While your bridal dress should be at the top of your priority list, your bridesmaids' gowns also play an important role in your wedding; their color scheme will set the mood of your big day both in photos and at the ceremony. (Remember, your favorite ladies will be walking down the aisle before you do!)
In the past few years, brides haven't been sticking to a single color, opting for entourage gowns in various hues to create that pretty "mismatched" effect. The color pairings can be tricky to pull off, though, as these hues may end up clashing instead of complementing each other.
To guide and inspire you, here are a few tried-and-tested color combinations we've spotted from real weddings:
1. Shades of the Sea: Teal, Tiffany Blue, Powder Blue, and Baby Blue
Getting hitched by the shore? Complement the breathtaking backdrop with entourage gowns in various shades of blue. Like the sea, this color motif is refreshing and easy on the eyes.
2. Champagne and Nude
Create a warm, relaxed vibe at your nuptials with neutral-colored bridesmaid dresses in elegant shades of champagne and nude. This muted motif is adaptable to whatever wedding style you may have but it'll beautifully blend in the most with outdoor, rustic-themed settings.
If the motif seems a tad bland for you, ask your gown designer to add some beadwork and sequins to your bridesmaids' dresses to glam things up.
3. Pastels with a Bold Accent Color
Pastels are sweet and delicate. Most importantly, they blend together to create a cohesive look. So if you want your bridesmaids to be dressed up in different styles, opting for this color motif is one way to tie all their looks together.
Keep things a little unexpected by adding one or two bright accent colors (like copper, lime green, etc.) to the mix.
4. Sage Green and Emerald Green
Incorporating shades of green to your bridal squad's attire is a smart way to bring nature into an indoor ceremony or to boost the fresh, earthy vibe of a garden wedding.
A cool bonus: Emerald green looks amazing on a groom's suit, too!
5. Dusty Pink and Tan
For a low-key, romantic feel, pink and neutrals make a perfect pair; earthy tones keep the classic pink from looking too sweet and girly.
6. Baby Blue and Light Pink
Take cotton candy as your main source of inspiration if you want to add more sweetness to your big day. When combined, baby blue and light pink look fresh and photograph so well, especially during the daytime (A.K.A. when you'll be taking those pre-wedding snaps with your BFFs).
7. Orange, Peach, and Red
Let these bright, cheery hues perfectly express just how happy you all are on your special day. If you're not into the muted color palette, this sweet play on light and bold tones is for you. The budget-friendly perk is that no expensive beading is required for these entourage dresses to stand out as the colors themselves are already a statement.
8. Grey and Navy Blue
Grey and blue may sound like two dull hues for a wedding, but when these are incorporated into airy, flowy fabrics, they look nothing short of elegant. Dark navy blue keeps the overall grey theme from blending into the background.
9. Mauves and reds
Opt for a color scheme that will remind everyone of roses to set a dramatic and romantic mood. Having a few accents of red livens up the understated main mauve motif!
10. Orange-red and mustard
Looking for a more unique color motif? Try this zesty color combo that won't fail to bring positive vibes to your ceremony.
*This story originally appeared on FemaleNetwork.com. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.