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Let’s talk color! It’s definitely safe to say that whether we realize it or not, color has a big role in our lives – and I’m glad. After all, playing with hues is fun – especially when you are planning your wedding, and this is a time when you can definitely use some wedding color advice.

Before I get into the nitty gritty of talking about color, I want to stress one thing. This is YOUR wedding! I want to give you suggestions and guide you along the way, but the one thing I love about today’s bride is that she gets to use her creativity and stay true to herself. I’ve seen soft, lovely monochromatic weddings, yet there are also stunning events that use a whole rainbow’s worth of colors. So, keep in mind that this is your special day.

Wedding Color Advice as seen on Hill City Bride

Ok, let’s chat about the “lovely” and other things to consider when you are choosing a color palette for your day.

THINK ABOUT THE SEASON

Some hues lend themselves to a season more easily than others. When I think of fall, browns, burnt orange, yellows and rusty reds come to mind, yet that is contrasted with spring, where soft pastels are more useful. The season – and flowers that may be in season at the time of your wedding – play a big part in your color scheme.

Citrusy Flowers by Alina Thomas as seen on Hill City Bride

photo: Alina Thomas Photography

ASSESS YOUR LOCATION

When you are getting married outdoors, pretty much any color can come into play – yet move things inside, and you truly need to assess your location. If your ballroom is dark or small, you may want to consider a lighter, brighter color palette to make the room seem larger and more spacious – especially when it comes to reception linens.
DETERMINE THE PERSONALITY OF YOUR EVENT

Looking for a regal, upscale feel? Choose jewel tones, metallics or a monochromatic palette. Want a vintage vibe? Pastels and lighter colors – even Pantone’s colors for 2016 of Rose Quartz and Serenity – will evoke a sense of nostalgia.

Marsala Wedding by Zachary Taylor as seen on Hill City Bride

photo: Zachary Taylor Photography

BE THOUGHTFUL

Afraid of color? Use bold colors selectively. If you love magenta yet are afraid to utilize it full force, then use it as an accent – the writing on your invitations, the boutonnieres, floral ribbons and the like may be where you want to utilize those fun pops. If your bridesmaids are bold, have them wear a bright hue, which will look stunning!

PLACEMENT IS KEY

Your colors evoke a feeling, yet so does how you utilize them. If you are bold enough to go for orange, there is a big difference between having your bridesmaids decked out in the hue and having it in your bouquet vs. utilizing it for the main table linen color and uplighting. You can do it all, but careful color placement has a higher impact than overuse.

Winter Wedding by Liz Cook Photography as seen on Hill City Bride

photo: Liz Cook Photography

TRENDS? WHAT TRENDS?

Don’t be afraid to buck the trends. There I said it! If I’m seeing a ton of a certain color wedding palette on Pinterest, my personal tendency would be to stay away. You shouldn’t feel pressured to utilize certain colors just because they happen to be en vogue at the time – again, this goes back to being true to yourself. If the hot hue is blush, then by all means don’t be afraid to deck your groomsmen out in red. We all love a great surprise.

COLOR WHEEL

We all took art, but you don’t have to be an expert! A friendly glance at the color wheel can also help to blend colors. Honestly, I’m not a big fan of complementary colors, which are opposite on the wheel. Supposedly they go together well, but I’m not sure I’d want to have a bright purple and yellow wedding, yet softening the colors to a more pastel hue would work nicely.

Colorful Flowers by Visions by Heather as seen on Hill City Bride

photo: Visions by Heather Photography

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED

Look in unexpected places for inspiration. When you are undecided, finding cues in your everyday may be the best thing. Does the floral pattern on your yearly planner bring you joy? Take note of the hues on the cover – maybe they could be translated into a wedding scheme. Going for a walk may even help. A budding flower garden may inspire you to combine colors that you didn’t even dream of! Perusing a local art gallery will provide ideas, too. Look at what pieces speak to you and draw inspiration from the artist’s color choices.

NEUTRAL FOR THE WIN! 

When in doubt go neutral or monochromatic. If you truly are unsure of yourself, going with a neutral, natural palette won’t steer you wrong. Neutrals include whites, browns, grays and greens. Yes, green is a neutral – after all have you ever seen a flower that didn’t match it’s stem? I dare say that blue – powder, denim, navy – is also a neutral. Think about the sky and your favorite pair of jeans. It’s hard to find something that doesn’t complement blue! Play around with different neutrals. If that doesn’t work, a monochromatic palette of your favorite color is also a lovely choice.

Bridesmaids by Debbie Ringle as seen on Hill City Bride

photo: Debbie Ringle Photography

No matter your choice, your event will be a day to remember, and in the end you get to marry the love of your life. I’d be tickled pink over that… ha! Happy wedding planning!

This post was originally written for Cinnamon Wolfe Photography‘s blog for her With this Ring series.

  • Cristina - Great advice! I wish you were around when I was getting married 😉

  • Kristie Lorette McCauley - Great advice. Couples sometimes just pick a color because it’s their fave, but there are some other factors that should go into it — as you point out!

  • Jessi - Love your advice on color selection.

Richmond Engagement as seen on Hill City Bride

Engagement sessions are a wonderful chance for a couple to showcase their love, interests and what connects them together as you will see with this University of Richmond e-session today. From roaming around the campus and finding lovely spots in their adorable outfits to going casual with their t-shirts and jeans and then proclaiming their fanhood with jerseys from their favorite teams – Matt and Cat (their names even rhyme, so cute!) truly have a love filled engagement session, which was photographed by Kathryn Ivy Photography.

Be sure to take note of her beautiful square diamond ring, which is so classically beautiful! Curious about their love story? Well, they both worked at a summer camp, where they became friends, which blossomed into “becoming official” and then they got engaged. With ring in pocket, Matt took Cat to downtown Fredericksburg on the Rappahannock River, where – after taking a picture with the river in the background – he got down on one knee. And the rest is history. Enjoy this lovely engagement session today!

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Apple Orchard Engagement as seen on Hill City Bride

Today it’s all about the orchard – and a beautiful ring. Isn’t it stunning? And Zachary and Melissa are adorable and in love as you will see in this apple orchard e-session! No matter what fruit is in season (or even if it’s evergreens), head out for some engagement photos – natural settings offer secret hiding spots, and I adore the opportunities that Natural Bliss Photography took to take some peeks in between the leaves. It’s almost like spying on their love story at Carter Mountain Orchard. Fabulous and beautiful… enjoy this stunning session today!

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Welcome to our “Thought for Thursday” – a series of quippy, inspirational quotes about love, engagement and weddings – some from local vendors. Enjoy!

QUOTE Bette

“Watch your number of bridesmaids if you are on a budget.” ~ Bette, Perfect Arrangement

Fun Park Wedding as seen on Hill City Bride

Well, this wedding is filled with fun, fun, fun. Truly! Lauren and Gavin had a lovely park wedding in Prince William, which was followed by games, a jump in the lake and a campfire. I love it when weddings are true celebrations and filled with entertaining events – think of it as family reunion style. So great!

Also, be sure to look out for fun details such as hand painted signage and quilt squares that were used as a guest book. Such creativity! You will also see fun pops of Rose Quartz throughout this Virginia park wedding. Enjoy!

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