Wedding Colors and Wedding Color Schemes.

One of the first things to do in planning a wedding is to create a color palette that will unify the design of everything, from save the date cards, wedding invitations and thank you cards, to the bride's gown and bouquet, groom's boutonniere, reception table linens, flowers, candles and even food.

A wedding palette should have a handful of colors that form an eye-catching combination with 1-2 hues that dominate. In picking a color scheme, look to three places for inspiration:

Season

A spring wedding is perfect for pastel pairings like orange and pink or ivory and green. A summer wedding can take cues from ripening fruit and flowers, such as juxtaposing related currant and honeysuckle; lavender and deep pink or sage and cantaloupe. In fall, muted contrasting colors work well such as eggplant and olive or chocolate and turquoise. For winter, rich reds or pale periwinkle can be matched with silver, stark white and solid black.

Reception Venue

Study the decor and make note of the colors and patterns used on the carpet, furniture, drapes and walls, as well as the lighting. Be sure the wedding color scheme fits the room so that the couple's vision of a Zen reception in beach colors at sunset won't conflict with the gold brocade and red walls of a Victorian mansion.

Favorite Colors

Often people have a color or colors that define them. Whether it's sky blue, spring green, sunflower yellow or poppy red, feature the hues in flower arrangements, the bride's bouquet, table settings and the cake. But be cautious when it comes to bridesmaids' dresses. Although the bride may look good in a particular color, that might not hold true for her bridesmaids.

For more ideas, browse through our unique wedding invitations and gorgeous wedding inspiration boards. Remember, our design associates can customize any wedding suite to match your color scheme.

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