Choosing your wedding colors isn’t as easy as I thought! We were married in October, the time of Indian summer, so my color choices could reflect either late summer or fall. I chose to combine the two with pale yellow and navy blue. The decision was made because I didn’t want to wear white (it was my second wedding) and in all truth white is not a flattering color on me. I needed a pastel color to enhance my skin tone. The weather was still warm and the setting would be partially outdoors. Little did we know it would be snowing before the evening came to a close!

So, for choosing your colors, here are some ideas to gather inspiration!

Remember what you Love:
A good starting point before anything else are what colors inspire your wardrobe, home décor and surroundings? These colors are the ones you know you can live with for a long time. So, this can be your starting point. That is, unless your wardrobe is all black… you might want to reconsider that color. Then again…you might not!

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Determine your Priorities:
If you have always dreamed of a room full of pink peonies, and who wouldn’t, then you can use that as a starting point for your color palette. Is there an old family heirloom that you cherish? Consider displaying it as a part of the venue. Then think about what colors will enhance and enrich those items.
Although the venue and time of year are your biggest factors in deciding your color palette, memories like these can become more important for your wedding day.

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Gain inspiration from your Setting:
Think about your location and venue. If you don’t already have certain wedding colors in mind, these two elements can help.
The colors of your reception, outdoors or in and the surroundings will enter into your decision. A blank setting with an open room such as a warehouse, tent or loft will allow you to add as much or as little as you would like depending on your style and budget of course!
If your wedding reception will be in a grand ballroom or country club venue, look at the permanent colors such as the colors of the walls, carpet or style to help with your color decision.
If your venue has an ocean or mountain view, then that may spark a certain color palette.
Factoring in all these elements will allow you not to worry about the colors you decide on will conflict with your venue. Instead, they will enhance and embrace what you love about your venue.

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Consider the time of year:
Just as I chose a pale-yellow pastel as one of my colors for our October wedding, don’t feel you have to limit your colors by the time of year.
Adding a strong accent color like I did with navy will balance the season. Don’t think you have to follow the seasonal color rules if you absolutely swoon over an off-season color. Remember that bottom line, it is all about you and what you want!
If you do want to go seasonal, then think rosy pink for spring, pale yellow or coral for summer, rich fuchsia with jewel tomes for fall and blush, silver or gold for a winter wedding palette. Or, you can choose to select the Pantone wedding color of the year!

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Set the Mood:
Determine the atmosphere and ambiance you want to create. Will it be relaxing, nostalgic or energetic? Calm, light pastels invoke a relaxed feel whereas dark and rich jewel tones add drama.

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Use the Color Wheel:
If you are unsure of what colors on the palette wheel compliment others then refer to a color wheel!
Here are some basic guidelines to help you decide.
Typically, colors that go well together are ones that are opposites because they pair a cool and warm (examples include orange and sky blue and turquoise and coral). Other color pairings that work are “neighbors”—they’re similar to each other and share a primary color (think: sunshine yellow and melon orange or fuchsia and blush). A classic way to build your color palette is by pairing a bright, saturated color with a neutral, like violet and gray or blush and gold.

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Bottom line is don’t overthink it! It’s easy to get caught up in the idea you have to have a strict wedding color palette. If you’re early in the planning process, you’ll probably get asked what your colors are by
family and friends. That can put pressure on you to pick the “right” hues. Your colors don’t have to play the major role that it is sometimes made out to be.
While your color palette will dictate many of your wedding decisions, such as your flowers and bridesmaid dresses, use it as a guideline instead of a rule. Not every part of your wedding has to be match perfectly.
Try not to stress on having every detail color-coded just right. Instead, think of your wedding planning in terms of style, formality, texture and mood, in addition to color.

We hope we have inspired you to have fun choosing your wedding colors! Let us know how you decided on your colors…and come back soon!

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