The Best Colors for Fall Bridesmaid Dresses

July 24, 2018 by Rachel Aschenbrand-Robinson

Wedding season now extends well into October and it’s pretty easy to see why: the air is crisp, the summer heat has burned off, and the autumnal foliage lends for the perfect backdrop. If you’re planning your nuptials around that time, you’ll want to set the mood with seasonal colors — and you can start with your bridesmaids’ dresses. Rich, foliage-inspired hues are always a winning choice for bridesmaids dresses and can really set the tone for a post-summer soiree..

This season, in addition to deeper saturated colors, there are a few softer, delicate shades that are growing in popularity — and quickly. Ahead, five bridesmaid dress color palettes that are topping the fall wedding colors must-have list.

Fall Bridesmaid Dresses in the Color of: Warm Berry Tones

DRESS: TWO BIRDS, DRESS: PARKER, DRESS: AQ/AQ

Whether you choose a cranberry, bordeaux, or maroon shade, a deep red hue is one of the season’s top choices for bridesmaids’ dresses. Maybe it’s because rich colors conjure up images of falling leaves, or perhaps it’s because this color to look good on virtually everyone. Either way, whether you choose one dress for all or let each ‘maid rent an individual style, you can’t go wrong putting your best ladies in this warm shade. Mix this palette with antique gold accents for a luxe look.

Fall Bridesmaid Dresses in the Color of: Fresh Purple Shades

DRESS: JAY GODFREY, DRESS: BADGLEY MISCHKA, DRESS: JS COLLECTION

Ultra Violet was named Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2018 so it’s no surprise shades of purple have seen a serious boost when it comes to fall wedding ideas. Sure, a deep eggplant dress makes stylish sense for an autumn affair but why not mix it up with lighter shades like lilac, lavender, amethyst , and orchid? A floral print bridesmaid dress that incorporates several shades of purple is an ideal way to anchor a mismatched, tonal grouping. The multi-hue print offers a transition between lighter and darker options — and helps make for a pretty, picture-perfect mix.

Fall Bridesmaid Dresses in the Color of: Soft Dusty Pink

DRESS: ADRIANNA PAPELL, DRESS: JILL JILL STUART, DRESS: BADGLEY MISCHKA

Believe it or not, dusty pink is basically a neutral at this point — which means it works during any season, not just spring and summer. In fact, choosing this neutral color shade for bridesmaids’ fall wedding outfits has become increasingly popular, in part because there is so much you can do with it. Whether you dress your best girls in glamorous sequins, romantic lace, soft chiffon, or sleek crepe, they’ll always look ultra-feminine. Another reason why blush and rose gold make a great wedding color combination is because it pairs well with almost any type of bouquet–from rich fuchsia blooms to muted greenery.

Fall Bridesmaid Dresses in the Color of: Elegant Black

DRESS: COOPER STREET, DRESS: ML MONIQUE LHUILLIER, DRESS: ALLISON PARRIS

If you’re saying “I do” against a colorful foliage-rich backdrop, black is a winning option for bridesmaids. In terms of what to wear to a fall outdoor wedding, this is a no-fail fashion choice that makes a sharp, elegant contrast against autumnal hues. Far from boring, there are a slew of black rental options with dramatic details like ruffles and embellishments, in luxe fabrications like lace and satin, all available to outfit your bridesmaids in a very chic way. Hey, there’s a reason it never goes out of style, right?