Deciding what color to choose for a bridal party dress is far from an easy task. As a bride-to-be, you want to choose a hue that you love (it’s your wedding after all), but at the same time, you want the shade to be flattering on a range of complexions and feel fitting for the venue. That’s a tall order. On the heels of lavender as the "it" shade of spring and summer, plum is the perfect transitional color if you’re into purple tones but want something deeper that can transition into the cooler months.
If you’re going for a mixed palette for your bridal party, you’ll want to make sure the dresses you choose all fall within a similar spectrum. For a variegated bridal party lineup, plum is a gorgeous shade to mix with lighter shades of purple like lavender, magenta, or orchid whether you opt for a range of solids or want to incorporate floral prints into the mix. For a bolder wedding party lineup, plum is striking with other colors including shades of green like sage, pistachio, or mint, or warmer tones like marigold and dandelion. For a vibrant pop, chartreuse is gorgeous as an accent color, too. If you’d prefer just a splash of color with plum dresses, you can integrate these colors into a bouquet or with accessories.
Here, we pulled together an assortment of plum bridal party dresses to consider for your wedding day, with options starting at under $100. From halter necklines to one-shoulder styles and strapless silhouettes in a range of mini, midi, and maxi lengths, you’re sure to spot one you and your bridal party will love.
For a Summer Wedding: ASOS DESIGN Short Sleeve Ruched Maxi Dress
Be prepared to have your breath taken away by this universally flattering gown. With a sweetheart neckline, flouncy sleeves, and a flowy skirt, what's there not to love?
Price at time of publish: $128
Best Racerback: Reiss Anne Chain Detail Maxi Dress
Just add chandelier earrings and this glamorous berry-hued racerback gown will be gala-ready. The elongating, floor-sweeping silhouette would look especially captivating on those who are taller.
Most Regal: BHLDN Montreal Crepe Maxi Dress
This royalty-approved crepe maxi dress has it all: a high neckline, peekaboo slit, and a slinky silhouette that hugs in all the right places.
Best Budget-Friendly: Babaroni Emily One Shoulder Dresses with Pleated Bodice
Behold, a bridal party dress for all seasons. This elegant one-shoulder gown is made from a breathable chiffon material that will keep you cool and collected even during the summer months.
Price at time of publish: $109
Most Ladylike: David's Bridal Scalloped Boudoir Lace Plus-Size Cocktail Dress
Channel a look of pure elegance with this plus-size sheath dress that's ready to party. Bonus: It's made from a super flattering stretch-lace material.
For a Beach Wedding: Jenny Packham Ruffled Wrap High-Low Maxi Dress
Wedding by the ocean? This easy-breezy maxi dress featuring spaghetti straps and a high-low skirt will fit the bill just fine. Windswept beach waves and a sunkissed glow will complete the look.
Best Slit: Hervé Léger Long-Sleeve Off-the-Shoulder Gown
This long-sleeved Hervé Léger masterpiece is a perfect 10 in our book. Between the rich plum hue and come-hither slit, it's sophisticated enough for a winter wedding.
Most Timeless: Allure Bridals Style 1455 Dress
The chiffon material on this cowled back gown makes us want to give it a twirl. Maintain a timeless look with a simple set of pearl earrings or an heirloom clutch.
Best Off-the-Shoulder: Studio Design Style 4543 Draped Off-the-Shoulder Maxi Dress with Shirred Streamer
Make an entrance with this dreamy off-the-shoulder maxi dress that's fit for a goddess. It's made from a luxe chiffon material that exquisitely drapes the body.
Best Sheath Dress: Alex Evenings V-Neck Wrap Bodice Detail Scuba Sheath Dress
You can't go wrong with a classic sheath dress, especially when it comes in a summer-approved plum hue. Those who have a conservative sense of style will appreciate the wrap-style bodice and modest knee-grazing length.
For a Winter Wedding: Morilee Velvet High Neck Dress
We're always down for a crushed velvet moment, especially when the gown is this fierce. The form-fitting silhouette is accompanied by a high neckline and strappy open back.
Most Feminine: David's Bridal Long Mesh Dress with Illusion Halter Neckline
While the sleek silhouette will elongate your torso, it's the majestic plum hue that commands attention. Throw in an illusion neckline for a flawless look that your bridal party will love.
Most Romantic: Lulus Moments of Bliss Purple Backless Mermaid Maxi Dress
From wedding to reception (and beyond), this enchanting maxi dress is one that you'll want to wear again. The halter neckline and flowy skirt will add an air of romance to your look.
Price at time of publish: $78
Best Back: WAYF The Angelina Sleeveless Wrap Gown
Come after-hours, all eyes will be on you. This sleek and sophisticated wrap gown has a V-shaped back and front that's fit for a black-tie wedding.
Best Strapless Silhouette: David's Bridal Crepe-Back Satin Strapless Dress
Stay cool and look fabulous in this strapless bridal party dress that's practically made for a summer wedding. In addition to a sultry slit, you'll find handy pockets to stash all your essentials.
Most Flattering: Azazie Everleigh V-Neck Dress
If you've got it, flaunt it. This floor-length gown is characterized by a V-neck, open back, and thigh-high slit. The length can easily be altered to achieve the perfect fit for your entire bridal party.
Price at time of publish: $89
Best Plus-Size: Nightway Plus-Size Cold-Shoulder Keyhole Gown
You'll feel like a million bucks in this plus-size gown featuring a cold-shoulder neckline and cap sleeves. The A-line silhouette, coupled with a side slit, creates an incredibly flattering fit.
For a Garden Wedding: Jenny Yoo Luna V-Neck Flutter Sleeve Midi Dress
Cue the romance: This flutter-sleeved number boasts a subtle leopard print on a jacquard fabric and a tasteful deep-V neckline. The dark plum shade and easy-going silhouette make it game for an early summer wedding.
Price at time of publish: $220
For a Black-Tie Wedding: BHLDN Jones V-Neck Crepe Dress
Between the form-fitting silhouette and flared hemline, this sophisticated V-neck crepe dress is sure to turn some heads. The dark purple shade makes it the perfect option for a black-tie wedding or a reception under the stars.
Best Wrap Dress: Show Me Your Mumu Samantha Ruffle Wrap Dress
Let your crew's personalities shine through with this flirty faux wrap dress featuring a ruffled neckline and sash. A high-low hemline and side slit allow for plenty of movement on the dance floor.
Price at time of publish: $198
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