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Choosing a color palette for your wedding is one of the first major decisions a newly engaged bride-to-be considers. After all, the colors of the wedding will be the basis of every décor decision and more. Some brides have had their wedding colors picked out for as long as they can remember, and that is great! Knowing what you want and going after it is the first step to ensure your perfect wedding day visions become a reality!

The rest of us are not so lucky. Picking the palette of your Big Day may seem simple, but when you start to consider all of the components like flowers, linens, bridesmaid dresses, and more, it can become quite overwhelming leaving many brides asking…”Where do I begin?”

Of course there will be trends for the season, and that is a great place to start if you are unsure, but there are a few things you should keep in mind when picking your perfect palette.

The first thing to do is determine your personal wedding style. Are you a bubbly bride looking to brighten every aspect of your day? Hot pink and orange could be your choice! Maybe you are more of a romantic, vintage bride, and are in love with softer colors. Pastel tones, like blush and bone or powder blue and white could be exactly what you are looking for. If you are a modern, fashion forward bride, picking a neutral like black or grey and adding a pop of color, perhaps yellow or turquoise, is a wonderful way to keep your “I-Do” day contemporary and chic.

The lavender and blue compliment each other perfectly in this elegant outdoor reception. It is soft, simple, and perfect for Spring. Credit: Cappy Hotchkiss Photography (cappyhotchkiss.com)

Next, consider location. Are you getting married on the beach of a tropical island? Will you say “I Do” in a lavish antique church? Perhaps your ceremony will take place in a more natural garden setting? Picture colors that compliment your surroundings. It is the best way to ensure your wedding day has a consistent feel and theme from start to finish.

This white, black, and yellow table setting is so unique and interesting. It manages to be both modern and vintage at the same time. Credit: Weddingbycolor.com (www.weddingbycolor.com/damaskbride2b/milestones/159783)

Third, don’t over do it. It may seem like a great idea to have all of your favorite colors in your wedding, but incorporating too many colors can take your special day from precious to circus in no time. Keep it simple, two to three colors, and make one color dominant, accenting with the others. Get creative when thinking of areas to incorporate color. Seeing five bridesmaids in purple dresses with turquoise sashes would definitely take the attention away from you, and what bride wants that?! Try a colored shoe, or accent your flowers by wrapping the bouquet with a colored sash. Whatever you do, keep in mind that the colors you pick should compliment you and your day, not take away from it.

The dominant color scheme of pink and orange is accented with light blue to create just the right amount of pop in this reception décor. Credit: Kella MacPhee (kellamacphee.com)

Ultimately, the decision is up to you! In the end, the colors and decisions you make for your day should be exactly what you want. Select whatever colors you like, despite the season, surroundings, or bridesmaid input. The number one rule is that there are no rules, and on this day, it is all about you!

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