Orange is one of the brightest and most festive colors for weddings this summer. It is a bold color, but one that is surprisingly easy to incorporate into your wedding. These are some ideas for beautiful orange dresses and bouquets for your bridesmaids.

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First the dresses: one of the prettiest trends in weddings is the use of tangerine. It has the freshness of a true orange, but is a little easier to wear. Tangerine chiffon is especially lovely, and it looks great paired with a soft lime green for a citrusy color palette. For a late summer wedding, think about using a slightly richer orange, such as a deep orange silk dupioni for your bridesmaids.

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If you are thinking about choosing orange bridesmaid dresses, do give some consideration to the figures of your friends before placing an order. To be frank, a very curvy woman in an orange dress can end up looking a bit like a pumpkin (at least to her own eyes). There are some simple ways around this dilemma. One is to choose a bridesmaid dress in a print that has orange mixed in with another color, like a cream and peach stripe or polka dot pattern. Another great idea is to choose two main colors, and have some of your attendants wear orange dresses with sashes in a contrasting color, and the rest of your bridesmaids wear the second color with orange sashes.

When choosing a dress in a strong color like orange, accessories need to be strong enough to hold their own without competing with the dress. And no matching orange shoes, please! A stylish neutral shoe like a jute espadrille wedge or a strappy gold sandal would be very chic. When you are looking for the perfect bridesmaid jewelry to give as gifts, the same idea applies. Bridesmaid jewelry gifts like big white pearls or substantial silver pieces are a better option than orange jewelry, which would be too much of a good thing.
The bridesmaids' bouquets are a terrific place to introduce a pop of bright color, especially if you prefer a more subtle hue for their dresses. There are many wonderful choices for orange flowers, so you will be able to find a style that suits your personal taste. Orange bouquets can run the gamut from beachy to formal to exotic, and everything in between.

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If you are hoping to create bridesmaid bouquets that are colorful but formal, you can find roses in an amazing array of orange hues, including coral, bright orange, and peach. Mix in hypericum berries and rusty orange parrot tulips for bouquets that are rich and multi-dimensional. You can create beautifully old-fashioned bouquets by combining hotpink ruffled sweetpeas with some of the pretty shades of orange.

Speaking of pink, it is one of the most popular colors to mix into your orange bouquets. You want to choose a shade of pink that has the same intensity of color as the orange, so the bolder the orange flowers, the brighter the pink should be. One great combination is to use bright orange lilies in combination with hot pink stargazer lilies. These are such large flowers that it would only take a few stems of each to make the perfect sized bouquets for your attendants. (Just be sure that they all like the distinctive scent of the stargazers.)
As bright as it is, orange can be a fantastic addition to any bridal party. Whether you choose to go with orange bridesmaid dresses, bouquets, or both, you will find that the cheerful nature of orange will make your wedding feel even more festive and fun.


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