Tuesday, May 13, 2014

How to Choose a Theme For Your Wedding

As you begin to plan for your wedding, one of the most important decisions you'll make is choosing a theme for your wedding.  While it doesn't have to be as obvious as a "Beach Theme" or stick to a two color palette, it is important to develop a unifying theme and color scheme to help tie your event together.

1. Start with what you love. Look through your closets and throughout your home, which colors emerge. The colors you are most drawn to will become apparent and serve as an excellent base for your color palette.  Create a color inspiration board using pictures of the colors you like and try using paint color charts for ideas on hue variations.

2. Let your venue be the guide.  Does your ceremony and/or reception site have strong colors in draping and carpeting?  If so, you'll need to take these into account when choosing your color palette for your wedding.  Choose colors that compliment what is already there and can't be changed.  If having a wedding outdoors, choose light fresh colors to compliment the natural setting.  Don't be afraid to have two distinct color themes if your ceremony and reception site have colors that compete with each other.

3. Consider the season.  Mother nature is an awesome guide.  Think about what color and shades, naturally occur together and let that be your guide.  Though you aren't limited to oranges and browns in the fall, it is wise to consider which flowers are naturally in bloom during the time of year your wedding will be held to lower the cost of your floral arrangements.

4. Let your personality shine through.  How did you meet?  What do you love to do as a couple?  If you're totally into Renaissance fairs then consider having a Medieval Themed Wedding.

Whatever you decide, don't feel confined to color matching every single item.  It's nearly impossible to do so.  Make strong statements with your colors in your bridesmaid's dresses, the invitations, and with ribbons.  Use shade variations elsewhere to highlight your color while making your wedding design interesting.

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