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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!

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