Wedding colors are an important part of any ceremony. The colors help set the tone and are a means to tie everything connected to the wedding to a color scheme that relates to a particular theme. It sounds a bit complicated, but it is fairly straightforward in practice. A theme that is complemented by wedding colors pulls together all other aspects of the event so that all match the established and selected wedding colors for the specific ceremony, reception, dance and so on.
If your goal is to create a pleasing and cohesive wedding vibe, the colors you choose become of paramount importance to accomplishing this goal. However, the wedding colors should also have some sort of connection to the bride and groom and identify their particular style as a couple. There are a few points to consider before attempting the nail down the color palette that can have a great deal of influence on the choice.
These include the time of year your wedding is set to take place, the location of the event, and the theme chosen for the wedding. These three main factors will help to guide your wedding color selection. Once you have a color palette, all the other decorative details will be much easier to complete. This extends to such additional features of the wedding as the attire for the wedding party, flowers, stationery, table linens and much more.
Here’s How You Do It
You can’t build a color palette without a base color. That’s because the base color will be the most color used in your wedding. Happily, your base color can be just about any shade of any color in existence, including the more contemporary shades that are moving away from the traditional pastel palettes. This means you can truly put your stamp on your wedding if you come up with the right base color.
These are the colors that round out your color palette and should, for the most part, complement the base color. The key to success here is to avoid choosing more than two or three accent colors. Going with more will just confuse things; not enough will force you to overuse your base color. Try to avoid too many matching colors, as well as colors that clash too much. You can also just aim for neutral colors to simplify your choices.
This should probably be Step 1 for most couples because the time of year your wedding takes place will have a huge impact on the base color you choose. Although there is nothing that says you can’t jump out of the box for your base color, matching it to the season will help with all other parts of your wedding theme. Dark jewel tones are great for colder months whereas bold and bright colors are best for summertime.
Where your wedding takes place will have some influence on the color palette. An example where this could be crucial is if you are getting married in a huge warehouse with an open floorplan and empty walls of white or grey and a twenty- or thirty-foot ceiling. The details that exist (or don’t exist) in your venue will help you pick your wedding colors. As for the empty warehouse, you can pick from scratch.
This is essentially the theme of your wedding. This will have about as much impact on your wedding color palette as the season of your wedding so the theme will carry some weight. If you are aiming for a period theme, say the 1920’s for a wedding in 2020, be mindful of the colors used in that era and try not to spoil the authenticity of that time frame. Once you pick your theme, you will be able to eliminate many unnecessary colors.
Considering that the wedding is going to be your big day, and revolves around you, it is perfectly alright to pick wedding colors that will be flattering to you. After all, there are going to be many of pictures taken and you may as well be wearing colors you look good in. This means keeping such things as your natural skin tone in mind when considering wedding attire. With flattering colors, you will look your best.
We’ve mentioned the word shades at least once already. When you pick your wedding color, there is nothing that says the balance of your color palette can’t be different shades of your base color. An example, a blue or green base color can be paired with three or four different shades of the blue or green used in conjunction with the base color selection. It keeps things simple and easier to deal with in the long run.
One last tip on picking your wedding colors. This one is related to the time of year of your event. If you plan on holding your wedding near a traditional holiday on the calendar, some colors will work out fine depending on the holiday. Green is a natural for March weddings (St. Patrick’s Day), black and gold are great for January weddings (New Year’s Day) and pastels are ideal for Easter weddings.
Here is a closer look at the seven most popular wedding colors for 2020 and how you can use them in your upcoming ceremony.
This is pink to most of us and as it turns out, this happens to be a very common choice when themes are being considered for weddings. The smart choice is to use a somewhat darker shade of pink as the base color, filling out the palette with a lighter blush tone of pink. A nice variation on this is to incorporate navy blue or grey shades into the palette for balance.
Socks: Well, just about any shade of pink or light red will go perfectly with Dusty Rose. Or you could just take the easy way out and wear white socks instead.
Admittedly, red is a bright and sometimes loud color for a wedding. However, thanks to the number of celebrities who have used a dynamic red as their base wedding color, there has been a great deal of focus on it as an alternative to pinks. Plus, bold red does draw your attention on paper details such as stationery and table numbers. Red is also the color of love, so it makes sense.
Socks: Red will be your primary choice but if that won’t work, try a reddish-brown or just a brown.
Sometimes pinning down a theme to a single base color seems to be an impossible task. However, an easy solution is to use the approach of letting every color of the rainbow lead the way in determining the theme for your wedding. Although it may sound a tad chaotic, mismatched outfits, table decorations, and colorful bouquets may just get the job done.
Socks: Here is the perfect cheat for a multicolored wedding theme: argyle socks. The pattern alone will make the groom and best man look stunning.
This is essentially a blend of orange and pink. It is fitting for an outdoor wedding anywhere near beach sand. What makes this particular wedding color so valuable is that it is a good choice for weddings that are planned for any time of the year. It’s cheerful, happy and brightens up everything from attire to decorations and wedding invitations.
Socks: Unless you are into bright orange socks, why not try something with an interesting pattern?
We’ve already pointed to green as being the perfect choice for a March wedding thanks to all things Irish that happen mid-month. However, the shades of emerald and forest green are – in a word – stunning. Planning a wedding in the country? This is the best base color that will give you lateral movement on everything from table decorations to attire and anything else that needs a splash of green.
Socks: Stick to any shade of green and you’ll be golden.
Okay, you caught us. This isn’t a color but it does do a good job of adding a special kind of sheen that will fit with any other wedding color combination. In other words, if you require a fast cheat, this is it. A single iridescent ribbon in a bouquet will set that bouquet on fire! Use this just as an accent and everything will be perfect.
Socks: Patterns are cool, argyle socks would work here as would solid colors.
Purple was pretty much the wedding color of the year for 2019. It was everywhere and no wonder. It is a great base color and for rounding out the rest of the color palette. Plus, there are so many different shades that you can just start with a dark purple and go from there. Add some white for contrast and your attire, stationery, table linens, centerpieces and all will look spectacular.
Socks: The obvious choice would be purple. But you might get away with something lighter.
Let’s get this out in the open. Black socks for weddings are boring. This day is the first day of the rest of your life – to steal an overused cliché – but the reality is that the socks you wear on your wedding day are going to say something about you. Sure, you could opt for black and stay somewhere on the safe and plain side of the scale or you could use this opportunity to reveal some of that quirky, creative side of you that no one knows. Lucky for you that socks are available in many different colors, patterns, and designs. You should be able to find the right pair to leave the best impression.
Wedding colors are essential in setting the tone of your wedding theme. The color choice takes some care but once selected, the color palette can be the guide you use for all other aspects of the ceremony. This includes decorations, table linens, stationery and the attire for the wedding party. Part of that attire will be socks. Even socks can help to solidify the wedding theme. For example, a fun, and exciting wedding theme can be aided with the addition of fun, quirky socks. All we are saying is that you don’t have to wear black socks for your wedding. Be bold, step outside of the box on the biggest day of your life.
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