If you are anything like me, you probably started thinking about your wedding from a very young age. I have two older sisters, so we definitely went through a “pretend wedding” stage that lasted like five years.
Now that you are a bride, all of those dreams become decisions.
Many brides come to me and have very specific colors in mind. Blue and white. Pink and green. Red and yellow (okay, can we just get this out of the way and not do red and yellow? I just can’t.). Either way, they have one or two colors that they zero in on and often get “tunnel vision” about any other color. Rather than creating a cohesive, sophisticated design, it can often look overpowering, like the colors are competing with each other (or worse, competing with you!).
So let me broaden your understanding of color and design for a moment and introduce you to a color palette. A color palette is a selection of five to ten colors that complement each other rather than compete with each other. I like to think of it as like a color philosophy, rather than a color rule. Color philosophies always elevate the style, adding dimension and layers, making your wedding florals look more sophisticated. Even if you are on a budget, a color philosophy makes it seem like you really aren’t.
Let’s say you want red and white on your wedding day. A color rule might look like this:
Notice that the only colors you see are just that: red and white. The design is not very interesting, your eye only sees blocks of color, and it seems one-dimensional. Red. White. Green. The colors are harsh, rather than harmonious.
Here is an example of a color philosophy:
Notice that the overall effect is still red and white. But this time, the designer has incorporated depth. From the deepest shade of maroon to a dusty blush, the depth that the color brings is what makes this bouquet so interesting and beautiful. The red is softened, making it easier on your eye to travel seamlessly across the bouquet.
So rather than thinking this:
I want to challenge you to start thinking like this:
I promise you that when you incorporate a color philosophy in your wedding floral design, you will find it to be harmonious rather than harsh, complementary rather than competing, and beautiful over boring!
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