One of the first questions I ask my brides is “What is your color scheme?”. It is one of the most fun steps in wedding planning, but also one of the most nerve-wracking! Your colors will set the mood and tone for your event, and therefore should be carefully considered. It is important to choose colors that fit the look you are planning for your wedding, complement each other, and most importantly are colors that you love! So before you get lost in a sea of periwinkle, we’ve got some tips and tricks for selecting your wedding day colors!

1. Consider Your Venue Screen-Shot-2015-04-27-at-3.02.47-PM-e1430165275201

Remember that beautiful place that you and your husband to be picked out? It’s the one with that absolutely perfect stairwell, the wedding coordinator who is going to make your life so much easier, and the tree that is just asking you to get married under it. One of the most important things that you can do for yourself is work with the color scheme of your beautiful venue. If your venue is decorated in neutral colors (think whites, tans, or greys) you will be safe picking almost any color scheme! But, if your venue has strong colors already incorporated into the decor – you’ll want to keep them in mind when selecting your colors. Think about the drapes in the ballroom, the chairs, the walls, and the carpets! One of my favorite examples of this comes from the Creative at Heart conference. Tart Event Company took a conference room with what was, quite frankly, ugly carpet – and played off of it instead of working against it. They chose citrus colors paired with gorgeous green garlands, and worked with the carpet instead of against it! I think the result was just marvelous and you can see it here.

2. Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter? top-wedding-trends-in-20143

This may seem like an obvious one, but it absolutely cannot be overlooked! We all have Pinterest boards full of beautiful wedding inspirations, but it is important to note the season of these photos! While there certainly aren’t any colors that you absolutely cannot do in a certain season (if no one has told you already – this day is the one day you can do whatever you want and ignore anyone who tells you otherwise) there are some that work better than others! I love a deep sangria for a fall wedding, but a spring wedding begs for a lighter more pastel color like a light mauve.

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Just like the season, whether your wedding is indoor or outdoors might help dictate the colors that you should choose. If you’re having an indoor wedding, you’ll want to consider the colors of your venue. But if you’re having an outdoor wedding, there are totally new factors! If your outdoor location is surrounded by a lot of soft flowers, you may want to keep your colors a little softer as well. If you’re in a beautiful lush green location with lots of trees, you won’t want to use green as one of your colors – you’ve already got plenty of that! Instead pick colors that complement green!

4. The Color Wheel 88031367687217618_FUm6qqkF_c

Speaking of complementary colors, the color wheel is seriously a girl’s best friend. Whether it’s making your eyes pop or using a little bit of green concealer to hide that unsightly blemish – we should really give the color wheel more credit. When you’re picking your colors, consult it! If you want your colors to pop, pick colors across from each other (for example blue and yellow). If you want your colors to blend together, consider colors on the same side of the wheel as each other (for example green and aqua).

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This one is in caps, ladies. Now let me be the first to say that I did not follow this rule in my own wedding. I had four, count them FOUR, wedding colors. Did I need four? No. Did I love it and everything about my wedding and not really care? Yes. I’m including this tip because it’s something to consider, but still goes back to Rule #1 – You can do whatever you want. There’s pros and cons to both sides of the battle. Many designers caution that brides should only pick one or two, maybe three colors for their wedding. If you go over that, it can be hard to keep a cohesive look for your big day. The “pops” of color can be hard to control, and you may end up instead of having the colorful look you were going for, finding that the multiple colors overpower each other and drown each other out. My take on the matter is, if you’re going to do it – you have to do it right. If you’re going for multiple colors, make one or two of them neutral colors. Neutrals don’t have to just be whites or tans, but colors that aren’t going to fight with the other colors. For example, navy, brown, black and even silver or gold can be neutrals. In my wedding, I was going for a classic look that wasn’t overpowering. I used navy, aqua, blush and gold for my colors. Navy and gold were my “neutrals” and I used aqua and pink to give little pops of colors throughout the event!

6. Trends Herring_Finch_Katy_Cook_Photography_ashwededit338_low

You’ll probably notice that each year, a different color or set of colors is what seems to be featured! If you’re the girl that is always on top of the latest styles, you may want to pick the trendier colors! If classic is more your style, you may want to pick something more timeless.

7. Your Style bride-in-boots-wedding-style

Lastly but most importantly, your wedding colors should reflect your style and the vision you have for your wedding. If you’re going for a glamorous look, you’ll want to use neutral colors with one or two accent colors. If you’re going for more of a whimsical look, several accent colors will work perfectly! Regardless of any of the above-mentioned things to consider, you should pick colors that you like! Your wedding day is one of the most exciting days of your life, and something that you spend so much time planning for – it should be exactly what you want it to look like! The best weddings are the ones that exude the couple’s personality. Don’t feel like you need to go with the trendy wedding colors, if they’re not you – they’re no good! At the end of the day, your wedding colors should be colors that you love and make you happy. If that means breaking all of the rules and clashing with your venue colors, picking a pastel in the winter and picking six wedding colors – do it! I guarantee no one will come up to you on the day of and tell you anything other than how beautiful your wedding is. And if they do… well no cake for them!