Color Inspiration

The bride isn’t always the one blushing. We love the trend of blush dresses for bridesmaids—the soft neutral complements many wedding color palettes.

Here are a few we love in a variety of styles, including reversible lace (score two dresses in one!), print floral and metallic dots. These dresses go well together so your girlfriends can mix and match, or they’re perfect on their own for a traditional uniform look.



See more blush dresses for bridesmaids.

 

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! To honor the color of luck, we’re offering a few ways to incorporate green into your wedding color palette, no matter the time of year.

Flowers are an obvious go-to, but there are a number of unconventional ways you can add shades of green—from mint to lime, to kelly and pine—into your big day.

A light backdrop for your favorite quote, or adorable bottles of green (!) lemonade.

A gorgeous outdoor canopy or shabby-chic mint seats.

Rosemary makes an easy, earthy accent for name cards and DIY table runners.

Not to mention, of course, bright standout shades for the wedding party…

Amsale Strapless Chiffon Gown | Nina Peep-Toe Pump

…or more muted and earthy tones.

Isaac Mizrahi New York Fit & Flare Dress | L.Erickson Silk Obi Sash

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Give your maids some options and a little visual interest to your bridal party by choosing dresses in the same color family, but mixing and matching different textures and silhouettes. We’ve put together a selection of dresses in each of the four top color trends of the season: blush, mint, grey and champagne.

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Naturally we’re loving the combo of fiery red and clean white on Valentine’s Day, but luckily, both of these colors are great ways to celebrate and spark romance 365 days of the year. Check out these and more stylish and fun looks for heating things up, both today and on that very special day.

I ♥ This: Only Hearts Silk Charmeuse Mini Slip & Josie ‘Spicy Essentials’ Low-Rise Lace Boyshorts

Do I Ever: Hanky Panky ‘I Do’ Regular Rise Thong & Betsey Johnson Terry Honeymoon Robe

Find more sizzling Bridal Lingerie.

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Whether you’re set to walk down the aisle in a winter wonderland or under bright sunshine in June, metallic accessories will infuse high-shine glamour into your look on your big day. Perusing our newest arrivals, we found five shoe-and-clutch pairings in gold, silver and even blush that will wow at any celebration.

GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY: Jessica McClintock ‘Cake’ Glitter Minaudiere | Enzo Angiolini ‘Brodee’ Metallic Leather Sandal

BLUSHING BRIDE: Royale Chic Metallic Leather Box Clutch | kate spade new york ‘charm’ slingback pump

DETAIL WORK: Micky London Handbags ‘Mini Circle’ Beaded ClutchBadgley Mischka ‘Taylar’ Crystal Embellished Cutout Sandal

HeroALL THE CAGE: La Regale ‘Cage’ Box Clutch | Jimmy Choo ‘Venus Tubular’ Sandal

SILVER LININGS: Jessica McClintock Mesh Clutch | Jimmy Choo ‘Lace’ Pump

Not quite sure how to pair? Our Wedding Stylists can help curate your entire big-day look, so schedule an appointment to visit your nearest Wedding Suite today!

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A certain shade of purple is getting a lot of attention these days! Radiant Orchid has been announced as the Pantone® Color of the Year for 2014, and everyone in fashion, home decor and (of course) weddings is talking about it.

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, says this about the hot new shade: “Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.” Yep, we’re charmed, all right!

Even though the current reign of Emerald still has a couple weeks, we couldn’t wait to start thinking of our favorite examples of this “harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones.” See our picks below, and look out for more in 2014.

twobirds Convertible Bridesmaid Dress | Orchid bouquet via Every Last Detail | Floral headband via Magnolia Rouge | Chandelier Earrings | Drink via Nothing But DeliciousLela Rose Draped Silk Bridesmaid Dress | Bridesmaid via Inspired by This (in Donna Morgan ‘Grey Ridge’ color | Macarons via Cooking for Pleasure | Nordstrom Cashmere Blend Wrap | Boutonniere via Style Me Pretty

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 Tianna and Teddy’s big day was a gorgeous, modern affair, clearly filled with a lot of love–and plenty of fun too!

The Scene: October 5, 2013, Sunset Room at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD

Teddy’s and my vision for the wedding was to make it simple yet elegant. We wanted a wedding that represented us as a couple.

In keeping with the season, our wedding designer, Pamela Beard from Art of Wow, filled the space with beautiful fall flowers and colors, lots of oranges and yellows. She incorporated my favorite flower–the stargazer lily–as well as other fall flowers like spider mums.

It was a morning ceremony, and we wanted everything to be bright, light and airy. Windows surrounding the entire area where the ceremony and the reception were held allowed natural light from the sun to come in, and our photographer was able to capture beautiful pictures.

The day of, everything was organized and started on time and just flowed so nicely.

My Look: I wore the ‘Nadia’ gown by Rosa Clará. The color was a natural white with a strapless sweetheart neckline and asymmetrical organza layers. I accessorized it with a belt by Cara.

I kept the rest simple with diamondlike teardrop earrings and a bracelet. My hair accessory was the ‘Elle’ flower hair clip by Nina. I believed that my dress was a statement in itself and I didn’t need a veil or a lot of jewelry.

My Wedding Stylist: Stacey Kallenberg, Nordstrom Wedding Suite at Tysons Corner Center

Throughout this process I learned that the one thing that has got to be on point is your dress! I really appreciated that Stacey took the time to get to know me, where my wedding would be held and at what time of day, the types of dresses I liked, what Teddy’s personality is like…all that was discussed before selecting the dresses, trying on various styles and seeing what looked really beautiful on me.

Having that discussion helped to narrow down my options. The great thing is that the stylists told me about an upcoming Rosa Clará trunk show. Stacey didn’t want me to be too eager and wanted me to see other dresses! She was right–I made my selection at the trunk show event and I felt amazing.

When I started crying, I knew that THIS was my dress. I felt like a bride and I knew that Teddy would love the dress.

The stylists were amazing and very helpful, professional but personable and honest. In this business you have to be, because it is such an important day for a bride!

Our Special Moments: One of my favorite moments was walking down the aisle, seeing Teddy at the end and all of the people, the flowers and how beautiful everything looked–but most importantly the look on his face. It was amazing! I felt like I was walking through heaven.

Photography by Shauna Ploeger, Photograpy Du Jour

Did you find your wedding gown at Nordstrom? We love a good wedding story! Email Nordstrom Wedding Stories for details on getting your wedding featured on our blog. And for more inspiration, make a complimentary appointment with a Wedding Stylist or browse our Wedding Suite.

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Saukok Tiampo of REVEL shares a twist on the typical winter wedding color palette. We love her fresh ideas!

Today’s Evergreen + Teal wedding inspiration combines modern glamour with a touch of rustic holiday elegance! This lace mermaid wedding gown is classic and sophisticated, and bold teal pumps add a wintry pop of color. Evergreen details and deep teal hues complete the look of an unexpected winter wonderland for your Big Day!

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Menbur Bow Pump | Hayley Paige ‘Cricket’ Wedding Dress | Donna Morgan ‘Morgan’ Bridesmaid Dress | kate spade new york drop earrings

For more collages in unique color combinations, head over to REVEL!

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We all know Pinterest is a bride-to-be’s best friend. (Let’s be honest, the same goes for a pre-bride-to-be—hello, secret wedding boards!) With thousands of beautiful, inspirational images of everything from gowns to flowers to food, we can’t get enough either!

One of our favorite pinning pastimes is finding inspiring color suggestions and images, and we know brides agree. So we’re thrilled to be partnering with The Perfect Palette on our Nordstrom Weddings Pinterest boards, to bring you ideas in every shade of the rainbow.

The Perfect Palette is THE source of color inspiration for parties, fashion, and of course, weddings. There are 54 shades to choose from on the Search by Color function, and more palette board ideas than we can count. The pairings are fresh and unique, and the color names (“cerulean”, “fig”, “latte”) take us back to our Crayola days.

Look for our shared Pinterest boards where we’re always pinning bouquets, table decor, bridesmaid dresses, bridal accessories and shoes…really, we’re as addicted as you are! We grouped colors in these categories so you can get mix-and-match inspiration.

BOLD BRIGHTS: think electric blue, hot pink, sunny yellow, grass green

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SPARKLE & SHINE: think silver, gold, copper, pewter, bronze

PERFECT PASTELS: think peach, blush, mint, lavender, lemon

BLACK & WHITE: think, well, black and white (but oh, the combinations!)

Follow us and tell us what you like in your comments and repins!

We also have a NEW Shop by Color function for bridesmaid dresses on our site. Check it out!

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