Post # 1
I’m on the verge of doing this. Kind of like what happened with my wedding dress plans, having such a long engagement has made me reconsider everything I initially planned and I’ve changed my mind on stuff after getting sick of it. I had originally planned to go with navy, ice blue, lavender, ivory, and gold as the colors for my January wedding. I don’t like the matchy-matchy look, so I felt that picking five colors would work for me. Well, then I started to feel that wasn’t enough color and it was still going to look ridiculously matchy-matchy. To top it off, I started imagining these centerpieces that were mostly vines and had very little flower or color in them at all aside from green, and began to think about how I’d decorate the room if I opted for such a centerpiece. And I started incorporating a million colors into the scheme, all of them saturated, dark colors (forest green, dark brown, navy, burgundy, deep violet, some gold and ivory still in there), and now I think I’ve decided to just nix the idea of wedding colors and just aim to make sure everything complements everything else without worrying too much about matching shades or anything.
So who has gone without colors? Do you have pictures from your wedding, or inspiration boards? How did you decide to go sans wedding colors?
Post # 3
Anybody? I’m dying to know how it turned out for others.
Post # 4
I wouldn’t say I nixed colors completely, but more that I stopped worrying whether everythig fit with our color scheme. I think that we tend to get a very skewed image of weddings because of the huge influence of “inspiration boards” and wedding photos a la Style Me Pretty, where they group photographs together based on detail and color. In real life, at a real wedding, the cake isn’t going to be next to the bridesmaids next to the invitation next to the flowers next to the programs…you know what I mean? So I think a general “feel”, which it seems like what you’re going for, versus colors is totally fine and in fact, will probably be much more cohesive and natural feeling.
Post # 5
I’m considering the same- you know when, I get engaged.:) My sister did something similar- we wore black- and while we had matching bouquets- the centerpieces were “market availability” meaning the florist put together all different centerpieces to keep prices lower- all flowers were in season. It was breath-taking against the white backdrop of the tent.
Also- this post really points to the simplicity of not choosing a color.
Post # 6
I read something recently about picking colors that you could pick colors that go well together, or you could pick colors are of the same saturation. I think it’s really true. It might not look well if you have dark rich browns and purples and then throw in pastel green, and then add bright white and neon pink. But if you stick with the same type of colors- jewel tones, for example then it will look cohesive without having to only pick items of X number of colors. And I agree with hilsy- everything wont be right next to eachother and realistically it’s very difficult to have EVERYTHING color coordinated anyway. You plan sounds like it will come out wonderfully!
Post # 7
we don’t really have colors—the men are wearing navy blue, the girls are wearing lilac dresses, the flowers are ivory, purple and green, the venue is wooden (so lots of brown) and most of the linens are “earthy tones”. nothing really matches, but im hoping it all flows together fairly well!
Post # 8
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
I sort of have colors, but not really. My venue is a botanical garden with a lot of different colored flowers so I’m just going with colors that match the flowers: different pinks, yellows, purples and oranges, with a lot of green. I’m sticking with the palette but I’m very easygoing with the shades of the colors. As long as everything goes together, it’s fine. And I hate anything that’s too matchy, too.
Here is my inspriation board. It’s a lot of colors, but it’s pretty loose.
Post # 9
I’m such a fan of this idea too! I really like the idea of picking a “wedding palette” rather than wedding colors.
Here is gorgeous palette from The Knot (not great for January, I realize, but just to show it can be done and be cohesive, and it has the gold and ivory that you like). I especially like that the Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses don’t match, but are still coordinated!
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Post # 10
I think it’s important to not fight against your venue color wise. Work with its colors/layout/feel to create your event. Too much matchy-matchy reminds me of prom but creating a cohesive idea makes for a great flow.
Post # 11
Well I still “have colors” (Jewel Tones: Purple, Fushia and Red) but I am doing varying shades of them. I am also complementing them with silver, gold, and white accents. The church flowers are “barely there” pinks and lilacs vs the POP colors of the reception.
Post # 12
I wanted to do eggplant/aubergine and yellow; but Im afraid that might look tooo Lakers-ish. I wanted to includemy e-ring, which is emerald so I might go with just jewel tones and ivory/white instead.
Post # 13
I don’t really have colors. I sort of have one – green – but have kind of resisted having another or even picking a particular shade of green. This is probably mostly because I am being contrary, but also because I have NO eye for design. As I’ve learned in the six or so apartments I’ve rented, leaving me in charge of decor = things go undecorated. Fortunately, our venue is outdoors and gorgeous, we it won’t be as noticable.
Post # 14
i didn’t have specific colors. I just told the florist “sunset-y” colors and my BM’s wore red, flower girl wore yellow. My bouquet was dark purple. There were lots of peacock feathers and crystals. Nothing really “matched” but I think it looked beautiful.
I’m just not a fan of “wedding colors” As I said in another thread-it reminds me of high school prom and just seems unsophisticated.
Post # 15
I don’t think you need specific colors, just make sure that everything looks good together or complements each other. The only color in my wedding are the BMs dresses that are orange. Its a beach wedding, so not much decoration is needed. The invitations are cream with brown writing. Not matching everything, but all looks nice together.
Post # 16
I didn’t nix colors but didn’t stay within 2 either. I originally wanted Green and burgundy but can’t find the right burgundy dresses so I told the bridesmaid to just wear black. They’re having green bouquets. My invites were suppose to be black and burgundy but ended up being cream, grey and black. Our centerpieces are now green, white, and red. My escort cards are green and gold.