Wedding Colors: Dreamy or Disastrous?

Choosing the right color combination for your wedding is an important decision—and one to be made by you and your partner. No matter what your mother, aunt, sister, daughter, stepchild, or anyone else thinks!
Wedding Color Disaster

Color can set the mood for your wedding day, represents you as a couple and can be harmonious when done right–or strike the wrong note if not. So give color choice as much attention as choosing that gorgeous gown you plan to wear! Here are some things to consider:

—Your venue is important. If you’ve chosen a ballroom with red walls, that sunny yellow you had in mind might not work. And if the carpet is emerald green but you have your heart set on orange and lime, well, you might want to rethink that. While you don’t want to match your venue’s décor, you do want to choose colors that enhance the venue in shades darker or lighter than the existing color scheme.

—Seasons matter! Flowers are a wonderful way to carry a color theme throughout your event but if you have your heart set on pink tulips in October, you’ll be out of luck. Rusty browns and oranges can work in the fall but look really out of place in the spring. Do be careful not to get too carried away with seasonal themes—a July wedding in red, white and blue may just be overkill!

—Dress for success. A key element to convey your color scheme is the bridal party attire. Choosing a hard-to-find shade can mean that you simply won’t be able to find bridesmaid dresses in your color. David’s Bridal, the kingpin of bridesmaid dresses with a vast variety of styles and colors, puts out a color chart every year that makes it easy to find the optimal shade:
You can even buy fabric swatches from them to match with linens, flowers, etc. Oh—and remember to choose a universally flattering color. Not everyone can pull off taupe!

—Stay true to yourself. You’ll have plenty of magazine layouts, Pinterest pins, and “color of the year” advice thrown at you. But this is your wedding and you need to keep a steady course to choosing a color scheme that fits your dreams, your venue, and your wedding date—not some trendy new color combination that a studio came up with.

As for disastrous? Well, here are some color combos you definitely want to avoid:

Black and Orange, unless Halloween is your favorite holiday and you have an October wedding planned!

Red and Yellow, unless McDonalds is where you met and he proposed. Clown shoes optional.

Rainbow color schemes, Easter egg pastels, or florescent anything, unless you’re twelve years old. And please don’t let your young daughter, niece, or best friend’s child choose your color scheme! Enough said.

What To Do First When Planning Your Wedding

I was having coffee with wedding planner Tracy Adams of Adams and Events the other day when the conversation turned to what to do first when planning a wedding. I made the point that so many brides start planning their wedding by choosing a dress but that I thought the most important decision to start with was the venue.What To Do First When Planning a Wedding

From my point of view, the venue and its setting has a huge impact on what the rest of the wedding is going to look like, right down to the type of wedding gown worn. The venue can be one of the most expensive items on the wedding budget, aside from catering and bar tab. And it has to be right for the size wedding a bride is planning along with being in the right location and setting for the couple and their family.

I recommend drafting a guest list as one of the very first things a newly engaged couple should do in order to know what size wedding they think they will have and can afford. Many venues have minimums and 100 guests seems to be a common minimum I’ve come across here in the Piedmont area of North Carolina.

If a tight budget is a concern, many couples will try to cut down on the number of guests in the hopes of lowering wedding costs. But be aware that small guest counts can eliminate some venues with high minimums.

Once you have a guest estimate, the next consideration is location. Do you plan to wed locally or are you dreaming of a destination wedding? Outdoors or inside? In a church or at an all-in-one venue? In our area, the choices range from a grand hotel ballroom to a lush garden to a rural barn to a chic downtown restaurant and more.

Reviewing your options and choosing a venue that fits your style and budget will go a long way towards pulling off the wedding of your dreams!

And the dress? Choosing a gown that reflects the setting of your wedding and embodies your vision of your big day is important. So important, in fact, that Tracy says some brides really need to choose what to wear before they can know where they will wear it! If you need to see yourself as a bride by choosing your wedding gown first, you’re not alone.

Bottomline—there really is no right or wrong way to start planning your big day. What is important is to focus on what works best for you as a couple and as part of two families that will soon be joined together!