Wedding Color Choices
Colors cast a spell and set the tone for your entire wedding day! The use of color can and will convey meanings to you and your guests as none of us are immune to its power. Color will affect the atmosphere of a room and the mood of a moment. Do you want your wedding to be tranquil and calming? Have you always dreamed of an elegant black-tie affair? Perhaps you’ve always wanted a wedding that is refreshing, happy, and bright? All the details from the wedding invitations to the dresses, neckties, vests, shoes and ribbons, and the wedding reception decorations, table linens, wedding flowers, and candles are vehicles for color. The colors chosen for these items should work flawlessly together to leave a lasting impression of your special LDS wedding day.
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So, where do you start? Proper color choice should solidify YOU, the bride, as the center of attention. All elements around you should work with you and not against you. If you select a dominate color that looks great on you and build from there you will be assured that your wedding will make you glow!
Choose colors you love but consider:
- What colors work best with YOU? Think: Your hair color, Your skin tone, and Your eye color!
- What colors work best with the hair colors and skin tones of your bridesmaids?
- What mood or emotions are you trying to create or evoke? Vibrant colors will add drama while softer colors will create a more romantic feeling.
- What time of year are you getting married: spring, summer, fall, winter? Christmas colors in the spring would feel harsh and summer colors at Christmas time would look weak. Don’t fight Mother Nature! Celebrate her colors of the moment! Remember, spring and summer colors tend to be lighter and brighter, while muted colors work best for fall and jewel tones are the choice for winter.
- What flower types and/or flower colors are available for that particular time of year? Roses are available year long, but long stemmed red roses at Valentine’s Day would be expensive and hard to come by.
- You will want to choose colors that compliment the carpeting, draperies, walls, etc. of the wedding reception venue. If the venue has Dark Blue Carpets and Hunter Green Drapes for example then soft pinks and light yellows would most definitely clash! Also, be sure to ask if the venue is planning to do any redecorating before your reception will take place so you know your colors will still look good on your special day. It would be a disappointment to pick colors that match the current walls, floors, and drapes of the venue, only to find out at the last moment that the venue’s colors have changed and now clash with your carefully planned color choices. If your wedding reception is going to be outside consider what colors are already present. For example, at the beach you’ll want colors that match the sea and the sand or coral; in a garden setting, consider the colors of the flowers that will be present at that time of the year. If your reception will be held in a cultural hall, most walls and floors are a neutral tone, so your color choices are endless.
You may already have a favorite color in mind. If not, think about a favorite piece of art, or a favorite room in your home. Perhaps your fiancé has a favorite color. Or you may want to consider what your color choices mean. Most colors convey meanings. And once you have your primary color chosen you’ll want to consider your secondary color(s). Think of all elements of your wedding when deciding on the accent color and you get a broader picture of what the end result could look like.
One of the best ways to choose colors is to use a color wheel. With a color wheel you can see how some of your favorite colors will work together. When certain colors are placed together in a room they collectively create an undeniable look and feel. Combing dark and pale shades will produce a rich feel or you can pair any color with white for an ethereal effect. You might also consider using shades of a single color and vary the hue in intensity for example from soft butter yellow to bright yellow. Using many shades of the same color in all the accoutrements will help you avoid a monotonous look.
Would you like your LDS wedding reception to have a feeling of elegance? You would want to choose colors that are assortments of the same tone. This color scheme is called Monochromatic. Dark purple, bright purple, and lilac would be an example of this.
To create a gentle effect you may want to choose Analogous colors. Analogous colors are those that lie adjacent to each other on the color wheel such and green and blue, or try yellow, peach, and orange, or lavender with lilac.
To produce a vibrant, energizing combination, choose colors that lie opposite one another on the wheel! Colors found at the opposite sides of a color wheel are called contrasting or complementary colors. For example, yellow is on the exact opposite side of a color wheel from purple. Contrasting colors seem to “pop” and create fun, lively combinations! You may also want to choose 2 colors from one of the opposing colors. For example, if yellow is your main color, you may choose light lavender and dark purple as your 2 complimentary shades. Beautiful!
For a fun, fresh, and happy combination, try colors that are equidistant on the color wheel. If a line were drawn from 3 “points” of each color, the lines would create a triangle. This is an example of Triad colors. If you use yellow and purple in this case, then fuchsia would become your third color. Remember to use only 1 color as your main color and the other 2 as accent colors only.
Tetrad is the use of four colors spaced equal distance on a color wheel. An example would be purple, yellow, red, and green. If yellow is your main color you may have tablecloths of yellow, with centerpieces of red and purple flowers, mixed with greenery. Stunning!
Any of these strategies will give you a well coordinated color scheme for your LDS wedding! Happy Choosing!
Rose Haller, Wedding Specialist
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