Selecting the colors to use for your wedding palette is definitely as simple, nor as easy as picking out your top two colors and combining them together to form the underlying foundation for the decisions behind every major and minor wedding detail. If trying to separate the good from the bad and choosing the perfect set of wedding hues is haunting to you, then be sure to get started using our step by step guide for ultimate success.
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Be Inspired By Your Environment
Okay, remember, the most important thing is to decide whether you want your location to compliment your color palette, or your color palette to compliment your location. For example, if you finally seek a venue that you absolutely adore, but the color palette just doesn’t seem to mesh well with it, then perhaps you’ll need to change your choice of hues so that you don’t have to spend extra cash just to cover up the fact that it doesn’t match well. However, locations such as tents, lofts and warehouses are similar to empty canvases, essentially meaning that you can really do what you please when trying to carry out your vision for the style, color and texture of the whole affair. So, if you have already discovered that perfect venue, be sure that you use that space in order to guide you in coming up with the ultimate color scheme. From the color designs of the vintage tabletops to the breathtaking scenery of the luscious green forest, all the colors at your reception can help spark up an idea or two. Not to mention, if you use this method, you won’t have to try fight against an obnoxious color palette that just won’t play nice with the surroundings – in fact, if it is done right, the colors should really be enhancing the beauty of your chosen location, not try to go head-to-head with it!
It is true that the venue of the reception is usually the largest decision that you will ever have to face when you’re busy planning your wedding, however, other details such as the ceremony itself has to be taken into account too before you select your perfect color scheme. For example, if your dream was to have an outdoors wedding with large pink and yellow tulips, then that would definitely be a good place to start from. You certainly don’t want to get your heart set on a particular color scheme, only to find out a couple months down the track that some of the other essential décors aren’t standing out like they are supposed to.
Similarly to your wardrobe, the inspiration behind choosing your ultimate wedding color palette can be drawn from the time of year you’re planning to tie the knot. So definitely do have a fair think about what shades will compliment the season the best and utilize that information when trying decide on the perfect hues. For spring, rosy pink is a lovely choice and during the summer, there is no doubt that a brighter coral tone is a staple. During the fall, jewel-like tones pairs well with richer colors such as fuchsia, and if you are opting for the perfect wintry-inspired mix, then silver and blush-pink can certainly fulfil that wish. The main idea is to pick some lighter, more neutral tones then add an accented color for a pop! However, definitely don’t use this tip as a set in stone rule, instead, just use it as a guideline. After all, shying away from certain colors that you absolutely adore simply because of the “rules” surrounding seasonal colors seems a little silly. You don’t always have to be the rule, you can always choose to be the exception.
Getting the Vibe Down
There is no doubt that setting the mood for the wedding is an extremely important factor to keep in mind at all times when you’re selecting your color scheme. If you are looking to make your wedding a grand affair, then opting for such rich hues matched with some jewel tones such as royal purple and gold, or ruby red and black will make for a far better color palette than choosing sweet and demure pastels and neutrals. Hence, before you settle down on a particular color scheme, be sure that you have a thorough think through over the kind of vibe you want to set and the atmosphere you would like to radiate.
Be Inspired By You
The colors that you have going around at home are likely the ones that you love and have a particular affinity for. So don’t be afraid to draw inspiration from the home décor that you have. From your wardrobe to your accessories, and from your furniture to the bed spread, discover what hues draw you in and utilize that piece of information to help you begin choosing your perfect set of wedding hues for your color palette.
Do Your Research
From your favorite magazines to your local art gallery and even from a wedding that you recently attended, these are all brilliant places to search for inspiration. While it is definitely true that you shouldn’t pick a color palette simply because it is currently hot and on trend, having a look around some great designs and artwork might just help you discover some color combinations that you simply can’t get enough of.
Consult Your Color Wheel
You certainly don’t have to have a college degree from art school in order to find the perfect color scheme, however, there are definitely some key principles that are good to take a note of. For example, the hues that mesh well when they’re together are usually the ones that are on opposite poles. This is simply because a cool tone compliments a warm one very nicely such as a bright fuschia with creamy beige and royal purple with sky blue. However, this doesn’t mean that other colors who are essentially neighbors as they both share a similar primary color, don’t work beautifully well together i.e. baby blue and pure snow white or cheery sunshine yellow matched with dark sunset orange. Note that a classically lovely method when it comes to building your color palette is by matching some soft, neutral tones with a louder, brighter hue for that extra pop of color