For many people this period is coupled with the daunting task of actually PLANNING a wedding! There are some girls who've dreamt about this their whole lives (like me) then there are some who have never heard the name "Vera Wang" let alone the difference between an empire waist gown and a drop waist gown. So I plan on having a series labeled "How-To Thursdays" every Thursday you can come here and see some tips or helpful tidbits to make wedding planning just a LITTLE bit easier for our planning readers.
Today I want to talk about choosing your wedding style. A wedding should reflect the bride and groom's styles and preferences. This can be done in a number of ways. Through colors, venues, wedding dress, grooms suit, reception decor, etc. My focus today will be on how to select colors and what different colors represent. I will talk about details such as attire, cake, flowers, and lighting that can all showcase your wedding style on future posts.
How do I choose my colors? What do these colors even represent?
Some people go the route of their "favorite colors" which is not a bad idea because your favorite color is a part of you and can say a lot about your personality. Some go with what they THINK will look nice together, while others go with what seems to be the color of the season (Side Bar: Purple was so in last year). Really, there is no wrong way to choose your wedding colors because I totally believe that any group of colors can be fused together in an event design IF DONE CORRECTLY (Key Word). I've seen so many different color schemes come together beautifully!
Here is a little insight on what different colors represent and some pics to give you an idea of how it could be done :-)
Red is the color of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love.
Red is a very emotionally intense color. It enhances human metabolism, increases respiration rate, and raises blood pressure. It has very high visibility, which is why stop signs, stoplights, and fire equipment are usually painted red. In heraldry, red is used to indicate courage. It is a color found in many national flags.
Orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. It is associated with joy, sunshine, and the tropics. Orange represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation.
Yellow is the color of sunshine. It's associated with joy, happiness, intellect, and energy. Yellow produces a warming effect, arouses cheerfulness, stimulates mental activity, and generates muscle energy. Use yellow to evoke pleasant, cheerful feelings.
Blue is the color of the sky and sea. It is often associated with depth and stability. It symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven.
Blue is considered beneficial to the mind and body. It slows human metabolism and produces a calming effect. Blue is strongly associated with tranquility and calmness. In heraldry, blue is used to symbolize piety and sincerity.
Purple combines the stability of blue and the energy of red. Purple is associated with royalty. It symbolizes power, nobility, luxury, and ambition. It conveys wealth and extravagance. Purple is associated with wisdom, dignity, independence, creativity, mystery, and magic.
White is associated with light, goodness, innocence, purity, and virginity. It is considered to be the color of perfection.
White means safety, purity, and cleanliness. White can represent a successful beginning.
When choosing your colors remember that the colors above are the most basic colors that people use, but there are a range of hues and shades in each color category. For example there is a significant difference between sky blue and navy blue, so do some color research and select what you think will work best for you and the wedding style you are trying to achieve. When selecting your colors think about what these colors represent, what they mean to you and your fiancee' and most importantly how will they blend together! Below are some unusual color blends that you don't see often and most people wouldn't think to pair together, but they work when DESIGNED right!
|Blue & Red (www.bronzebudgetbride.com)|
|Pink & Grey (seeing aLOT of grey this year-TREND ALERT!)|
|Red & Purple (www.weddingbycolor.com)|
|Black, Yellow, and White (http://www.wetv.com/)|
Can you think of any other interesting/uinque color combinations that you've seen?
What do you want your wedding colors to be? What made you choose those colors?
Talk to me! I want to hear from all of you :-D
Stay Beautiful My Loves,
(The color definitions courtesy of http://www.color-wheel-pro.com/color-meaning.html)
(Click the color names for photo credits)
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