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  • Writer's pictureTera Stover

How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Colors: A Guide for Indecisive Couples

As your friend in the wedding industry, I'm here to help guide you choose the perfect wedding colors for your big day. This step can affect the overall vision and direction of your wedding, and it is important to choose this shortly after choosing a venue to give all potential vendors accurate information ahead of booking. Here are some tips to guide you through the process:

Reflect on Your Personal Style

Think about the colors you and your partner love and feel most comfortable with. Your wedding should reflect your personality and style. If you have a favorite color you want to incorporate, you should look for colors that compliment that color and create a beautiful gradient to enhance it as much as possible. As your wedding florist, I can help you translate those personal preferences into a beautiful and cohesive color palette that can guide the rest of your vision.

Consider the Season

The season in which you're getting married can provide great inspiration for your wedding colors. For example, spring weddings often feature pastels and fresh greens, summer weddings can go bold with vibrant hues and tropicals, fall weddings look enriched with warm, earthy tones, and winter weddings can be elegant with deep, rich jewel tones. With all of this said, you don’t HAVE to choose colors in your season. It is sometimes a beautiful juxtaposition (and often refreshing) to have a boho look in the spring, jewel tones in the summer, a tropical paradise close to Christmas, or beautiful pastels in the fall. As your wedding florist, I can suggest seasonal flowers that match your chosen palette. However, if you do have a particular floral that is important for you to incorporate, consider the natural colors this floral comes in before planning your color palette, that way you don’t have to make adjustments or compromises down the road. 

Venue and Surroundings

If you already have your venue chosen and your date set, this can help you with choosing your colors. Look at the color scheme that is already in your venue and how they may have the venue set up during your wedding. You’ll want your wedding colors to complement the setting. For example, if you have a beautiful historical mansion, a more timeless look might compliment this venue more than an eclectic boho look would. Vise versa, if you are getting married in a stunning beach house, a moody darker vision may not be the best look. Sometimes it is even helpful to see what previous weddings have looked like in your venue to see what does and doesn’t work for you. As a wedding florist, I can help you choose colors that enhance the natural beauty of your venue without clashing while bringing out your personality.

Wedding Theme and Mood

Think about the overall ambiance you want for your wedding. How do you want your guests to feel? Are you going for a romantic, rustic, modern, boho, timeless or vintage vibe? The colors you choose should align with your chosen theme. Thankfully we live in the age of Pinterest, where we can create endless visions until our thumbs fall off. Unfortunately, this almost creates choice paralysis as there are so many options and cool ideas out there. As your friend in the wedding industry, it is best to just pick what is truest to who you are and go with that. Even look around your own home and see what naturally draws you in. 

Coordination with Bridal Party Attire

It is extremely considerate to think about the colors that will look good on your bridal party. Ultimately, the dresses, suits, and accessories you choose should complement your overall color scheme, and these colors will be worn by the people who will be standing next to you on your big day. If they feel confident in what you have chosen for them, that will reflect well in your wedding photos. If you are having a difficult time narrowing down your theme and colors, check with those in your bridal party for feedback. 

Experiment with Color Combinations

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different color combinations. Sometimes, unexpected pairings can look stunning together. As your wedding florist, I can show you various samples and mood boards to help visualize how different colors work together. My best advice - don’t get stuck on having a specific shade of any color. You will send yourself into a spiral trying to find linens that match the exact shade of blue in the hydrangea, which you can’t guarantee will be the exact same on your wedding day anyways. When you try to exactly match items, it usually either looks too monotone or, if it is slightly off, looks like a near miss. It is best to create a color range, and allow your florist and vendors to work within this to create a cohesive look. 

Use of Accent Colors

Accent colors are your best friend when creating a color palette. Choose one or two main colors and then add accent colors to create depth and interest. As your wedding florist, I can suggest accent colors that will pop and add dimension to your floral arrangements and decor that will compliment your overall theme. 

Testing and Visualization

Get fabric swatches, paint chips, or even flower samples to see how the colors look in different lights in your venue or where you would want to take photos DURING the time you would be there on the actual wedding day.. As your wedding florist, I can provide floral samples and help you visualize how everything will come together in your proposal.

Stay True to Yourself

Most importantly, stay true to yourself. Your guests are there to support you getting married, and they want to be immersed in your life. Your wedding colors should make you feel happy and excited, which will translate to your photos. My goal is to help you create a wedding that feels uniquely yours.

By considering these factors, you'll be able to choose a color palette that not only looks beautiful but also feels personal and meaningful. I'm here to support you every step of the way and ensure your wedding colors are perfect for your special day.

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