When you’re putting together your wedding theme, the most important thing to get right is your color scheme. Your wedding colors will direct the entire feel of your wedding, so knowing what you want and how to achieve it is very important. However, many brides are thinking about specific colors that they want to have and aren’t looking at the big picture and how they will or won’t work together. This can lead to some pretty off-putting color schemes that not even the mother of the bride can defend. Fortunately, there are some things you can keep in mind that will help you get the wedding colors right, and here are 7 common mistakes that you can easily avoid.
1. Setting a Single Color Palette
Most brides are asked over and over what their wedding colors are, so you can get pigeon-holed into saying the same color over and over and believing it. The truth is that you don’t really need to have a set palette for your wedding, the colors just need to work together. Your wedding theme may be more object-oriented such as flowers or plants, so colors can easily become a moot point.
2. Choosing Trendy Colors (According to Others)
One of the worst mistakes that a bride can commit is to listen to “experts” and magazine articles too much about what colors are trending right now. Just because other people love a particular color this year doesn’t mean you need to settle for it if you prefer something else. Remember that it is your wedding and you can choose whatever colors you want for anything in the room.
3. Choosing Unnatural Colors
Though it can be fun to choose wild and zany colors for your wedding, it can be really hard to match decorations with certain ones that are too off the wall. For instance, if you use orange as your primary wedding color, you may find it difficult to find flowers, plants, and other items that match it very well. You probably don’t want to be stuck with a bunch of pumpkins as your centerpieces, so think things through before you pick something that doesn’t happen in nature too often.
4. Having Too Many Wedding Colors
Though it’s never a good idea to limit yourself to only a few wedding colors, it is just as horrible to have way too many. You don’t want your reception hall to look like a tie-dyed t-shirt (or maybe you do), so try to keep yourself limited to a sane number of wedding color. There’s a big difference between using several shades of brown or green and using red, yellow, orange, and blue. Diversify within a certain color if you want more variety, but don’t leap all over the color wheel.
5. Avoiding Risks
Though you don’t want to have your wedding colors be completely off the wall, you also don’t want your wedding to look bland and plain. Often times a bride will stick to really basic wedding colors like white, red, and pink, and this can make your wedding look really dull and boring. Try to keep things a little bit fun and random, just don’t go overboard or it can be even worse than having plain wedding colors.
6. Avoiding White
Though it’s bad form for the mother of the bride to wear white and upstage the bride, that doesn’t mean that your tablecloths can’t be white. There is a reason that white is known as the definitive wedding color, so make sure it is properly represented throughout your color scheme. White is a very classy color, and weddings are all about class at the end of the day.
7. Overlooking Your Venue’s Color Palette
Though you’re going to want to have your own vision for your wedding colors, you also need to accept that you need to work with what already exists at your wedding venue. If the walls of your wedding venue are already brown, using blue as your primary wedding color will look absolutely terrible. Keep this in mind when you’re out looking at potential wedding venues and you should be able to avoid the most common mistakes that brides make when choosing their wedding colors.