We all have favorite colors. When were choosing a pair
of socks or a belt, its easy to pick out the shades we love, but when it comes
to planning our wedding, things get a bit more complicated. There are so many
factors to consider. Suddenly, you have to start thinking like a designer, and
its not enough to just pick a color, any color.
A good color scheme, or palette, will tie together all
the decorating choices you make for your wedding. You have to choose a primary
color, and one or two secondary colors. More than two secondary colors will
make your palette too busy. Some designers will even tell you that only one
secondary color should be used. However, two secondary colors can work,
particularly if they are two different shades of the same color, or variations
of your primary color.
On the other hand, a popular trend in wedding design
today is to choose two colors that contrast dramatically, like baby blue and
chocolate brown, or lavender and mint green. "Visually, the effect of these
contrasts is stunning," says design expert Le Rhee, of Le Rhee Bouquets, makers
of high-end silk flower bouquets. "Brides who really want to make a statement
about their personal style love our Sunflower and Spur Bouquet, which combines
yellow sunflowers with blue larkspurs to amazing effect."
Discovering the Perfect Colors for YOU
Because color schemes so often start with a favorite
flower, many brides consult with floral designers like Le Rhee in order to help
them develop their palettes. A designer may begin this process by asking you to
look within yourself to find the colors that best represent who you are, and
that best compliment your personal colors (hair color, eye color, etc). For
example, blondes should stay away from yellows that make them look washed out,
however, if you have dark hair and dark skin, yellow can be a radiant addition
to your palette.
Just as important as reflecting who you are is
reflecting how you feel. Color can set a tone and strike a mood, so you must,
must, must choose a palette that is going to put all your guests in the same
mindset as you. For example, reds and oranges and yellows create a mood of
excitement and fun, while pale blues and greens create a mood of peace and
harmony, and metallic colors bring cool elegance to the event. By choosing the
right colors, you will actually be able to direct the feel and flow of your
ceremony and your reception.
Working with Your Surroundings
If the introspective color search isnt cutting it,
designers suggest that marrying couples look to their surroundings to find
inspiration. For example, each season has colors that compliment it best.
Consider metallics and brilliant reds in the winter, and green and yellow - the
colors of growth and life - in the summer. In autumn, Le Rhee Bouquets suggests
the stunning oranges and reds of changing leaves with their Persimmon Fall
Bouquet. Location will also be a consideration. Maybe youre getting married in
the lodge where you first met. In this case, browns and greens should make up
your palette. Or maybe the ceremony is at the butterfly conservatory where he
proposed. In this case, tropical pinks, like those found in Le Rhees gorgeous
Hawaiian Wedding Bouquet, will turn the scene into a slice of paradise. The
beach? Perfect for pearly whites and cool blues, like those found in Le Rhees
Pool Blue Colorful Bouquet.
The Bouquet at the Heart of Your Palette
There are as many places to start designing your palette
as there are bobby pins holding your veil in place. But often, as mentioned
above, the color schemes that work the best start with something as simple as a
flower. The brilliant orange of a tiger lily, the passionate red of a perfect
rose, the sultry shimmer of lilac, or the vibrant blue of delphinium.
When you walk down the aisle with bouquet in hand, you
are the center of the universe. "The bouquet is the point where the entire
color and design scheme of a wedding radiates out from," says Le Rhee. "Thats
why I work in silk, so the memory of that moment will last forever." And thats
why its so important to choose the right colors for your wedding. If these
memories are going to last forever, in silk, on film, and in photographs, then
they had better look amazing!