Here’s the latest installment in our Bridesmaid Dresses: “Color” Story……As a recap, (scroll down if you’ve read the “intro” to this article in the past) we’ve included the Pantone Color Guide for new visitors.
If you are just visiting for the first time, and you would like to research a different color than the one in the below segment, please see our Archives for our previous Color articles.
If you are the type of bride that likes to keep up with the Trends, you’ll already know what the 2013 Pantone Wedding Colors are…. but just in case, we have included them above as a guide and starting off point for planning your Wedding Style & Design. This is the forth segment in our 10 part article devoted to each Pantone color.
Tender Shoots-Color-Bridesmaid Dresses :
Let’s start with a little inspiration. Tender Shoots is a a muted version of what one might call an “Iodine” Green as illustrated in the below piece from Shawn McNulty. Keeping your accents simplified and muted with this color is a must.
Tender Shoots is a challenging color for a bridesmaid dress! But not to worry, if you love this color, we’ve put together a few collages and tips for inspiration for you! Tender Shoots will work best in late summer/early fall as it pairs very nicely with the florals from those seasons.We included a few styles with subtle hue differences.
All are equally appropriate, and when paired with the right accessories can steer the direction of the “look” just the way you want it. Using the piece by McNulty as inspiration, a bride that is not afraid of color could pair Bright Reds, Pinks, and Coral accessories noting it’s compliment to the Tender Shoot Green.
With either short or long dress length, pairing your florals and accessories with hues of the same Tender Shoot Green and Neutrals is the a great way to make this choice of Bridesmaid Dress Color work.
Softer fabrics and neutral shoes with pale colored florals can make this color a striking choice as illustrated below. Note how both examples below have a simple neutral heel as well as accessories in the same hue.
Keeping your accesories in pale shades and neutrals helps this bold color choice work. This way your accessories will not compete with the statement you make with your bridesmaid dress color choice.
If you like Tender Shoot, but you aren’t sure about the boldness of the hue, then use it as an accent piece rather than “The” Color in your wedding. Try just using it in florals against a safe Navy or Slate Gray bridesmaid dress.
…Can’t decide which Tender Shoot hue to use for your bridesmaid dresses?
Check out the above Color-blocked Vintage Chiffon Dress below! Again, we would recommend pairing this particular dress with an all white bouquet and an understated heel. It’s a great way to add Style to your wedding. The Design of this vintage dress is so classic, that it actually works in a Contemporary styled wedding as well. Real Wedding Planner Advice:Remember to keep your accessories understated/muted so the focus will still be on you (the Bride!).
Keeping the big picture in mind, if your bridesmaids dresses have alot of “movement” with either fabric, color, or style, you want to keep the accessories simplified or your Bridal Party “look” and photos will look way too busy.
So remember to keep it simple!
As always, the more eccentric and bold the color, the more edgy and contemporary the look, even when choosing a vintage dress. And with a more lighter (and pale/muted) color choice, the more “romantic” – traditional the look.
Tender Shoot will pair wonderfully with Navy Groomsmen Suits, Slate Gray, Black for the Gents. It also pairs very nicely with Corals and Blush Pink accessories (as illustrated above) as well as with any shade of Purple, and Metallics.
Next Color Article Segment: Dusk Blue!
Article: Lisa Sammons – Owner/Principal Planner & Lead Designer – Lisa Sammons Events /Contributor & Features Editor: Style, Inpsiration, & Design
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