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Basic Decisions: COLORS

Colors that Complement You:  Remember when choosing your colors to not only find ones that complement each other, but also you. Just because you aren’t wearing the coral bridesmaid dresses, doesn’t mean that you aren’t going to be adjacent to them in every photo. Pick universally flattering colors and shades for your bridesmaids. When women feel confident in a color, their face will light up, and you want everyone looking as glowing and happy on your wedding day as possible. If you have a wedding party with a wide variety of skin tones and hair colors, try using different colors, or different shades to accommodate them.

Color Symbolism & Psychology: When picking the colors for your wedding, and the subsequent bridesmaid dresses, make sure you consider color psychology. Colors can signify different things depending upon the culture or region. For example, white is known in western cultures as a symbol of virtue and innocence. Likewise, many Asian cultures view white as a color symbolizing death, as white is a mourning color. 
Here are a few other thoughts on basic colors you might be considering:

Black: Considered to represent sophistication, power, sexuality, and elegance.  This color can be high-impact or understated, depending upon any contrasting colors used.

Red: The color most readily associated with passion, desire, and love.  In other cultures, red can symbolize purity or good fortune. Red is a high-drama color, and although there is a shade of red for everyone, this would be the wrong color to have in varying shades at the altar, as they easily clash with each other.

Pink: If red is the color of passion, pink is its understated cousin.  Pink is thought to represent femininity and romance. No matter what shade, pink is actually a calming color.

Purple: Historically known as the color of royalty, purple still implies elegance and wealth.  In lighter shades, purple is considered very youthful.

Green: Represents nature and fertility. Almost all shades, green is an incredibly popular couple with both men and women. It is relaxing to look at and gives an appearance of health and vitality.

Yellow: As such a strong color, yellow should not be overused or paired with black (studies have shown that people have a negative physical reaction to yellow and black together, most likely because of bumblebees). However, on its own, yellow connotes optimism and lighthearted cheeriness. Yellow is not a flattering color for everyone, so consider the skin tones of your wedding party before choosing the shade.

Orange: This is one of the most energetic and attention-grabbing colors. It represents excitement and is very memorable.

Gray: This color actually is emotionally-neutral. It does imply a certain amount of conservative tradition and formality.

Brown: Liked by men more than women, this shade (along with related earth tones) represents confidence, sincerity, and stability.

Colors by Season: 
Every season there are forecasts for the latest “it” colors for the seasons ahead.  Often these are determined by the fashion and art industries. However, if you are having a more traditional wedding, you may want to use the colors most often associated with the corresponding season. For those who don’t listen too much to the “tangerine is the new black” philosophies, these recommendations are for you!

Spring: These colors are paler than the bright summer hues, but also mimic those first flowers poking out of the ground after winter. These pastels don’t stand out in contrast as much with the wedding gown as the colors found in winter or summer. Skin tones and hair color does need to be taken into account with many of these colors, although finding a different hue will usually work just fine if it is incompatible. Shades of pale purples work especially well if you need varied hues to flatter your bridal parties.

Summer: Hot and bright pops of color, reminiscent of popsicles, fireworks, and icy pitchers brimming with margaritas, are perfect for summer.  Avoid neon to flatter the widest range of complexions, but don’t be afraid of bright color accents. Whenever you are working with tons of color, you do have to plan well. Know the complementing accent colors, and use paler shades when possible, to avoid too much of a Technicolor wonderland.

Autumn: Earth tones are key to a beautiful autumnal wedding. The goal should be to reflect the dramatic change of this season, the falling leaves and last varied shades of leaves and flowers before the icy solitude of winter. Autumnal weddings are ideal for different dress colors in shades of persimmon, dark mossy green, and deep marigold. If you want neutrals for your bridal party dresses, chocolate browns are lovely set against vivid fall flower bouquets.

Winter: While many think winter is a bit barren for a wedding, nothing could be further from the truth. Winter colors are probably the most varied depending upon the tone you are trying to set. Because winter is the season of Christmas, New Year’s, and Valentine’s Day, you can certainly go festive, with rich jewel tones (especially rich shades of red) or metallics. Another route is to celebrate the sparse and simple natural beauty of the season, by using shades of winter white and dark charcoal grey.

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