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.
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