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#WeddingWednesday: Theme and Color Scheme

#WeddingWednesday: Choosing Your Theme and Colors

You’re engaged to be married to the person of your dreams and now it’s time to begin the planning process.  How will you make your wedding special?  What is going to differentiate you as a bride from all of the other brides in the world?  Making your wedding reflect who you are as a couple through your theme and colors is a major chunk of what your guests will remember and it will make your wedding special and unique.

Photo by Lindsey Rae Photography

Before choosing the theme for your wedding you should choose your location.  A beach themed wedding doesn’t completely make sense if you want nothing to do with a wedding located on the beach.  After that you should begin brainstorming ideas for your theme using your hobbies that you like to do as a couple, how you met, the things you and your partner have in common, places you have traveled together and your favorite pieces of art, movies, and food.  You should write the list down, compiling as many ideas as you can and then come back to it at another time and make a decision on what fits best for your wedding.


Following your theme decision you should try to describe your theme so that you and everyone helping with the planning process visualize the theme they are working to create.  Some common wedding themes are country, seasonal, sports, vintage and stars.

Photo by Laura Fontaine

You have a theme for your wedding, now what?  You should choose a color palette for your day to go with the theme.  For a country wedding you may choose burgundy and pale yellow for your colors.  Take some inspiration from the venue as well; if your chosen colors do not work with the venue do not force them to work, just change up a hue to create better cohesion for all.  If you have certain colors in mind and you don’t want to be limited by a venue that may not work with your colors a tent may be the best option for you as it provides a blank slate for you to design. You could use LED uplighting to flood the tent with the colors to match your theme.  You could also choose something that goes well with the season that your wedding is in: silver and blue could be a good palette for the winter.  If you have something that you want to include in your wedding décor such as a certain flower or a family heirloom then be sure to keep that priority in mind when choosing your colors.  Another option is to have a primary color with a couple of accent colors that perform more of a supporting role.  One color pairing concept is to have a monochromatic scheme where there is one color of various shades, tints, tones and values of the color.  An example of this could be baby blue, powder blue and periwinkle.  Another color pairing concept is an analogous scheme where the colors are next to each other on the color wheel.  This could be cyan, turquoise and green.  A complementary color scheme is when two colors are opposite each other on the color wheel; this needs complete focus so that they are not too much at the wedding.  This could be purple and yellow.  An easier way to choose your wedding colors would be to select your primary color first and then find some good accent colors that go well with it.

Photo by Katie Pietrowski

After choosing your theme and colors you can now work on incorporating them into the many aspects of your wedding.  Do not make them overbearing but rather a backdrop to your marriage.  You can include your theme in your invitations, centerpieces, table numbers and your wedding cake among many other things.  Make sure that everyone involved in your wedding knows the colors and theme including the florist, the DJ or band, the caterer, and the baker.Theme


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