Post # 1
I feel that everyone who has planned their own wedding deserves a medal for Excellency in Organization skills. I wish I could add all these burgeoning skills to my resume: following a budget, managing people, creative ways to use resources. Alas, we aren’t given enough credit.
I’m getting married next Fall in Miami and have just started the planning process. The reception site has already been picked out so the next big box on my check list is the color theme. I’m leaning towards orange and white. (I’ve already chosen a florist, Field of Flowers. They came recommended and have an enormous showroom that I fell in love with.)
Worry #1: How not to over do orange? Should I keep it only to the flowers? Any recommendations for keeping it toned down?
Worry #2: What should the bridesmaids wear? And, for that matter, the groomsmen? (We’re doing suits and ties.)
Post # 3
Yay!!! Someone else using my same color theme. I am getting married July 09 and when i got engaged i wanted Orange and White. I was set on having only those colors but once my Bridesmaid or Best Man started trying on dresses they kind of looked like pumpkins even though they are all size 2 and under. Not to mention many designers didnt have the right orange and if i did find the right orange for the dresses, would I be able to match their orange to all the other orange i was planning on using (other linens, cardstock, groomsmen, etc.) So we added gray.
So all my linens (tables) will be gray the Bridesmaid or Best Man will wear gray, the groomsmen will wear black suits with gray ties (no vests or anything of that nature). The flowers for the Bridesmaid or Best Man will be orange (either poppies or roses) the Groomsmen flowers will match the Bridesmaid or Best Man flowers. As far as other decorations we are using gold fish (who are really orange) in 1/3 of the centerpieces. Tons of candles, with white and orange ribbon wrapped around them with crystals. We might also be submerging some type of orange flower in water for the centerpieces as well.
As far as keeping the orange toned down this was hard for me to do at the begining because i wanted ORANGE. So on my Save-The-Date Cards i sent out ORANGE envelopes. After thinking about the formality of my wedding i decided to switch to Paper Sources Poppy color. It is a beautiful orange but it is toned down and will not be blinding.
Also check out a beautiful all orange and white wedding, on theknot.com of Amy & Jeremy in Santa Monica, CA. This is where i fell in love with the colors. If your budget affords all that i would say GO FOR IT. But i knew i didnt have the flower budget or location budget for all that.
Post # 4
Even before I read BetaBride’s post, I was going to suggest adding in gray as well. My colors are aqua and white, and we added slate gray, but a pale gray would be very pretty, too!
I kind of like bursts of color, so might have the groomsmen wear gray suits with tasteful orange ties.
I love the look of orange weddings I’ve seen- it’s just such a bright, cheerful color. I think if you use it as an accent, rather than as a major player, that’s a good way to think about it. If you were doing paper lanterns, for example, maybe buy mosty white with 1/3 or 1/4 of them being orange.
It also may kind of depend on your venue. If it’s mostly a clean slate with neutral color decor, I think more orange could work. Our venue (an art gallery) has stained cement floors and a silver ceiling and black metal accents, versus a place with lots of wood and colored walls and carpeting.
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2018 - Oakland Manor
haah, when i started reading the post I’d suggest grey also, its a beautiful combination. So, consider me a third vote for the grey family
Post # 6
I would definitely use it as an accent color. Orange looks beautiful against many backdrops, and having a more neutral background color will let the orange actually stick out and be noticed more without being overwhelming. Good luck, it will be beautiful!
Post # 7
I am a graphic artist & my favorite color is orange! Most people flinch when I tell them my favorite color, but I tell them: "think of the colors of a sunset or sunrise". There are so many shades of orange: rust, brick, marigold, burnt orange, yellow ochre, etc. They all look great together. Grey is nice as a neutral, but I really like a midnight blue with orange (think back on those sunsets…) Warm browns also go well with orange. Try to avoid black or it will look like Halloween! You can go to my website to get ideas for color combinations: http://www.calligraphicstudio.com . Have a great time planning your wedding, & congratulations for refusing to stick to the boring "white wedding" cliché!
Post # 8
I had the same dilemma!! I’m getting married Aug 09 – backyard wedding near Seattle. I’m using this board as my color inspiration – I just LOVE it and it makes me so happy! http://www.elizabethannedesigns.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/sunset-board.jpg
So, my girls are wearing that red and we’ll be having mostly orange flowers with some green. I think the guys are going to wear orange ties – yum! 🙂 Oh, and I’m on the hunt for the perfect orange shoes to wear!
Hope that helps!
Post # 9
So orange isn’t so scary! (I’ve seen some questioning looks when I’ve suggested the color combo.) Grey is a good suggestion for an accent color…but what is the bridgesmaid’s reactions to grey dresses? (And where do you find the dresses?) Navy or some shade of blue might be easier to find.
Thank you for the suggestions. Are all of you also considering orange ties for the groomsmen or blue/grey?
Post # 10
I just got married in the beginning of November and used Orange and Creme. My main colors were Orange, Creme, and Sage with Brown as an Accent color. I had brown bridesmaid dresses with Creme Sash. I was scared it might look too THANKSGIVING-Y but it turned out wonderful bc I did not use fall/harvest looking flowers fo the girls bouquets. I used bright orange Lilies with creme and green roses.
There are so much you can do with Orange and White. I have seen burgundy dresses, gray dresses, fuschia dresses, brown dresses, Ivory dresses, orange dresses, sage/green dresses, champagne dresses, gold dresses, yellow dresses….so many choices.
I would agree, if you want the orange to POP, only use it for flowers and decorations and use another color as accent that will complement the orange!
Post # 11
We did Orange as our color for our wedding in April. We didn’t go overboard with it. Orange florals, a pretty orange invite from weddingpaperdivas.com , really lovely orange bridesmaid dress from J.crew and my favorite- orange decorated cake!!
Post # 12
Our colors were orange and brown with white and green as accents. We used pops of orange–the bridesmaids bouquets were orange dahlias. We used orange ribbon on the centerpieces, and our petal cones were made from Poppy colored paper from Paper-Source. Our altar arrangement had orange lilies, and we had orange flowers on our white and brown cake.
I have seen pretty orange bridesmaids dresses, but we decided not to go that route because we weren’t sure how re-wearable they would be.