Did you know that the role of the bridesmaid dates from pagan times, when evil spirits were thought to attend wedding ceremonies? By surrounding the bride with 'look-a-likes' - similarly dressed attendants of her own age - it was thought the evil ones would not be able to single out the bride!
Bridesmaids come in different natural colourings (i.e. Blondes, brunettes, redheads) and the bride and the chief bridesmaid have the complicated task of choosing a colour to suit everyone. However - not all colours suit everyone! The solution is to have a colour analysis, as everyone can wear a shade or tone of most colours, and the dresses don't have to be identical as long as they remain within the colour palette.
Here is a rough guide to colour and bridesmaids' natural colouring:
Red Bridesmaid Dresses
Blondes can wear geranium red, brunettes look good in scarlet red and true red and redheads can go for orange red
Yellow Bridesmaid Dresses
Primrose yellow suits natural Scandinavian type blondes, as well as brunettes. Believe it or not, a daffodil yellow suits redheads.
Pink Bridesmaid Dresses
Blush pink suits blondes, and brunettes. Coral pink suits redheads.
Green Bridesmaid Dresses
Blondes look good in mint green, brunettes in emerald green, and redheads in lime green or turquoise .
Orange Bridesmaid Dresses
Unfortunately, orange isn't very flattering on a blonde. A brunette can get away with pumpkin orange if she has a warm undertone to her skin (yellow based skin tone) Redheads look great in terracotta orange, tangerine orange and amber.
Purple Bridesmaid Dresses
Purple is a universal colour and suits all types, although light periwinkle is particularly flattering on blondes. Brunettes look great in royal purple and damson, and redheads in ordinary purple.
Blue Bridesmaid Dresses
Sky blue really suits blondes. Cornflower blue looks great on brunettes, and aqua is flattering on redheads.
Whatever colour dress you decide on for your bridesmaids, make sure they feel comfortable wearing it as there's nothing worse than having to wear a colour you loathe.