(Closed) how to decide colors?

posted 10 years ago in Themes
Post # 3
294 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

I choose mine based on two different things. The first was my favorite color (blue) and the other colors were based on what complemented the blue.  Most colors can be used (in my opinion) almost anytime of the year, you just may have that color in different shades. Ex. Blue in spring would be a lighter and blue in winter would be navy.

Something else to consider is if you come up with colors that are not normally used for the season you have your wedding, don’t let it stop you! Its your wedding! Have fun and enjoy!

What I did for my Bridesmaid or Best Man is I picked out a simple tea length dress at Davids Bridal and told them they needed to also get a sash and peek-a-boo slip (its a slip that shows about 2 or 3 inches of material below the hem of the dress that matches the color of the sash). Both are not attached to the dress, so take those away and tada! They have a simple, nice tea length dress to wear out!

Also, if you purchase your dress and accessories at DB they offer some money off of your Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses and thier accessories. There is also a discount on your accessories if you buy your dress there.

 Hope this helps you, and congrats!


Post # 4
538 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I think there are so many options of wear it again bridesmaids dresses in various colors, so I wouldn’t base your color scheme totally off what you want your bridesmaids to wear. I would think of what colors you both liek and what makes sense for your venue.

 We chose navy and white for a fall wedding. Not typical, but blue is our favorite color, the color of our alma mater and the color of the ocean, which is where our venue is located, overlooking the ocean.

 Some people do go by season. My sister is doing chocolate brown with gold accents. She thought it would go nice with the natural colors of fall and they are classic/neutral colors that she won’t look back on and dislike.

Post # 5
26 posts
  • Wedding: August 2009

I chose my first color because it happens to me my fiance and my favorite color: green. Then it was a little challenging to pick WHICH kind of green, because as you will find out, there’s like a million of each color. There’s never just a pink, it’s fuschia, etc. Then I picked what would compliment that color best. So I went to a fabric store down the street (you could search online too) and looked and swatches. I took like an olive green and paired it with black, brown, etc. I like it best with brown. So my color palette is olive green, chocolate brown, and some ivory. I chose the ivory because it goes well with it, i may change it to white, since im just starting to plan.. but hopefully you get the idea.

I would talk to your fiance on  what you guys favorite color is first. Because you want it to be personal and about you.. then play with colors that match.

 On the bridesmaids dresses.. you could let them pick there own and you must approve it. Or you pick the like top 3 that would be in your color and what you like best and have them vote on the best one? or you can just pick it. I’m going for a cocktail style dress because there cheaper and i want my maids to wear them over and over. I could careless if they look better than me or not.. i want them to look and feel gorgeous. Another idea: is all my girls will be wearing the same dress, same material, same length, but they can pick which upper style they want.. aline cut, halter top, strapless, etc.


Hope this helps. CONGRATS on the engagement! 

Post # 6
5398 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

We ended up just using colors that we really like and to go with the feel we wanted for our wedding.  So, we used crimson, chocolate brown, and champagne.  For the Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses, the classic simple solution is just to have the girls pick out a neutral color (e.g. black, navy, brown) that would fit with your color scheme.  If you check Mrs. Avocado’s posts she had her girls pick black dresses, for example.  Also, look over at StyleMePretty to see some weddings that did something similar.  Or, check out the Unbride blog and see what she had her girls look like.  There’s lots of great inspiration out there. Don’t be concerned about picking all neutrals either.  I’ve seem some gorgeous wedding with the colors of blue & pink or red & aqua…the options are endless!

If you have a favorite color or colors you are thinking about, post them here and I’m sure we can all help find you inspiration.  Oh, and if you have a style/theme/feel you are going for that’s also usually really helpful.    

Post # 7
117 posts
Blushing bee

Another thing that’s important to consider is your venue.  I’ve often seen it happen that a bride choses colors that just don’t go with the venue at all and the two seem to be fighting each other.  Alternatively, if there are colors you are dead set on try to find a venue that compliments that.  For instance, I went to a wedding where the colors were all pastels, (pink,yellow etc), but the venue had dark wood paneling everywhere and the whole thing seems uncohesive.

Post # 10
184 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

One of my fiance’s first requests was that he be able to wear his kilt, which has beautiful blues and greens in it, so picking colors was really easy for me.  I just take a swatch of the tartan along when I do color related things and find ones that complement 🙂

Post # 11
279 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

My favorite color is pink, so I knew I wanted to use that, but I also knew I’d have to find the right shade for an elegant nighttime reception. I found inspiration on The Knot which had a new color trend of dusty rose pink & plum, and I loved it!

I got my bridesmaids all the same dresses, I also would have loved to save them some $; but none of them minded. Two are getting married this year too and had me buy a dress for their wedding, and I didn’t mind – at some point, everyone buys a dress for someone else’s wedding.

Post # 12
813 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I got engaged in August and have ben planning my wedding for 4.5 months and I am still trying to pick colors! Its so hard! I am also getting married in 5 months so I HAVEEEE to pick Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses (this week!) so they can be ordered and arrive in time. Its so hard!

My venue (reception) has very particular colors, so I have to pick things that go with those colors. I am actually thinking of picking black dresses for the bridesmaids & then using flowers to really make the color pop. So my colors would be black, champagne and an accent color (like a blue or pink or something).

It’s so hard! 

Post # 13
228 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I also had a hard time trying to think of colors. I don’t have a favorite color so I looked at my venue for inspiration and all that did was make me realize what colors I didn’t want. I looked at tons of magazines and wedding sites to see what colors I liked together and if they fit in to what I was thinking for the wedding even though it still wasn’t that specific. For me, I said ok it’s a garden wedding in wine country. Dark Purple, chocolate, creme and green. If you want the girls to wear the dresses again, black is always the #1 choice. Really though see the colors you like and make a little inspiration board and try to picture it in your venue. Even if the dress you pick is not something that your bm’s might not wear again, find ones that are not that expensive and find the best price point for them. Look at stationary you like or a painting you like etc.

Post # 14
2292 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

We started with our venue, because we got married at our country club, which is a really nice space but is decorated a bit like a turn-of-the-century mansion.  (Colored walls, gilt moldings, etc… plus a really nice selection of already-owned decor in terms of silk flower arrangements, lighting, and such that they would set out for free.)  So our colors had to go with what was already there.  If your venue is mostly neutral colors, you can probably do anything you want.  If you’re like us, and the walls are painted cranberry, you’re more limited!

Post # 15
349 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - Rancho Bernardo Inn

I found colourlovers.com to be really helpful in picking our color scheme.  You can create your own color palette.

For bridesmaid dresses I love the look of different dresses.  Look at Mrs. Avocado’s wedding for a great example.  I think I am going to choose 2-3 dress styles from J Crew and let my bridesmaid’s choose from there since I am not going with a basic brown or black.

Post # 16
85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

For me, I based a lot of my color choices on flowers.  I knew that I loved pink flowers, and wanted tons of different pink flowers everywhere.  I also liked the branch element, so my colors ended up being chocolate, fuschia, and burgundy.

Linens were chocolate, napkins were fuschia, bridesmaid dresses were burgundy, and flowers were a mix of pinks with pops of fuschia here and there. 

So if there’s something that you can think of that you HAVE to have, just base everything else around it =)

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