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Decisions, decisions! When you’re getting married, you’re faced with one decision after the next to make about your big day. While it may not be the first thing you think about, choosing a wedding color scheme is something you’ll have to cross off your list pretty quickly. After all, your wedding color scheme will dictate how your attendants will dress, what flowers you’ll carry, the color of the tablecloths at your reception, your wedding invitations…well, you get the idea. Given how much your wedding color scheme will affect the look and feel of your nuptials, it’s no wonder that many brides and grooms turn to Google for tips on choosing wedding colors. Luckily, we have just what you’re searching for. Here are our top tips for choosing a wedding color palette that will stand out without upstaging you!

First Things First

If you already have a reception venue in mind, take some time to visit the site with fresh eyes. This time, you’ll want to identify colors and patterns that might impact the scheme you choose. Take note of the shades you see, from the floor underfoot to the walls and backdrop, as well as the lighting and furniture. If the setting is very neutral in color, you have your pick of colors, but if the carpet is burgundy or the chairs are bright blue, you’ll want to consider colors that complement the existing palette.

On the other hand, if you haven’t yet picked a venue, you may want to choose your wedding color scheme first, so that you can consider your colors when looking at locations. Either way, be prepared to be inspired by the sites you visit. The view of the mountains and woods may spark your desire for a rustic, earthy palette, while a waterside setting may lead you to choose nautical colors.

Seasonal Considerations

The time of year you choose to get married will dictate many things—among them, your wedding color scheme. Consider that while flowers can be flown in from anywhere for a price, you’ll get the most bang for your buck by buying blooms that are in-season. While many flowers come in an array of colors, others are only available in a single hue, such as sunflowers and calla lilies. So, if you’re choosing flowers such as these, you’ll need to pick wedding colors that complement them.

Each season also brings with it its own natural color palette, from the deep reds, burnished oranges, and vibrant yellows of autumn to the soft pinks and pale greens of spring, from which you may wish to draw inspiration. Bear in mind, though, that if you love rich red hues, you can still pull them off in the spring. The key is to add in accent colors that soften and lighten the palette as a whole.

Do Your Research

You can find inspiration and tips for choosing your wedding colors just by picking up a bridal magazine. You’ll find an endless array of styles, fashions, colors, flowers, and décor, and any one of the photos you find there may get your creative juices flowing. Where else can you look for color inspiration? This website, of course! Browse our galleries to see what other brides and grooms chose for their big days. You might find a couple using shades you haven’t considered or taking color inspiration from a venue in in a way you never imagined!

It’s also a good idea to brush up on basic color theory. The easiest way to do this is to consult the color wheel to find colors and shades that complement each other. Opposite hues always work well together, as do color “neighbors” (those that sit next to one another on the wheel).

We hope these tips on choosing wedding colors have helped you think about ways you can creatively build a color palette that helps your pictures really pop on your wedding day! But don’t go crazy trying to choose the perfect palette on your own. Your photographer, florist, wedding planner, and bridal party can help you pick wedding colors that are just right for your perfect day, so if you have questions, just ask!

Ready to book the photographer for your big day? Give us at Craig Collins Photography a call today at 973-335-1505! The sooner you book us, the sooner we can give you personalized tips on choosing wedding colors that will look stunning not just the day of the ceremony, but also in the photographs you’ll cherish forever!