Choosing a wedding color scheme can be one of the most difficult decisions to make when designing your wedding. The colors you choose will be used for everything from your wedding invitations to your wedding party's outfits to your wedding reception decorating. So you really want to make sure that the colors you choose are going to work well together and fulfill this variety of tasks. One way to select a wedding color scheme is to look to nature for inspiration.

The obvious place to start is with the colors associated with each season. Although you may not want to have a season themed wedding, a color scheme that is drawn from the seasons is bound to provide you with inspiration for whatever theme you choose. Winter colors are cool and sophisticated, dominated by icy greens and blues alongside greys, brilliant white and silver. For accent colors think of either dark brown or black to evoke bare branches against snow. Alternately to add a shot of warmth to an otherwise subdued scheme, consider bright red or gold.

Spring and summer colors use the same palette but in different tones. For spring look for light, fresh blues, pinks, greens and yellows. A mix of all of these colors suggests a cottage garden in bloom and is very uplifting. For summer go for bolder color choices – sunflower yellow with sky blue, for example, or hot pink and lime green. Fall has its own decisive look with reds, oranges and yellows drawn from the colors of turning leaves. For a more subtle effect, look for the purples, browns and greens that feature in some fall leaves, and choose a softer look.

Of course there is color everywhere in nature, and a favorite landscape may provide you with inspiration. Seascapes provide many shades of greens and blues with greys and sandy beiges for a neutral to provide flexibility. You can also look to individual plants, animals, insects or birds for inspiration. Many have a bold mix of colors and examining how these work together will give you an idea not only of what colors to use but also in what quantities. For subtalle schemes look closely at an animal or plant that seems to be all one color and notice how different shades and colors combine to produce this overall effect with elegance and texture.

Source by Penny Barletta

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