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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

15 Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Colors

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Amy Keith, Guest Author

With an entire color wheel to choose from, how do you find the perfect wedding color combo? Follow these 15 hints.

Color: it’s the unifying feature for most of your wedding details. So it’s no surprise that choosing the right wedding color theme for your celebration may seem overwhelming. But the truth is, it’s easier than you think. The key to creating a stylish and successful wedding color combo is understanding the relationship between colors — and no, you don’t need a degree from art school to absorb the ideas. Just find a starting place (your favorite hue, your forest green setting), then work from there. Here’s how.

Clark+Walker1. Set Your Eyes On Your Site ~ When deciding on a wedding color palette, play up the prominent colors of your site or setting. For instance, if your wedding is by the sea, the natural choice is blue. And, if you’re marrying at a country club with navy and maroon oriental carpets, lime green and hot pink details won’t work.

2. Get Inspired By the Season ~ Let Mother Nature be your guide – they say she never makes a mistake. Pink may work year-round, but light pastels and barely there hues like buff can look washed out for a fall or winter wedding. In the summer, reserve dark colors like burgundy only for accents.

3. Do Your Research ~ Become aware of color combinations that you like, whether browsing art galleries or flipping through a stack of home or fashion or interior design magazines for the must-have colors for the new season.

4. Scout It Out ~ To choose an exact hue, visit a fabric store or neighborhood paint shop and collect swatches or chips of colors you might want to use. This will help you get specific, so that when you decide on green you’ll know if it’s lime green, Kelly green, sage green, or forest green.

5. Choose a Dominant Hue ~ Pick one general color first – say, blue – and then start thinking about shades and tints (aqua, robin’s egg, navy) or other colors to accent it with.

6. Play with Paint Websites ~ From seeing colors in action (by virtual room painting) to recommendations for popular color combos, paint companies know a lot about color. Visit sites like,, and even has an interactive color wheel.

7. Pair Wisely ~ Stick to wedding colors of the same intensity, such as lavender and baby blue rather than royal blue with light brown.

8. Set the Mood ~ Figure out what emotions you want your celebration to evoke. A peaceful, Zen-like retreat? A regal, romantic affair? A jumping, high-energy party? For instance, a vibrant summer yellow mixed with chocolate-brown (think sunflowers and bees) is perfect for a country-chic wedding – add gold to the mix, and the combination becomes more reminiscent of regal France.

9. Get It On Paper ~ Spend time looking for wedding stationery in color combos that inspire you and express your style and fit with the feel of the reception – rich violets, oranges, and teals for a Mediterranean or Near East flair, or pink and green for a preppy summer affair.

linens10. Vary It Up ~ Can’t settle on one scheme? If your wedding takes place in multiple rooms, each can have its own palette. But choose one consistent color to keep it from looking like a kaleidoscope.

11. Take Flower Notes ~ The most obvious way to add color is with your wedding flowers. But first, get familiar with the different types of flowers – especially your favorites – and the colors they come in. If you want an all-blue wedding, your petal picks will be more limited than if you went with a red celebration.

12. Don’t Forget Your Linens ~ Look through party rental catalogs for colorful cloths like napkins and overlays that you love. Use them on guest, cake and buffet tables, underneath the escort cards, and more. Or, focus on the table accessories. Maybe a beloved china pattern could set the palette for your reception tables. Colored glassware is also huge right now and can be rented. Do most of your glasses in clear, and select one or two to be blue, pink, or green – you get the idea.

13. Light It Up ~ Lighting can make or break a space. Talk to your event designer or lighting expert about colors you can use to wash bare white walls (especially important for loft spaces). Pink and amber tints will soften the room without overpowering it. Blue is tricky, but can work well if you’re looking to showcase cool crisp angles.

14. Drive Home Color ~ Don’t forget about the impact of repetition – trimming doorways, tables, centerpieces, and the bar with the same simple ribbon in your signature hue will give more oomph than one large, ornate display in the same color.

15. Consider All of Your Elements ~ The last, but most important, thing to remember when making your final choice: Not all colors are easy to wear, and you’ve got bridesmaids to dress.

BONUS Article: Wedding Style: 3 Modern Wedding Color Combos
Understanding the Color Wheel

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Your Wedding Colors Decoded

Your color scheme is one of the most important personal choices you’ll be Making when designing your wedding. Colors are powerful — they create ambiance all on their own. Go with colors you love.

Keija Minor, Editor-in-Chief of says, “Pick one of your favorite hues as the main color of your palette, it makes shopping for your decor details fun and more organic. Sticking to it will help you weave all the elements – from your invitations to you signature cocktail – into one cohesive event.”


White: White is associated with light, goodness, innocence, purity, and virginity. It is considered to be the color of perfection. This color of choice for the traditional bride is and will always a staple in bridal fashion.

Ivory: The same thing that is said about a white wedding gown can be said about an ivory one. It is also a very traditional color. However, some believe that ivory is also a symbol of tainted innocence. This is old school thinking and nowadays brides go for ivory because it looks better than white on their skin.

colorwheelRed: Red may symbolize many things, the positives being love, infatuation, strong emotions, excitement, energy, strength, and passion. Many different types of cultural-based weddings are where red wedding gowns tend to be the most popular. But don’t count out the bride that simply wants to make a statement and stand out from the crowd.

Pink: The color pink represents innocence, a child-like personality, freshness, purity, love, good health, and good life. Pale pink represents happiness, youth, play and fun at weddings. It can also be worn to show a more flirtatious personality. Pink is normally a color associated with women and their femininity.

Gold: Gold, particularly yellow gold, represents wealth, wholesomeness and tradition. Brighter golds tend to match the sun, synthesizing happiness and good fortune.

Lavender: Lavender is a traditionally feminine color. With lavender comes the sense of softness and nostalgia.

Green: Green creates a ecofriendly and natural feel to weddings. Green is used in more inventive wedding schemes that include unusual floral arrangements and decorations.

Champagne: Champagne is a subtle color that conservatively accents traditional wedding colors. Champagne creates a subtle vintage feel at weddings.

Coral: Coral is a less traditional color in Western weddings. It usually is used to add a Latino, East Indian or Caribbean feel to the ceremony.

Blue: Blue is obviously associated with the color of water and the sea. It represents calmness and peacefulness. Blue also conveys femininity, life, purity, etc., just as water does. Blue can also symbolize stability, security and lifelong loyalty.

Silver: In weddings, silver is used as a subtle way to flaunt wealth and sophistication.

Remember to check Pinterest for lots of color ideas. Another great place to hunt for color ideas, besides the web, of course, is your local hardware store. Head over to your Home Depot or any other home improvement superstore of your choice and check out those paint swatches. You can take the color swatches with you to compare to your magazine clippings.

Here is a cool color tool, from Big Huge Labs called the Palette Generator. You can upload any image from your computer and it will instantly “create a harmonious color palette” for you. What a great way to come up with a wedding color scheme!

BONUS Article: 18 Perfect Wedding Color Combos
Color Scheme Designer – A designer tool for creating color combinations that work together well go together well.
Wedding Color Chooser – Build the perfect color palette for your wedding
Inspiration for your Wedding with a Color Palette Generator
The Meaning Behind Wedding Colors
Wedding Colors that Go Together
15 Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Colors


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