Home' D Fine Redland Lifestyle Magazine : September 2009 Contents TRYING to choose your wedding colours
may seem a bit daunting, especially if
you aren't particularly visually oriented
or your partner is colour-blind and absolutely
no help. Yet it's really quite easy. Most people
base their wedding colours on a favourite
shade or favourite flower. You'll want to
choose one primary and one or two accents.
Start off by seeing if there are any pre-
determined factors -- does either the
reception or ceremony site have strong
colours? Are you set on having a particular
flower? Have you already chosen your
bridesmaid dresses? If so, you're halfway to
finding your wedding colours.
If not, start by thinking about the season
when your ceremony will take place. Spring
and summer affairs usually include pastels or
brights. Winter suggests deep purples,
burgundies, grey-greens, and silvers.
Autumn brings harvest tones - oranges,
reds, and yellows.
What to avoid:
• Too much black - while sophisticated, it
can end up looking like a funeral, rather
than a celebration
• Losing your personality - think about what
you wear normally in your clothing and
the shades you've used to decorate your
home. These are probably colours you are
comfortable around already. If you have a
favourite shade, but don't know what else
will go with it, try consulting a simple
colour wheel. Artists and designers have
used this tool for years as a design
• Consider going monochro-matic - many
shades of one colour.
• Consider having related tones - ones
adjacent to each other on the colour
• Consider having complementary shades -
located opposite each other on the colour
wheel. For example, lavender and pale
yellow, or forest green and burgundy.
• If you really love one hue in particular, you
might want to highlight it among neutrals.
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