How to Choose Your Wedding Colors

What’s the one thing that dictates the decor, floral arrangements, invitations and just about everything else associated with a wedding? Color! Whether it’s bold, bright hues or soft pastels, color plays one of the biggest roles in planning a ceremony and reception (not to mention styling the wedding party!). If you’re a bride who’s in love with color, but you’re not quite sure how to find a signature shade and make it work for your big day, we can show you how to choose wedding colors that reflect your personality and creative ways to incorporate them in your venue (without overdoing it!).

Space and seasonality

When deciding on wedding colors, ask yourself two questions (depending on how far along you are in your wedding planning, these questions should be fairly easy to answer). One: what is the time of year your wedding will take place (winter, spring, summer, fall)? 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?) Some venues are blank spaces—ideal for decorating to your exact specifications. But some spaces have a fixed look that can’t be changed (colored carpet or wallpaper), which could clash with the colors you may have in mind.

Look for inspiration all around you

How is your home decorated? What is your favorite shade of lip gloss? 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 bookstore and pick up fashion and home decor magazines. The runway is a good place to turn to for ideas, as designers are the best sources for relaying the latest trends. In fact, the Pantone Color Institute creates color combinations every season just for designers in the fashion and interiors industry to use with new products. Even our wedding expert, Susan Southerland of Just Marry!, uses a Wedding Planning Color Wheel to help brides match shades when selecting a color scheme. Read More.


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