March 19, 2009

Picking Your Palette

March 19, 2009
What’s the one thing that dictates the decor, floral arrangements, invitations and just about everything else associated with a wedding? That's right it's color!




Whether it's bold deep color you've been dreaming of ...or soft and pretty pastels, color plays one of the biggest roles in planning a ceremony and reception.

If you’re a bride who’s in love with color, but you're not quite sure how to determine your perfect palette, I will show you how to choose wedding colors that will reflect your personality & also easy ways to incorporate them in your venue without overdoing it.

{Season & Space}: When deciding on wedding colors, ask yourself these questions!

# One: What season will your wedding date take place? Often times...the colors of the season are a great guide for finding your wedding colors.

#Two: What kind of space will be used for the ceremony and reception (indoor/outdoor, church, ballroom, formal, casual, beach, vineyard?)

#Three: Do you have a theme? Is the wedding that you dream about have a nautical seaside feel, or perhaps a rustic country vibe? Start thinking about how you want your guests to feel when they come to your wedding. This can often lead you to your color palette.

Where to find inspiration?

If the season and the venue locations you've chosen have not inspired you to pick your palette..Then it may be time to think outside of the box.

Look for inspiration all around you.

How is your home decorated? What is your favorite shade of nail polish? What colors do you see most in your closet?


Taking inspiration from everyday life is a great way to spotlight your personality in your wedding color choices.





Need more help? Visit a local photographer's website or pick up a fashion magazine.

The fashion world is an excellent place to turn to for ideas, as designers are the best sources for relaying the latest trends.

Once you've determine a color that you absolutely love --this becomes your primary color.

In this case, I've chosen this burnt orange color as our primary color.

To complete the palette now all you have to do is pick a few colors that either contrast or compliment the palette.

For this example, I'm actually using my very own color palette that we're using in our vineyard wedding in October of this year.

Deep terracotta is our primary color and mustard and chocolate brown are acting as our complimentarty colors. Also commonly referred to as accent colors.



Once you've determined the perfect palette for your day...Now it's time to figure out where to use color?

Now this is where things can start to get tricky. You may imagine a room full of lush, lavish color, but not at the sake of overdoing it, right?

So where do you use your hues? And how much is too much?

Here, I've compiled a list of subtle ways to infuse your wedding colors into your special day!

{Your wedding gown and bridal accessories}: If you’re wearing a ribbon or sash with your wedding gown, select one with a shade closest to your wedding colors. You can also try a jeweled hairpiece, a beautiful jeweled necklace or another bridal accessory to spotlight your style. My personal favorite-brightly colored shoes.

{The wedding party}: The groomsmen attire and bridesmaid dresses are a traditional way to display the wedding colors. To really see variety (and break up the monotony), have your maids wear varying dress styles of the same color. Or mix it up a bit and have them wear the same dress in different shades of the same color. For groomsmen, dont be afraid to incorporate a bright fun tie or quirky colored socks.



{Your Wedding Stationary}: From the save-the-date to the invitation itself, your wedding stationary not only sets the tone and mood for your wedding ceremony and reception, it also informs guests of the wedding colors. If your cardstock is stark white or ecru, embellishments like ribbons, pressed flowers and colored envelopes liners are little ways to use color with your stationary.

{Yep that's me & that's my Save the Date}

{Florals}: Just like bridesmaid dresses, flowers are traditional decorative elements to adorn the wedding venue with your selected colors. Monochromatic arrangements will give you a more modern & streamlined look whereas choosing a bouquet of mixed blooms will give you more of a traditional & timeless look.

{Reception decor}: Centerpieces, table cloths and runners oh my! Oh and did I mention, plate chargers, lighting and colored napkins? These are all great design opportunities for displaying color and one of the easiest ways to infuse color into your big day!

{Wedding favors}: These little treasures are one of the best parts of the wedding reception. There are so many fun and easy wasys to decorate your gifts in beautiful packaging like unique boxes or fancy ribbons that play up your color scheme. Make it personal by adding your monogram to a label and don't forget to include a sincere thank you to your guests! Your guests will enjoy the presentation just as much as the favors inside.

{Catering}: The wedding cake is truly the show piece of the reception. But think of all the other ways catering can showcase your wedding colors—like signature cocktails or a dessert table with colorful candies or snacks. Talk with your pastry chef and caterer to brainstorm creative and unexpected ways to incorporate your colors into the reception meal.


Now these ideas are just a starting off point for helping you choose your wedding colors. If I could give you one piece of advice, Id just say to always remember to pick colors that you love in shades that make you feel happy. Because at the end of the day, color really does have the power to make us smile.

1 comment:

NotQuiteaBride said...

Oh I LOVE LOVE LOVE this post! OF course, since it's a fall wedding-I love it!

Those bout's are adorable!

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