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On a daily basis we do not tend to take a great deal of notice of the colors that surround us; plants in the garden, hedgerows, trees, décor in our homes, and offices. It is often only when we arrange a wedding and choose bridesmaids’ dresses, for example, that we become more conscious of color. For some brides, the color for their attendants’ clothing is a forgone conclusion, innate years before any plans are announced. For others, the choice is overwhelming, and it may not now be just the bride’s choice but the choice of overenthusiastic bridesmaids as well.

The relationship between the color of the dresses and the color of the flowers is very important; they must work together to achieve a harmonious relationship. Brightly colored dresses work best with some equally bright flowers, while subtly colored flowers may be overpowered by bright dress material. Tones of sage and mint green with closely matched flowers may create an understatement and be lost against the dress, but by using a medley of colors, including the greens of the dress, you will bring life to the overall look. Whatever is decided, make sure that the flowers complement and are compatible with the complexions, skin tone, and hair colors of all the bridesmaids and bride.