I'm having a fall outdoor wedding. Ivory and wine are the main colors. (My dress is ivory, bridesmaids: wine). We will be having two accent colors, both mothers of bride and groom will be in navy and purple. Should I go darker shade flowers to match or lighter shade? We will be using artificial flowers. Should I stick to colors that match exactly or can I mix it up with like mauve, etc.? if so, what colors?
Nella from MN
Mix it up. It's your day and as long as you think it looks good, it will be perfect. I was just recently married and my colors were lavender and pale yellow. I ran the gauntlet on range of color. I went from light to dark with each. The more you open your color scheme the easier it will be to comb the clearance racks and save money by not having to be exact. At the end of the day it all looked wonderful and no one noticed that I added the spectrum of shades in my flowers. (06/27/2007)
Maybe you could carry wine colored flowers, and your bridesmaids could carry ivory flowers. (06/28/2007)
We also had a fall wedding with silk flowers. I used fall foliage in our bouquets. Lots of oranges and plum (Red Maple leaves). We used more leaves than flowers. Some mums. Cedar "leaves" for greenery. Even small pumpkins and pine cones for whimsy. With a fall palette you have a lot of freedom with color. You can go bold and bright or soft and muted if you want to look more formal.
I should mention that my bridesmaids wore navy blue. One of them asked if I would have to change my flowers since orange and blue "clash". I have an art background so I know they "complement". I muted the warm colors and added small blue flowers, too. It was beautiful.
I would stay away from pastels in the fall, they are more suited to spring and summer.
Good luck and remember to keep it fun. It isn't the wedding so much as the marriage. (06/28/2007)
By Lisa from Lena, WI
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