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As soon as you get engaged, people start asking you two questions: “Have you set a date?” and “What are your colors?” While figuring out the the answer to the latter question seems like it would be easy enough, it can be more challenging that one might think! First, if you love fashion, design, and beauty, choosing just a few colors can be tough, and it’s often surprising to find out that the colors you love wearing don’t always work well in wedding decor. Then there’s the tough reality that the colors you love might not be your future bride or groom’s favorite shades. If you’re struggling to pick your palette, here are our tips for choosing your wedding’s color story.
1. Look around your house. The colors you chose to display prominently in your home—likely selected after long debates over different paint samples—are a great place to start. Look beyond the walls and consider the colors of furniture, trim, floors, and accents. This will give you great clues into the colors that you’ve already decided work for you. At first glance, the colors in your home may not seem perfect for your wedding, but once you start browsing flowers or table decor in those shades, you might be pleasantly surprised. (And if you haven’t painted or decorated your home for any reason, that’s okay—thanks to the interwebz, you can scope out any furniture or home site to design your dream space without painting a thing.)
2. Get out and explore. Grab your fiance(e) and head to a spot where there are a variety of items to consider. (We love museums and flea markets as a great place to start.) Take note and pictures of the pieces you’re most drawn to. Keep track of the colors that you like together, paying attention to the details. If you like, say, a menu written on a chalkboard, don’t just write down black and white; take note of the soft shade created from chalk dust, the smooth, glossy slate, and the handwritten font. All these little details can really help develop your wedding decor.
3. Consider the mood you want to set. What words describe your dream wedding? Glamorous, laidback, quirky? Colors have a powerful influence on mood, so think about what colors make you feel glam, relaxed, or whimsical. And if the hue you love doesn’t seem right for the ambiance you’re trying to create—say, light blue for a dramatic wedding—that’s okay, too. Use other colors or textures (luxe gold, lush white feathers) to help set that tone. And remember that other factors like fabrics, lighting, and typography can have a bigger effect on the overall vibe of an event than a single color.
4. Don’t forget about textures. A wedding with opulent silk purple and orange accents looks far different from a wedding with rustic purple and orange painted wood accents. So if you like a color and aren’t sure if it’s right for your wedding (this is especially true for neutrals and metallics), think about how you can use texture to make it work and give a space extra pop.
5. Don’t limit yourself. A season or venue may lend itself to obvious shades, but you can make the hue you love work for any wedding. To get inspiration, look to trends throughout history or different cultures for ideas. For example, a December wedding doesn’t have to be red and green; take a cue from the 1960s and do winter pastels, or consider a citrus-inspired palette, since oranges have long been associated with Christmas in different regions.
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