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Spring Wedding Ideas: Color Schemes


Spring is a magical season for color schemes, and spring wedding ideas can span everything from intimate Victorian garden celebrations, to ritzy, well-lit indoor banquet halls for a spring wedding reception.

Here are a few ideas for color schemes:

Pink: Pink is a fabulous wedding color because it is so lighthearted, yet elegant. Some combinations are soft, some are earthy, and some are more dramatic. Here are a few examples: pink and green (optional blue accents); blues and whites (with accents of a lighter pink), pink and blue; pink, ivory, and sage; or pink, white and chocolate brown.

Lavender: Lavender, like pink, is also elegant, but adds a coolness that can be the perfect match for another warmer color. Consider: Lavender and pale yellow; lavender and chocolate brown; ivory, lavender, and pastel green; ivory, lavender and sage; lavender and blue (with an accent shade of berry); lavender and a darker purple (with a warmer accent color such as coral), or lavender and pink.

Gray: If you are looking for spring wedding ideas that are more unique, incorporate a shade of metallic gray or silver into your color combination as an accent. Here are some combos: plum, gray and mauve; gray and cherry red (with an accent of yellow), orange and gray, or lavender, gray and coral. (Hint: gray or silver also makes a wedding appear more vintage, if you are going for that look).

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How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Colors


Choosing the perfect spring, summer, fall, and winter wedding colors can be tricky if you’re not sure where to begin. One place to start is by exploring the most trendy and popular wedding colors. Another option is to allow the season to choose your colors for you. Once you’ve chosen your wedding colors, it’s important to know how to use them. Finding fun and creative ways to use your prefect wedding colors is one of the thrills of planning a wedding.

Trending: The popular color picks for 2011 weddings thus far are as follows: black & white, deep red, chartreuse, slate grey, turquoise, coral, latte, and purple. If you want to choose colors that pop you won’t have any trouble getting that result with the aforementioned color options.

Allow these questions to guide you to the perfect wedding color combo:

  • Where is your wedding taking place? Your colors will differ if you’re getting married on a cliff overlooking the beach instead of a hotel ballroom.
  • What type of mood do you want to create for your guests? Color psychology proves that colors do in fact affect our mood. For example, the color green has a calming affect, and the color yellow more anxious.
  • What season are you getting married during? Obviously fall colors vary from winter, spring, and summer. Feel free to use the season as your launching off point when choosing your colors.

Use the color wheel:
The color wheel, comprised of three primary colors: blue, yellow, and red and also a combination of in-between colors, can help you choose colors that complement each other. How does one choose a perfectly coordinated color scheme? You’re able to choose colors that are complementary to each other by picking opposites. For example a warm and a cold color would be considered complementary to each other. The wheel also helps you choose “monochromatic” colors, which means colors of the same tone, like blue and dark blue.

The easy part of choosing the right colors is that you only need to choose two or three. Any more than that will cause your wedding décor to appear a bit too busy.

Where you make use of your colors is a key factor when creating the overall feel and style of your wedding:

  • Stationary: Even beginning with your save-the-date cards you’ll be using your wedding colors. Make sure to not forget about thank you cards as well!
  • Bridesmaids dresses: If the color isn’t too bold then go ahead and choose bridesmaid dresses that are one, two, or all three of your wedding colors.
  • Groom and groomsmen attire: Spice up that side of the altar by giving your groom and groomsmen bow-ties that match your wedding color scheme.
  • Flowers: With an abundance of varietals to choose from for your wedding flowers, create a bouquet and centerpiece that encapsulates your wedding colors.
  • Ribbon: You’ll be surprised by how many opportunities you’ll have to use ribbon that matches your wedding colors, fore example on your stationary, to hold your bouquet together, wedding programs etc.

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Celestial Themed Wedding Receptions


It’s no wonder you and your fiancé are having a celestial themed wedding, because you’re a match made in heaven! Make your celestial themed wedding reception heavenly with the perfect wedding reception supplies and accessories. Trust me, you’ll have so much fun picking out gifts from the sky that you won’t want the wedding planning to end!

  • Candles: Buy star shaped candles and place them on tables throughout the reception from the entrance where the guestbook resides all the way to the dj’s table at the far end of the ballroom. Don’t forget about the restrooms!
    Favors: Send your guests home with a silver bag of star-shaped sugar cookies. If you’re not a fan of sending them home with edibles, then find star and moon shaped soap or candles.
  • Table Numbers: Bring your theme home by purchasing compasses to use instead of paper place cards. Place the compasses on a table at the entrance to the reception and have them faced open with the guest’s names and table numbers on them. These double as wedding favors that your guests can take home and can use any time they feel they’ve lost their way.
  • Special Touch: Anytime you make use of ribbons, tulle, confetti, or want to make that flower arrangement look extra sparkly, make sure you do so with the stars and moon in mind. For example, if you need to decide on a ribbon to tie your bouquet together choose a silver ribbon with star and moon shapes and those perfectly aligned stars will walk you down the aisle on your big day.

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Winter Wedding Theme Idea: Classic Films


If you are looking for an interesting or unusual winter wedding theme—and particularly, if you love classic film or movies—consider using romantic winter films as part of your wedding theme. Many famous old (and new) movies have taken place during the colder months, and as a result, could make for some great winter wedding ideas.

First of all, you will need to start looking for vintage wedding posters. Posters of Christmas films such as It’s a Wonderful Life, Christmas in Connecticut, or White Christmas should be relatively easy to find with today’s online market. If you do not want the movies to be primarily Christmas-themed, there is still a vast array of choices, from Dr. Zhivago and The Lion in Winter to the Chronicles of Narnia.

For winter wedding colors, it depends on whether you focus on old films or contemporary films. For old films, you could do black and white (with a splash of color of your choice), as most posters you come across will not be in color. Each of your tables could feature a poster from one of the films (and the table can also be named after that film, as opposed to simply giving it a number). Wouldn’t it be amusing for guests to find out they are sitting at the Narnia table, or the It’s a Wonderful Life table?

Remember that you can incorporate this movie winter wedding theme in whatever way you choose. Be creative!

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Ideas for Winter Engagement Photos


Engagement photos are a fun and creative way to let your friends and family know that you and your partner are planning to tie the knot. Pre-wedding photos will also come in handy when you and your husband want to reminisce on your engagement. The tricky part about getting the right pre-wedding photos is ensuring that they not only capture your personality, but your wedding theme as well. Use the following ideas as you brainstorm your pre winter wedding pictures.

  • All White: When looking at professional wedding photographers, check their portfolios to see if they’ve done any all white photo shoots. Not only are all white photos captivating, but they also encapsulate a winter wedding theme beautifully.
  • Snow Setting: Grab your fiancé and your wedding photographer and go play in the snow! If you go this route get a few shots of you and your fiancé writing each other’s names in the snow with a heart around them.
  • Black and White: Black and white photos have a colder, more winter feel than colored photos. If you love this idea but want to add a smidge of color (perhaps your winter wedding colors) then have the entire photo in black and white except you and your fiancé.
  • Rainy Day: The most romantic kissing scenes in movies take place in the rain. Grab an umbrella (or not), your fiancé, a camera, and hit the streets of your city for some winter-perfect pre wedding photos.


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Choosing Winter Wedding Colors


It always helps to see what everyone else is going gaga for when choosing your wedding colors. The great thing about having a winter wedding is that most winter combinations are very rich and eye-catching. The following tips will give you the kick-start you need to choosing a truly unique and elegant wedding color scheme.

Popular combinations for 2010 and 2011 winter weddings colors include the following:

  • Mint and vintage purple
  • Sky blue and light yellow
  • Ivory and emerald
  • Coral and teal
  • Red wine and mauve
  • Lilac and sky blue
  • Blush pink and mocha
  • Blush pink and red wine
  • Mauve and olivine
  • Warm gray and one of the following: coral, purple, pink, or blue frost

Now that you have a list of insatiable winter wedding combinations, keep in mind the variations of colors. For example, you may love the lilac and sky blue combination but still want to explore variations of purple before landing on Lilac. It could help to find flowers for a wedding first, and use those colors as a springboard. Here are some color variations to help with your search.

  • Orange (the most popular winter color this year): Coral, pumpkin, burnt, and tangerine.
  • Blue: Deep ocean blue, periwinkle, sky blue, ocean blue, blue frost and navy blue.
  • Purple: Lilac, lavender, plum, and periwinkle.Pink: Hot pink, rose petal, candy pink, watermelon and fuchsia.

The most important thing to remember when choosing your winter wedding colors is to match them with your stationary, guest book, table clothes, wedding flowers, napkins, and wedding favors. Wedding color ideas are all around you, just be sure to open your eyes.

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Integrating Themes 101: The Basics of Making Your Wedding Unique


Once you begin planning your wedding, you’ll want to establish a theme. While some of you might already have big designs in your head—Valentine’s, Masquerade Ball—others might know just a few details. Whether you love a certain color, a certain period, or just think you’d like a wintery feel, read on for inspiring ideas.

“Most important, you want to make your theme personal,” says Danielle Bobish of Curtain Up Events in New York City. “If you love Fall, incorporate a harvest theme.” While this may sound complicated, it’s a simple matter of using colors such as orange, red, rust, and anything else to give you the feeling of autumn. After choosing the colors, which you can use on your table cloths and place settings, add signature drinks and menus that reflect your ideas. Similarly, If it’s summery, use touches of green, and add apples and earth tones.

“It’s all about the little details,” says Bobish. “If you love French Country, start with blue and white colors, add some gray, then consider putting wildflowers on the tables, or serving baguettes.” Bobish recommends taking the theme further with wood chairs, china that coordinates with the theme, even flowers in pitchers. For appetizers she suggests lots of cheese displays. Once you get going, the possibilities are limitless.

Color is one of the most common theme starters, either because you’re crazy about red or the reception venue is swathed in a particular hue. “If your venue is a certain color, go with it,” says Bobish. “Find colors that complement the look, then accent it in your menu, the flowers, the décor.” If you’re crazy about, say, blue, and your venue is white, use blue lights to add to your theme. “Lighting is one of the smartest ways to help a color scheme,” says Bobish.

Once your basic theme is established, use elements in your cake, your favors, your outfits, and any other element that adds to the mood. Wedding themes are a joyous and fun project that keeps your wedding unique and slightly different from anything else you’ve ever seen.

Read more: More than Just the Vows: Editing Your Entire Marriage Script, Choosing Your Wedding Date and Creating & Finalizing Your Guest List

Winter Flowers that Match Your Wedding Colors


Planning a winter wedding? If you're having trouble narrowing your flower options and ensuring your final choices match your wedding colors, you’re in luck. There is a rhyme and reason to this quandary, and you’ve come to right place. The following tips will guide you in finding the perfect winter flower and the colors that match it marvelously.

First things first: What flowers are in season during the winter? Pick your favorite flowers off of this list, and then choose your wedding colors, or the other way around. Keep in mind that many of these flowers vary in color, so you may be able to choose your favorite flowers and then decide which color variation fits in with your color scheme.

  • Holly berry
  • Acacia
  • Gerbera Daisies
  • Irises
  • Lilies
  • Orchids
  • Roses
  • Carnations
  • Camellias
  • Poinsettias
  • Snowdrops
  • Queen Ann’s Lace
  • Holly
  • Winter Daphne
  • Alstroemeria
  • Ginger flower
  • Queen Ann’s Lace
  • Witch Hazel
  • Bergenia

The best way to see if your winter wedding colors pair perfectly with your wedding reception flowers and altar decorations is by taking color swatches to your florist shop and see which combination pops. Also keep in mind your theme, which could greatly affect both your winter wedding color scheme and floral arrangements. For example, if you are having a vintage themed winter wedding, you will probably choose classic red roses, which match the theme and the season.

Read more: Winter Wedding Planning 101, Hiring Your Florist and Seasonal & Holiday Wedding Theme Ideas

Wedding Fashion: Dressing Your Extras


You’re almost done planning your wedding, bridesmaid dresses have been ordered, your fiancé got fitted for his tux, and your last dress fitting is scheduled. What’s left? How about the extras in your bridal party? Wedding party fashion puts the finishing touch on the look and feel of your wedding. Here are some tips on the extras you might have looked over:

Flower Girl and Ring Bearer
Coordinate with the parents of your flower girl and ring bearer to make sure your little attendants are dressed appropriately for the ceremony. Flower girl dresses are traditionally modest and pastel. Some brides dress the flower girl in a miniature version of the wedding dress. Ring bearers should wear accessories that match the groomsmen.

Readers and Ushers
Instruct your readers and ushers to dress formally for your wedding. While they don’t need to coordinate with the rest of the wedding party, they do need to match or exceed the level of formality of your guests. Order smaller boutonnières for your ushers or flowers for your usherettes to help distinguish them. You may also offer small corsages or boutonnières to your readers.

Parents and Grandparents
Let your family know about the wedding colors well ahead of time so that they have time to shop for colors that don’t clash. Be sure to order flowers for the parents and grandparents of the bride and groom. There are no set fashion rules for the grandparents, but most opt to match the formality of the wedding party

Summer Wedding Makeup Advice: Complimenting Your Theme and Colors


Radiant summer makeup is as simple as understanding your color palette.  Once the shades of the bridal party attire, flowers, and linens are determined, your wedding makeup should be an extension of such.  Is your color theme strong, (jewel tones such as cobalt blue or bright magenta), subdued pastels (think soft pink or light lavender), or neural crèmes or browns?  Your bridal makeup should follow suite and stay within the same family.  Brides with bright, jewel tones can wear a deep, vibrant lip color.  Soft, feminine pastels call for subdued yet glowing colors in the same family, and neutrals will be dazzling with any color!

A simple approach in determining your cosmetic palette is to glance at a color wheel.  Certain colors when mixed together create other colors.  Mixing red and yellow creates orange.  If your groomsmen are sporting tangerine bowties and orange lily boutonnières, a muted red lipstick may be the perfect finishing touch!  Your maids are draped in lavender and your bouquet has lovely blue Hydrangeas?  A lipstick in the mauve or plum family will give you a perfect pout.  Achieving striking summer makeup is as easy following these few steps.  

Elysa Ross is a celebrity makeup artist & paramedical Aesthetician who has been perfecting bridal makeup & skincare for over fifteen years.  Check back next week for more beautiful bride tidbits and advice or email Elysa at eross@anotherlookweddings.com with your beauty questions and concerns!