Choosing wedding colors isn’t always the easiest part of figuring out your wedding vision. Everyone keeps on asking and it just hasn’t landed on the top of the list.
It’s something that most couples can feel like it might make or break their overall vision for their decor. Our wedding professionals are here to give you some advice to ensure your wedding day is a dream come true no matter what colors you choose.
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Where to Start Choosing Your Wedding Colors
There can be a lot of things to consider when choosing wedding colors. Some of the main things to keep in mind are the time of year, venue, other decor from around the venue, and of course you and your partner’s personal styles.
Left to right: Orange Tree Golf Club taken by Ardensea,
Finding colors that have a special significance or meaning to each of you separately or together as a couple can be very helpful when deciding. Danielle Handfield-Pardo of Unique Elements Weddings & Events says, “I like to have my couples think about the things that they love. If it is a sport or outdoorsy lifestyle, I try to have them think of the color that comes to mind when they think about sports and the outdoors. Or if it is a case like one we had, where she didn’t feel girly enough and couldn’t see past the color blue, we had her think of what colors she liked to see with blue. She was able to come up with a beautiful color scheme that accentuated both the bridesmaids and groomsmen.”
Eighteenth Hour Photography
If you’re like some couples, you might not have any particular colors you think you’re drawn to, but sometimes when you look around at the other things you fill your life with you notice there really are colors or even styles that stand out. Just like Andie Muller of Events by The Flower Studio says, “Look at your wardrobe, accessories, furniture, and home decorations. It will give you a hint of your personal style.”
Left to right: submitted by The Bridal Finery at Bramble Tree Estate taken by Stephanie Velez,
Rebecca’s Rentals at Haus 820 taken by Terrie Matthew Nelson,
Club Lake Plantation taken by Hundreds of Moments
Jared Witt of Castle Church Brewing jokes, “Know your fiance’s favorite team and then choose the colors of their rival (don’t mention that’s what you’re doing until the day of).”
While planning a wedding should be fun, make sure to talk through decisions with each other, even when it might seem like something small. It might not be as insignificant as you think. This is why it’s important to have conversations and design the big day together making compromises along the way.
Mistakes to Avoid
All wedding vendors would agree that your wedding day should be exactly what you want and have dreamed of, but there are definitely some things to avoid when choosing wedding colors.
We know choosing just a few colors can be difficult with so many options, but it’s best to limit it down to just a few. Jessica Castrejon of Mission Inn Resort & Club says “Colors can add a great pop on a wedding day but mixing too many colors together can make any event look really busy and take the focus off of the couple. Also, make sure your colors work with your venue – if the carpets in the venue are aqua and tangerine, trying to have jewel tones may be hard.”
Left to right: Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals at The Lake Mary Event Center taken by Erika Grace Photography,
Rebecca’s Rentals at Twisted Oaks Farm taken by Alex Sebren
Your wedding colors, theme, decor, and day as a whole should really play on who you are together as a couple, what makes your event special is your creativity and personal touches so don’t forget to consider them with everything you plan. “It is just a beautiful scene with no connectivity to how they met or have importance to who they are as a couple. Guests are able to relate more when colors and themes connect to the couple,” says Danielle Pardo.
Not only are there helpful tips to start with, but our experts are also here to give you an even deeper look at choosing wedding colors.
Most people only think to have two main wedding colors but some like Tatiana Chiara Rivera of Gabriella Anothoney’s Design Artistry suggest “cap it at 4, the main two colors and two complementary.” These complementary colors can be used as accent colors for your invitations, floral arrangements, and other smaller details to avoid overusing the two main colors.
Daytona Beach Ocean Walk taken by Jennifer Juniper Photography,
Bella Collina taken by Kathy Thomas Photography
Finding those two main colors and the two complementary colors to go with it can be as simple as using a color generator. Jessica says “Use a free color palette generator like coolors.co – it can help guide you to complementary colors or give you a true idea of whether your vision will work together.”
Laura Reynolds of Laura Reynolds Artistry Hair & Makeup Team suggests to “choose something that is timeless and compliments you both as a couple.” A good rule of thumb, when deciding many factors of your wedding day, is making sure you make choices that when you look back at your wedding pictures 10 years from now it’s still a timeless look you’ll enjoy for years to come.
When you’re choosing wedding colors, the sky is the limit. Like Andie says “You can have a Mardi Gras wedding and be happy with it. Or you can choose to have all white and still be gorgeous!”
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Tying Everything Together
Using your special colors throughout your event can make the whole vision come to life, but as with anything else, sometimes you can overuse them. This is why you should always ask every team member (vendors) for your wedding day how to utilize your colors while still making it a timeless and well-coordinated overall design.
Laura says, “We choose our makeup color palette off of that wedding’s colors so that everything flows and is more cohesive.” This is a great example of tying colors into your day in subtle ways that don’t necessarily need to be there but help to make perfectly choosing wedding colors so much more rewarding.
Bridle Oaks Barn taken by Alice’s Art Gallery,
Casa Feliz taken by Corner House Photography
Not only can it be incorporated into the makeup look, but Laura also suggests using the colors in your “bridesmaid dresses, linens, groomsmen pocket squares, florals, invitations. It sets the mood.”
There are common places couples typically think to use their colors. Jessica shared that “linen is the most obvious and cost-effective option. You can also add color into your floral / centerpieces, your bridal party attire, and even your cake!”
Brian Bazala of Sugar Pop Productions suggests “Be bold and daring and don’t be afraid to choose something risky. As long as you love it, that’s the only thing that really matters.” Your wedding should always be a celebration of yourself and your partner not only your love but your personality through the design of your event, including choosing wedding colors.
There is an endless amount of color combinations and choices you can make for your wedding day and it can sometimes be easy but sometimes not so easy. If you’re stuck and have no clue where to turn to figure out the colors that fit your dreams, the team at Wedding Venue Map and our trusted vendors are always here to offer expert advice!