- 3 years ago
- Wedding: May 2014
@musicjunkiebride: To me it means the main colors of things the couple supplies, like linens, dresses, flowers, boutonnieres, men’s suits or ties, centerpieces etc.
The walls and floors don’t normally enter into it, athough a palette can be designed around the colors of the venue.
@musicjunkiebride: I consider it a colour palette that they’ve developed a theme around. Bridesmaid dresses, linens, decoration, etc would revolve around the palette.
“I am really bad at weddings. I feel like there’s a lot of wedding related stuff that most everyone else was sonehow born knowing. While I was not born such instincts.”
Don’t worry! Wedding colours weren’t even a thing before so many stylized weddings came around recently on blogs and pintrest. A wedding is where you commit yourself to your love. It’s impossible to be “bad at weddings.”
Your “colors” are what color scheme you are using to decorate. For instance, mine are navy and coral. My bridesmaids will be wearing navy and carrying coral flowers. My centerpieces are navy painted wine bottles with coral flowers, and all of the other flowers are a mix of navy, coral and ivory. My invitations are navy and coral as well. Some people opt to go for certain themes rather than color schemes, such as rustic, which usually involves a lot of browns, tans and whites. Other’s do old hollywood red and black. There are a whole bunch of combinations and ways to answer when somebody asks that question.
To me it’s just the main colours that will be highlighted throughout the wedding (invitations, attire, linens, flowers, etc.). Usually it has more to do with what you’re bringing to the ceremony and reception space (not so much the floors/doors/walls/etc).
To me, my colors are involved in the centerpieces, flowers, BM dresses, and invites. My venue colors dont come into play really, although they will not clash or anything.
@musicjunkiebride: You aren’t alone.
We don’t have a colour theme either — because we will have an era-theme instead. We will use colours we like as well as colours other people like. A palette of different colours/shades is more fun anyway.
I was often asked this question too and I responded back with a question, “Is budget-friendly a theme?” lol!
@musicjunkiebride: Wedding colors usually refers to select colors that people have chosen to use throughout their wedding, I suppose for a sense of cohesiveness and so things will match. So, the bridesmaid dresses and the bouquets and the table centerpieces and the decorations, maybe even the cake, would have some touch of those chosen colors in them.
It’s the colors you will see repeated over again in a number of things: bridal party attire, invitayions, table linensnd flowers, favors, escort cards, cake etc.
the colors of my wedding are pinks and gold. So my website, favors, invites, dresses, flowers, linens, centerpeices etc are chosen according to the wedding colors we have chosen. To look cohesive and have the same romantic, Parisian vibe.
Thank you for all your replies. I really appreciate it, especially since I felt pretty dumb having to ask. Maybe I just don’t get the color thing because I haven’t picked flowers yet, but I was fearing a florist would ask me what my colors are to get started.
May I ask how you all picked your colors? I don’t have any driving force or a “vision” or anything. I like a lot of different colors, how do I choose? My invitations are neutral. Tropical colors wouldn’t make sense in our location or season. I never wear purple, eggplant maybe but not true purple. That’s all I got.
Flower_crowns – thank you for your reassuring words. I meant that I’m not good at wedding planning! I hope to be good at the actual nuptials, which is really all that I’m in it for – I just want to be married to my #1 :). The rest of this stuff can be intimidating and overwhelming. But thankfully there is a lot of helpful info here on weddingbee.
@musicjunkiebride: Generally with flowers, I wouldn’t worry about matching colours if you are wanting natural flowers.
Would blossoms would be in season in May in your area? (Cherry blossoms)
My palette is: ivory (my dress), teal (favourite colour), and natural colours that complement ivory and teal: so, pastel yellow, pastel pink, brown, gold, and lime-green.
For flowers, I’m looking at ivory, pink and yellow. So, hydrangeas, roses, carnations; etc, with baby’s breath and/or lavender. I had thought about incorporating peonies, but they are very delicate, drink a lot of water in a vase and they attract ants!
@musicjunkiebride: Wedding colors are what bring the wedding together.
I suggest that you choose a neutral color: like black, gray, beige (you get the idea)
Then I suggest choosing a brighter color: yellow, blue, pink (you get the idea)
And then finally I suggest picking a complimenting color to even everything out. For me this/these color/colors were chosen based on the season. We got married in Fall so orange and other fall colors helped influence the wedding. Picking a seasonal color can also make your decor cheaper!
Flowers and accessories can either match or compliment your bright color (some people have pink flowers and others have neutral flowers)
My colors were turquoise and champange:
Here you can see my main two colors with complementing seasonal colors
My bouquet was seasonally influenced and carried complementing colors
I personally think the bright color choice should be subtle (meaning your table covers shouldn’t be bright pink, blue, orange, or ect.) because it will stand out. The complementing colors should be present but not over powering. Using the complementing colors as decor or small statement pieces is a safe route. The bright color can be used in bridal party attire and the complementing/neutral colors can help tie the look together: