{Top Image via SweetandLovelyLife}From romantic pastels to bold, vibrant hues, wedding colors span a wide range of palettes and styles. How do you know which to pick? What colors will reflect you best? Should you go with a trend or pick something timeless? Selecting the right wedding color scheme for you... read more

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From romantic pastels to bold, vibrant hues, wedding colors span a wide range of palettes and styles. How do you know which to pick? What colors will reflect you best? Should you go with a trend or pick something timeless? Selecting the right wedding color scheme for you isn’t always simple. Yet the colors will play a big part of setting the tone for your unforgettable day! So how do you decide? To help simplify the decision process for you, here are a few factors/ideas to consider when evaluating color options. Use these questions to help you pick the colors that best reflect your tastes.

When Is the Wedding?
The time of year you’re getting married influences your color choices. Say you’re planning an outdoor wedding in the fall, for example, where you and your bridal party will be surrounded by golds, reds and other muted, warm tones — lime green and hot pink won’t make much sense against this backdrop. Likewise, whether you’re getting married in January or June, you’ll want to think about the time of year. What colors reflect the season? What will go with what’s around you?

Where Is the Wedding?
Think about your wedding venue. A country club with oriental rugs and rich wood isn’t the right backdrop for a sunshine yellow theme. Likewise, a beach wedding may lend itself more toward light, pastel shades. Consider the colors and styles that are in your venue, and let them guide you toward a group of colors that you like.

What Colors Will Work with Both the Ceremony and the Reception Spaces?
Many couples hold their wedding in one space and their reception in another, and if this is what you’re planning, be sure to think about the color schemes of both settings. Maybe your bridal party’s deep red dresses, matching roses and red-accented programs work in the simple church where you’re having the ceremony, but they clash with the yellows and oranges at the local restaurant where you’re having the reception. Ideally, you want a color scheme that fits both settings.

How Will the Colors Work for the Bridal Party?
Before you go setting your wedding colors as robin’s egg blue and a pale green, make sure you’ll be able to find bridesmaids’ dresses in that color scheme. Do you already know where you want to buy them? Are you looking at a certain price point or style? If so, you may be limited as to the specific colors you can pick. Likewise, if you will want the groomsmen to wear vests or boutonnières, think about how your color scheme will work.

What Flowers Will Be in Season?
Sure, you might be able to ship in lilies of the valley for your September wedding, but know that it will cost you. You’ll save a lot of money by sticking to flowers that are in season instead. So if you’re having a wedding in the fall, look at the flowers that are most abundant that time of year. Which ones do you like best? By settling on the flowers you like best, you might be able to determine which colors of flowers you want to use and let that inform your color palette.

What Examples Are You Most Drawn to?
Figure out what color combinations you like best by looking through lots of examples, both online and in magazines. Pinterest can be a wonderful resource, providing not only ideas for color schemes but also plenty of pictures of them in use. Set up a board to which you may save your favorite weddings and then pay attention: Are you consistently picking bold colors? Do you lean toward black dresses and a simplified look? This can help you identify your own preferences in a way that helps you make your wedding feel like you.

By paying attention to the season, thinking about the location, evaluating bridal party options, considering seasonal flowers and figuring out what styles you like best, you’ll find that picking your wedding colors is easier than it seems. What’s more, you’ll be able to choose a color scheme that fits your personal tastes and style!

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