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Hi everyone, I could use some advice regarding my wedding color palette…
I’m getting married on 5-9-09 and I’m working on my invitations at the moment, but I’m having trouble nailing down my color palette. My gown is ivory with (subtle) pewter beading and my bridesmaids/MOH will be wearing Jim Hjelm dresses in "honeydew" (super pale yellow-green). Originally I was going to have them carry lavender-colored bouquets, but I’m not feeling the purple/lavender for any other aspect of the wedding. So I figured my color palette would be honeydew/ivory/black with some silver accents here and there. The purple wasn’t going to be used anywhere else… the centerpieces, ceremony arrangements, etc were all going to be green and ivory.
But… the interior of my church is bright red. The soles of my bridal shoes are bright red ((grin)). And I want to package our cookie favors in little white bakery boxes tied with red and white baker’s twine. I’m just drawn to red as an accent color way more than I am to lavender/purple.
So… what do you think? Should I ditch the lavender bouquets in favor of red ones? Or will it just scream Christmas to everyone? I’m hoping the paleness and the yellow-ness of the green bridesmaid dresses would counteract that a bit, but I’m still not sure. And I know that everyone says you shouldn’t let the season dictate your wedding palette, but is it really going to feel like a spring wedding with red in there?
Thoughts please! =) Thanks!!!
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It’s tricky, but it can be done. I saw an inspiration board on Style Me Pretty that had non-Christmasy green and red, so I would look on there. I don’t remember when I saw it, but it was definitely before August, probably in July or June.
I think you’re on the right track with honeydew, which is a very springy color. Also, I think your choice of flowers will make a big difference. For example, red roses might be a bit much, but red dahlias with honeydew dresses would be very cool and I don’t think it would come off as Christmasy. Also, the overall style might add to or diminish any Christmas effect. If you’re going for a super traditional look, it might be harder to avoid the Christmas look, but a more modern overall style might be easier to pull off.
I would definitely trust your eye, try stuff, if it screams "Merry Christmas" try swapping stuff out, putting the red in different places. Trial and error. But if you love red and want it as your accent, I say go for it!
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I have seen chartreuse & deep red together before (not in person), and it can be very fresh. I think red poppies or more contemporary flowers like the green & red orchids would definitely make it more fresh. I would also avoid too much greenery & go for a more bare summery look. Even the green callas would look nice, but I agree to avoid too many roses.
We are also doing a light green, but chocolate accents and a tiny bit of purple bc the church is purple, so I’m in your same boat!
If you still aren’t set on red, a pink accent could still tie in the red but be less christmas-y…not sure how preppy you are, but the watermelon color scheme can be cute.
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Thanks for the comments! I did actually see that Knot wedding before, I love the super modern centerpieces but unfortunately they’re a bit *too* modern for our location (ballroom).
As for specific flowers, I’m definitely an "anything but roses!" girl 😉 I’m going for white anemones, sweet peas, and lisianthus in my bridal bouquet, and the flowers for the girls were originally going to be lavender anemones, tulips, and lisianthus. Not sure about the lisianthus, but I know the other two come in red! They’re all pretty "graphic" blooms so they might work.
If this helps, this is the dress my girls will be wearing, although the color looks a bit bluer on screen than in real life:
And this is a shot of my (very) red church: