We’ve all seen them…the nightmare wedding movies where the overzealous bride-to-be takes her passion for a single (often neon) color way too far. It seems like a can of paint exploded inside the wedding tent. Everything is glow-in-the-dark pink, from the flowers to the cake to the groomsmen’s tuxes and bridesmaids dresses. It’s not a good look. Not at all.
Yellow is another example of a tricky color to work with, easily taking over a palette and drowning out less bold colors. However, incorporated in its pastel form as summery yellow bridesmaid dresses, or even in a brighter version as chunky vintage jewelry against a grey dress, it is the perfect warming color in a palette.
Many, many couples have erred on the side of too much of one color when just an accent would due. You don’t have to resign yourself to their fate, though! There are warning signs and great tips to help you add color to your wedding without dominating the décor.
Choose Your Palette
Lots of considerations go into choosing your color palette for your wedding. There are your venues and the influence of the décor at each site. Your personal favorite shades clearly go on the list, but so do your impressions of which colors look good with your skin tone, your hair, and even your body type. You might think about your favorite flowers and what colors are available, and you’ll probably spend some time searching for inspiration on wedding boards and on trusted websites.
While you can choose a single color as your official “wedding color”, a palette of two or three complementary but different hues is highly recommended. Having more than one focal color gives you options down the road when you have to choose personal flowers and arrangements. It also helps you balance out your hues so no one color takes over.
Making Fashion Choices for Your Bridal Party
You have a lot of options for applying your color palette. Some brides pull one accent color out and ask their bridesmaids to find a dress of any style in that color. You might have 4 or 5 different styles of pink bridesmaid dresses, for example, but all in the same shade. The flexibility is usually appreciated by your bridal party and with a little guidance, you don’t usually end up with styles that are grossly unflattering next to each other.
Other brides will search for gowns and choose a style or two, but in more than one complementary color. You could have some of your wedding party dressed in yellow bridesmaid dresses and others in grey ones. If you’re hosting a fall wedding, you might even have each of your bridesmaids dressed in a different color of fall leaf. Planned carefully, multicolored bridesmaid dresses can work out very well.
Address Your Décor
Another way to prevent one color from dominating your entire color palette is to choose a neutral color as the base for your guest tablecloths. The color should be different from the bridesmaid dresses so the ladies don’t fade into the background of your professional photos. Confer with your florist to decide how you can incorporate your other colors in your centerpieces and display arrangements and offer a pleasant contrast to the simple tablecloths.
These are just a few tips to help you keep your color choices reasonable and harmonious. If you have any questions about your personal color palette, talk to your floral designer and collaborate to find ways to address your concerns.
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