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Truth be told, most brides-to-be have been planning their wedding day since they could remember. So when it comes to choosing colors, most of you probably already know what you want. However, there are things to consider.

Before you even begin to make a final decision on colors, answer these questions:

  • Where are you having the ceremony and the reception? Choose colors that complement the setting. Consider carpets, lighting, curtains, décor, etc.
  • What time of year is the wedding? Seasons definitely influence a color scheme.
  • Are there any cultural or traditional considerations that might influence the color scheme?

  • Typically, you want a maximum of three colors in your palette: one to dominate, a second to support, and a third as the accent. There are three ways to choose coordinating colors:

  • Complementary Colors (these colors are opposite each other on the color wheel, such as blue and orange, or red and green.)
  • Analogous Colors (these colors lie next to each other on the wheel, such as green, lime green, blue-green.)
  • Monochromatic Colors (these colors have variations of the same tone, such as bright red, dark red, etc.)

  • An easy way to find colors for your wedding is to look at pictures from real weddings. Inspiration boards have also become a great tool for coordinating colors and finding cohesive ideas for your big day. You can make boards that are specific to a certain color, element, or season!