Color Me Gorgeous: Trendy Bridesmaid Colors

Color Me Gorgeous: Trendy Bridesmaid Colors

There's a bright side to bridesmaid dresses this season. Soft blush, petunia red, periwinkle, electric blue...These striking hues make a bold bridal party statement. But the trick to making these saturdated tones shine is pairing them with perfect accent colors.

Purple reign

Violet, periwinkle, acquamarine and electric clues are lighting up the best bridal parties this season. Available in just the right cool hue to suit all your bridesmaids, this year's best purple-toned gowns come in Jackie O cocktail lengths. You'll find them in empire-cut gowns with assymetric neck details. Whatever you choose pump up the glam factor with cool silver accents.

Jeweled stilettos, drop-dead gorgeous chandelier earrings, cool metallic clutches...Dramatic silver accessories give "blue-girl" bridesmaids some fine heavy metal to play with.

Red, she said

Coming in a variety of sizzling shades, the red bridesmaid dress has come a long way in 2009. Grecian column dresses, short strapless cocktail lnumbers, one-shoulder gowns...You'll find these hot styles in red, coral and blush hues to suit every bridesmaid.

Gold makes the perfect complement to a dramatic red color palette. Whether it's a charming clutch, sexy, strappy sandals or bold bling, go for the gold and color your gal-pals happy on your big day.

How to Pick a Flattering Bridesmaid Dress for your Bridal Party

How to Pick a Flattering Bridesmaid Dress for your Bridal Party

Brides and bridesmaids have many new trends to choose from for a sophisticated summer wedding.

From sheath dresses to pale pastels and luminescent chiffons, elegant simplicity is the key to helping your bridesmaids to a head-turning walk down the aisle.

The A-line dress

A flattering option on many different body shapes, today's hottest A-line styles come in two-tone, two-piece dresses that feature a strapless bodice or spaghetti straps.

The column-style dress is another popular pick. Look for sleeveless, floor-length styles with halter tops and straps crossing over the back.

Ace accents

Sashes, thin belts and small bows at the waist and midriff are a huge new trend in bridesmaid dresses. The overall look is one of simple, streamlined elegance with a touch of flirty femininity.

Color story

Soft, feminine pastel shades in yellow, lavender, powder blue, soft pink and pale green are hot picks this summer. Sherbet colors such as coral, lime and tangerine, as well as electric blue and fuchsia also make strong style statements.

New fabrics

Blending easy comfort with all-out glam, today's best bridesmaid dress fabrics include iridescent organza and taffeta, silk, luminescent chiffon and European satin.

Combo couture

A popular new trend this season is to let each bridesmaid wear a different color of the same dress. Traditional rules are loosening up. Yet certain standards still apply. For example, don't select bridesmaid dresses in heavy materials for a summer wedding or outdoor ceremony.

5 Styles Your Bridesmaids Will Love

5 Bridal Styles Your Bridesmaids will Love

Strapless gowns and bridesmaid dresses are made for modern glamour. But this season's fashion-forward wedding styles offer many alluring options full of grand impact.

Deep V drama

Whether you're winging off to a destination wedding our getting ready for a traditional church affair, a plunging V-neckline is a flattering alternative to the classic strapless gown. A great option for women with rounder faces, the plunging V-neckline elongates your look -- a big plus for photos -- and adds a sense of sophisticated urban drama.

The haute halter

Halter-styled necklines are superb choices for women who have beautiful shoulders and fit, toned arms. Think First Lady Michelle Obama and you'll understand the impact a look like this can have when all eyes are on you.

Get waisted

This season's new waistline details add fresh visual interest to gowns and bridesmaid dresses. From Empire cuts that feature sleek, delicate belts to well-defined pleats that gather snugly at a natural waistline, these alternatives put the focus on modern femininity.

Bling is in

Beautiful beading is a new basic for Spring/Summer 2009. Whether these details are delicately incorporated on straps, necklines, waistlines or points of interest on the back, they accent this season's simple, elegant fashion picks in must-have fabrics such as silk chiffon or georgette.

Happy First Day of Spring

Happy First Day of Spring

March 20th marks the first day of spring, which is great news to anyone living in a cold climate (especially us in New England!) Spring weddings are joyous and bright, celebrating growth and birth.

The colors of a spring wedding tend to be pastels, pink, yellow, blue, lavender and green. There are many ways to incorporate spring into your wedding with flowers. Daffodils, tulips and calla lilies are good examples, while hyacinths, magnolias and lilacs add color and a beautiful scent. Wedding times in the afternoon, when it is the warmest, make for a nice outdoor wedding, but have a back up plan for those "April showers."

Food for a spring wedding could reflect the season with "baby" vegetables (carrots, asparagus, haricot verts, new potatoes.) Sweets can also reflect the season with colorful and beautiful seasonal fruits like strawberries. Petits fours can also be customized to match your color scheme and taste.

However, the best way to welcome spring into your wedding is through your and your bridal party's attire.

Recently seen in the Martha Stewart wedding blog, The Bride's Guide, as pictured above, are the beautiful bridesmaid and flower girl dresses from Vivian Diamond for the Dessy Group. These dresses are evocative of spring with their bright pink color and clean, simple lines. Explore to find more elegant bridesmaid dresses!