Wedding Colors - 5 mistakes to avoid

Deciding on your wedding colours early in the planning process is crucial. The wedding colours you choose will determine your stationery, your flowers, your bridesmaid dresses and more. Narrowing down your options can be challenging, especially when you have an entire rainbow at your disposal. Luckily for you, the rules aren’t as hard and fast as they used to be—almost anything goes when it comes to wedding colours so pick hues that express your personality. That being said, there are some guidelines to follow that will help you from committing a colour crime on your wedding day! Without further ado, here are five common blunders to avoid when picking your wedding colours. Please note, each of these photos represents a do not a don’t!

 

Don’t Procrastinate

When it comes to picking your wedding colours, don’t delay! You want your colour palette to be a common thread that runs through your celebration from the moment guests receive your save-the-date cards. Make choosing your colours a priority (after setting a date and booking a venue) to ensure all the elements of your wedding decor are perfectly co-ordinated. A pretty pink invitation like this one will set the tone for a perfectly rosy party.

Don’t Banish Brights

Don’t be fooled into thinking that only soft pastel colours will work for your wedding. If you’re not a pale peach kind of girl, why choose that type of colour for your big day? Bright hues can add a modern touch to your wedding decor, especially in daring combinations like this one (cobalt blue and yellow are a winning pair). Look to your home (and your closet!) for inspiration, and pick wedding colours that represent your personal taste, whether you gravitate towards ivory or neon pink.

Don’t Disregard Your Venue

Most reception venues have decor elements (carpets, chairs, curtains) that can’t be changed—especially if your venue is a historical property—so you’ll want to pick colours that complement the space. If you’re considering a very bold colour palette you might want to consider a venue, like an art gallery, that’s more of a blank slate—white walls, high ceilings, etc. This couple, pictured, took advantage of their contemporary space by hanging bunches of bright orange lanterns from the ceiling.

 

Posted on February 22, 2014 at 10:36 pm
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Don’t Pick Matching Bridesmaid Dresses

Chances are your bridesmaids all have different complexions, hair colours, etc., so they won’t necessarily look good in the exact same colour. For that reason, many brides are choosing to dress their bridesmaids in complementary shades from the same colour palette, rather than forcing the entire bridal party to wear a particular shade of eggplant! A mix-and-match bridal party makes for interesting photos (and happy friends). We love how this bride picked one bridesmaid dress in five different colours for her girls. You might not think of putting purple with red and pink, but this combination is absolutely stunning.

Don’t Limit Yourself to Two or Three Colours

In the past the general rule of thumb regarding wedding colours has been to limit your palette to a handful of colours—typically a maximum of three, one main colour and two accent colours. However, we love the idea of combining a whole rainbow of colours (literally!) for an ultra-bright, cheerful celebration. A wide array of hues can look fabulous when done tastefully—see this wonderful wedding cake for proof—so don’t feel restricted to just a few shades when it comes to decorating your day. 

Posted on February 22, 2014 at 10:38 pm
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 One additional thought while I'm here: most up-scale reception venues DO offer chair coverings, at the very least white.  

So if the venue seating as it is doesn't match your color scheme, you can ask what they have for chair covers.  Many places charge for use of their chair coverings, but at least you know it's an option.  This won't help much if the carpet is 70s orange and pastel green; but if the floors are neutral or wood, it very well could.  You can then easily dress up the white coverings by asking to come in the day before and add accents in your theme color(s); or, if it is a venue that moves one reception out righ before yours, ask the venue to add the accents as part of their set-up:

Tyler

Posted on February 23, 2014 at 9:15 pm
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 Great tips.

Posted on February 24, 2014 at 9:58 am
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I love the bridesmaid dress tip.  Very true. 

Posted on March 6, 2014 at 2:00 pm
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All great tips!! I especially like the one about trying different colors for your BM dreses. I know it's pretty popular now to have girls in different dress styles, but I've never seen the same style in different  colors, tha'ts super cute!!

Posted on March 6, 2014 at 2:51 pm
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 I LOVE COLORS!!!!!!!! lol

Posted on March 6, 2014 at 3:28 pm
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Great tips
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