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Choosing Wedding Colors and Their Color Meanings

Updated on November 22, 2015

Lilac, and Turquoise, and Ruby, Oh my! Wedding Color Schemes

Did you know that the human eye can perceive approximately seven million different colors? Not only that, but colors can have an effect on every facet of our lives from the way we feel to the memories that are brought back from life changing occasions. This sets the standard pretty high for one of the most important decisions to make in wedding planning, your color scheme. Color schemes are very important because they are seen everywhere - from the flowers to the table clothes, the dishes to the place cards, even your bridesmaids' dresses to the floor runner. Your guests will encounter your color scheme decision from the moment they receive their save the date to the concluding delivery of their thank you cards. No pressure, right?

No wonder brides, maid of honors, and wedding planners are put under so much stress. But there doesn't always have to be so much stress and worry when it comes to this vital decision. When planning a wedding color scheme, many who are involved in this decision try to keep with the current trending style making sure their wedding is hip and up-to-date on all things 2012. But one of the greatest features about colors is they aren't determined by the year or generation. Colors are used to express emotion, personality, and moods. So you can stop Googling "Trending wedding color schemes of 2012" now and start looking where the real answer is: inside you and the incredible person who will be beside you on that special day.

Colors
Colors

Meanings of Colors

For centuries, different colors have been seen to represent different strengths, aspects, and personalities of people. These colors are now referred to as power colors. There are various charts and quizzes you can take in order to determine what color best represents you. This provides a personalized touch for your ceremony and creates a perfect fit just like your wedding dress. Determine the color that's best for you and use the following guidelines to pick an exquisite combination. This will create a lasting memory for your guests, which will be brought back whenever they see your signature color.

How to Choose Your Wedding Colors

Red Wedding Color Scheme

red wedding color scheme
red wedding color scheme

Electrifying Red

Passion, desire, strength, and excitement. These are all proud traits of a red. Anyone who has tons of energy and a loving personality is the perfect representation of the color red. Your guests will love the electrifying roses placed perfectly in your flowers and hair. Maybe a trim on your bridesmaids dresses to match the delicate red stripe around your table clothes. A few combinations that will complement each other nicely to give your wedding the wow factor you are looking for are red & pink; red & orange; or my personal favorite, red, black, & white.

Wedding Guides

In these lens you will learn a lot about colors and weddings and what colors to use when. There are tons more things to look at from wedding music, make-up dancing and more. Through out this hubpage you will find some of the best wedding guides I would recommend.

The Knot Complete Guide to Weddings in the Real World

The Knot Complete Guide to Weddings in the Real World: The Ultimate Source of Ideas, Advice, and Relief for the Bride and Groom and Those Who Love Them.
The Knot Complete Guide to Weddings in the Real World: The Ultimate Source of Ideas, Advice, and Relief for the Bride and Groom and Those Who Love Them.

Online Product Description of this great wedding planning guide.

"Planning for the big day? Here are the most up-to-date answers to all of your questions in the book from the editors of the acclaimed wedding website, The Knot.

Overwhelmed by the countless questions and details your wedding entails? Don’t despair! The Knot Complete Guide to Weddings in the Real World takes you step-by-step from your engagement to the big day, from the reception to the honeymoon. Inside you’ll find checklists, worksheets, insider advice, and in-depth sections on:

How to personalize your wedding

Updated wedding etiquette

Creating a realistic budget

Sneaky cost-cutting tips

Dress shopping advice

Tips for working with florists, caterers, officiants, and others

Invitation wording

Vows and ceremony details

Unique wedding customs"

 

Yellow Wedding Color Scheme

Yellow Wedding Color Scheme
Yellow Wedding Color Scheme

Imaginative Yellow

Calling all you joyous brides out there! It's time to let your happiness show with a shining bright yellow wedding color scheme. Yellow is the color of sunshine, light, optimism, and hope. Your guests will feel alive with popping daisies and bright yellow save the dates. If it's ever time to show your spunk, now is the time with one of these yellow wedding combinations: white & yellow; grey, white, & yellow; orange & yellow; and blue & yellow.

Blue Wedding Color

Blue Wedding Color
Blue Wedding Color

Peaceful Blue

Blue is known to create a calming mood in a room. Its serene hue is enough to bring harmony and unity to your family and soon-to-be in-laws who may have otherwise been on a sour note from all the pre-wedding stress. If you are a calm, trusting, confident young bride, flaunt it with all the different shades of this tranquil color. Some recommended combos for blue are blue willow & white; purple & blue; blue & green; and red & blue.

Orange Wedding Color Scheme

Orange Wedding Color Scheme
Orange Wedding Color Scheme

Enthusiastic Orange

If you have a warm personality and your future partner has an energetic one, orange brings a perfect balance to both of these complimentary traits. Orange is very vibrant and expansive color that will bring a smile on the face of all your friends and family. It puts a happy mood in the atmosphere leaving the night full of laughter and memories. To create even more balance to this exuberant color, use one of these cherished combinations: tangerine tango & pink; olive green & topaz; brown, green, & orange; red & orange; yellow & orange; grey & orange; or purple & orange.

Green Wedding Color Scheme

Green Wedding Color Scheme
Green Wedding Color Scheme

Natural Green

It's time to go green! If you are all about the environment and outdoors, and just love to be where the green grass grows, cast your thoughts on this dynamic color. Green is a sign of good health and youth. It is the very color of our mother nature. If you want a sense if renewal and vigor, green is the way to go. Although green is better at supporting other colors by adding a splash of zest to a combination, it can still be put on center stage if paired with neutral colors. By having deep green runners and table cloths with a black and white stripe along the rim and some simple and elegant white china, you can create a perfect balance of colors for all to enjoy. Here are a few more mixtures to consider to highlight your green fancy: green & dusty gold; black, white, & green; brown & green; and cream & green.

Wedding MakeUp Guide

Wedding MakeUp Guide
Wedding MakeUp Guide

Yes, on that special day everyone needs to look their best. You only get one wedding day, so it needs to stand out from any other normal day. Many put to much, or two less, but this guide will help you with all of your wedding make up problems. Below is the product description.

All great weddings take a lot of planning and making sure the Bride looks her best is of course most important. Choosing the right makeup look is a vital part of the brides outfit. This Bridal makeup app will help you pick the best look regardless of whether you choose to do your own make or hire a professional makeup artist on your wedding day.

 

Purple Wedding Color Schemes

Purple Wedding Color Schemes
Purple Wedding Color Schemes

Royal Purple

Did your daddy used to call you his little princess? Have you always felt royal at heart? Your wedding is now the perfect opportunity to bring out your inner princess with the most noble color. Purple. Purple is the color of ceremony, celebration, transformation, and enlightenment. With its deep tone and alert feel, it brings a sense of mystery and wonder to all who attend your one-of-a-kind wedding. A dash of delicate purple lilacs and a bold purple vest and tie is enough to leave an impression never to be forgotten. Some unforgettable color schemes that you could use to showcase this rich color are sweet lilac & margarita; ivory white and purple; sterling grey & purple; light blue & lavender; and orange, pink, & purple.

Guide to Wedding Dancing

Dancing Together: A 90-Minute Guide to a Beautiful Wedding Dance
Dancing Together: A 90-Minute Guide to a Beautiful Wedding Dance

Check out this Editorial Review from Amazon about this great how to DVD on dancing a beautiful wedding dance.

Review

The teachers' encouraging, smooth directives enhance the well taught lessons, which are useful for all new dancers, not just those seeking wedding dance instructions. --Nancy McCay, Booklist Magazine

It was great - so easy to follow and a such a high quality presentation! --Chicago, IL

I was ready to invest $1000 for 10 lessons to have my granddaughter and her groom learn how to impressively dance at their reception...until I ran across this DANCING TOGETHER . It's produced so simply, so clearly that even the klutziest of couples can get to the promised land on their big day. Julee and Dave s experience drips through the DVD, their step-by-step (literally) instruction reflects their understanding and attention to detail. The DVD is guaranteed to bolster your confidence enough to dance with a smile. --Milwaukee, WI

 

Embrace Your Wedding Color Scheme

So yes, it is true. There are over seven million recognizable colors to the human eye. But instead of seeing it as a tremendous challenge, embrace it! Use it as an opportunity. Each couple has their own individual personality and not one is the same as another. So now there are seven million different shades and colors to choose from to get that perfectly unique wedding color combo resembling you and your loving spouse. So go ahead, be bold, set the trend, and remember it's your wedding, so own it!

Color Wheel
Color Wheel

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Wedding Colors and Lights

Colors are great for your wedding, but making them pop with lights is just as important. Make sure your lighting is set correctly, and matches or it make look colors darker, lighter, and with some fabrics a different shade

Colorful Light for Your Wedding

iMounTEK E27 LED Light Bulb With Remote Control LED Color Changing Light Bulb Adjustable Brightness 3 Modes Easy Install
iMounTEK E27 LED Light Bulb With Remote Control LED Color Changing Light Bulb Adjustable Brightness 3 Modes Easy Install

Features: More than two million colors, 120 levels brightness . The colors and brightness can be adjusted by the remote control. It can memorize and restore the previous settings of color, brightness, and flashing patterns. Unique LED control, saving over 30% power comparing to conventional LED lights. Unique heat dissipating design, saving over 90% power comparing to conventional LED lights. Ultra bright and environment-friendly, no UV and IR radiation. Long service life and high luminous efficiency. Standard B22/E27/GU10 lamp base. Stylish and exquisite appearance, it is convenient to carry. Suitable for showcase, residential, office, hotel, shop, exhibition room, landscaping etc.

 

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      CheapMakeupSnob 4 years ago

      Wow, I didn't think most people would choose purple, like myself! I think my 2nd choice would be blue since it's my husband's favorite color.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Beautiful lens! Every picture here is nice, I don't know what wedding color would I pick :)