One extremely important detail that will form the foundation of your wedding event is your choice of wedding colors. The color palette that you select as a couple will establish the overall vibe of your ceremony and all activities related to it. This includes your wedding day attire.
But before you can get to that step, you must determine your wedding colors. The process is far from complicated and involves a series of steps that are outlined below. Once you settle on the colors, most every other detail connected to your wedding will fall into place.
The overall look and feel of your wedding hinge on your wedding colors. If that makes the selection of your palette sound significant, it should. The colors you choose will be used in every possible way to tie your wedding together with a common thread. The colors will also be a part of the wedding theme, decorations, and wedding attire. Here’s a simple step-by-step guide on how to choose your wedding colors.
This is essentially the one color that will form the foundation of your color palette. It will figure prominently throughout your wedding and is vital to the creation of your wedding theme. The base color can virtually be any primary color or shade of a primary color. However, it should still be a color that you like and that can be featured in most of the wedding activities without getting overused or becoming dull and ordinary. The base color is a big deal.
Once you choose your base color, you can move ahead with the selection of the accent or additional colors. It is important to try to not add more than two or three accent colors or your wedding color theme may lose focus. There are several ways to accomplish this. You can use different shades of your base color, go to the opposite side of the color wheel for accent colors or you can add neutral colors instead. Try to avoid major clashes if possible.
One way to narrow down the choices for your wedding colors is to use the time of year as a guideline. Different seasons often feature specific colors, and this can be a useful alternative to trying to figure out something from scratch. For example, cold weather wedding colors are often dominated by dark jewel tones. Bold and bright colors are typically the choices for summer weddings, while pastel hues are the norm for celebrations set during springtime. Autumn weddings might incorporate colors similar to the changing leaves.
The wedding venue and its surrounding area will have some influence on your wedding colors. How the venue can guide you comes from either the existing details or decisions you make for décor. For example, if your holding your wedding in a large, empty space with bare walls, the colors you choose will impact the visual of that setting. If your venue is a brightly colored outdoor setting, those colors can impact your wedding colors.
This is where the theme of your wedding carries some weight when choosing your wedding colors. This doesn’t mean that you require a theme, but if you are looking at incorporating one such as a nautical theme for an outdoor beach wedding, as an example, there will be a complete palette of colors that would go best with this type of theme. Or you could just skip the theme idea and let your selected colors guide you on what you would do in this case.
This is one of the most important factors related to the selection of wedding colors. That is because once you choose the palette, these colors will appear everywhere in your wedding, such as on table signs, invitations, flower arrangements, table linens, wall and venue decorations, bouquets, and they may even accentuate the wedding dress. If you look best in one particular color over another, be sure to use that as either your base wedding color or as your main accent color.
Here is a look at the most popular wedding colors by season and a few ideas on how you can incorporate them into your wedding.
This is the time of year when the weather improves and plants and flowers start to show signs of life. With foliage in bloom, a Spring wedding is about rebirth, the start of something new, and the traditional wedding colors to celebrate that are mostly pastels. They would include pinks, yellows, and coral.
To add these to your wedding attire, consider pastels for the wedding bouquets with darker colors in the wedding party gowns and suits. Another great way to fit pastels into wedding attire is with socks worn by the groomsmen.
The specific month of your summer wedding will have some influence on your color choices. At the beginning of the season light and bold colors are appropriate with green being a primary color throughout the season. In July, coral, peach, and ice are great choices, but with August you must consider that fall is arriving, and you may want to use orange and brown shades.
The bright and colorful options that come to you at a summer wedding provide a large color wheel of choices for use in every part of your wedding. Decorations, stationery, and wedding attire, including socks for the entire wedding party, would be bold and bright.
As the calendar cycles closer to winter, fall colors typically include softer, earthier hues. Soft purples, greens, and reds are fitting as they match the changing colors of the outdoor landscape. Naturally, October will focus more on oranges to match the pumpkin season and with Thanksgiving in November, expect to see more brown shades.
The colors of fall can be easily added to your wedding with a palette of orange and brown with shades in-between that would look stunning on table linens, decorations, centerpieces, and in the wedding attire -- including the suits worn by the groomsmen, right down to their socks.
This is the time of year where white, purple, and red dominate the calendar, red in February in particular. White may not sound all that exciting but consider that you can use it as the base color and match it with purples if you wish. January weddings tend to use an ice theme, so soft and light blue shades are the norm.
Winter wedding colors are easy to fit into the wedding attire, especially if you have chosen white as your base color. It goes with any other color or combination of colors on the color wheel, which means everything from white to blue for dresses, suits, and socks.
Places You Must Incorporate Your Wedding Colors
We’ve given you some ideas on where your wedding colors should be fit into your celebration, but here are some further details on those and some places you may not have considered using color. The idea is to make your event complete with your wedding colors. Here are ways to do that.
You are going to be using furniture in a variety of ways at your wedding, dinner, and reception. Why not use the added space of chairs, sofas, and tables as sources of color borrowed from your color palette? If you are renting pieces, aim for velvet chaises and vintage dressers that have at least a hint of the colors in your chosen theme. Where furniture that contains your wedding colors fit into your event, you’ve created great spaces for casual or formal wedding photos.
Here’s something you don’t always consider as a source of color. If you have a cocktail bar as part of your event, see if you can have the mixologist create a special cocktail that includes your wedding colors or matches the theme of your event. If that is not possible, ensure that the details that come with the cocktails contain your colors. That can be fruit, paper drink umbrellas, coasters, straws, or even the color accents on the glasses or other drinking vessels.
In case you didn’t think of this one, you can make great use of the way your wedding cake is decorated by having the wedding colors added to the layers of icing. Other creative wedding cake touches can come from flowers and assorted garnishes that have hints of the base or accent colors in them. There are so many ways to decorate a wedding cake that using it to show your wedding colors only makes sense as part of the overall theme of your event.
Tables aren’t just tables at weddings—they’re tablescapes, and it is one of the most visible locations during a wedding dinner. That is why it is also one of the best places to infuse your wedding colors. You can mix or match the selected palette in place settings, centerpieces, plates, candles, and linens. Place cards and menus can also be added to that list. When you cover the tablescape with your wedding colors, you turn the event into an interactive opportunity for casual photos and so much more.
We’ve been mentioning this through this article but where exactly would you add your wedding colors for the most impact in your wedding day attire? Aside from the obvious, like the dresses or suits, the wedding colors could be used as accents in a tie, vest, belt, shoes, or socks. For a different trend, the bridesmaids and groomsmen could wear outfits that are just in the base wedding color from head-to-toe and the bride and groom stay with black and white.
There are many ways to tie popular seasonal wedding colors into your wedding, as well as your wedding day attire. However, you can’t just start there. There is a process to follow that will assist you in choosing the right base and accent colors for your wedding based on several different factors. Plus, your wedding colors can be used in many different ways that extend beyond wedding attire. Hopefully, you’ve gotten some great ideas for how to make your wedding more colorful – and more memorable – for your guests and loved ones!
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