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I am trying to decide on color combinations for my May 2013 wedding. I'm going for a classic, elegant feel to the whole affair, but would like to incorporate a spring color that would add a bit of pop. I would appreciate any suggestions.
You have to pick a color that you like, not what other people suggest.
Either dress your bridesmaids in a rainbow of pastels all the same or similar styles or select a color and dress them in shades of the same spring color. Or use a rainbow of spring flowers and keep everything else simple.
Yellow and brown would be nice for May.
How can I make these colors work for my wedding, purple, blue, orange, and cream?
One colour for the bridesmaids dresses, cream for the flowers and linens, and the other colours for the ribbons and table confetti.
Sounds like a Mardi Gras or college colours wedding-is that your theme?
Bridesmaids are always grateful when the dresses are a reusable colour and style, so go with the blue or a sherbet shade of the orange (if they all look good in sherbet orange) for the dresses. Purple is a hard colour for some women to wear but looks great as a ribbon and would look pretty with the blue, and the all colours would be great together scattered across the tables as confetti.
Good luck, and best wishes on the wedding.
I agree with making one color lighter. I can see a light purple, medium purple, and blue flower bouquet with sherbet orange poppies as an accent. Then light purple dresses with medium purple sash/belt and orange shoe pins or hair bobbles. Or sherbet orange dresses with purple bobbles/shoes.
I think the key is definitely using a couple of muted colors. Colors that are too bright will feel like a pep rally (unless that's what you're going for).
Can you find a fabric that incorporates all these colors? Then the bridesmaids' dresses, etc., could be made from it. You could then use the solid colors for tablecloths, napkins, etc.
Many brides choose their wedding colors based on the season. This is a very traditional approach; use it if it works for you. March leads into spring bringing to mind bright or pastel floral colors. However, choosing your favorite colors is always an option.