Truly Engaged: Spinning the Wedding Color Wheel

Categories Resources + Wedding Planning

I’m getting married! Now what? Truly Engaged is a new blog series written by Rachel, our *newly engaged* staff writer. As she wades her way through the wedding planning process, she’ll be sharing some of the emotions, inspiration, and insight she uncovers along the way.

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Hi everyone! Newly engaged Rachel here. (My love popped the question a little over a month ago. ::swoon::)

Since my fiance and I are planning to get married this fall–I’ve always dreamt of a fall wedding–we’ve had to really “hop on it” with the wedding planning. And while I’ve been writing about weddings for quite awhile now, I’m still adjusting to being on the “bride’s side” of the wedding fence!

Today I’m talking about one of the most fun–and influential–decisions of the wedding planning process: picking out your wedding colors. Although I have pledged not to become a “bridezilla” (and my mom has also sworn to not morph into a “momzilla”), I have to admit that I am a little picky when it comes to color. I believe that color is powerful, purposeful, and can deeply affect the mood and tone of your wedding. In other words: no pressure, right? :)

As I’ve begun to spin the wheel of wedding colors, I’ve been noticing how easy it could be to spin out of control. How many colors do I want? Do I want monochromatic or complementary colors? Which blue do I prefer: navy, cornflower, sapphire, or royal? Whew…such a dizzying array of decisions to make!

 

 

To help me narrow down my options and prioritize my palette, I have created a list of my Top Five Factors to Wedding Colors. It’s been really helpful so far–and I hope it helps you, too!

 

Factor 1: Mood/Emotion

Since color can affect our mood and emotions, I realized that it’s a good idea to factor in how different colors make us feel. And since the same color can evoke different emotions, depending on which color(s) it is paired with, I’ve been picking and pairing different colors together to see how the different combinations ” feel”.

For example, blue could be very classy/royal, or it could also be exotic/vibrant:

I’ve been asking myself a few questions, too:

1. How do I want to feel on my wedding day? And how do I want my guests to feel?

2. Which combinations of colors set the tone/mood that I want?

After thinking it over, I decided that I want to feel (and want my guests to feel): comfortable, beautiful, happy, and relaxed. To help learn what colors make me feel “confident and calm”, I turned to my closet. I browsed through shirts, jewelry, makeup, etc. to find colors that I enjoy wearing and feel both pretty and relaxed in. The color trend I found in my closet? Blue, turquoise, and purple.

 

Factor 2: Culture/Tradition

I know that certain colors are tied to different cultural groups, religions, and traditions. Like many couples, my fiance and I want to personalize our wedding with colors that pay homage to our cultural backgrounds. For example, my fiance is Indo-Caribbean.  This eclectic mix lends itself to a variety of colorful palettes, including vibrant jewel-tones that conjure images of  savory tropical fruits and stunning Indian saris.

Maybe using cultural colors is something that you want to do, too: You could be very specific, like kelly green for an Irish-themed wedding, or you could be more general, such as choosing vivid colors reminiscent of your Mexican heritage.

Photo: Heidi Merrick

 

Factor 3: Memories (As a Couple)

To help find colors to walk down the aisle, I’ve been taking a stroll down memory lane!  My fiance gave me a beautiful sapphire blue engagement ring. I absolutely love the ring, and will never forget that day. Therefore, I’d love to incorporate sapphire blue into my wedding color palette.

What are your favorite, happiest memories as a couple? Do you have a favorite vacation spot? How about your favorite or first date? Maybe you can find “happy hues” that remind you of these warm, fuzzy memories.

 

Factor 4: Season

Each season nature gives us a kaleidoscope of beautiful, organic colors. I’ve been thinking: Why not incorporate these seasonal shades into my wedding color scheme? You could do this, too, if you are getting married somewhere that has seasons. You don’t have to use every color of that season, but for me, I’m realizing that picking one or two colors might make it easier–and more affordable–to decorate my wedding day.

 

Factor 5: Venue

Last (but certainly not least) is the ceremony and reception venue(s). I realized that it’s a good idea to wait on a color palette until after we’ve booked a venue(s). You might find it helpful to scope out the colors of your venue, too–perhaps check out the colors already present in the decor and furniture. You don’t have to limit yourself to these colors, but if you’re like me, you might consider factoring in the venue colors when selecting your own palette. That way, all the colors will complement–not clash!

So there they are, my Top Five Factors to Wedding Colors. So what ARE my final wedding colors? Well, some things are best left a secret…at least for awhile. Stay tuned! :)

I’d love to hear from other brides and grooms: How did you choose your colors? Do you have any advice for selecting wedding colors?

 

Rachel for MagnetStreet Weddings

 

 

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Jennifer Aniston Engaged! Celebrity Save the Date

Categories Wedding Stationery

Happy Friday!

As many of you might know, America’s favorite “Friend” is officially engaged! Jennifer Aniston is set to marry boyfriend Justin Theroux after he proposed to her on his 41st birthday (August 10). Ring rumors abound, but we hear it’s topped with a sparkling 8-carat, emerald-cut diamond.

Here at Truly Engaging, we couldn’t be happier for the beautiful big-screen couple. As wedding stationers, we can’t help but wonder: What will their Save the Date look like?  You know that means: time for another Celebrity Save the Date feature!

Along with our editorial intern, Kathryn, I pored over our collection and found three Save the Date designs that might suit these savvy screen stars.

 

Forever Yours - Save the Date by MagnetStreet

Forever Yours

Jen’s classic, yet casual style would radiate on this “Forever Yours” Save the Date design. Since her fashion is never over the top, adding a romantic photo of the happy couple is the perfect touch of subtle sophistication.

 

Umbrella for Two - Save the Date by MagnetStreet

Umbrella For Two

Jen and Justin’s comfortable, California lifestyle matches this beachy Save the Date design. The couple went on a sunbathing-filled European vacation in June (renting a luxurious boat to cruise off of Capri island), so maybe they’ll plan a destination wedding “under the sun” of Italy!

 

Vision of Love - Save the Date by MagnetStreet

 Vision of Love

When it comes to clothing, Jennifer and Justin seem to embrace the same fashion philosophy: casual, yet chic, and anything black/white/neutral!  Therefore, I think they would love this simple, yet elegant Save the Date design. No punchy patterns, no crazy colors…just a beautiful script font paired with a classic black-and-white palette.

 

So there they are…our top three Save the Date picks for Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux. Did we hit the mark? Do you have another design in mind? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

Rachel Anderson and Kathryn Hagan for MagnetStreet Weddings

Rachel

Kathryn

 

 

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Miley Cyrus Engaged! Celebrity Save the Date

Categories Wedding Stationery

Attention, gossip lovers–Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are engaged! And if you follow us here at Truly Engaging, you know what this means: another Celebrity Save the Date post!

The former Hannah Montana star gushed about her new engagement on Twitter Wednesday: “Thank you for all the love today. I’m happy to share this news with you all. I feel like all my dreams are coming true.”

Sources say Hemsworth–star of The Hunger Games–proposed to Miley on May 31 with a 3.5-carat cushion-cut diamond ring–handcrafted in 18-karat gold and custom-made by Neil Lane. “I’m so happy to be engaged and look forward to a life of happiness with Liam,” Cyrus, 19, told People magazine.

The young couple met in 2009 when they co-starred in the movie The Last Song and have been dating ever since (except for a brief break in 2010).

While skeptics wonder whether the young Hollywood couple will make it down the aisle, we like to think positively and wish them all the best!

With Miley’s Tennessee upbringing and Liam’s Aussie roots, I can’t help but wonder: what will Miley and Liam’s Save the Date look like?

 

Below are three Save the Date designs that we think the duo would love.

 

Bohemian Ikat Save the Date - MagnetStreet

Bohemian Ikat

With her Hannah Montana days behind her, Miley has retired her pink tees and glitter and now opts for vintage glam and indie, “boho-chic” threads . That’s why I think she’d love this ikat-inspired Save the Date design. I could see her personalizing this exotic textile design with some funky colors to match her new style.

 

 

Western Charm

Born and raised in Tennessee, Miley Cyrus is proud of her Southern background. Liam also enjoyed a quiet childhood on Philip Island, about two hours outside of Melbourne, Australia. I think Miley and Liam would really like this charming, country-inspired Save the Date. The shape of the text frame reminds me a cowboy buckle–a nice nod to their rustic roots.

 

 

Antique Rose Save the Date - MagnetStreet

Antique Rose

As stated above, Miley’s style keeps evolving as she grows up. This Antique Rose Save the Date would complement her “antique grunge” style while showing her transition into adulthood. A sophisticated design with vintage flair, this Save the Date would be a good choice for the starlet’s current style and growth!

 

So there they are–our top three picks for Miley and Liam’s Save the Date! What do you think: did we hit the mark? Do you have other design ideas? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

Happy Friday,

written by Rachel Anderson

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and Kathryn Hagan … for MagnetStreet Weddings

 

 

 

 

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Look Who’s Engaged: Julie and Nick

Categories Inspiration + Romance

A world-wide congratulations goes out to MagnetStreet Weddings, Customer Care Specialist~ Julie (you too Nick!)  It’s final.  Although they haven’t settled on their Save the Date yet, the news is out.  Julie and Nick are joining the ranks of the betrothed!

I’m just projecting here, but my guess is that Julie will soon be able to relate to her brides that respond to her emails for proofs at 2:00 a.m.  Yep, the uber-busy working bride-to-be that needs to use all of her spare moments to finalize wedding details!  Are you working with Julie on your Save the Dates, Invitations… tell her Congrats and give her a cyber sign that translates… I’m with ya sista!

The Proposal Story…

“We went downtown to Chicago to the planetarium for the afternoon and then out to dinner.  After dinner we walked through Millennium Park. Neither of us had walked through it before so I didn’t think anything of it.

Nick kept saying lets just keep walking. Ok fine, not a problem but I’m thinking my feet hurt so bad … can we just go sit down? So, we did keep walking and at the last minute, right before we were about to cross the street to go to Buckingham Fountain, Nick turned and said wait, what is over there?

We walked over to this little bridge-type sidewalk and there were trees lit up… and lights… and the city buildings were behind us… It was awesome! All of a sudden he just started talking to me and the next thing I know… he dropped down to one knee and opened up a ring box.  I was in shock and had no clue until the ring was in front of my face. It was very cool. I am still a bit in shock.

Aww. How fun! CONGRATULATIONS YOU GUYS!

I love proposal stories, don’t you? Any guys reading want to give their perspective?  Maybe we can get Nick to share sometime.

If you have any advice for Julie and Nick for the beginning stages of wedding planning, please share in the comments!

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