How to Pick Your Wedding's Color Palette
Want a dreamy, romantic vibe for your upcoming I Do’s? Consider a palette of pale pink and champagne. Just want to have fun? Go for bold pairings of vibrant hues, such as cherry red and aqua. The key thing to keep in mind: the colors you choose will help set the tone for your soirée.
If you’re looking for inspiration, Matthew Robbins, author of “Matthew Robbins’ Inspired Weddings” (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2012), advises looking to wedding blogs like Style Me Pretty, The Perfect Palette and Snippet & Ink, as well as Martha Stewart Weddings, which has an entire section devoted to exploring décor, dessert and attire ideas by color. “I also love following Elle Décor and Garden Design online, as they always feature great trends,” says Robbins, who’s also a fan of iPad apps, such as myPantone Wedding Styleboard.
Another great source for leads on the latest hot colors are the various stylists and designers on Twitter, says Robbins, who follows Rachel Zoe and Kelly Wearstler. Event designer Tammy Polatsek, who created the white wedding scene in “Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1,” also suggests looking directly to fashion, especially the more theatrical creations on the runways. “This is usually what sets the tone for the following season,” Polatsek says. In addition, she looks for inspiration in pictures of flowers and other nature (for example, the tip of a leaf at sunset) on Google Images.
Right now, Polatsek is a fan of peacock blue combined with everything from black and white to pinks and purples. “I think it’s amazing – sharp and yet elegant. Just think how graceful a real peacock is!” For spring and summer weddings, Robbins tends to favor combinations that feel fresh and lively, such as lilac and pale green with touches of a golden wheat hue, or orange and white mixed with bold green tones. “Instead of focusing on only two tones,” Robbins says, “Try mixing in one or two accents to add interest and depth.”
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