The Case for Color
The last few years have taken a softer tone in terms of color, and I loved the romantic ethereal feel that came with it, but as a planner and and as a designer I'm so excited to see brides and event planners merge these softer tones with bolder, splashier palettes. You don't have to sacrifice elegance, romance or sophistication in order to add color to your event, more than ever, event vendors are incorporating rich patterns and colors into everything from floral, attire, cake, linens, and pretty much every element you can think of. Go beyond the blush box that is often Pinterest and elevate your event with bold vibrant yet elegant vibes that will make your big day stand out. And here's a little secret, your vendors will be excited to stretch their creative muscles, create something truly special for you, and might event thank you for going against the grain.
Here are a few ideas on how to make a splash ... of color that is ... on your big day.
1. Your Dress is probably the most photographed element of your wedding, along with your bouquet, and bridal designers are leading the color movement. If you are not brave enough to rock a fully colored gown (I know I wouldn't be), how gorgeous is this sophisticated floral gown paired together with equally breathtaking blooms? Full disclosure, Kiana Underwood, who is behind this styled shoot, is my floral hero and a color wizard! Though the watercolors are subtle, the statement is anything but, and the look oozes romance and elegance.
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2. Don't forget the groom. He's likely to be in almost as many pictures as you will be in, and though no one should try to compete with your look on your wedding day, nothing is more dapper than a groom who feels comfortable stepping a little bit out of his comfort zone. Navy is a great solid, elegant color that is sure to complement a floral print, or soft hues of gray, pink, and of course a classic ivory gown. Remember, the goal is not to pull off an avant-garde look, but rather to bring out your personality into each element of your wedding, so make sure he's comfortable rocking that suit!
3. What is sweeter than a show-stopping cake!? Instead of going into your cake design appointment with an arsenal of designs, give your baker/designer an opportunity to shine by asking them to wow you with a design featuring your bold color choices. Have them incorporate texture, floral, jewel tones or shapes, and the result will probably go way beyond your imagination.
4. The details tie a wedding, or any great event, together. And they are also a great opportunity to breathe color and personality into your event. Start setting the tone for a great party the minute your guests open their invitations.
5. Decor is everything! The idea of creating a theme for your wedding is overwhelming and can come off as forced or dated. Instead, use color as a thread, and strive to create a mood, or feeling by incorporating things you love into a party that reflects your style. Florals, linens, glassware, tableware, candles and other decor pieces, are not just elements that you check off the list when planning your wedding, but rather puzzle pieces that come together beautifully. Whether modern or vintage, bright or moody, or a mix of the two, these elements create the ultimate backdrop for whatever ambiance you are trying to set for your guests.
6. Your Squad. Long gone are the days of burn-worthy bridesmaids dresses, and boring bouquets. Your girls (and guys) are probably in your wedding party because they are the people in your life you have the most fun with. So show it in the way you style their dresses, suits and flowers, you'll smile back every time you look at your wedding pictures.
Weather you love bold colors, soft tones or lush greens, there's always room to feature these throughout your event and treat your guests to elements of your personality, because after all they came to celebrate YOU.