their body shape and sense of style. This creates visually interesting wedding pictures and ensures all your ‘maids feel stunning as they stand by your side.
If you're looking for palette inspiration for your dream dusty rose wedding, I've curated 3 pink palettes just for you! These palettes use a variety of colors but all have one common color: pink! I chose a variety of pink shades so you can choose whatever shade suits you best. Don't let these palettes limit you; there are so many different colors that pair well with pink! These palettes were created using real Kennedy Blue wedding pictures!
Cassie and her bridal party chose to debut blush on Cassie's big day--I think it's safe to say that these ladies looked oh-so pretty in pink! A great accent color for the color blush is pastel green. Cassie did a great job incorporating this accent color without overpowering the blush. Look at how those bouquets complement those dresses! If you're looking to hop on this dusty rose trend but don't want the color to be too deep, blush is the color for you!
This bridal party looks absolutely stunning in their Kennedy Blue dresses! These dresses are in the color Desert Rose (hence why they are desert flowers). This dusty, rustic color has deep undertones that complement deeper reds well. Jessica chose beautiful and unique bouquets featuring deep red, light pinks, and light greens! This color is deep enough that it won't be washed out in outdoor lighting but it is also light enough to still be eye-catching indoors as well. This shade perfectly suits any type of wedding ceremony!
Francesca and Alex had a picturesque wedding outdoors and perfectly chose coral to be one of their wedding colors. This pop of color looked fantastic with the greenery in the background. Francesca's bridesmaids wore the fun and flirty Faith dress that was perfect for the outdoor setting.
We’ve got some dress inspiration for you. Take a look and see if you want to mix and match colors, styles, or both for your dusty rose or mauve wedding. Here are some Kennedy Blue bridesmaid dresses we LOVE in desert rose.
Faith in Desert Rose
Faith is a classic yet breezy style that’s the right mix of boho and elegant. The flowing chiffon fabric creates a soft, feminine feel that looks amazing in desert rose. With a V-neck, natural waist, and flowing A-line skirt, it’s also a flattering and comfortable choice for bridesmaids of all body types. (Try our Gabby dress if you want this style long!)
Jade in Desert Rose
Jade is a classic, sophisticated bridesmaid dress. The beautifully embroidered bodice creates a romantic illusion sweetheart neckline, while the thick straps provide plenty of support. While it has more coverage at the top, it still has a fun and flirty slit above the knee.
Iris in Desert Rose
The embroidery in the Iris style means it coordinates well with Jade, but it’s a bit more daring. We love the V-neck bodice, but the sheer embroidered racerback is our favorite part. This unique style will stun your guests as your bridesmaids stroll past.
Betsy in Desert Rose
We love the subtle beaded sparkle on the Betsy dress. The embroidered V-neck bodice with sequins and beads is flirty yet elegant. The style features thicker straps and opens up to create a unique V-back for the dress. Like the Iris, it’s memorable and will look great in pictures, but features thicker straps and a more open back.
Milly in Desert Rose
Milly is a beautiful, modest dress with a high neckline and spaghetti straps. The keyhole slit in the back gives it an added touch of elegance. Bridesmaids love the pockets, too!
Your wedding colors will come across in so much more than your bridesmaid dresses. If you’re planning on having a dusty rose wedding, here are other ways to bring this color into your décor.
Not sure if Desert Rose is the perfect color for you? You can order desert rose fabric swatches from Kennedy Blue to see the color in person. Check out French Lilac, Latte, Peony, and Blush as well if you're considering mix and match bridesmaid colors!
These 'maids look fun yet sophisticated in their Kennedy Blue bridesmaid dresses (pictured in the color desert rose)!
The color desert rose looks beautiful in this outdoor wedding! We are OBSESSED with how the green background complements their bridesmaid dresses!
Jessica and Kyle created these beautiful wedding programs & invitations with their wedding colors in mind. They did a great job following the 60-30-10 rule by using their main and secondary colors, navy blue and desert rose, in these invitations and programs. We hope you're fawning over this wedding inspiration as much as we are!
What do you think? Would you try a dusty rose or mauve wedding theme? Been in a dusty mauve and rose wedding? We'd love to see!
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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.