Picking your bridesmaid dress colors is one of the most important tasks on your wedding to-do list after finding your venue, wedding attire, and choosing an aesthetic, but it's not always the most straightforward decision. First, you'll need to decide if you want all of your bridesmaids to wear the exact same dress, which is the most traditional route, or if you'd prefer a trendy mix-and-match look with different dress styles. Next, you have to think about silhouettes, fabrics, and finally, colors that will flatter everyone's skin tones—or at the very least, won't elicit groans from an outspoken bridesmaid. Choosing bridesmaid dresses that will match your wedding vision is always easier when you have examples to reference, so that's why we created this guide to the most popular bridesmaid dress colors, plus our favorite alternative options and the different color bridesmaid dresses you might not have thought of yet.
Use these real-life examples of the best bridesmaid dress colors and combinations to help your squad look amazing on your wedding day.
Combine light and dark gray bridesmaid dresses in different fabrics (velvet, chiffon, crepe, etc.) for a contemporary twist on sophistication.
All white dresses
Until a few years ago, white bridesmaid dresses were generally seen as taboo—some couples feel that only the bride should wear white. But as more couples are breaking wedding traditions and making their own rules, we've started seeing more 'maids dressed in various ivory and white styles, and the end result is nothing short of amazing. This bridesmaid dress color is one of the most versatile hues, since it matches practically any wedding theme, from classic to bohemian.
Sparkly bridesmaid dresses are a stylish way to bring a glamorous vibe to your wedding. Outfit your bridesmaids in complementary pastel colors, like neutral champagne and pale pink, to achieve a romantic look.
Taupe and gold
Warm neutrals, like gold and taupe, are flattering bridesmaid dress colors for a range of skin tones. Choose slip dresses in midi-lengths, then add greenery bouquets, for a wedding party aesthetic that's on-trend and laid-back.
A green hue with brown undertones works like a neutral color, and we love it for a rustic theme or outdoor wedding (a desert wedding, maybe?). Loose braids and heeled sandals help complete the outfits.
We know that yellow isn't a neutral color, but a barely-there shade like buttercream yellow is nearly as versatile as an off-white or ivory style. This sunny hue would be perfect for a spring or summer wedding.
Blush is one of the most popular bridesmaid dress colors of all time, and our favorite way to incorporate it into your wedding party attire is through mix-and-match dresses. Most bridesmaid dress designers offer multiple types of dresses in each color, which makes it easy for your 'maids to choose their favorite blush style while still matching the rest of the group.
If you like the look of blush bridesmaid dresses but want to switch it up a bit, have your bridesmaids wear mix-and-match dresses in all different pastel colors. A grouping of blush, lavender, and dusty blue dresses—with dainty floral prints added for good measure—creates an eclectic, feminine palette. (Read about granny chic wedding ideas for more inspo on this aesthetic!)
We're calling this assortment of mauve, peach, purple, and blue colors the "fruit sorbet" palette because it feels so refreshing. These colors would look great in any season—they're punchy enough for a spring or summer wedding but also toned down to match a fall or winter wedding theme.
Coral was a popular bridesmaid dress color in the early aughts, and since '90s and 2000s wedding ideas are suddenly trending again, we can probably expect to see this cheerful color making its way back into wedding fashion. Because this color is bold enough to stand on its own, we recommend choosing matching coral bridesmaid dresses for the most cohesive effect.
Mix-and-match rosy hues
If you love vintage style, ask your bridesmaids to wear mix-and-match dresses in an assortment of pink tones, patterns, and fabrics. Not only does this give your bridesmaids the chance to find a dress that they feel totally comfortable in, but they're also more likely to re-wear the dress after your wedding day is over (and believe us, they'll thank you for it!).
Gold and orange
Orange is on track to be one of the next big trending wedding colors, and it can be a fun choice for your bridesmaid dresses if you're feeling whimsical and spunky. We know that this bold color could seem overwhelming at first, so add richer tones like gold and mustard yellow to round it out.
Pairing dark colors (navy blue and emerald green) with bright accents (red and tangerine orange) might push you out of your comfort zone at first, but don't feel like you have to play it safe. This daring combination of different colored bridesmaid dresses is perfect for an artsy, eclectic group.
Wine-inspired hues, like burgundy, maroon, and merlot, are extremely popular bridesmaid dress colors for fall weddings. If you want an elegant, symmetrical look, have your bridesmaids wear identical floor-length dresses in a dark red color.
Purple is another go-to wedding color for fall couples, but this regal hue is flattering year-round and works on all skin tones. A palette of dark plum bridesmaid dresses with contrasting lavender dresses is rich and dramatic.
Patterned purple bridesmaid dresses are another way to bring the elegant color into your wedding attire. The floral burnout print on these lilac dresses is eye-catching but not overwhelming.
Yes, it's possible to make your wedding party feel cohesive even if none of the bridesmaid dresses are matching. One of the easiest ways to do this is by using jewel tones: magenta pink, eggplant purple, sapphire blue, and jade green are some of the most common color options. It works because these gemstone-inspired hues are all on the darker side of the color spectrum and share cool undertones.
Periwinkle and violet
These icy blue and purple bridesmaid dress colors would be especially dreamy for a winter wedding. Create the most balanced group by choosing two or three colors, and then have your bridesmaids pick dresses that are similar to each other in neckline, length, and fabric.
Matching French blue
This classic tone (by the way, it was recently named the color of the year) is a perfect opportunity to experiment with the same color/different style bridesmaid dress trend. By outfitting your 'maids in blue dresses with different necklines and details, like ruffles and lace, you'll achieve a modern classic look.
Mix-and-match navy blue
If you want your bridesmaid dresses to feel timeless, navy blue is a sophisticated color for any season. You can give this dark blue shade a less-formal vibe by outfitting your 'maids in dresses with varying necklines.
Seafoam green and blue
Having a beach wedding? Seafoam-inspired greens and blues are bridesmaid dress colors that will speak to your inner mermaid. These colors are especially pretty on flowy dresses made of lightweight fabrics, such as chiffon, tulle, and organza.
Tropical prints are another way to style your bridesmaids for a beach wedding. If your wedding theme is inspired by an island getaway, bridesmaid dresses with palm leaf patterns and cheery colors, like peach and blue, will fit right in.
Getting married in a garden setting? Make a statement by having all of your bridesmaids wear floral-print dresses. If you're worried about the pattern being too overwhelming, choose dresses with an understated color palette, like mint, sage, and cerulean.
This luxurious hue is universally flattering, and that's why it's one of our all-time favorite bridesmaid dress colors for fall and winter weddings. Choose mix-and-match velvet dresses (the fabric is surprisingly comfortable!) in a dark emerald color, then add white bouquets for a gorgeous contrasting look.
Satin shamrock green
If you're getting married around the holidays, shamrock green is a festive color for your bridesmaids. Matching satin dresses with high-low hems are chic but not stuffy—they're great for dancing and will give your bridesmaids the chance to show off their stylish shoes!
Teal and white
Matching skirt and top sets are stylish alternatives to ordinary bridesmaid dress options. For a moody wedding vibe, consider dark teal skirts with white crop tops.
Dark floral prints
Embrace an edgy-romantic aesthetic with dark floral print bridesmaid dresses, which look extra-amazing next to a blush wedding dress.
If you like the same color/different style bridesmaid dress trend, black is one of the easiest colors to help you pull off the look. Use dresses in the same fabric for the most formal effect, or experiment with black dresses in different materials, like velvet, sequins, or satin.
Black and raspberry pink
Break up a mostly black color palette by adding pops of raspberry pink to your wedding party attire, whether it's the maid of honor's dress or your flower girl's tutu.