Thursday, September 27, 2007

Picking Colors

It's pretty common for most wedding bloggers to say something like "i was never the sort of person that dreamed about and planned her wedding since she was a little girl." I guess I fit that mold too. I knew I wanted to get married and to have a nice wedding but I never did any more planning or thinking about it then that. I definitely wasn't a "keep a file of back issues of Martha Stewart Weddings just in case I get engaged soon" type of girl. So when I got engaged I had to start putting together an idea of what I wanted. One of the first questions everyone asked was what are your colors? For a while I didn't want any "colors" because I hated the whole matchy-matchyness of weddings. I quickly realized this wasn't really going to work mainly because everyone else needed guidance and "no colors" was way too vague.

So how did I chose my colors? First, I started keeping a file of all the types of flowers, bridesmaid dresses, decor, invitations, etc. that I liked. Most of these are from online as I don't really read a ton of bridal magazines. Soon I could see some trends emerging. Second, I knew that I wanted my wedding pictures to really pop with color. Some brides like warm reds and browns, others like soft pinks and purples, but I wanted something that really screamed "it's spring time!" since I'm getting married in May. Finally, I built my colors around my reception site and not the other way around. I wanted to work with the colors they already had so that I didn't have to spend a ton of money renting linens, china, chairs, etc.

From the pictures I clipped I saw that I really liked bright colors and clean, linear designs. I didn't save any pics of fluffy pastel peonies but I had a ton of pics with bright greens, crisp whites, and linear calla lilies. From there it was easy to see what my colors should be: green and white. I call it "grass" green but I think everyone else would say "kelly" green. I love the clean and modern look of it. I love that there a million types of white and green flowers so I don't have to blow my budget on anything out-of-season, and I love that it will be easy to decorate with (every reception site already has white table linens).

Here is just a handful of the photos that inspired my color search

^I fell in love with this photo from the Photos Unscripted Blog. I love how bright the dresses are. Hopefully my green will be a little bit richer/deeper then those above and less citrusy but I knew I was on the right track. As an aside Kim Hawthorn from Photos Unscripted was one of the photographers we were seriously considering for our wedding because she had competitive prices and I think she's pretty talented with a camera. Unfortunately, at the time we inquired about her services she wasn't allowing brides to book more then a year before their wedding and there was no way in the world I was going to wait around to book a photographer not knowing if I'd get my date for sure and possibly missing out on other photographers I was considering. If you're less then a year out, though, she's definietly worth taking a look at.

^ Calla Lilys were the one flower that just kept popping up for me. And a lot of orchids. I love how clean and elegant they look. The above are from Chestnuts in the Tuileries, a NYC based event and floral design company.

^ The above picture from wedding designer Rebecca Thuss was one of the first pictures I cut when I started doing research. So simple and easy to execute.

How did you decide on your colors?
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