How to Pull off a Neutral Colored Bridesmaid Palette

A bride and two bridesmaids in stylish, neutral colored dresses.

Deciding on what colors your bridesmaids will wear at your wedding is a big decision, as there are so many options. While some brides may be a fan of bright and bold pops of color, others may be more into the moody dark hues. However, other brides may want to keep a more natural and classic aesthetic by going with a neutral color palette for their group of gals.

While it may seem difficult to pull of a neutral color scheme for your bridesmaids on your big day, it’s actually quite a popular wedding trend as of late and there are many ways to bring your vision to life, all while impressing guests and creating a beautiful scene. Here, learn how to pull off that color palette for a chic and timeless-looking wedding party that you’ll love looking back on for years to come.

Mix and Match Neutrals

Enjoying a neutral bridesmaid color palette doesn’t mean that all of your maids have to be in the exact same hue. Instead, embrace the trend with mismatched shades that all fall into the same color family. For instance, have a couple bridesmaids wear a taupe color while some of the others wear dresses that fall into the blush family. As long as the colors complement each other, they’ll look great together and add some depth to the aesthetic of your wedding party as they stand together, making even the neutrals stand out beautifully.

Add Some Sparkle

Who says that neutral colors exclude sparkle and shimmer? To ensure that your more muted tones of choice still pop in photos and in real life, too, have a bridesmaid or two—or perhaps your maid of honor—wear a dress that’s in the neutral color of your dreams but is also adorned with some kind of subtle shimmer, sparkle, or beading. This is another way to make the neutral look more interesting while still allowing it to be understated, as desired.

Add Color with Flowers

A group of bridesmaids in in neutral-colored dresses with colorful bouquets.

While you may love the neutrality of dresses that are muted in tone, it doesn’t mean that you can’t add any pops of color for your girls. To pull of the palette without it looking too boring, you may want to incorporate bouquets in a bright or deeper hue to provide some eye-catching contrast to your ladies’ day-of look. This can be done by using even just one colored flower per bouquet, with the rest of the blooms in neutral hues to match the aesthetic you desire.

Accessorize with Jewelry

Neutral colors tend to look great with both silver and gold jewelry, so encourage your bridesmaids to mix it up when it comes to choosing their jewels. Have varied metals play into the neutral aesthetic. Also encourage the ladies to wear earrings and jewels of different designs. Perhaps one bridesmaid will pick a dainty pair of earrings and pair it with a larger necklace, while another will pick a statement pair of earrings to show off with her updo. These accessories will all complement each other and the palette nicely.

Consider the Wedding’s Setting

Pulling off a neutrally colored bridesmaid palette is also dependent on the setting of your wedding and where the photos will be taken. For example, if your photo backdrop is a blanket of snow, you may want to go with blush tones to ensure that the dresses don’t blend into the background too much. In contrast, if your background is a beautiful blue ocean, champagne colored dresses will complement that setting nicely.

Make it a White-Out

A group of bridesmaids in white lace dresses throwing up their bouquets.

Who says that only the bride can wear white nowadays? On the contrary, it’s becoming more and more common for brides to put their maids in white along with her on the big day. As trendy as this idea currently stands, it creates a clean and classic look that will seemingly never go out of style.

Change up Dress Styles

Even if all of your bridesmaids are wearing the same neutral color, it doesn’t mean that they all have to wear the exact same dress. Create more depth to the look of your bridesmaids with dresses that vary slightly in style. Perhaps some are strapless while others have sleeves, or maybe they all have differing necklines. This is also a great way to ensure that everyone is in a dress that fits their body type well and that they feel comfortable in.

Neutral certainly doesn’t have to be synonymous with “boring” when it comes to a bridesmaid palette. If you’re looking for something a bit understated, endlessly classic, but still beautiful and fun for your wedding party, consider putting your ladies in neutral hues.

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