How to Choose your Wedding Colors

July 29, 2011

in Planning

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Wedding Color Scheme

Choosing the best wedding colors for your own wedding is one of the first things you will do after you are engaged. Maybe you dreamed of your best wedding color since you were six or maybe you have never given it a second thought. Unfortunately, even if you do have a “favorite” wedding color, you have a lot of decisions to make!

David Bromstad, host of HGTV’s Color Splash suggested that you choose three colors for a color palette. The dominant color should be used approximately 60% of the time, the secondary color 30%, and an accent color 10%. Wedding color palettes that use three colors allows flexibility, but still allows you to keep your design consistent.

Keep the dominant wedding color close to your heart. The best wedding colors will mean something to you.

  • If you are an outgoing person then red, orange, and pink are fun colors.
  • Calm colors are blues and greens.
  • Yellow is a fun modern color.
  • Purple is often used in more vintage looks.
  • If you are looking for sophistication then go with a dominant color of brown or black, both can be beautiful wedding colors.

Once you have the dominant color picked out then it is time to research your secondary and accent colors. You can use neighboring (similar colors that are adjacent on the color wheel) or complementary (opposites) colors. This really depends on the overall look that you want.

  • Neighboring colors tend to produce a calm harmonious feel.
  • Complementary colors are more modern and bright.

Color scheme websites can help. My favorite is Color Scheme Designer. I also like Think Ink, a free iPod app (if you do not have an iPhone than it is worth it to get an iPod Touch simply for the helpful and organizing wedding apps that you will be able to use while planning your wedding). Colorschemer Touch is another fun iPod app although it does cost $2.99.

When I am making a color palette I like to keep the accent color options open. Once you have your dominant and secondary colors picked out you will begin to pick out items that you like in that color and you may find something you want that already has an accent color you can use. Or, you may find that you find something you absolutely love (a flower or accessory for example) that is a different color than your dominant or secondary color choice.  When you find that you will have the perfect accent color.

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