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Planning a wedding means making plenty of decisions, and one of the most important – and, hopefully, enjoyable – choices you’ll make will be to select your wedding colors. Yet even when it’s fun, choosing a wedding color can be challenging, as you strive for a look that’s both on-trend and true to your personal tastes.
“Every wedding offers ample opportunities for personalization and your choice of wedding color will influence many of your other decisions, from the color of your groom’s boutonniere to the appearance of your wedding invitations,” says Heidi Smith, wedding expert with Invitations by Dawn. “Your wedding color should have special significance to you and your intended, and should set the tone for the overall look and feel of your wedding.”
As spring bridal season approaches, Smith and the wedding consultants at Invitations by Dawn point to these hot colors for 2014:
* Purple – The color experts at Pantone have dubbed radiant orchid as their feature color for 2014, and the hue is perfect for weddings, whether you choose a deep, rich violet or a lighter shade with pink undertones. Purple speaks of love, joy and health – all qualities every bride hopes for on her wedding day. Announce your wedding color with purple wedding invitations that give guests a sneak peek at the hue you’ve chosen for your big day. Purple works well in virtually every aspect of your wedding – bouquets to bridesmaid dresses, favors to table linens. You can even use purple in your wedding cake and desserts by incorporating fruit with purple hues such as plums or deliciously ripe blueberries.
* Pink – For sheer femininity and spring-like appeal, it’s hard to beat the beauty of pink. A naturally nurturing and intimate color, pink imparts romance, whether you choose a bold fuchsia or a dainty pastel. The color will be popular in 2014, and is a central, recurring theme in designer Vera Wang’s 2014 bridal collection. In addition to working well for centerpieces and bouquets, pink is a great color to add to wedding attire, and more than one spring bride will walk down the aisle in pink-accented pumps this year.
* Metallics – “Great Gatsby” inspired looks have brought metallics to the fore in this year’s bridal fashions. Gold, silver, bronze and coppers add both sparkle and class to a wedding, whether you choose to incorporate metallic hues in your wedding invitations or opt for bold, statement jewelry to pair with an elegant, period-inspired wedding gown. Combined with basic black or pure white, gold and silver shine with class in table linens and chair covers. Copper or bronze on foil wedding invitations shimmer, shine and seduce.
* Navy – For a nautical flair that’s both elegant and exciting, Navy makes a bold statement. The hue has been a hot color choice for winter weddings, and is sure to show up in spring nuptials this year. As a choice for groomsmen’s attire, navy is classic and elegant, and pairs well with accessories in light gray, peach or pinks. It’s easy to convey this tasteful color throughout the wedding, from bouquets and centerpieces to stationery and shoes.
* White – No shade is more strongly associated with weddings than white, and the color remains a top choice for bridal needs in all its variations, from cream to ecru and snowy white. As a wedding color, white speaks of purity and promise, and is the ideal shade to underscore the optimism and hope for the future that embodies every wedding. Mix shades of white to create a singular effect. For example, pair cream table linens with ivory chair covers and blush-hued roses for a stunning, inspirational table. White wedding invitations can either be subtly classic or modern and evocative when accented with a pop of color.
Modern technology has made it simple to find a wedding color that’s uniquely yours and convey that shade throughout every aspect of your wedding. Whether you rely on an online search to find the perfect wedding invitations in your chosen color, or use color matching to ensure your wedding shoes are dyed perfectly, it’s easy to color your world with love – and the perfect hue – on your special day.
Saving money is always smart, but can it also be romantic? When it comes to your wedding day, spending less doesn’t mean you have to give up elegance and romance. It’s all about wise choices, setting priorities and selecting a theme that is the perfect marriage of elegance and budget mindedness.
“We’ve all heard how the cost of the average wedding increases every year, but it’s also easier than ever for savvy brides to save money and still have a smashing wedding,” says Tara Sikel, a wedding-planning expert with Ann’s Bridal Bargains. “Picking the right theme can go a long way toward making the most of your wedding budget. And the money you save on the ceremony can go toward something equally romantic and exciting, like the honeymoon or buying your first house together.”
Certain themes speak of romance and elegance, but can easily fit into a leaner budget. As you’re planning your budget-friendly wedding, consider one of these themes:
* Destination – Who wouldn’t love to say their vows on a tropical beach or on the lawn of an Irish castle? If going to the actual destination is beyond your budget, look for ways to recreate that location’s ambiance closer to home. Live near the shore? Potted palms, combed sand, an arch, bouquets of tropical-hued flowers and flickering torches can turn any beach into a tropical experience. Recreate the Irish countryside in a local park or your parents’ backyard with wildflower arrangements and decor in hues of emerald and cream. Whatever your special theme, you can set the tone for your wedding by choosing destination wedding invitations that evoke the spirit of your destination.
* Rustic – Even the truest love can sometimes be complicated, which may explain the appeal of a simple rustic wedding theme. On your big day, everything should feel easy and natural, and a wedding of simple decor and natural themes can accomplish that. The outdoors make a perfect setting for rustic weddings, allowing you to use nature’s beauty as wedding decor. You can also bring the outdoors inside, decorating a banquet hall with natural touches. Replace pricy centerpieces with artfully arranged branches accented with sprays of wildflowers or traditionally rustic fruits such as apples, pears and peaches. Choose colors that evoke a country setting, like soft buttery yellows, gentle greens and rich browns.
* Vintage – Your mother’s beautiful, well-preserved wedding gown may be more than a money-saver – it can be the perfect centerpiece for a vintage wedding theme. One of the best things about a vintage theme is that it can pay homage to virtually any decade. A sparkly flapper-girl gown, pink and black table linens and some art deco accessories can recreate the roaring ‘20s. Salute the ‘50s with kitten heels and a full tulle skirt for you, and a skinny tie for your bridegroom. Depending on what decade you choose, you can find great decoration pieces and even bridal favors at second-hand shops and vintage stores. Or, raid your parents’ and grandparents’ attics to see what period treasures they may have stored and forgotten.
* Garden – Outdoor weddings are wonderful for spring and fall, but you can recreate a garden atmosphere at any time of year, indoors or out. If you’ll be saying your “I do’s” beneath the open sky, choose a setting with a striking, older tree and make it the backdrop for your vows. In warmer months, the tree’s natural greenery will create a lush, garden atmosphere. In autumn, dress up bare branches with strands of lights or paper lanterns. Indoors or out, renting lawn chairs for guests to sit on is not only an economical option, it’s a great way to underscore your garden theme. Instead of a pricey white runner or costly flowers, define the aisle with simple lanterns lit with candles. Floral wedding invitations are a versatile, beautiful way to announce your wedding’s garden theme.
“Elegance and romance can be achieved without breaking the bank,” Sikel says. “Choosing a budget-friendly theme can help ensure you’ll invest more creativity and less cash to achieve the wedding of your dreams.”