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Are you ready for the whirlwind of planning a wedding? Make it easier on yourself by starting at square one - your colors. If you haven't been planning for this day since you were 12 years old, you will want to start by finding your theme. There is a method to this madness, it's called an Inspiration Board. This is something you will use to compile the photos, magazine tear-outs, material and ribbon swatches that you have gathered. It's a lot more productive and quicker than building a 6-inch thick binder. If you already have a binder, slim down your ideas by putting them on the Inspiration Board. If you need a visual, Elizabeth Anne Designs has a a great collection of Inspiration Board examples. Here are a few I grabbed that might work for our color palette here:
(photo: Elizabeth Anne Designs)
Literally pick up a few pieces of black poster-size foam board and some tape (two-sided or scotch) to start your project. You can pick these supplies up at any general purpose store (i.e., Walmart).
Finding your colors. Don't start by looking at swatches of colors; you'll spend too much time. Begin by looking through bridal, wedding, interior design, fashion, gardening and even scrap-booking magazines or websites for inspiration. Find things that you like, and again, I would highly recommend looking at the Elizabeth Anne Designs inspiration boards to get an idea of what to gather. Remember that the photo doesn't even have to be wedding oriented, it just needs to be something that has good use of a color and reflects your taste.
If the walk down the aisle feels a lot longer than it did in your mind when you were a kid, or you'd rather look like the bouquet than a statue holding one, it might be time to think about straying from tradition and adding a little color to the white wedding.
Here to help you along your way is a short guide to the latest wedding color trends with weddings, photographers, sellers and know-it-alls where you can find inspiration.
Today, color lover Lou gives us a look at her magnificent Green and Purple wedding.
I am not really sure what inspired me to choose purple & green for my wedding? Being the arty type I am always drawn to complimentary colours and I guess I knew that I wanted my wedding to stand out from the crowd! The wedding took place in a 14th century barn in Norfolk, the perfect setting for an informal affair.
We made leaf candle holders for the tables, used jam jars and suspended them from the ceiling. I also used lots of hessian, ivy and purple and green raffia. My Dad & husband made the cakes, which I iced, the florist than added the flowers. The cupcakes were made by my friend, the chocolate looked superb with the purple flowers and lime green foliage.
From the COLOURlovers' group Gentle Discoveries.
Some truly gentle palettes and patterns that softly take your breath away and tenderly hold you in awe...share them here, whether they are created by you or your fellow CLers :)
The words that one might associate with these works : Gentle, Soft, Mild, Delicate, Sensitive, Tender, Tranquil, Quiet, Serene, etc.
This is a guest post written by speakin_colors.
A wide variety of styles fall under the term gothic. A gothic wedding dress may be similar to a Renaissance dress, or it may be closer to the dark style of the underworld look of vampires and witches. It could also include some typical Celtic elements adapted to the gothic fashion, with rich fabrics and a variety of deep colours. Other designs could include a skin-tight black or red dress with a Victorian neckline or a plunging or lock-lace bodice, a goth corset with black ribbon detail, a long flowing skirt with lace or a webbed black hose.
Medieval Wedding Dresses
Gothic themed dresses may also incorporate the look of the Medieval ages. Though some Medieval dresses are in white, darker colours can be chosen for a darker and more dramatic design while still retaining the rich materials and delicate trims that are often featured in Medieval dresses. Typical distinguishing characteristics of the Medieval dresses are puff-sleeves and ruffled necklines.
This is a guest post written by speakin_colors.
A Bit of History
The traditional white wedding dress symbolizes purity and chastity, two virtues a woman about to get married was supposed to have in the past. The bridal custom of wearing white started in the XVI century but it was given a boost when Queen Victoria decided to wear a white wedding gown instead of the silver dress royal brides used to wear at that time. Another monarch, Mary Queen of Scots, had worn white before when she married François II of France. However, her choice did not become popular then since white was the official colour of mourning in France at the time. It is believed Mary had chosen white since she was very fond of that colour and her white wedding dress surely must have highlighted her bright auburn hair and her hazel-brown eyes.
Prior to the Victorian era, a bride was married in any colour except black (the colour of mourning) or red (which was connected with prostitutes).
In the XIX century, women began to choose dark colours instead of light ones to get married. The choice was based purely on economic reasons since dark-coloured wedding gowns could be worn again on other social occasions.
While red may be the hands-down all time most romantic color, for obvious reasons: the physical and psychological effects it has on us humans, the clear choice for the 'romantic' holiday, Valentine's Day, it is certainly not the only color of romance. Here are some of the most romantic colors from the COLOURlovers library and some information from around the web about why these colors are considered 'Romantic'.
"Not only is red the color of the blood that flushes the face and swells the pelvis and that one swears one would spill to save the beloved’s prized hide. It is also a fine metaphoric mate for the complexity and contrariness of love..." - Continue reading at nytimes.com
The most emotionally intense color, red stimulates a faster heartbeat and breathing. It is also the color of love. Red clothing gets noticed and makes the wearer appear heavier. Since it is an extreme color, red clothing might not help people in negotiations or confrontations. Red cars are popular targets for thieves. In decorating, red is usually used as an accent. Decorators say that red furniture should be perfect since it will attract attention. - infoplease
Red is the most popular color in top 10 romantic colors. In fact it is a vital symbol of Valentine's Day celebrations. Red Candies, Valentine's Day cards, red hearts and red roses are very popular parts of Valentine's Day celebrations. - Top 10 Romantic Colors
Here are a few colorful flower fields from around the world for your color inspiration enjoyment.
The cherry blossoms that bloom each year in Japan bring masses of tourists and locals out to appreciate the natural spectacle but it's not the only blossom blooming their. Every spring the slopes of Mt. Mokoto bloom with shibazakura, or moss phlox, in a palette of white, pink and purple flowers that cover a carefully landscaped area of 80,000m². An area that was hand planted over an eight-year period.
Shibazakura can be translated as 'lawn cherry blossoms' and it is easy to see why.
The palette of flowers weaves its way to the top of the hill as if someone has intricately rolled out a carpet, creating what is probably one of the most colorful hills in the world.
Ever find it challenging to put into words a wish, a desire or particularly a feeling? If so, perhaps color and flowers are the solution to help articulate the emotions we occasionally struggle to verbalize.
Color, of course, is not the only way to communicate with flowers. The “silent language” made popular and finessed by women during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837 - 1901) included color as well as quantity; the type of flower; placement and arrangement. This language was quite sophisticated and nuanced. So much so a slew of books were published to help guide and explain Floriography: the language of flowers.
While flowers have historically been used to express feelings of amore; the meaning of flowers – like any language – is living and ever-evolving. Flowers can communicate the wonderful kaleidoscope of emotions. If accuracy matters or rather, the fear of a blunder, remember: even experts disagree on the one true meaning of flowers.
Most important of all, loose interpretation is highly encouraged. Have fun, experiment and fear not the flower; the sentiment is what truly counts.
The traditional color of love, Red excites. Red flowers are classic and can be a potent stimulant for a romantic liaison.
Symbolism: Passion, deep love, desire, beauty, respect, confidence, longing, courage, aristocratic, constancy.
Romantic message: I love you; I desire you, always.
Flower options: Long-stem Roses for the classic message. Anemones, Orchids, Zinnia, Dahlias, Amaryllis.
Feeling frisky? Cotton candy or pale blush, pink is feminine fun, fun, fun. Pink flowers are a sweet reminder of childhood days.
Symbolism: Sweetness, playfulness, grace, admiration, gratitude.
Romantic message: Life with you is fun. I admire you and I’m thankful for you in my life.
Flower options: Peonies, hydrangeas, Stargazer lilies, Ranunculus, Roses, Tulips, Freesia, Zinnia, Camellias.
Throughout history flowers, and their colors, have been used to convey sadness, happiness, friendship, love and even dislike. Ever been given a dead black rose? If so, you know exactly the emotions that can come packed in a single flower. It's really no wonder that we are all so drawn to flowers.
Flowers and color are synonymous. Just do a quick palette search here at COLOURlovers containing the word "flower" and you will instantly be shown a multitude of beautiful palettes whose colors can only be replicated in nature. There is no other product that conveys so much feeling based on its color alone. They are sexy, intriguing, and universal and perfect for any occasion.
Traditionally white flowers, the symbol of tranquility, peace and elegance are used for sympathy offerings and weddings. Their stately appearance lends itself to many types of floral applications. It may seem odd that white flowers are used for both celebration and mourning but really, while sympathy flowers convey grief, they also celebrate life and cherished memories.