One of the first and most important things a bride must do upon taking on the planning of her wedding (besides having a fiance) is choosing her colors. Think about how many things colors play a major part in:
-Bridesmaids gowns - Cake - Flowers - Linens - Napkins - Invitations - and the list goes on.
You don't have to be a bride for color to play an intricate part in your life; clothes, jewelry, home decor and well, basically everything. Color is even important in businesses. Why? Because they use it to work on your subconscious. For example when you see brown, what might you think of? UPS hopes you'll think of dependable, steadfast delivery service, at least on some level of your thinking. So what color do you want your guests to remember you by?
All the weddings I went to while I was growing up consisted of four colors; yellow, blue, green or pink. Or worse yet, a combination of all three. One of my cousins had 16 bridesmaids whose dresses were all alternating in the colors I just listed. I felt like I'd fallen into a vat of rainbow sherbert. Of course that was in the early 70's. (I feel it necessary to stress how very YOUNG I was at the time)
Modern brides thankfully have gotten over the "basic 4" and now choose colors of all sorts. But how do you choose a color?
Realize that color sets the entire tone of your wedding. If you're getting married in autumn, perhaps choose colors such as feds, burnt oranges, deep yellows.
Speaking of roses, remember to research what color flowers are in season during the month of your wedding. You might want purple hydrangeas in December but they're not in season and you can't get them anywhere. You might be able to find the color you want but you'll pay through the nose to have them imported. Unless of course, you choose to work with me at Designs of Destiny. With the clay flowers (explained in earier posts) you can get any flower in any color at any time of year.
Be sure you pick a color you truly like. After all you're going to be seeing that color in just about everything! Don't choose a color based on the fact that it looks good on you. Remember, you're wearing white. Choose a color that works for all your bridesmaids.
Another good point - Make sure your color complements your venue. This is so important unless you have the resources to completely cover the ballroom walls. Is your wedding going to be outdoors? Make sure the color your choose fits in with nature and blends nicely. And don't be afraid to use more than one color. An dditional color may make your favorite color really pop and come alive. For instance if your color is pink try using brown as an accent. This site has a list of possible color combinations And don't forget to tweak shades. Maybe you love blue but the cool color looks terrible on your bridesmaids. Try warming the color up with aqua or using a deeper color such as teal. Play with contrasting versus complementing colors. Make the $2 investment in a color wheel - you'll be glad you did.