7 Questions to Ask When Choosing Your Wedding Color Scheme

From the wedding invitations to the choices of table napkins, every bride wants to use pretty colors on their wedding. So after finding the venue, your next agenda is to choose the colors that you will be using for your big day. Your choices should reflect the celebration and your personality since this will set the vibe and tone for a successful event. To help you choose your hues consider these questions:

1. Where is the Wedding?

Your venue will help create the tone for the wedding so make certain that you choose accent colors that will work with the place. Consider carpets, lighting, curtain, décor, and the like before even deciding on the hues. However, if you have already set your heart on a specific color scheme, choose a place that is more neutrally decorated so you can have all the fun decorating. In most cases, the venue will suggest the colors so have an open mind about your choices.

2. Do You have Any Favorites?

To know what your favorites are, check your wardrobe. The colors that you usually wear, beside from the standard office black you wear at work, are your general color preferences. Ask yourself about the colors you are commonly drawn to and if you like several colors, see if they are compatible.

3. Are the Church and Reception Venue Different?

It is possible that you will be using different colors at the reception than in your ceremony. Expect to have two different color themes with the church and reception especially with the ceremony since you may not be able to do a lot with it. If you cannot decorate the church, town hall, or register’s office you can still show your theme through your bridal party and flowers.

4. What Season are you Getting Married?

This is another place to start since Mother Nature will guide you with your choices. Here are just some color choices for a wedding that follows the season.

  • Spring. Use pastel colors such as lavender or yellow, or you could use red and pink since they are considered romantic hues. You can also combine modern pink and lime to a spring theme. Lighter colors such as turquoise, lemon yellow and mint green are great combination by contrast. Other trendy colors for a spring wedding are tangerine, lilac, yellow, hot pink and soft violet.
  • Summer. Use cornflower blue, yellow, pink or blue. Orange and fuchsia are also a great combination. How about use black and white, toile with soft yellow, pink and aqua blue, or orchid and light purple? Color scheme of pink, green and orange also brings sophistication to the theme.
  • Winter. Popular colors for winter are ice blue, silver and ice white, gold, red and green, metallic that is joined with black, ivory on white, and crystals and shiny jeweled colors.  A combination of snow white, cranberry and platinum, or navy blue, emerald green and regal purple can highlight a winter wonderland theme. But, consider also adding lighter shades for an impressive monochromatic theme.
  • Autumn. Latte, mocha, chocolate brown, rust orange and burgundy, hunter green and gold are great choices for autumn.

5. What are Your Bridesmaids Wearing?

Your bridesmaids will show most of your color theme since they will be wearing them that is why you should choose hues that will easily complement your girls. Consider shades that will match their skin tone and even their eye color. How about accepting variations in the shades of your choice to keep each bridesmaid happy? Bending down a bit especially if it is a color that one or more of the attendants are not happy to wear while still implementing your color choices will just make the process easier for you.

6. How Many Colors are Advisable?

In most cases, having a maximum of three colors in your palette is advisable. The first color should eclipse the second and third. The second color works to support the main color while the third works as an accent. There are three ways to blend colors:

  • Complementary colors. These are colors that are in contrast with each other. This scheme is best when you put a warm color against a cool color like red versus green or blue versus orange.
  • Analogous colors. These are colors that are similar or alike since they are a combination of colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. One color will be used as a dominant color while the next two are used to enrich the scheme. Colors such as red, orange and yellow, or yellow, yellow-green and green are analogous colors. They are a bit similar to monochromatic, but offer a subtle difference in tone.
  • Monochromatic colors. These are colors that appear to have only one tone since they use a variation in lightness and saturation of a single color. An example of this is a variety of blue hues such as blue paired with white, dark blue, pale blue, and medium blue.

7. How About Your Bouquet?

It is just that there are so many colors to choose from and it may be overwhelming for some to select the right colors. Better limit your options to some of your favorites, if possible. You can also consider looking at your favorite flower to establish a color palette. This is just a simple way to narrow down your choices and end up with the right hues to use on your big day.