(Closed) Wedding colors: taming red and teal

posted 7 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
3977 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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 # 5
46612 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
154 posts
Blushing bee

wow! I love it. beautiful choices!! 

Post # 8
3364 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

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 # 10
42 posts
  • Wedding: March 2013

@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.

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