Post # 1
I am trying to decide on colors for my July, “vintage-elegant-whimsey” outdoor woodsy wedding and I’m stuck…
First off, if Christmas hadn’t ruined it for me, I’d do green and red and pale blue (really, I just want to copy the Pelligrino bottle). However, I’m not attached to it enough/brave enough to risk the Christmas-y effect. And yes, I’ve read the articles about using red and green and I’ve seen the photos–I’m not sold that it works. ):
Instead, I love the pale romance of this vintage wedding pallete from The Knot, which uses a pale green, pale robin’s egg blue, and a salmon color…but I’m really wanting to add the pop of a broad pallete of persimmon, scarlet, papaya, etc. instead of the salmon. Something like this:
It will also allow my bridesmaids to do one of these options:
My issue with this is that I really don’t want it to turn into that seriously bright red and teal combo I’m seeing everywhere. While it’s nice, I really think too much of it can clash really easily.
My dress is ivory, and my “motif” is the printed page (pom poms and table runners made from tea-colored book pages, etc.), so I was thinking I could rely on creams and ivories to make up the rest of the decor (table cloths and lanterns and such).
But do any of you have ideas on how to subtly use the above colors throughout a ceremony and reception without dominating with one or the other?
Your input is much appreciated!
Post # 3
How subtly you do a color seems to depends largely on the bridesmaids, the flowers, and the reception tables.
If you want to keep the colors subtle I’d do cream Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses or a very soft coral–it’s so hard to find unsaturated colors in Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses, you might have to go with an off the rack if you want color. I like the first Bridesmaid or Best Man picture you posted, but it’s really bright despite the soft lens. I’d put the color in your flowers–coral, persimmon, red bouquets and the GM’s with soft teal/robin’s egg ties and bouts.
Then for your reception keep cream as the major color for your linens and let the colors come out in napkins and centerpieces, but make sure you mix things up and use unsaturated versions of the colors whenever you can. Using a low light level can help with that as well.
Post # 4
Thanks, Kayla, for the input. I’ve been considering what you said and came up with this update of those colors; I feel like the pink/coral allows me to have both blue and green, giving me that “pop” I wanted without the christmas clash of red and green.
The hope is that this isn’t too girly; I think I can tame it by using the neutrals and creams you mentioned.
Speaking of neutrals, any one have a clue how this “no color” wedding theme succeeded so well? Is it the fact that it is in Italy?? (I can see how that could be enough “theme” for anyone): http://simplybloomphotography.com/blog/?p=4636
Post # 5
I think the Italian wedding succeeded not because it was in Italy, although the surroundings were gorgeous, but because the pastels worked so well together and did not compete with the venue.
I would hardly call it a “no color” wedding though. She used blush, champagne, ivory, light and dark green with hits of several darker colors of pink. I particularly liked the astilbe boutonnieres.
Post # 6
wow! I love it. beautiful choices!!
Post # 7
@julies1949: Ah! You found the colors! I’ve got no eye for design and I love that it felt like a no color wedding to me. I might look into those colors (blush, champagne, ivory, light and dark green with hits of several darker colors of pink)…. (:
Post # 8
I have a red-teal-charcoal color scheme but much more on the rich/deep side and am loving yours! xo Your colors remind me of Vintage Film on what I’d imagine a July Day! =) Beautiful!
Post # 9
@CupCakeMeg: I’d love to see your colors! The darker hues sound really lovely. I was having an issue with trying to decide between loud and proud or romantic and pale. It’s funny; in everything else, I’ve always prided myself on being the type of person who could be up for anything–really passionate about always being open, never stubborn enough about something that I couldn’t be swayed by another opportunity. It wasn’t until wedding planning that I realized that being indecisive can be such a huge burden!!!
Post # 10
@mzjohnwood: i found your post because i was searching ideas to use red and green subtly! =) i have it in mind to produce this for my wedding (i even pinned that same image above of the BMs in ivory with red shoes and green bouquets =), and i’m doing so by using mostly whites/creams in linens, and applying shades of bright red flowers with white and green foliage. my BMs are going to wear a beige champagne color for their dresses. my paper items (menus, programs, invitations) are pale green with red accented (by ribbon, text and/or borders). since i am having a spring wedding, i hope the effect will be like a rose garden. red popping against cheerful, lighter shades of green. i’m still working on the kinks!
i really love how you put together your color scheme tho, and it most definitely does not look like christmas. the blue tones and salmon/coral shades really do tone it all down, and i love it! you’ll need to have a base color to work with, so i recommend neutrals. you could even use the light shade of blue or cream like in your montage image so that the corals and salmons pop.
but i also noticed you have a wedding date in July 2012. if you are reading this now, i would love for you to share some pcitures of the final result so that anyone who happens to use these colors too can see how it really worked! =) thanks.