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Today Sarah Merrill of SuiteBlooms in Cheyenne brings us a very interesting topic…how to make your color & season agree. Read on to find Sarah’s hints and how she works with nature’s color palette to incorporate the colors that YOU really want in your wedding!
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Color and Season- Your biggest question answered here:
“I’m getting married in September, but I don’t want my bride’s maids to wear pumpkin orange dresses. My favorite color is lilac, and I really want that to be my main color, but how is that going to look in the fall at an outdoor wedding? My mom said that lilac doesn’t work with fall, and that I have to make my colors match the season. Am I really stuck with brown, yellow, and orange?”
I often hear this question from a stressed, overwhelmed bride wearing a horrified look on her face. As a bridal consultant, florist and a friend – this moment is crucial. I take a big deep breath – in then out – smile and reassure her that colors and seasons are friends and that we can make them get along. Then I explain to her that a few well chosen accent colors can develop a color scheme that is beautiful and also compliments the season. I tell the bride, “Your mom may be picturing lilac, baby chick yellow, and bunny’s nose pink – a very spring palate. Let’s show her how beautiful lilac can be in the fall.”
Now, I’ll walk through the process of choosing secondary colors, so you can learn to create your own color scheme that harmonizes the wedding color you want most with the season you choose for your wedding. First we need to consider the wedding’s setting. The grass and trees in Wyoming in September are still fairly green especially if the location you choose uses a sprinkler system. Some of the grass and leaves on the Aspen trees will start turning yellow. Tree trunks bring in the brown while the flowers, bushes and shrubs bring in the dreaded pumpkin orange.
Here is the representation of our September outdoor color palate:
Now let’s add the lilac to see our starting point:
Ok, at this point I can see why Mom is worried. The lilac does not seem to work with the colors that are occurring in nature. Let’s add a deeper tone of purple that will bring the lilac into harmony with the richer colors of fall:
That simple change makes a big difference! Now let’s add in a pop of chartreuse to give it a lively feel, and a deep masculine chocolate brown to ground the color scheme:
Now Fall and Lilac work together! This is just one example of how simply balancing your entire color palate can create the wedding colors of your dreams, in any season. I suggest using paint chips to determine which colors will work together, then make sure the color you choose is available in your dresses, linens and other necessary items before you get your heart set on any specific tone. Also remember that flowers can be difficult to match perfectly. For example, some red flowers have a warmer tone, others a cooler tone. If an exact match to your blooms is a high priority to you, start by visiting your florist with your color samples. If you have questions, comments or just need an expert’s help, feel free to email in to this blog or to me directly at Suiteblooms@gmail.com. I will do my best to help you, and your question may be featured in future posts on this blog!
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Kati Hime, Editor
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