Weddings evoke thoughts of white, don’t they? However, nowadays when it comes to weddings, white seems to be reserved for the dress itself. Now, the average bride-to-be wants a definite splash of color for her big day. For summer weddings, whether we’re talking table runners or draped fabric, flowers or place cards: color is where it’s at.
A popular color combination that we can expect to see this summer, especially to cool off a warm summer wedding, would be a mix of blues and silvers (and, fine, perhaps even a bit of white!). If you love the color blue, you are probably amazed at the sheer number of hues and tones available. Off-setting blues with silver and white can make for a charming presentation. Maybe your centerpieces will boast a selection of vibrant blue hydrangeas, stunning white roses, and Baby’s Breath. Your tablecloths and runners can be of your deepest shade, then piped with your lightest. By layering different shades of the same color, and incorporating a few accent colors, you can make a huge impact. Blues mixed with silvers and whites will convey an elegant, upbeat mood.
If you want to make a really bold statement with your ’09 wedding, consider pairing black with a bright, vibrant color such as fuchsia. Opt for a main color with plenty of depth, and use softer shades to accentuate this color. Then bring in some complimentary colors to create some drama. If the main focus is on the fuchsia (or whatever bold color), then the black becomes the thing that pulls it all together. Conversely, if you want black as the major component, you may use a combination of shades of your chosen bold color to liven it up.
Sticking with the black and hot pink example, mix with white for huge contrast. This will ultimately draw more focus to, and highlight, the main colors. Or, for added interest and more color, you can add an accent; in this case perhaps lime green. Use this color sparingly to avoid creating confusion for the eye. Use this accent color for the piping on cloth napkins of the main color, sashes on your flower girl’s dress and basket, your ring-bearer’s and best man’s ties, a necklace to be worn for each bridesmaid, and in many other minor details throughout your decorations.
Finally, for those wanting to fully embrace the heat of a summer wedding, there is a slightly steamier option. Consider shades of orange, a color linked with emotion and even associated with appetite. Your guests will feel your love, and a healthy attitude towards the menu you so painstakingly put together! A lovely burnt orange will highlight most complexions, which your bridesmaids will thank you for. If done properly, a color scheme featuring this shade will evoke a beautiful, tropical sunset. Consider pairing a deep, rusty shade with something fresher and lighter, such as ivory or a pale, pale yellow. This color combo is especially good for late summer-early autumn weddings.
You can also pair colors in the orange family with shades of green, to give it a more earthy vibe. If you want to truly feel tropical, consider forgoing the standard fare and instead choose exclusively bright, tropical flowers in your selected color palate, and incorporate greens and creams into your decor. Throw your event in a backyard, preferably at someone’s house with a fabulous pool or other water feature for ambiance. Describe the dress standard “beach chic” for your guests, and light tiki torches. Use crisp, white chairs during the ceremony, and over-sized cushions, blankets, and small groupings of tables and chairs for the receptions. Encourage a bare-foot feel, and perhaps hire talent of a tropical nature (a hula dancer, fire-eaters, etc.).
Whatever theme or color combo you select, make the day, and the decor, your own! Consult your spouse-to-be, of course, but don’t let anyone talk you into a color you hate, or flowers you don’t love. If you, or someone you know, is planning a summer 2009 wedding, remember: don’t settle for less than the desired results! There are simply too many possibilities out there to not have everything you’ve ever dreamed of, and more on your special day!