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9 Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Colors

Photo Credit: CYork Photography

Let’s talk color! It’s definitely safe to say that whether we realize it or not, color has a big role in our lives – and I’m glad. After all, playing with hues is fun – especially when you are planning your wedding, and this is a time when you can definitely use some wedding color advice.

Before I get into the nitty gritty of talking about color, I want to stress one thing. This is YOUR wedding! I want to give you suggestions and guide you along the way, but the one thing I love about today’s bride is that she gets to use her creativity and stay true to herself. I’ve seen soft, lovely monochromatic weddings, yet there are also stunning events that use a whole rainbow’s worth of colors. So, keep in mind that this is your special day.

Ok, let’s chat about the “lovely” and other things to consider when you are choosing a color palette for your day with 9 tips for choosing your wedding colors:

Think About the Season

Some hues lend themselves to a season more easily than others. When I think of fall, browns, burnt orange, yellows and rusty reds come to mind, yet that is contrasted with spring, where soft pastels are more useful. The season – and flowers that may be in season at the time of your wedding – play a big part in your color scheme.

Assess Your Location

When you are getting married outdoors, pretty much any color can come into play – yet move things inside, and you truly need to assess your location. If your ballroom is dark or small, you may want to consider a lighter, brighter color palette to make the room seem larger and more spacious – especially when it comes to reception linens.

Determine the Personality of Your Event

Looking for a regal, upscale feel? Choose jewel tones, metallics or a monochromatic palette. Want a vintage vibe? Pastels and lighter colors will evoke a sense of nostalgia.

Be Thoughtful

Afraid of color? Use bold colors selectively. If you love magenta yet are afraid to utilize it full force, then use it as an accent – the writing on your invitations, the boutonnieres, floral ribbons and the like may be where you want to use those fun pops. If your bridesmaids are bold, have them wear a bright hue, which will look stunning!

Photo by CYork Photography

Photo credit: CYork Photography

Placement is Key

Your colors evoke a feeling, yet so does how you utilize them. If you are bold enough to go for orange, there is a big difference between having your bridesmaids decked out in the hue and having it in your bouquet vs. utilizing it for the main table linen color and uplighting. You can do it all, but careful color placement has a higher impact than overuse.

Trends? What Trends?

Don’t be afraid to buck the trends. There I said it! If I’m seeing a ton of a certain color wedding palette on Pinterest, my personal tendency would be to stay away. You shouldn’t feel pressured to utilize certain colors just because they happen to be en vogue at the time – again, this goes back to being true to yourself. If the hot hue is blush, then by all means don’t be afraid to deck your groomsmen out in red. We all love a great surprise.

Photo by Stephanie Leigh Photography

Photo credit: Stephanie Leigh Photography

Color Wheel

We all took art, but you don’t have to be an expert! A friendly glance at the color wheel can also help to blend colors. Honestly, I’m not a big fan of complementary colors, which are opposite on the wheel. Supposedly they go together well, but I’m not sure I’d want to have a bright purple and yellow wedding, yet softening the colors to a more pastel hue would work nicely.

Expect the Unexpected

Look in unexpected places for inspiration. When you are undecided, finding cues in your everyday may be the best thing. Does the floral pattern on your yearly planner bring you joy? Take note of the hues on the cover – maybe they could be translated into a wedding scheme. Going for a walk may even help. A budding flower garden may inspire you to combine colors that you didn’t even dream of! Perusing a local art gallery will provide ideas, too. Look at what pieces speak to you and draw inspiration from the artist’s color choices.

Photo by Franzi Photography

Photo credit: Franzi Photography

Neutral for the Win!

When in doubt go neutral or monochromatic. If you truly are unsure of yourself, going with a neutral, natural palette won’t steer you wrong. Neutrals include whites, browns, grays and greens. Yes, green is a neutral – after all have you ever seen a flower that didn’t match it’s stem? I dare say that blue – powder, denim, navy – is also a neutral. Think about the sky and your favorite pair of jeans. It’s hard to find something that doesn’t complement blue! Play around with different neutrals. If that doesn’t work, a monochromatic palette of your favorite color is also a lovely choice.

No matter your choice, your event will be a day to remember, and in the end you get to marry the love of your life. I’d be tickled pink over that… ha! Happy wedding planning!


Jennifer Prince is Virginia based wedding blogger who enjoys providing wedding inspiration at www.hillcitybride.com and in your Bride Box each month. She loves spending time with her husband and three children in the great outdoors.


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Top 10 Spring 2016 Pantone Colors

Lilac Gray pantone color

Top 10 Spring 2016 Pantone Colors

Your wedding color scheme should reflect not only your personal style, but also set the tone and texture for the entire event. Some couples are afraid to try anything more adventurous than the usual pinks, white, and blues. If you and your husband-to-be like to think of yourselves as more creative than that, we’ve gathered some of our favorite inspiration in the form of Pantone’s very unique Top 10 Spring 2016 Pantone Colors:

1. Rose Quartz

These ladies are rockin’ that soft, subtle pink trend:

Top 10 Spring 2016 Pantone Colors

[photo cred: Rebecca Walker for Ira Lippke Studios]

2. Peach Echo

This lovely reception set-up complete with beautiful ribbon-wrapped chairs:

Peach Echo pantone color

[photo cred: Joseph Francis Photography]

3. Snorkel Blue

This luscious cake that looks like it’s fit for a king and queen:

Snorkel Blue pantone color

[photo from: InvitationsByAjalon.com]

4. Buttercup

We love these small and simple but charming centerpieces that makes perfect use of the buttercup color to add that pop:

Buttercup pantone color

[photo cred: Hilton Pittman Photography]

5. Limpet Shell

Why not make your guests eat your color inspiration in the form of limpet-shell macaroons? Yummy…

Limpet Shell

[photo cred: from DeerPealFlowers.com]

6. Lilac Gray

These ladies are proving that you don’t need to be wearing a bright color to stand out:

Lilac Gray pantone color

[photo cred: A Bryan Photo]

7. Fiesta

With a powerful pigment like Fiesta red, you don’t need a lot of it to make a statement. Try adding just one, big flower to your wedding cake:

Fiesta pantone color

[photo cred: from WeddingOMania.com]

8. Iced Coffee

These beauties are draped in various shades and strengths of iced coffee:

Iced Coffee pantone color

[photo cred: Manchik Photography]

9. Green Flash

This bohemian beauty rockin’ a floral crown with gorgeous flashes of green:

Green Flash pantone color

[photo cred: Christine Meintjes]

10. Serenity

This elegantly Serenity cloth draped over a vintage table is perfect for a Spring garden wedding:

Serenity pantone color

[Photo via: HappyWedd.com]

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What color scheme are you planning for your wedding? Tell us about it in the comment section below!