Selecting The Colors For Your Wedding
by Javier Palacios
Choosing the colors of your wedding can be a very daunting task, especially with the already overwhelming list of things to do. But no need to panic. One thing to consider when you are in the selection process for the colors is to remember that absolutely everything -- from the invitations all the way to the bridesmaid dresses -- need to match accordingly with the wedding theme. By doing this you are already dictating the mood and environment of your wedding.
First, establish whether it is going to be an outdoor or indoor wedding. For outdoor weddings is recommended to use the colors of the seasons.
Spring. Since spring is the season of a new life when flowers blooms, cool refreshing breezes are in the air, and the sun is warming up, it is best to use bright colors or a fresh combination of colors (greens, reds, yellows, oranges). These colors are most related to the spring season, creating a very refreshing, relaxing environment for your wedding.
Summer. The summer is associated with very hot temperatures, sunny days and so it will not be a mistake to use hot or energetic colors. One example of a hot color is red, when the red color is the one dominating the entire decoration will give a sense of a very hot day and it can symbolize the feelings about your groom. An energetic combination of colors are: purple, pink, and red, this color combination will remind your guests about all the energy a summer day is packed with and your wedding have plenty of energy in it.
Autumn. This particular season is the most memorable of all since the colors of the landscape drastically change. The sunsets are redder; the foliage of the trees change color in preparation for the winter ahead. Not surprisingly the colors for autumn are warm -- a combination of reds, oranges, and yellows.
Winter. Winter is associated with cold weather, snow, short days, and the holidays. The color scheme for a winter wedding can be a little tricky since you can go with a cool combination such as turquoise blue, and verdant green, or other color options like red and green which are related to the holidays.
Indoor weddings will be all about setting the mood of your wedding, or by picking your favorite colors. Moods can range from romantic, friendly, welcoming, elegant, energetic, or classy. The color combination you will select depends on the mood you wish to set for your guests.
Romantic. A romantic mood can be obtained by any combination involving pinks, reds, and purples. It may remind you about those sugary candy hearts given to you by your fiancé on that Valentine's Day years ago when you first met.
Welcoming colors are those that invite people in and encourage them to stay. Yellows, browns, and oranges are very pleasant and inviting colors. This is also a friendly combination. Can you relate friendly and welcoming? They are compliments of each other. A welcoming person is a friendly one.
Rather than just trying to set a mood you can simply use your favorite color. With your favorite color you are telling your guests what type of personality you posses.
Red. Red is the most vibrant color in the color scheme. This color reflects excitement, speed, power, passion, danger, and joy. It gives a warm sensation to people.
Yellow. Yellow is considered to be a happy color. Do you think is a coincidence that a happy face is painted most of the time in yellow? It symbolizes joy, warmth, optimism, and wealth.
Orange. A mixture of yellow and red, it poses some mixed characteristic of both colors: friendly, outgoing, cheerful and adventurous. Is very easy on the eyes and very closely related to the autumn season, the color of pumpkins, and the dry leaves of fall trees.
Green. When you use a soft pale green it is relaxing, and easy on the eyes. Darker tones of green are associated with stability and growth and give the impression of higher status and success. Is a common color to use for spring weddings since it is associated with the deep green in the landscape.
Blue. Blue is many people's favorite color, especially men. The color blue is an uplifting, positive and peaceful color representing loyalty, trustworthiness, fidelity, and integrity.
Purple. Purple is associated with royalty and higher status, and is oftne combined with yellow. Pink. Pink is considered a feminine color. It is romantic and related to nurturing and compassion.
Brown. Brown is warm, comforting, associated with the earth.
Color is an important element of your wedding. You can use different combinations of color to set the mood you wish to convey. For weddings it is typical to use a complementary color schemes, rather than a monochromatic scheme or clashing scheme. A complementary scheme is a color combination of any two colors opposite on the color wheel. Let your wedding transmit the exact message you want to convey to your guests with the colors you choose for it.