You had no problem choosing your wedding colors. But here is where things start to get tricky, and many brides go overboard. You imagine a wedding day full of lush, lavish color, but not at the sake of overdoing it, right?
Where to Use Color
So, where do you use your hues? And how much is too much?
If you look closely, inspiration boards don’t smother everything in color. Instead, you’ll see perfectly coordinated shades, with pops of your featured color to create a complete look. Here, we’ve compiled a list of subtle ways to infuse your wedding colors into your decor and the wedding party styling:
(1.) The Wedding Party
Brides have traditionally used groomsmen’s suits and bridesmaid’s dresses to feature their wedding colors. Break up the army of monotonous bridesmaids and let them show off their personal style by having your maids wear their dress of choice in the same color or in different shades of the same color. Their dresses should still harmonize. Choose dresses in soft pastels, jewel tones, or clear brights.
Mixing brights with muted shades is harsh on the senses. Keep the men in a neutral suit, adding subtle color with the tie, socks, or boutonniere, but never all three at once.
(2.) Wedding Stationery
Beginning with your save-the-date and engagement announcements, and then the invitation itself, your wedding stationery tells your guests what to expect at your wedding. Set the level of formality and introduce your wedding colors on your stationery. If your cardstock is stark white or ecru, embellishments of ribbon, colored foil, or colored envelope liners are subtle ways to add color.
Flowers are another traditional place to feature your wedding colors in your ceremony and reception decor. Instead of mounds of monochromatic florals, slip complementary shades into your arrangements to give them a delicate balance of color.
An artistic florist should be able to design a multi-hued bouquet that still harmonizes with your color scheme. Incorporating neutrals and a gentle mix of shades also counteracts the need to buy dozens of expensive, out-of-season blooms because you or fiancé were set on navy blue as your primary wedding color.
(4.) Venue Decor
Centerpieces, table linen, drapes, lighting, and chair covers are great design elements for displaying color, but don’t go overboard.
Use muted neutrals with your chosen colors to add refinement. Picture how a luxury hotel might be decorated to avoid recreating a child’s themed birthday party. If your colors are rich tones, they may look too heavy-handed against pure white table linens. Instead, weave in sophisticated shades of beige, grey, or camel to tone down the matchy-matchy aesthetic.
Most brides still prefer a traditional white wedding cake, but others are decorating theirs with ombré icing or painted flowers.If you choose a white cake but still want to use your wedding colors, brighten up the cake table with vibrant table linens as a contrast. There are dozens of ways to showcase your wedding colors through food, so talk out your ideas with your pastry chef and caterer.
Together, you can brainstorm creative and unexpected ways to incorporate your colors into the reception meal—possibly with a signature cocktail or colorful petit fours and candies to accent the dessert table.
There is more to designing a stylish wedding than just picking out your wedding colors. Create a beautiful event with one of our talented wedding vendors in your area.