Five ways to add a touch of color with class

Last year's weddings had Courtney Leister seeing purple-lots of it. But now, said the owner of Girls in White Dresses in the Arena District, it's given way to neutrals like mocha, navy and black. But while such classic shades can give bridal parties a sophisticated, timeless look, they can also leave the feeling that something is missing. A nice touch? Adding a single splash of mood-creating color. "It allows the bride to bring in some modern pops of color that will not overshadow the entire day-or pictures 10 years later," Leister said. Here's how experts say to do it right.


Metallics are a fun way to enhance a neutral dress. "Add a brooch to a dress, or sash for that touch of glitter," Leister recom­mended. Shoes are another place to bring in the glitz.


Feathers can be used in hair styles or bouquets. Try a small feather in your hair to draw the eye upward, suggested Wafa Laban of Elegant Bride in Dublin. Peacock feath­ers provide rich blue and green hues that stand out against a black or gray dress.


Adding a ribbon around the waist of a simple gown is an easy way to add color, said Lil Stalnaker of Wendy's Bridal in Dublin. Kathy Kruse, owner of Trumping­ton Bridal House in Westerville, has seen brides create custom sashes with a color that matches their wedding-day accents.


A necklace, earrings or ring can add a dash of color. But skip the bracelets, Kruse suggested, as they can sometimes snag dresses.


Ready to give that bold lip trend a try? "You can definitely bring in color with makeup, like lipstick or eye shadow," Leis­ter explained. Or, have your bridesmaids rock the same fingernail or toenail polish for a uniform look.