Post # 1
My wedding dress is not white and not even really ivory — it’s more of a cream or even light gold color. The bridesmaids are wearing periwinkle blue.
What colors might work for the flowers? Will it look weird if I or my bridesmaids carry white or cream colored flowers? I was thinking of carrying red or orange flowers.
I have been looking but haven’t been able to find photos of brides in cream, dark ivory, or champagne colored dresses when they are carrying flowers. Do you have any photos of brides with clearly non-white dresses carrying bouquets?
Post # 3
I think reddish orange would look really beautiful against both the blue and the ivory. I’m sorry – I can’t find a photo – but in my head, it’s gorgeous! ; )
Post # 4
I have to disagree with amysue. I think an orange may not be the best choice with the periwinkle blue…with your creamy dress, yes, sweet! – but not against the periwinkle blue. That shade of blue in general looks FABULOUS with other creamy cool shades, like liliac, soft pinks, ivory, buttercream yellows, white, or soft sage-y shades of green.
You could try to pull of a *pop* of the blue (try a more sky blue then) with the red, and cream, or a sky blue with orange and white, but a warm golden cream, that soft, cool purply blue periwinkle and a super warm orange….. not so much.
As for the bms carrying white, I’ve seen it done, and it looks great. What about a larger white bouquet for yourself, with different flowers than the BMS, but lots of "texture" and a coloured satin ribbon? That would look AWESOME…. A girlfriend got married in a pale gold, and she carried a white and yellow (graduated shades) bouquet, with her BMS in a soft yellow with similar bouquets.
but, that’s only my opinion 🙂 I hope it helps!
Post # 5
what about pink? just because its not in your colors doesn’t mean a little splash of girly-ness will clash. or green can be really pretty too
Post # 6
Here are just a couple examples of orange blue, just so you can see:
Hmm…looking at those actually makes me wonder if the orange might not look very good with the more gold-y tones of your gown. Maybe more of a red or pink would work better…
Post # 7
Orange and blue are opposite each other on the color wheel – therefore they make the BEST combinations. However, you must careful not to mix warm tones with cool tones and not to mix high chroma with low chroma. Stick to similar hues and everything should be ok. Green is opposite purple on the color wheel and as periwinkle is a grayed blue/purple you might consider some green accents as well.
(Sorry, art degree [interior design] here!)
Post # 8
I just found this online:
‘Leonidas’ or ‘Terra Cotta’ roses, apricot-toned lilies, juicy orange ranunculus, sunset-shaded callas, and rust-colored hypericum berries all look terrific against a periwinkle dress, with orange being the direct complementary color to blue.
Post # 9
Thanks everyone for all of your great suggestions. You are all wonderfully creative and helpful! A few months ago, I found a photo of a bouquet online that I liked that had white, red, and orange flowers together. I just don’t know if it would look good with a cream/light gold colored dress.
Have any of you folks seen photos of people in cream/light gold/champagne colored dresses? I can find photos only on the dress web sites, but those pictures never show the brides with flowers. Miss Shortcake, might your friend be okay with sharing a photo of what her flowers looked like with her light gold dress?
Post # 10
I’m no help with the cream colored dress pictures.
I completely agree with missshortcake. Periwinkle doesn’t look good with bright orange, In My Humble Opinion. I would suggest the Bridesmaid or Best Man carry cream colored bouquets playing off your dress. There are lots of flowers that come in a cream color. My Bridesmaid or Best Man carried cream colored callas (they weren’t supposed to be cream but there weren’t enough white mini callas at the time) with light blue dresses.
Here’s my bio if you want to see a pic: http://community.theknot.com/cs/ks/user/page.aspx?username=Fox%26theHound