I was lucky in some ways, for when my husband and I were trying to decide our colors, his color palette being white everything, I got to have the fun in playing with colors. On the other hand, I should’ve thought back to our remodeling days of choosing paint colors. I opt for more of a Tuscan style and colors, where as he goes, “white is nice”. Yes, our whole home was white inside. “It was easy to spray” he says. “It’s boring”, I respond. “Everything goes with it” was his defense. Hym, my work was cut out for me. Needless to say, he let me chose the colors for the remodeling and our home is no longer white inside … and he likes it! With that being said, I thought about the following, and these are some ways that we decided on our wedding colors … and, he loved those too. Lucky me that my guy is pretty laid back and wanted what made me happy too!
Other than the obvious colors you don’t like, think about the season you are getting married in, think about your theme. For example, if you are having a vibrant Hawaiian Luau theme, formal black and white may not justify your overall scheme.
Look at the flowers you like and their color combinations, look at bridesmaids dresses; their style and color options, and remember you don’t have to stick with one color. Most weddings have anywhere from one to two main colors and an accent color or two in which they are all complementary to each other. Another thing to take note of is your invitation style. Is it romantic, edgy or elaborate? Sometimes looking at all these factors you will find that your color scheme is right in front of you.
Enjoy and visit your online or local paint stores - it’s great fun to put together your colors be it monochromatic or a choice of three to four complementary colors. Visit http://www.benjaminmoore.com a well known paint with many color selections and coordinates. I LOVE http://bighugelabs.com/colors.php where you upload a photo that includes the colors you like and it generates a color palette from it complete with names and descriptions. http://www.colourlovers.com/ not only gives you colors, but palettes of coordinating colors along with patterns.
Try collecting favorites wedding photos and creating a board along with fabric, ribbon and paint swatches. Look around you; what colors are you most drawn to? What style do you seem to gravitate towards? From modern to vintage and everything in-between, this too may help you in selecting your wedding day colors.
Your colors should reflect you and your grooms personal style and then it is a bit easier to look further into your wedding planning. Remember that your wedding colors can help set the mood for your wedding and you want colors that work well with your theme.
In conclusion ~ Don’t use too many colors as designer Carissa of JL Designs says, “Simplicity is key. Pick three to four colors total to keep your bouquets and centerpieces from looking too messy. If you prefer an undone look, opt for a few slightly varied shades of the same color. This will add depth without looking too chaotic. Or, for an especially striking look, go monochromatic with a bold shade like vivid purple or creamy white. The idea is to keep the look tailored for maximum impact.”
Don’t forget about texture. From you linens, your decorations, dresses, and more, you want to have different textures that will also work well with one another.
Do remember you season, your environment, your personal style likes and dislikes. Remember to look at your flower selections, your invitations, and what type of mood you want to portray for your wedding. Keep in mind that maybe you might like lime green but not everyone looks good in it ~ you have bridesmaids that need to wear these colors well too.
Most of all, remember this is your day; the day that will be photographed, framed and remembered for years to come. You want to look back on it with knowing every detail was just as you wanted.