Color Me…Something?

I mentioned in my intro post that the next thing on my agenda is choosing colors. Feel free to join Shamrock in thinking this is totally ridiculous, but I just haven’t picked yet.

I’m not completely clueless; I know I want blues & greens. I just don’t get any more specific than that. Could it be light blue?

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I do have a reason, though.

We haven’t chosen bridesmaids’ dresses yet. I didn’t want to lock myself into the perfect mossy green and lovely baby blue, only to find out we couldn’t find any decent dresses. And I’m not the one wearing them, anyhow. I think one of the main ways you get your colors across is with the bridesmaids’ dresses, and while I’m not deluding myself into thinking they’ll be buying their new favorite dresses, I’d like to optimize the chances they at least don’t hate them. And for me, at least, that would mean it needs to be in a color I like. You could pick the cutest style ever and the most flattering cut, and if it was bright red with a cute orange hem peeking out”¦I’d never touch it again. Just not my thing.

I would totally choose an awesome teal dress, but that’s probably plenty of people’s never-again.

Image via Style Me Pretty / Photography by Katie Stoops Photography

I actually had this conversation with BM Secrets years ago, and she made me repeat in front of our other friends that when I got married I would let the bridesmaids pick the color. I don’t think any of them believed me, but fast forward three years and I feel the same way. I can’t think of a blue or a green that I just can’t work with, even if they wouldn’t be my first choice. And I’ve had friends struggle with finding a dress in just the right shade of blue that everyone actually liked, eliminating plenty of popular brands for lack of the perfect color. It seems so much easier to just have them pick the blue or green. If it isn’t what I would have chosen, I’ll just minimize the use of it and make sure I pick plenty of colors that complement it.

I love the mixed-dresses look (no way are my ”˜maids all wearing the same style)”¦

Image via Style Me Pretty / Photography by Katch Silva Photography

Image via Style Me Pretty / Photography by Emily Steffen

Honestly, I’d be leaning toward light blue right now because it seems pretty easy and neutral”¦apparently all three of my girls are united in disliking pastels. So, crisis averted. They’ll be picking a not-pastel. And I can always pair it with a pastel if I want. (Side note: This is like paint colors. Never ever pick the paint first. There are zillions of paint colors out there, and not nearly as many bedspread choices. Don’t get stuck trying to find a couch to match the perfect gray paint in your living room—couch first, paint second!)

Dresses aren’t something I’m really into, so this also saved me the trouble of scoping out the options. How will it work out? I don’t know; we’re going dress shopping the Sunday before Christmas, once MOH Sis is in town for the holidays. But I think it will work well for all of us, especially since they’re all pretty easy going and there are only three.

How did you pick your colors? Do you think I’m crazy for letting my girls pick the shades for me?


Miss Clover

Wedding Date:
June 2014

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    melizabe 90 posts, Worker bee @ 8:38 am

    I am not this far in my planning, but you could try if you are worried about making your bridesmaids buy something they won’t wear again. Cheap to rent, cheap to buy and they get plenty of good reviews.

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    nadnuk 677 posts, Busy bee @ 9:04 am

    I gave my bridesmaids a range of inspiration shades (TARDIS blues), some notes on what I consider formal enough and what I consider not quite formal enough. I gave them length ranges and requested their breasts not be falling all over, but that cleavage isn’t an issue otherwise.

    I then made a pinterest board and pinned both off the rack and bridesmaid brands that I liked and thought were within a reasonable price range to give them inspiration of what colors I thought were within range.

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    Miss Wellies 1425 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:13 am

    I love light blue for bridesmaid dresses. Those first and last photos are beautiful! :)

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    daniellekira 548 posts, Busy bee @ 9:57 am

    I love the light blue dresses in the first picture (on the left). We picked out navy and gray and I had styles in mind, but let the girls pick the cut of the dress. We picke Watters Iris and two (out of 4) have worn the dress since the wedding. I wanted one for myself, so I would say it was a win!

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    Miss_Mimosa 189 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:17 am

    I love the mixed emerald green dresses! So pretty.

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    Schneewittli 105 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:27 am

    We did the same thing with our blue dresses! Because not every shade looks good on every girl (some looked totally washed out in pastel blue), I let them pick their shades of blue too. It worked out beautifully and the girls were happy!

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    Miss Pyramid 845 posts, Busy bee @ 12:07 pm

    I totally get waiting on deciding the colors! You think that dresses come in every color of the rainbow, but then you get down to the swatches and something might not be just right. My style is similar to yours, I like lots of cool colors.
    When I was shopping for furniture the salesman asked what colors I wanted and my only response was “nothing in red or orange!”

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    krislynn_sd 209 posts, Helper bee @ 12:23 pm

    My colors are navy blue, apple green and orange for accent. :) The girls are all wearing navy blue dresses and the guys are wearing apple green vests and ties. My FI is wearing orange vest and tie with the ring bearer.

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    Mrs. Gondola 980 posts, Busy bee @ 10:18 pm

    I like the mis-matched dress look. I can’t wait to see what you all choose.

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