Wedding 101

4 Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Colors

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As soon as you get engaged, people will want to know your wedding colors. While you might think "How hard can picking a few colors be?" it isn't always easy! First, the colors you love don't always work as well as you thought they would, and the colors you love might not be the colors your fiance loves. If you're struggling to pick a palette, here are our tips for choosing your wedding colors.

1Get out of the house. 

Go on a fun date with your fiance and try to choose somewhere where you’ll see a variety of items. (Museums, antique stores, and trendy parts of town are good are good!) Snap photos of the items you are drawn to and analyze them later. What colors and textures did you like? Be specific! If you’re drawn to, say, an antique grandfather clock, don’t just write down brown and gold; take note of the wooden texture, the font of the numbers, and the era it was made.

2Look around your house. 

The colors you chose to display in your crib are colors you obviously like. But look beyond the walls and consider the colors of furniture, trim, textiles, and other decor. At first glance, the colors in your home may not seem like your perfect wedding colors, but once you start browsing flowers or table decor in those shades, you might be surprised by how well they work.

3Consider the season…but don’t get too caught up in it. 

Each season has obvious choices, but that doesn’t mean it’s limited to those colors, or that you can’t use seasonal colors any other time of year. One trick I love is to think of the colors associated with certain seasons throughout history or in different countries. For example, a December wedding doesn’t have to be red and green; in the 1950s and 60s, winter pastels and metallics were all the rage for the holidays. Or consider a citrusy palette; oranges have long been associated with Christmas in different regions.

4Don’t forget about textures. 

A wedding with beige calligraphy and white silk accents looks far different from a wedding with rustic cotton bouquets and neutral wood accents. If you love a color and aren’t sure if it’s right for your wedding, think about how you can use texture to make it work.
Rachel Miller
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