There are many things to consider when planning the big day. Beyond the dress, the food, the rings, and even the song to celebrate your first dance, there is also the color palette to consider. You will most likely be putting in many hours picking flowers and decorations, so it is important to make sure that you select colors that work well together. Here are a few things to think about when choosing your wedding hues.
Take a look at the color wheel
Revert back to learning ROYGBIV to truly think about how colors work. When it comes to picking your palette, some important principles to remember include: a warm and cool color pair typically flows well (think: coral and turquoise); similar hues that share primary colors also tend to work well (for instance, fuschia and rose or dark blue and light lilac) and; a bright and bold color can be paired with a neutral one to bring balance (pale yellow and dark orange).
Look for inspiration
There are many magazines, online guides, and photos of friends weddings that could be used when you are researching for the best color palette. Looking at these sources, you may narrow down the colors that you definitely do not want to include, while also discovering new combinations and colors that you hadn’t previously thought of.
Too many colors will just confuse you and your guests
Unless you have decided upon a boho-themed wedding where mismatched pieces are considerately chosen to work well together, too many hues will be overwhelming. Most experts suggest that anything over three or four colors will just make things appear to be disjointed and messy. If you decide to use more, consider using various neutral shades like greys, beiges, whites and creams to keep things interesting but low key — the casual neutral colors are a clean and simple way to make your wedding a chic and clean affair.
Choose colors that coincide with the season
What time of year are you tying the knot? Choosing seasonally-themed colors is not only easy but can also have the potential of highlighting your surroundings. Seasonal colors will most likely be cheaper (and more environmentally friendly) and can help you narrow the search for your perfect hues. Silver and blue for winter, crisp orange and golden-yellow for autumn, bright turquoise and peach for summer, and pastel pinks and greens for spring — matching colors to the seasons allow you to choose a color you like and find appropriate ones to go with it.
Colors to set the mood
When it comes to thinking of your color scheme, it involves more than just the dresses of the bridesmaids and the flowers at the reception tables. Everything from the save-the-date to the decor of the venue should be considered for use of appropriate colors to help create the ideal vibe, atmosphere, and style throughout the entire process.
Exclusively neutral colors and pastel pink dresses are a thing of the past. Creams and whites, blush and peach may contribute to the generic pretty bridal look — but may also bore your guests. Recent brides have been brave by choosing a few accent colors that pop and add a bit of excitement to the color palette. You can strategically incorporate more daring colors to highlight other more subtle hues. A few touches of your bright color in small blooms of the bouquet, or as signs posted throughout the venue, or even as a napkin on the table will add some extra pizazz to your mostly traditional color scheme.
Don’t get carried away
When all’s said and done, the memories of you, your betrothed, and your guests will generally not include the chosen colors. Be wary of overthinking and getting caught up in a strict color palette. The chosen color scheme for your wedding will most likely be decided early on in the planning process and will certainly influence a lot of the subsequent decisions — but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t situations where flexibility will be necessary. Think of your chosen colors as more of a guideline than a rule and don’t worry yourself to death if things don’t match perfectly.
You can source your wedding colors from any inspiration — the season, friends weddings, your latest Pinterest finds — but keep in mind that they should reflect your style. Deciding on just one color is a really good start and the previous tips can give you some suggestions for adding to it. Try to avoid thinking of your color scheme as a rule that cannot be broken, but at the same time do not go overboard by choosing every color in the rainbow. Just have fun with it, you’ll be sure to find the perfect colors for your perfect day.
About the Author: Sophie Washington is a rising designer in fashion who dreams of becoming a jewelry and bridal fashion designer. She currently writes for orlajames.com and is working on finishing her studies. In her spare time she enjoys sewing, sketching new jewelry pieces, and looking through bridal magazines.