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SummerSolsticeGirl

Hi there, I am new here and just learning how to get around. I have a few questions regarding my wedding colours.

My fiance and I have chosen Tolkien's Legendarium as our theme (sorta like LOTR but focused on the early days of the universe, when Middle-earth was created) and we chose blue, green and silver as our colours. Very elvenish colours.

I have always had a fascination with sapphires and my engagement ring has them instead of diamonds (which I don't like).

As a funny note, my fiance likes fall colors so it's been hard to find a green he likes that doesn't clash with my blue!

For the geeks here, I am thinking of either Varda or Lúthien Tinúviel, both of which have long black hair like mine and are always represented wearing blue. Varda is the Queen of Star and it was she who created all the stars in Tolkien's universe.

My fiance has beautiful green eyes and I am thinking he'll look very handsome (more than he is already) in a green robe.

While I had a very clear idea of what kind of blue I wanted, I didn't know which green would go better with it. So I signed up for this site and started to play with colours. This is what I came up with at first:

Elven_Day

Then my seamstress and I went over the silk colours. I had no problem finding my beautiful blue and silver, but again, finding the green was a lot harder. The fiance is mostly attracted to yellow greens while we needed blue ones.

Finally, he settled for one green, but the silver of my robe doesn't go well with his green. There is a beautiful silver that goes with his green. But that meas having two different silvers. One has blue undertones and the other one has green undertones.

Would that be a big no no?

This are the colours as close as I could get them. The silks are... um... what's the best way to describe them? Shiny?

Elven_Wedding

Do you think having two different silvers will look bad? The idea is that my robe will be blue with a silver belt and my fiance's will be silver with a green belt

Seahorse Girl

What about these colors?
Bridal_BeltTolkien_Bride

SummerSolsticeGirl

Oh! they're beautiful! I like Bridal Belt better but they're both really nice!

Thank you so much :)

Do you think it will look ugly if we wear different kinds of silver?

Seahorse Girl wrote:
What about these colors?
Bridal_BeltTolkien_Bride

SummerSolsticeGirl

Oh, I didn't occur to me that I could post pictures of the silks... Duh! These are the colours we have tentatively chosen but we haven't bought the fabrics yet.

My blue (for the robe): It is called Flagstone


My silver (for the belt): It is called Titanium


Fiance's Silver (for his robe): Called Misty Mountain


Fiance's Green (for his belt): Called Frosted Pine


I wanted to get just one silver. Or rather, a green that would go well with mine but the fiancé didn't like any of the greens we show that had blue undertones. After looking through many greens, he finally settle for the Frosted Pine one and really it looks a lot better with the Misty Mountain silver (named after the LOTR, go figure)

What do you think? Maybe I should look for a different blue?

perpetual fuss

Hey there.

Congrats on getting married!

As for the colours... It's difficult to judge a fabric from a monitor, as it will never look exactly the same but while I like the green/blue/silver colour set, the fabrics here (as they show up on my monitor) I wouldn't pick.
The two silvers seem to come from different families, and the whole idea of a wedding is that you become one family, right? Your silver is cold, while that of your almost-husband is warm. The green and blue also don't seem to go together that well IMO.

As someone who has done events and styling in the past, might I warn you for the design of your outfits? It sounds like you're gonna be hella-blue and your bloke hella-green. Might it be too much and too big of a contrast too look nice next to each other?

I am not saying you should ditch the colours, but I think I'd rather have the pop in the details rather than the main fabric. With such vibrant colours you may also wish to rethink the silver and opt for a more muted grey. It sounds dull, especially for a wedding, but play with it. Put some fabrics next to each other, try something else than silk as well, you may just be surprised.

You may also want to look at the venue if you haven't yet. Are there very prominent colours there which you will undoubtedly have show up in pictures? Make sure you don't clash...

Quickly checked my palettes, here are some that are not exact matches, but y'know, just posting it for inspiration.

Hope this helps!

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SummerSolsticeGirl

Thank you!

Yeah, I was worried about the two silvers. One has blue undertones while the other one has green undertones. They go very well with their corresponding colours but not with each other.

And yes. My dress/robe will be all blue. However, the fiance's robe will be silver, not green. The green in his outfit will be just an accent but yes, you are right. I was concerned too about the green not going well with my blue. Like I said, he just didn't like any of the blue-green I showed him and I was getting very frustrated.

As for the venue, we're having an outdoor wedding, in the middle of a forest. Lots of green there, very elvenish.

I'll have to add that I perhaps I am being a bit childish here but I have chosen Blue and silver and I won't compromise about it. I'll be Varda Elentari, Queen of the stars. So blue and silver it is for me :)

This is a picture of a Lúthien Tinúviel cosplay but I am adding it here just to show the general idea of the dress:


But I am simply at loss regarding what to do about my fiance's robes :(

What other kind of fabrics did you have in mind when you suggested to try fabrics other than silk? If I could have the winter wedding I wanted I would got for velvet, but since it'll be a summer wedding, we need a fabric that's not warm but still drapes well.

Thanks again!


perpetual fuss wrote:
Hey there.

Congrats on getting married!

As for the colours... It's difficult to judge a fabric from a monitor, as it will never look exactly the same but while I like the green/blue/silver colour set, the fabrics here (as they show up on my monitor) I wouldn't pick.
The two silvers seem to come from different families, and the whole idea of a wedding is that you become one family, right? Your silver is cold, while that of your almost-husband is warm. The green and blue also don't seem to go together that well IMO.

As someone who has done events and styling in the past, might I warn you for the design of your outfits? It sounds like you're gonna be hella-blue and your bloke hella-green. Might it be too much and too big of a contrast too look nice next to each other?

I am not saying you should ditch the colours, but I think I'd rather have the pop in the details rather than the main fabric. With such vibrant colours you may also wish to rethink the silver and opt for a more muted grey. It sounds dull, especially for a wedding, but play with it. Put some fabrics next to each other, try something else than silk as well, you may just be surprised.

You may also want to look at the venue if you haven't yet. Are there very prominent colours there which you will undoubtedly have show up in pictures? Make sure you don't clash...

Quickly checked my palettes, here are some that are not exact matches, but y'know, just posting it for inspiration.

Hope this helps!

SummerSolsticeGirl

Holy smokes, I didn't realize the picture was going to appear SO big...

perpetual fuss

It's one big girl indeed!

Of course this should be a wedding in the forest, given your theme.

Just saw you're in Canada so I'm guessing it will be relatively cool, which gives you more options in fabric. Don't let me be the one to make suggestions though as to what kind of fabrics. I lack the knowledge not only to know what would work with the climate but also what would work well with your designs. I said it as with the use of bold colours also having all your fabrics be shiny may be a bit too much. You don't want to end up looking like a Christmas ornament, right?

Your seamstress should have some knowledge on fabrics, I guess, and otherwise just walk into a store where they sell evening wear or so and speak with one of their staff, they may be able to give you some ideas too what would work for what you want. Google around a bit perhaps.

Not childish at all. You should see my wedding plans (not that I have a partner, but who knows one day). It's your day and you have your vision, don't let anyone take that away from you. However, as you do right here, it's great to question yourself and allow others to give their input as it may just help you elevate everything.

I quite like the gown in the picture and love that you're not going for a standard wedding. Am I right in assuming your gown is more important that the outfit for your bloke, as in he needs to look great too and feel comfortable in it, but he can adjust to you and you not so much to him? If so, I'd pick the fabrics for your outfit and then go to the biggest fabric store you can find with some samples and go find a match with fabrics/colours that suit him. It probably is easier to find one and match the other to it than to try to match them both to each other.

Just found this site, with a lot of info on the LOTR costumes, perhaps this can help give you some ideas too (Google suggests many more resources).

http://www.alleycatscratch.com/lotr/

SummerSolsticeGirl

Heh! I am laughing at the image of myself as a christmas ornament! But I do see your point about everything being shiny. I'll have to think about that for a while.

Summers in Ottawa can be quite hot! Today, for example it is 93. But the day of the solstice is not too bad. Plus I am counting on it being a lot cooler in the forest that it'll be in the city. However, I am planning for hot weather just in case :)

I have a wonderful seamstress who is a cosplayer herself and has a lot of experience with medieval and renaissance fashion. She suggested dupioni silk as the best option money and pretty-wise, but I am certainly open to other fabrics and so is she.

I think you are absolutely right, the fiance will have to adjust. When we were looking at colours and I was getting frustrated because he didn't like the ones I showed him based on our seamstress recommendations, he did say to just tell him which colour he should wear. And he'll do and he'll be happy. But I just thought I'd give it a chance and try to find something that was his choice but still worked for me. I'll just go ahead and order the swatches. Once he sees how good everything looks together, he'll be happy to oblige :)

And yes, Alley Cat Scratch Costume has been quite useful. It was one of the first websites I came across when I first started researching for our outfits a few moths back (I didn't know of this wonderful site yet). I got some excellent idea and advice from there.

Again, thanks a tonne for your input. Much appreciated

perpetual fuss

No idea if 93 is hot, I'm a Celsius dude.

Anyway, one day in a far far future you'll be snuggling together on the couch looking through old pictures and remember how fabulous the both of you looked on your wedding day.

I'm sure it's gonna be awesome, enjoy both your wedding and marriage!
Glad I could be of a little help.

(As for the colour palette being your city, coincidence I guess, it's part of Chroma City, a small project in which I colour-mapped 100 capitals from around the world.)

SummerSolsticeGirl

Ha! Really? And went through the trouble of finding the equivalent temperature in Fahrenheit thinking that's what you were familiar with cause I am a Celsius girl. Too funny. It can get easily up to 40 in July and August. Yesterday and today we were under a heat advisory, actually.

Thanks again! :)

SummerSolsticeGirl

I was having so much fun here on CL that I forgotten my upcoming wedding was the reason that brought me here in the first place.

So, today, inspired by Seahorse Girl's palettes,

Bridal_BeltTolkien_Bride

I came up with this:
SSGs_WeddingPalette

I am pretty sure that is the blue I want. Now I just want to find a green and a silver that go well with it. The only difference in the following palette is the green.
SSGsWeddingPalette2

Any thoughts? Yay? Nay?

SummerSolsticeGirl

wow, Seahorse Girl's palettes really are gorgeous. If I were having a fall wedding or a winter wedding, I'd absolutely go with Bridal Belt.

Just Perfect Color

So, your are still considering options and you have the time do so for a bit longer?
Many color programs will let you import a photo, click your mouse, and they will kick back the percentage of color and digital codes for the pixels. Free and cheaper ones will only allow you to see so many. Mine is adjustable. I have mentioned it before, and I don't mean to hype it, but Color Impact is what I still use, all the time, in retirement to help family, friends and former clients stuck now. I think you can still try it full-featured for a time. It is only $30-40 for a license though.

Nice thing about things like fully configured Color Impact, or its competitors, is once you have colors abstracted, from say the New Zealand landscape where at least the background you want to emulate came from, you can be absolutely be near abusive in exploring them. You can build custom color wheels with a mouseclick. And of course explore palettes. Once you find one you like you can massage the values (lighter darker) of the colors you like. The blender will let you adjust the increments around both sides of the color wheel you built or let you see the line from one color to the next directly. You can even adjust color noise. Handy if you are looking for cool looking napkin color for your tables, or flowers that fit a color scheme.

One thing brides seem to experience these days is disappointment when having gone through what you are going through, they cannot find fabrics in the right color? People forget that places like Spoonflower are just spitting process color fabric dye. Their machines don't care if they print patterns or solid color on fabric.It is all CMYK to them. Just like your home inkjet but probably better tweaked for color accuracy.

I think Spoonflower, and others like it, only offer to print one side of fabric though. I have heard there are "perfecting" (carry over from the printing industry meaning a printing press could print both sides at the same time) machines in design centers around the World.

I am absolutely clueless about most fabric and thread stuff, save or how color gets in and those optioins. I had a person on staff that dealt with our clients into such stuff.

weddingcardsplaza

I feel colors in photographs are not look as original as it changes according to light falling on the but Even In my Hindu wedding cards design I personally go for Day light photography to show actual wedding invitations photographs.
Nice effort to show and understand colors for wedding dress.

sydneyt

i hope you post a wedding picture on this thread!
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