After Pantone declared ultraviolet purple the 2018 color of the year, we knew this moody hue would be a popular (and gorgeous) choice for bridal party styles this year. Purple shades add an eclectic, feminine finish to any look whether you’re going for pastel lilac or bold amethyst. Here at Ever-Pretty, we want you and your wedding party to look and feel absolutely amazing on your wedding day, which is why we’ve compiled our best tips for rocking a purple bridesmaid ensemble. Read on for our favorite ways to style this on-trend color.

There are so many ways to work this versatile color into your wedding palette and theme. For a rustic wedding, your bridesmaids will look incredible in deep plum tones that tie into the natural outdoor details and wood accents of a countryside or barn wedding. This regal shade is elegant, understated, and flattering to every skin tone. Our tip for styling this shade? Keep your accessories and bouquets light and soft to play off the rich hue of this dress.

Prefer a garden party feel? There’s a purple for that. For a spring or summer daytime wedding, shades of lavender or periwinkle add a soft, ethereal touch. These cooler pastels pair nicely with bright spring greens and yellows and look amazing in romantic silhouettes like this off-the-shoulder ruffled dress. Keep the pastel theme going with your bridal party by pairing this look with subtle eye makeup and a light pink lip color.

If your wedding has a more eclectic and vibrant palette, orchid or pink-leaning shades of purple are the perfect match. Accessorize an eye-catching purple with sparkling jewelry and colorful bouquets to build a unique and stunning ensemble for your bridal party. To balance this saturated shade, opt for a shorter party dress like this sleeveless v-neck for a flirty, cocktail hour feel.

Can’t pin down your favorite shade? Get creative with your bridal party and mix it up with a variety of dresses in a gradient of purples. Our best tip is to make sure all shades you choose keep a consistent temperature – either cool-leaning tones or warmer, pinker shades. Having a range of dark to light purples will create an ombre effect that’s both on-trend and totally unique. It’s an elegant way to stray from tradition while keeping a unified color palette. Plus, your bridesmaids will be able to pick a shade that best complements their skin or hair color – it’s a win-win! 

If you find the perfect shade but still want some variety, opt for mismatched dress silhouettes in the same color. This adds some visual interest and allows your bridal party to pick the perfect cut for their body type, while still keeping your favorite shade of purple as the focal point. 

Here at Ever-Pretty, we want you and your bridal party to look and feel absolutely glamorous for your big day. If you love the idea of outfitting your bridesmaids in pretty purple, you’ve come to the right place. Shop our amazing selection of purple bridesmaid dresses in every shade from lilac to plum to find the perfect look for your one-of-a-kind wedding.