Let the Season Determine Your Wedding’s Color Palette
Your wedding vibe will be set by the color palette you choose. When deciding, ask yourself which tones you have always been drawn to. Which colors evoke feelings of joy and love when you look at them? To identify your vision and offer yourself some clarity, start planning by making a mood/vision board. Gather clippings from magazines or fabrics you love from craft stores and arrange them on a piece of corkboard, so you can see how they look together. Vary the shades and textures of materials. You can add pops of other colors, and you may come up with a combination you never thought of. Or, you might find out you’ve unconsciously known your wedding colors since you were three.
When choosing wedding colors, try to keep it to three: dominant, support and accent. Consult the season, your favorite bloom, your idea of bridesmaid dresses or colors of the venue (if you’ve already chosen it) for inspiration.
April showers bring May flowers, and your spring wedding is seeing green. When choosing a color palette for your spring wedding, you might look to pastels and earthy colors. As flowers bloom and grass grows, springtime offers new life, symbolic of your wedding day. Bring soft browns in through wood tables and chairs, while pretty shades of green sit next to pale pinks and creams. Pops of a violet can add depth and movement in photographs.
Green is the most restful color. It represents balance and well-being, and its shades sit in harmony with the other colors around it. For a modern and elegant twist, pair a black, white and green color scheme. A bouquet suggestion: green roses paired with banana leaves with a black and white ribbon wrapped around the stems.
You might see brighter colors and shades from all over the spectrum in summertime. Think beach colors (bright blues and champagne sand) paired with pops of sunset colors (bright pinks, orange or coral). If your bridesmaids wear baby blue, have each girl hold a small bouquet of orange roses. Offer sand dollars as place-card holders and give the guests a message in a bottle or a sand timekeeper as favors.
Fall is more festive, as you start to see more reds, oranges and yellows. Take the sunset colors from summer and add green, brown or red for your autumn wedding. It might be a bit cooler outdoors, so keep in mind sweaters or pashminas for yourself and your girls. Fall’s colors are the warmest of the color wheel, so throw in some gold to really make your wedding sparkle.
A cooler color palette will be associated with a December/January/February wedding. Rich tones of blue, purple and white are synonymous with a winter wonderland wedding. A deep red is often found as pops of color in bouquets, on cakes and in centerpieces. Christmastime brings passion and romance, so what better flower to use than a deep red rose? Consider adding these to a white, silver and blue base.
Some couples place more emphasis on the season by including mini pumpkins in their autumn-colored bouquets orChristmas flower arrangements as their centerpieces for a winter wedding. The beach theme is a romantic option in the summer, as is the au natural theme in the spring. Remember, do what YOU want. It’s your special day and your vision will be beautiful.