I drove past a bridal shop the other day, and in the window was a display of bridesmaid dresses. The featured colors were the very citrusy lime green and lemon yellow. This didn’t surprise me as citrus colors are very much in trend for the Spring/Summer 0f 2009. Seeing these dresses put me in the mind of wondering what the color trends will be for Summer weddings in 2009. Since a bride’s color choices will affect so many other choices, from flowers to invitations, to bridesmaid dresses and wedding and reception decor, choosing colors that you truly love is essential. I used to Pantone Spring/Summer color forecast palette, found at www.pantone.com, as my inspiration in coming up with some color combinations that would be lovely, timeless, and very in trend, for a summer wedding.
Lavender And Vibrant Green
Two of the eight colors chosen by the people at Pantone as hot colors for Spring/Summer 2009 are lavender and vibrant green. Lavender is a color that has been popular for a while now, and I think that it is a wonderful pastel that is always suitable for summer weddings. Lavender is a color that suits most skin tones, so your bridesmaids will likely be happy with this refined and romantic color choice.
Pantone’s Vibrant Green is a bright, lively, spring green and would be a color that would not only compliment the lavender beautifully, but add some more bold, summer punch to the lavender. The combination of lavender and vibrant green makes me think of a lilac bush in full bloom, so this color combination feels more like early an summer wedding 2009 to me. Vibrant green is a color that might be dangerous used too closely to the face, so I would advise using it as an accent color.
Imagine bridesmaids in lavender dresses with vibrant green belts and shoes, both colors being used the the bouquets. If you want to add a third color, Super Lemon, a very vibrant, lemony yellow would be a gorgeous addition to all of the flowers and table decorations.
Grooms dressed in black or gray tuxedos would look dapper with vibrant green ties and lavender vests, or switch the two colors to suit your tastes. The lavender and vibrant green color combination is one that is tender and fresh all at the same time.
Fuchsia Red And Dark Citron
Fuchsia is one of the most popular, and most used, colors for the summer of 2009. This cool fuchsia red is the highlight of clothing and accessories, as well as lipsticks and nail polish. This color is a sophisticated, luxurious color that evoke thoughts of the deep red roses of mid-summer. Fuchsia red is another color that is easily worn by most women, making it another thoughtful choice for bridesmaid dresses. Beautiful for either a daytime or evening wedding, this is a memorable, out of the ordinary color choice for a Summer 2009 wedding.
Add juicy Citron Green as a contrast color to the fuchsia to add some pure, summer dazzle. Clean and calm, this citrusy green tames the vibrant fuchsia, without diluting the fuchsia’s impact. Certainly, these are two colors that lend themselves easily to floral arrangements with a myriad of choices from roses, to dahlias to gerbera daisies. Black tuxedos will come alive with fuchsia vest and citron green ties. As with the lavender and vibrant green color combination, toss in a bit of lemon yellow for extra dazzle. Wedding colors needn’t be only pastels, anymore.
Salmon Rose and Rose Dust
For the late Summer wedding in 2009, I offer you the combination of the splendid coral pink of Salmon Rose. While choosing a color such as the lemony Super Yellow might be bridesmaid dress suicide, as yellow is a color that that leaves many women looking sallow and others looking jaundiced, Salmon rose is another wear-all color that will bring roses to your bridesmaids cheeks, not the look of liver disease. The slight orangish warmth of this color will quietly herald the coming of Fall while not letting go of summer, just yet.
Pair with the glorious neutral Rose Dust. This is no boring neutral beige, with it’s pinkish undertones. Paired with the more vibrant Salmon Rose, this color will come alive, while adding a subtle earthiness to your color scheme. Certainly a more classic combination, these colors don’t whisper, but they do not scream, either. Bridesmaid dresses in either of these two colors, accented by the other would be delightful. The men in the wedding party will also be able to create a comfortable, classy look with these colors. Flowers done in corals, pinks and creams would look superb with these colors, and I can envision a host of lilies, both Oriental and Asiatic that would make this Summer wedding 2009 color combination bloom.
No matter the trends and whatever colors that you choose, be certain that you have made your best choice. A color combination choice that will transcend the years, so that when you look back at your wedding, and later your grandkids look back, your color choices will speak to your good taste, not leave a bad taste.