Avoid These 6 Color Palette Mistakes for a Beautiful Wedding

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Usually coming up with a color scheme for your wedding décor and attire isn’t difficult – just pick your favorite colors, and go! It should be fun, right?

But sometimes your favorite colors just don’t work well together, or they give off the wrong vibe you want for your wedding.

The following are the top 6 color palette mistakes and how to fix them.

Mistake 1: Choosing Too Many Colors

Using too many colors can end up looking confusing and messy. Nothing stands out so a focal point (like your ceremony altar area, or your head table) just fades away into the mix.

Ideally pick one main color and one, two, or three secondary colors. You can also add more visual interest by using varying shades and tints of your main color.

Mistake 2: Choosing Only Two Colors

Where too many colors is information overload, using only two colors can end up looking blah and uninteresting.

When you limit your color palette to just two colors everything ends up matching (we’ll talk more about matching in rule number 6).

To pull off having just two colors but still end up with an elegant look, incorporate monochromatic (colors are all the colors, tints, tones, and shades of a single hue) color elements into your palette.

You’ll still have your two colors, but the varying shades and tints will be more visually pleasing. (And show up better in your photos!)

Mistake 3: Choosing Colors Because They are the Current Trend

wedding colors pinterest boardHaving wedding inspiration immediately at our fingertips (with magazines, wedding sites, and pinterest), is both a blessing and a curse.

A blessing because it doesn’t take much time to find things to look at. A curse because this can sometimes limit our thinking of what is possible. If we see it on the pages or on the screen, then it must be “right,” right?

Well, not necessarily.

Your wedding choices, including your color palette, should reflect you and your fiancé, not what someone has deemed to be the current trend.

Pick colors that are “you.” Look at your home decor. Look in your closet. Now look closer at the items (decor and clothing) that are your favorites. What colors do you see there? These are the colors that resonate with you, bring you joy and make you happy. For your wedding palette, why not choose colors that you love?

After all, in 10 years, while looking at your wedding photos, “What was I thinking when I chose those colors?” is not what you want going through your mind.

Mistake 4: Avoiding Certain Color Combos

red green swirlSome color combinations are automatically associated with certain images or events. What do you think of when you hear ‘red and green?’ How about ‘red, white, and blue?’

You don’t have to avoid these color combos entirely. Instead, change up the shades a bit.

Instead of a bright Christmas-y red and green, try marsala (this seasons Pantone Color of the Year) with a muted green such as fern or emerald for a sophisticated look.

pantone marsalaOr magenta and teal blue with white accents for a less patriotic feel.

magenta teal

Mistake 5: Choosing “Seasonal” Colors
orange fall leavesJust as certain events/holidays are typically represented by specific color combos, so are the seasons.

But . .

You don’t have to choose a color, or color combination just because it happens to be equated with a particular season.

If you’re getting married in October, you don’t have to choose orange and brown. If you’re getting married in December, you don’t have to choose red and green, or winter-y colors like white and ice blue. (Unless you really love those colors and would pick them regardless of what your wedding date is).

True seasonal colors are more than the ones that immediately come to mind. Sure, the thought of Fall conjures up oranges and browns – but during that lovely season you’ll also see deep greens, purples, golds, and reds.

Easter pastels often come to mind for Spring. But also think softer versions of most colors, such as violet, jade, coral, and poppy.

Mistake 6: Trying to Match Colors

Color will be incorporated into everything at your wedding – centerpieces, bouquets, bridesmaids dresses, table linens, groomsmen’s vests, and so on.

Of course you’ll want everything to look good together, but don’t try to “match” colors.

The same color will look different on different fabrics and materials. So if your order the bridesmaids dresses, the men’s vests and ties, and the table linens in the same color, instead of complementing each other they will look a little bit “off.”

I always say that the only time the word “match” belongs in wedding planning is in regards to the happy couple – they are a perfect match for each other. When it comes to decor (flowers, linens, lighting, etc.) the word “match” should be thrown out the window, and replaced with “coordinates.”

The key here is to choose colors that coordinate and compliment each other.

Hearts, Joy, Love!

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How to Address Your Wedding Invitations to Guests with Titles

wedding invitation envelopeAddressing your invitations doesn’t seem like a difficult or confusing task.

If the people you are addressing the envelope to have the usual titles (Mr., Mrs., Miss, or Ms.) it is usually pretty simple (although a bit time consuming).

But what to do when one, or both, have “official” titles (ex. Lieutenant or Doctor) instead of the usual Mr. or Mrs.?

Here are 3 scenarios to help you crack the code:

1) For a couple with different last names, the woman is traditionally listed first (ex. Miss (or Ms.) Sarah Smith and Mr. Matthew Jones).

However, when one has a rank or other “official” title, their name will be listed first (Captain Matthew Jones and Ms. Sarah Smith, Doctor Sarah Smith and Mr. Matthew Jones).

2) For a couple with the same last name the person with a title other than Mr., Mrs., Miss, or Ms. would be listed first. (Lieutenant and Mr. Susan and Marvin Brown, Doctor and Mrs. Michael Johnson and Lisa Davis).

3) For a couple who both have “official” titles there are a few “sub-rules”

  • are their last names the same or different?
  • are their titles both military, both civilian, or one is military and the other civilian?
  • are they being invited as a couple (meaning are you close to both) or is one the “and guest”

For a couple whose last names are different, and their titles are both military and civilian, the military title takes precedence over a civilian title, (Captain Linda Wilson and Doctor James Moore, Captain Charles Lewis and Doctor Sandra Allen).

If their last name is the same, the man is listed first (Doctor Daniel and Captain Nancy Clark).

Unless she is your invited guest and he is her “plus one,” then she is listed first (Doctor Karen Jones and Captain Paul Young).

Hope this helps in your wedding invitation addressing endeavors.

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What If?

rain on wedding dayI’m sure you’ve heard the old saying – “The Best Laid Plans…” (meaning that no matter how well something is planned, something may still go wrong). Well, this is precisely why you need to have a Plan B in place when you are planning your wedding.

Don’t worry. It’s not bad luck to anticipate potential problems or areas of concern when creating a Plan B.

Here are some recommendations and a couple real-life examples of past mishaps and their solutions.

*Have an emergency kit packed and ready
It should include a sewing kit that has thread in all the colors that are in your wedding party – white, ivory, black/grey or other tuxedo shades, colors for bridesmaid gowns and both mothers. It should also include needles, pins – safety and straight – scissors, mending tape.

One bride related that during the receiving line she leaned over to kiss a relative and in the process, he unknowing stepped on the front of her gown. When she stood up, the front of the gown’s skirt ripped out at the waist. A quick repair job with the contents of her emergency kit saved the day.

Also include Kleenex, spot remover cloths, aspirin, breath lozenges, feminine products, make up, hair spray and any necessary medications, and a bit of florist’s tape.

*Have a backup plan just in case
If someone has to drop out of your wedding party at the last minute – what will you do? Find someone in the same size to replace the person or consider how important is it to have the exact number of male and female attendants?

If you are planning an outdoor wedding and reception, what will you do if it rains or storms?

*Remember that everything can be fixed in some way
Use your imagination and try to anticipate some possible solutions. So you are one boutonniere short – it’s not the end of the world. Clip some blossoms from either the maid’s bouquet or the bridal bouquet. Go to you emergency kit for the magic green tape florists use to fashion arrangements and voila! Problem solved.

*Trust your feelings
If something doesn’t feel right, pay attention. Your instincts are probably right. Plans that feel right to you are the ones to go with. Other people can make suggestions but the final choice is yours.

*Your wedding will be wonderful
Mishaps can occur but if you don’t panic, neither will anyone else. At one wedding, the processional was complete and the ceremony about to begin when the bride noticed that the altar candles had never been lit. No one else noticed so she wisely ignored the lapse.

Her wedding was beautiful.

Have a Plan B (just in case) and yours will be too!

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Do You Need a Wedding Planner? Would You Remodel Your Home Without a General Contractor? By Christine Boulton





I don’t get it. Why would you take on a project that can cost you anywhere from $10,000 to, well, as high as you want to go without having a professional by your side?

Here is the thing, would you take on a major home remodeling project without hiring a general contractor? Of course not. I know, you are asking how are those even remotely the same. Let me ask you,

“How are they different?”

  • Both have budgets in at least the 5 figure range. That is a LOT of money.
  • In both instances you want a high degree of personalization. In short, you want YOUR dream to be executed.
  • Both will require a long list of sub-contractors that you have most likely never dealt with before.
  • Both require tight scheduling to make sure everything comes together on time and on budget.
  • Both are going to have glitches and unexpected issues pop up that someone is going to have to deal with.
  • The results of both are going to be with you for a long, long time.

Am I beginning to make some sense here?
All those things listed below are what a wedding planner does.

  • They know which vendors are reliable and match your style.
  • They help you translate your dreams to the people who are going to make them come true.
  • They know all about how your venue works in terms of timing and convenience for load in.
  • It is their job to keep that timeline on track so, for example, the flowers show up after the tables are set up, dinner is served hot and the MC know when to do the first dance.
  • It is their job to keep all those sub-contractors working together on the right plan.
  • They are there to look you right in the eye and say “Yes you can have that, but you are going to have to give up XYZ”
  • They are there to handle those last-minute glitches and issues in a way that you don’t even know they happened.

There is a wealth of information online today on how to plan a wedding, but until you actually do it, you have no idea of everything involved.

Seriously, when you look at it in this light, why would you even think of not hiring a wedding planner for one of the days you are going to remember for the rest of your life.

Sure, I could watch HGTV, DIY Network, House Crashers and This Old House until my eyes bleed but one episode of Holmes on Homes or DIY Disaster will cure my ass of thinking I can remodel my kitchen on my own!

By: Christine Boulton
Wedding Dish
Think Like A Bride