The days of the all-white wedding aren’t entirely gone, but an all-white or even all-pastels wedding is definitely the exception rather than the rule these days. Consider just my friends’ weddings from the past few years. The colors have gone something like this:
8 green weddings
7 red weddings
5 black weddings
4 purple weddings
3 Tiffany blue weddings
3 navy weddings
3 yellow weddings
3 pink weddings
2 teal weddings
1 coral wedding
Come to think of it . . . I have never once attended a pastel wedding. My friends are into bold color statements and chic pairings — like sage and chocolate, canary and plum, black and raspberry. After all, you want your wedding to be a party — why not set the tone with your color scheme?
But, advised Mark Kingsdorf from Queen of Hearts Wedding Consultants in Philadelphia, “Make sure the colors you want are appropriate for the space you pick.” He offered this example: if you’re set on using a vivid purple for your wedding color, but you want to hold your reception in a venue that’s decorated with hunter green, you end up with two competing, non-complimentary colors on a collision course. So, before you completely decide on your color scheme, consider your locations. Or perhaps let your locations serve as inspiration.
One thing that sold me on LPGA International for my reception was that the decor would add to the maroon and chartreuse color palette I wanted to use. On the flipside, our church’s teal sanctuary doesn’t quite match, which has led to a lot of extra work as we make custom-fitted chair covers to camouflage the rows and rows of teal chairs. Short of expecting my ‘maids to change dresses between the ceremony and reception, there was no way to match wedding colors to both venues. So I chose to clash with the one that would be less expensive to transform.
That said, there’s plenty a bride can do to add pops of color without overshooting a budget. Consider these options:
- Drape a colorful chair sash across each table as a runner, rather than splurging on custom-colored linens.
- Use colored napkins or china.
- Make tall, dramatic, colorful floral arrangements the focal point as guests enter the room.
- Have your DJ flood the room with colored mood lighting.
- Instead of a plain white cake, ask your baker to show you samples of brightly hued frosting or cake decorations.