Before you can start picking out anything for your wedding, you need to choose your wedding colors. The colors you select will dictate everything from the flowers to the invitations, the decorations to the cake and everything in between. Your colors should be a reflection of you, your groom and your special day. Whether you choose to use your favorite shades, a signature color, a color that will complement your theme, something seasonal or colors that coordinate with the wedding reception venue, make sure you select something that you will happy to be “married to” throughout the entire event.
Color can inspire the theme of your entire wedding. For example, a traditional New England wedding in the fall season should include warm tones, such as oranges, reds, yellows and dark greens. A beach wedding in the summer would include pastels, such as light blue, light pink and cream. While there are always exceptions to every rule, such as colors chosen to match the reception hall or to reflect a specific theme, seasonal wedding colors make it easy to choose tones and hues for reception decorations that will complement the rest of your plans.
Just a Splash of Color
Your use of color does not need to be overwhelming. While it is true that color adds a lot to any party or event, you also want to be careful not to overdo it. Here is a list of areas that you can successfully use your seasonal wedding colors without going overboard:
- Wedding Gown and Accessories: Some brides choose to add a sash or ribbon to their bridal gown for a touch of color. Choose a shade from your wedding colors and include it in with your jewelry, gloves, hairpiece, veil or other bridal accessories.
- Bridesmaids and Groomsmen: This is a traditional choice for use of color, either in dresses for your bridesmaids, accessories such as vests and pocket handkerchiefs for the groomsmen or in a variety of other accessories. If you use a monochromatic color scheme, it can be visually appealing to dress each bridesmaid and coordinating groomsman in a different shade of your signature color.
- Invitations and Announcements: A great way to announce your wedding colors right along with your engagement is to include your colors in with your save-the-date cards, invitations and other wedding stationary. Imagine receiving an invitation to a New England wedding that includes gorgeous ocean shades or colors that reflect the rich autumn leaves. Colored envelopes, envelope liners, text and even cardstock can be used in a number of ways to paint a picture of your wedding months before the big day.
- Reception Decorations: Another great place to use your seasonal wedding colors, your wedding reception hall opens up many opportunities to decorate. From table cloths to draperies, lighting to chair covers, centerpieces to streamers, the wedding reception decorations you choose will help to carry your wedding colors from the ceremony on through every planned event of the evening.
- Flowers and Favors: Wedding flowers include the bridal bouquet, bridesmaids bouquets, flowers for the groomsmen, mother of the bride, mother of the groom and of course the flowers at the ceremony and in the reception hall. These are all wonderful opportunities to coordinate your wedding colors with the rest of your reception decorations and plans. Reception party favors, such as thank-you treats dolled up with ribbons and cute little boxes, should also be a part of your wedding colors and theme.
- Catering and the Wedding Cake: Your cake should include sugary blooms, berries and other decorations that all coordinate with your seasonal wedding colors and theme. However, there are other areas that the caterers can include color that will transform your wedding reception into a memorable event. Imagine your colors showcased in special cocktails named after the bride and groom, special desserts in addition to the cake, colored candies in elegant dishes and of course all the linens and dinnerware as well.
Tips for Coordinating Colors
Whatever you do, don’t just pick a color because it’s the “hot color” of the day. Choose colors based upon you, your groom, your personalities, the theme of your wedding and the location of your wedding reception. Make sure to choose colors in shades that will make you feel beautiful, that are available in the flowers and other recepetion decorations that you love. Once you pick a color and start exploring all the new ways you can use it at your New England wedding, you’ll start to have fun making all your special plans.