If you’re planning a wedding this year, you’ve probably dedicated a chunk of your time thinking about your wedding colors, specifically, the color of the bridesmaid dresses.  Bridesmaid dresses typically set the mood and color scheme for an entire wedding.

Brides today have so much to choose from when selecting a color palette for their wedding.  The top 10 colors of 2012 from Pantone, the world-renowned authority on color, range from neutral to bright so you have quite a bit of choice when it comes to your color palette.

Options are endless but if you’d like to narrow it down, the popular summer colors of 2012 are bright, sophisticated hues.  Bold shades of cranberry, papaya, and fuchsia can add a pop to your pictures or centerpieces.  Brides.com says,  “This season, the hottest [bridesmaid dress] styles appear in a dazzling spectrum of colors”.

The lighter color scheme that includes blush, creamy off-whites, light silver, pale pinks and hints of blue is making a comeback according to The Wedding Fashion Files. Basic beach or garden themes for flowers and table decor are also classic for the summer and would pair well with the 2012 collections.  Many designers such as  Alvina ValentaMonique Lhullier, and Vera Wang have showcased colors of champagne, mint green, vanilla and pastel pinks in their 2012 collections.

So how do you choose?   Think about your location, the time of day, the lighting available, and how formal of an event you’re planning.  Tap into your creativity and show your personality.  Visit your local paint store and pick up swatches of paint color samples and try different combinations.  And, check out the boards on Pinterest, one of the most popular resources for wedding planning.

Wedding planning sites like the ones we mentioned last week are an amazing resources to view ideas from industry professionals and other brides.  For example, The Knot shares these four “hot” wedding color combos for a summer 2012 wedding.

Have fun, show your personality, and be true to your style and you won’t go wrong picking the perfect colors for your special day.

Keep in mind, our bridal services keep gowns and bridesmaid dresses in ready-to-celebrate condition. As the only dry cleaning company in the Indianapolis area endorsed by the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists, we take pride in staying on top of the latest trends in wedding dress design and we ensure that our team members are trained to properly care for even the most intricately designed gowns.

– S.O.