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Bright bridesmaids for summer

As the sun begins to come out - unless you live in LA where it never seems to go away - it's always a great excuse to brighten up your wardrobe. Out go the opaque pantyhose and ankle boots; in come bare legs, ballet flats and summery skirts. Color-wise, we naturally move away from black and navy and towards brighter, sunnier shades - well, most of us anyway.

For the bride planning a summer, or spring, wedding, there are so many great opportunities to incorporate color into your ceremony! On the floral front, ranunculus and peonies are big right now (and oh-so beautiful), but you can also go all out with your bridesmaids, kitting them in season-appropriate sorbet shades that will really shine on your big day. 

Another great thing about marrying when the chill has left the air is that you don't need to worry about cover-ups for any of your bridal party - your 'maids can go bare-legged and bare-shouldered and you won't find them shivering in front of the open fire once your do moves indoors.

Interested? Check out a few of our top full-color gowns for bridesmaids, fun Friday night soirées and rehearsal dinners alike!

This charmeuse Bari Jay gown is described as mustard, but feels more like gold to us - imagine this with an ivory gown and beautiful soft peach and peony blooms. (And check out our inspiration board for peach-and-gold combos that wow!)

We're not sure which we like better - this floaty Jim Hjelm gown or that model's hair (here's hoping Jennifer Lawrence ends up around here)! The gown might just win out, based on this super-flattering shade of coral-peach and that jagged hem that gives great movement to the dress (without it, the hemline might be a little short). 

This Mori Lee number is a little more muted than the other two - but it is available in a full range of colors, from red to turquoise and even white (for a petite summer bride, perhaps?). We love the shoulder detail and the sweet kick-flare skirt. Wouldn't it be great with a floral garland instead of bouquets?

For those of you going for a summer wedding that's uber-glamorous - maybe with a black-tie dress code and a swanky hotel venue - you can't go wrong with 'maids in maxis. This Bette gown from Irish-based online store, Folkster.com gives a nod to 1920s Gatsby glamor, and is a super-simple and dressed-up choice: with that gold neckline, no accessorizing needed!

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