The Color Wheel and Your Wedding

Wedding Palette and Colors

A color wheel will help you to choose coordinating colors for your event or wedding.

Should I go for bold or subtle? Bright or muted? Should I choose classic colors or trendy colors?

The best colors that usually go well together are opposites because they pair a cool and warm tone together.  A bright, loud, saturated color usually works well with a neutral color.

Choosing one bold color can create the pop of color many couples are looking for. 

Is there a color combination that you have yet to see at a wedding or online?  There may be good reason.  They simply don’t work well together.  Being unique is great but sometimes it just doesn’t translate well when it comes to wedding palettes.  Yellow and red may remind you of a fast food joint.  Yellow and brown may not be the best colors together.  Without going into deep explanation, subconsciously they may not be the best choice. 

Choose key areas and locations for your color combinations to be used.  Sprinkle them about.  There is no need for them to be super concentrated.  Your colors don’t need to be the exact shades either. 

At the end of the day, always remember, this is your big day. You ultimately need to be happy with all of the choices.  You will be funding it.  Choose the colors and designs that will make you happy.  

Color Wheel Information:

The color wheel is a visual model, typically arranged in a circle, of the colors found in a prism.  The primary colors are red, yellow and blue.  The primary colors are pure and cannot be created from other colors.  All other colors are created from these.  Secondary colors are created from the primary colors. They are formed when equal parts of two primary colors are combined.  Tertiary colors are formed by mixing a primary color and a secondary color.  As you blend colors, they become less vivid but result in different hues.

For example, you can create a dusty rose color by mixing red and white to make pink.  You can then mix red, blue and yellow to make brown.  Add a few touches of brown to your pink to create the desired shade of dusty rose.

Don't be afraid to make mistakes.  Just keep experimenting.  It's so much fun!

Umbrella Photo by Malte Bickel @heizerlein

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