Roses are Red, Violets are Blue. How to Pick the Wedding Colors Best Suited for You.

When we think of weddings, we think of white. White dress, white flower petals, and white tablecloths. While white is traditional, classic, and a beautiful reflection of true love and purity, weddings, like life, should be experienced in color. If you’re feeling the pressure to have a traditional white wedding, but deep down you are craving color, then answer the call of the color wheel.

In an article written for Bridal Guide, celebrity wedding planner (andCustom wedding invitations one of our favorites to work with!) David Tutera (@DavidTutera) explains “Color is actually an extension of you, as a bride, and the hues you choose will affect everything — from the ink and paper choices of your invitations to your bridesmaids’ dresses to your bouquets and floral centerpieces to your tablecloths, your specialty cocktails and even your favors.” We couldn’t agree more (especially about the invites!). One of the first conversations we have with brides is about their wedding color themes. Our goal is to reflect the nuances of a bride’s color pallet in her custom invitations. To help you choose the colors that will reflect the essence of your wedding, keep the following tips in mind:

Consider the Atmosphere of your Venue

Hosting a beach wedding on the Jersey Shore? Consider shades of ocean blue, sea foam green, pewter gray, and sunny yellow. Planning a rustic barn wedding? Think natural wood beige, mint green, and sunflower yellow. Going vintage at the elegant Ramsey Country Club? Think champagne, blush, rose, and sage green. Your colors should fit the setting. If a location speaks to you, draw inspiration from the surrounding colors.

Think Seasonally

There is a reason why we are drawn to dark colors in the winter and light colors in the summer. Dark colors make us feel safe, enveloped, and warm. Light colors feel breezy, effervescent, and light. For your winter wedding, consider the comfort of deep burgundy, navy, and eggplant. For your spring wedding, consider a pallet that promises new life and the reawakening of nature, like clover green, robin’s egg blue, and daffodil yellow. If you’re getting married in the summer, keep your guests feeling cool in taupe, sky blue, and lilac. If your big day is planned for the autumn, choose colors that feel like they are still holding on to the last remnants of summer heat. Choose bunt orange, coffee brown, and royal blue.

Remember the Dress

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According to premiere celebrity wedding planner Yifat Oren, it’s okay to break from traditional white wedding rules when it comes to your wedding dress too. In an interview with Los Angeles Racked, Oren states: “Gone are the days where you have to stick to basic white, cream or ivory for your wedding wear. Choose a color that more suits your personality. Blush, coral or a soft peach gown breaks the traditional white-dress-only mold and offers a great start to a more unique day.” Get inspired by this pink wedding dress by Isaac Mizrahi featured on Brides.com (photo credit: Brides.com)

Draw inspiration from celebrities.

Celebrities are often on the cutting edge of the latest trends. They are style visionaries, rule-breakers, and fashion muses. Find inspiration in their wedding color schemes. We adored the color pallet chosen by Dancing With the Stars Pro Lindsay Arnold Cusick (@lindsayarnold). When we designed her wedding invitations, we used blush pink, champagne, and ivory. (Photo Credit: Anna Hurt Photography)

Lindsay Cusick Wedding
Photo Credit: Jessica Janae Photography

 

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Photo Credit: Anna Hurt Photography

For those who want to follow what’s trendy, there are two colors of the year for 2016 – a first ! Imagine yourself walking down the aisle surrounded by rose quartz and serenity.

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For more wedding color inspiration, check out the Perfect Pallette. Pick one color swatch you feel drawn to, and the site will provide you with a photo gallery of inspiring wedding imagery that reflects your chosen color.

Whatever you choose, make sure your color pallet resonates with you. When you see your wedding color theme reflected in your invitations, flowers, and place settings, it should feel as perfectly you as the man standing beside you.

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Eight Things Every Jersey Girl Should Do When Planning Her Wedding

Congratulations on your engagement, Jersey girl! Your wedding should embody the people, places, and things that brought you and your fiancé together, and make your relationship so special. If you’re livin’ la vida Jersey, then make sure your wedding reflects a little bit of home, and a lot of what makes starting your new life together in New Jersey so important. Here are eight things every Jersey girl should do while planning her wedding.

Take engagement photos at the Jersey Shore.    Jersey Shore Wedding    

What could possibly be more quintessential New Jersey than a day at The Shore? Whether you make it formal by enlisting the services of a photographer from nearby Long Beach, Middletown, or Red Bank, or just take selfies with your iPhone, make sure that before you start your lives together, that you have captured a memory of time spent along our beautiful coastline.

 

Choose favors that exemplify whatever Jersey means to you.

New Jersey Wedding Candy Buffet

Many of your guests may be visiting New Jersey for the first time. Make sure that they leave with a parting gift that will make them want to come back. Consider a bottle of wine from Valenzano Family Winery in Shamong, Biscotti from Maria’s Mom’s Italian Cookie Cupboard in Marlton, or ground coffee from Ahrre’s Coffee Roastery. Whatever New Jersey means to you, be sure to share it with your friends and family.

 

 

Host a Victorian themed day trip for your bridesmaids at Cape May.

Cape May, NJ Wedding
Photo Credit: Planet Ware

What better way to say thank you to your ladies in waiting than with a day trip to gorgeous Cape May? Or better yet, go ahead and splurge on a full weekend! Indulge in mimosas and pedicures and the bond you have that makes your bridal party your must-have accessory for your wedding day.

 

Pick a venue that fits your personality.

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Photo Credit: Pleasantdale Chateau

Whether you choose a romantic garden setting, like the one at The Manor in West Orange, or a woodland setting, like the one at the Pleasantdale Chateau, whatever aesthetic reflects your ideal wedding theme is the one that is right for you.

 

 

Allow your guests to be tourists

New Jersey Wedding Stationery BergenFor those guests traveling in from out of town, help them see just what it is you and your fiancé love about your life in New Jersey. Leave the latest copy of (201) Magazine in their room so that they can learn all about the best of Bergen County, along with water, light snacks, a local map, public transit schedule, and a list of you and your fiancé’s favorite restaurants, cafe’s, coffee shops, and breakfast spots.

 

 

Take your flower girl and ring bearer to Storybook Land for the day.

New Jersey Wedding Egg Harbor Township
Photo Credit: Storybook Land

Your littlest wedding party members should know just how special they are, and how much you appreciate them. Say thank you with a day trip to Egg Harbor Township and one of New Jersey’s most endearing childhood traditions – Storybook Land.

 

Take a chance at Atlantic City.

Atlantic City, NJ Wedding
Photo Credit: Tropicana Hotel and Casino

What bride and groom couldn’t benefit from some additional honeymoon

funds? Take a break from wedding planning to take a trip to Atlantic City’s Tropicana Hotel and Casino. If you win it big, you could just spring for that Vera Wang Dress you had your eye on!

 

 

Plan a rehearsal dinner to remember.

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Photo Credit: Ramsey Golf & Country Club

The night before your wedding may be your last day as a single lady, but it is also a night to celebrate with your loved ones you impending couplehood. Choose a relaxed, yet refined venue, such as Lakeside Bar and Grille at the Ramsey Golf & Country Club in Ramsey, or Cara Mia in Millburn.

 

 

Your wedding should reflect the love you and your fiancé share, and the life that brought you two together. Make your engagement and you wedding special, but making it Jersey!

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