Wedding Colors

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Colors are an important part of weddings. When you first think of the word wedding you will naturally think of white. That is the natural color of Western weddings. Yet every wedding will have a color scheme. A color scheme is important because it helps unify everything. And by everything I mean the dresses, the flowers, the tablecloths and anything else you can think of that goes into a wedding. In this article, we're gonna talk about how to choose colors for your wedding in 2016.

Wedding Traditions and Colors

White is the color of weddings. The reason for this goes back a couple of hundred years and Queen Victoria. She wanted to show off some expensive lace that she had received. And white was the best way to do that. Another reason why white has been associated with weddings was because it was a way to show off your wealth. In historical times, you were truly wealthy if you could afford to wear a white dress because that meant you knew if it got dirty, then you can afford to throw it away. But colors go beyond white in any wedding. Let's look at some of the ways colors are used in a wedding.

Wedding Theme and Colors

It's popular that when you plan a wedding you choose a theme. It could be something like Western. Or fairytale. Or getting more specific like a peacock. In each of these themes certain colors will naturally align. For example, in a fairytale wedding, you will think of reds and pinks. Meanwhile, for a peacock wedding, you will think of blues and greens. And there's a lot away you can get green into wedding colors. In particular anything that has flowers and, of course, the actual bouquets. Yet each wedding season will also bring their own color trends.

Color Trends

The Pantone company is a multi-industry-standard for colors. It is popular in house paints, industrial design, and even fashion. The reason why is because they have created codes that are assigned to each color. And thus, these codes can be used to create that same color across many different fields. So for example, a specific shade of red can be replicated on anything from a dress to the napkins to the handles on the cake cutter. One of the ways Pantone markets itself is that it comes up with colors for different industries. Including weddings.

In 2015 the colors were:

  • Dried Herb
  • Desert Sage
  • Stormy Weather
  • Oak Buff
  • Marsala
  • Biscay Bay
  • Reflecting Pond
  • Cadmium Orange
  • Cashmere Rose
  • Amethyst Orchid

And in 2016 those colors have been replaced by:

  • Rose Quartz
  • Peach Echo
  • Serenity
  • Snorkel Blue
  • Buttercup
  • Limpet Shell
  • Lical Gray
  • Fiesta
  • Iced Coffee
  • Green Flash

This doesn't mean you can't still stick with traditional white for the wedding dress. But if you want to be on trend then you should look into choosing one of those color combinations.

And in our final section, we will talk about how you do that.

Use Wedding Party Color Combinations To Unite Your Wedding.

The reason why you want to select a color combination is to make sure your colors match. This way you avoid having colors that clash with each other. Or worse just become an ugly eyesore.

And once you have chosen colors, then you can start looking for those colors in all of the supplies you need for a wedding.

To start with you will decide how you will incorporate the colors into your own wedding dress. For example, you may decide to keep a white wedding dress. But let's say you have chosen the purple and gray wedding color scheme. You might decide then to where purple earrings. And make sure you have lots of violets in your bouquet. While having a subtle gray tone to your veil.

The bridesmaids dress you could opt to have those be purple. While the groomsmen can be gray with purple boutonnieres.

The colors would also apply to everything from the wedding cake to the flowers around the wedding, to the centerpieces and even the tablecloth. It is also good form to make sure your wedding invitations match your color scheme of your overall wedding.

As you can see, colors are an important part of the wedding. And you need to decide them as soon as possible. Because they affect everything in the rest of your wedding design. I hope this article has helped you see how colors play an important role in your wedding. And I hope you have an amazing wedding.


This is a guest post by Mark Wilcox . He's the founder of Wedding Intro which helps brides reduce their stress by providing simple and clear wedding planning information. Click here to see more tips from him.

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