A Guide to Choosing Your Wedding Colors – Part II

As a follow up to the Part I guide to choosing a color for your wedding, here are some additional tips to help you out.

hydrangea

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Select your favorite flower

  • Have a favorite flower? There’s no reason why it can’t be incorporated into the wedding!  Selecting a flower should be based on your own personal preferences and you are the one that needs to be happy with them. So go ahead and choose that gorgeous sunflower, lily, rose, or hydrangea that you’ve always loved.
  • It would be smart to select the flowers that are available in season. This will especially save on the wedding costs.  Also consider which flowers you want to stand out or accent your wedding gown, themed decorations, or outdoor sitting areas. You can definitely find flowers in every color, but among the most popular are white, pink, lavender, yellow, and red.
  • To get a better idea of your bountiful choices, try visiting a local Botanical Garden or greenhouse in addition to searching in books and magazines.
color swatch

Photo Credit: Flickr, Claire P.

What about the bridesmaids’ dresses?

  • You will have to think if you want your bridesmaids to be decked out in color or if you want them to be dressed in more subtle tones so as to not “out-shine” the bride.
  • If you’re feeling more laid-back about the bridesmaids’ dresses, you can provide variations of the style and shades of the dresses in order to keep everyone happy.
  • Make sure that with the color, you are also considering that the dresses are appealing and flattering to the bridesmaids.  No two bodies are the same and it might be difficult for one shade and shape to look stunning on one bridesmaid but not so flattering on another.  Try to take each person into account and make the best decision possible to keep everyone stress-free, especially yourself!
grooms tie

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Involve the groom and his best man

  • It might be a good idea to include the groom and even his best man in this decision.  Their waistcoat, tie or bow, and cummerbund can all add to the color and theme of the wedding. Think about how you want everyone’s dress and attire to mesh and flow with the background decorations and with the venue.
cupcakes at wedding

Photo Credit: The Clever Cupcakes

Wedding cake and reception desserts

  • Today, it has become more common for cake makers to create any color and design that is asked of them, especially to follow a certain theme for a wedding.   With that in mind, selecting a color for your cake can be quite easy.
  • But if you don’t have a particular theme, try going for cakes decorated with more simple colors, as unique-colored foods might be unappealing to guests.  Ask an experienced cake-maker for suggestions on color combinations and also consider adding flowers as accents to the cake.
  • If you want to have some fun, then replace the wedding cake with an ensemble of wedding cupcakes or an array of desserts from a dessert bar that will match the color scheme of your wedding.  This alternative can be easier for picky eaters and help to keep everyone satisfied.
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