Should My Bridesmaids' Dress Color Be Season-Appropriate?

Bridesmaids, Etiquette
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When you're planning your wedding, you're sure to have a lot of questions about finding the right wedding gown, bridesmaid dresses, mother-of-the bride attire, and more. That's why our etiquette experts are here to answer all of your fashion-related questions.

Should the color of my bridesmaids' dresses be season-appropriate?

Unfortunately, too many people fall prey to the idea that there's only one "proper" way to do a wedding and you'll be laughed at if you don't serve the right meal and wear the right color. But that's just not the case. Your bridesmaids can wear any color you love, no matter what the season. They should, however, stick to materials that are appropriate for the weather. While some fabrics transcend season or climate, others might look wrong next to the clothes the guests wear. Flimsy chiffon in December would seem odd among the wool coats of Minnesota but would be perfect in balmy southern Florida. And heavy velvet in July is downright mean pretty much everywhere. So go on and pick your favorite shade, whether it's ice blue or hot pink, and find a great dress in that hue. Trust us—it'll look just as great in summer as it does in the dead of winter.

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