Thursday, April 2, 2009

Bridesmaid Rewind

Did you know that I initially didn't want red bridesmaids' dresses? Very early in my blogging, I posted about a soft gold or dark champagne coloured dress.

Here's what I wrote:

So I really, really wanted the colour theme to be gold. And I still do! But it's really hard to find nice, subtle shades of gold in bridesmaids dresses. So many shades of gold remind me of New Year's Eve! Given the month and year of my wedding (June in the 21st century), I don't think it'll work!

Reasons I may not have gold bridesmaid dresses:
1) Bridesmaid's Skin Colours:
Most of my bridesmaids are relatively pale, making the shade of gold so very important. Too pale (like a champagne), and they'll look washed out!
2) Available Shades of Gold:
Some of the gold dresses belonged in a documentary about Studio 54, or some other equally blindingly bright costume from the '70s. Not exactly flattering for anyone!
3) Availability of Dresses:
I've found a couple potential dresses, but they are either (a) from a designer not based anywhere near here, (b) only available on-line - yeah, like I'd ask my bridesmaids to order such important (to me) dresses on-line, or (c) far too expensive to ask my bridesmaids to pay.
4) My Dress Colour:
My dress is an "ivory" colour, though to be honest, it looks white. The "white" dresses almost had a touch of blue to them! I'm fairly pale, so the blue-white would make me look like I'm ill! So I wanted a shade of gold that would not look dull beside my dress.

For these reasons, and with the gracious consent of my bridesmaids, who are willing to wear whatever I ask (and have all told me as much), we may switch the colour to red.

Advantages of Red:
1) There are so many shades of red (from rust to crimson to burgundy).
2) Many, many dresses come in so many of those shades of red!
3) The colour (and my bridesmaids) will "pop" even more against my dress, creating a striking contrast.

I am disappointed that the dresses may not be available in gold. But, I'm sure my bridesmaids will look lovely regardless! I may be able to decorate with subtle gold accents, to incorporate the gold colour theme, such as in the invitations or programs.

Note: I will have red dresses, but everything else will be ivory/cream and gold/champagne. Since gold/champagne don't occur naturally, the bridesmaids will carry yellow-orange flowers. So I have my punch of colour in the red, but the rest of the decor will (hopefully) be soft.

The original post is here.

How did you choose your colour scheme?


Mo said...

How funny, I just wrote about my initial color scheme idea. I have so much to learn from you!
We chose red as the dominant color as a nod to it being a lucky color in Asian culture.
I think gold/champagne is really pretty, can't wait to see what you do with it!

The Professional Bridesmaid said...

I love the colour of your dresses! Although I can see why you were keen on gold, such a fun colour for decor.

Cyd said...

hahaha you know me! I'm still figuring colors out as I go along. But my Bella ink colors are the Mediterranean and Pale Gray, the dresses champagne, the suits charcoal and my shoes a combination of champagne and charcoal. 3.5 months out, that's all I've got for you! ;-)

Kristy Goldman said...

Hey Krista! I remember you commented on my blog a long time ago and I just found yours again! I am so happy to see how much progress you've made in planning!

p.s. I chose my color scheme because it was both my parents' and my husband's parents' wedding colors and both couples are still married. It made the decision easy and was a fun way to honor our parents in a subtle way.

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