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Understanding Wedding Colours

So after getting this morning off to a colourful start with a little background on the colour trends of 2013, this afternoon we thought we’d give you a little more information on what all those colour choices really mean. Colours aren’t just ways of making things look pretty, each has its own connotation and evokes different feelings and emotions. So what are your colour choices saying about you and your wedding? Our fabulous guest writer Adria Barnhart explains all! Over to Adria…

Understanding Wedding Colours

Take a moment to imagine your dream wedding: perhaps you envision festive laughing and exuberant dancing or, reversely, regal refinement fit for royalty. While the choice in venue and the attention to detail can effectively communicate the theme, the initial step to determining the mood begins with choosing a colour scheme that matches your fantasy affair. In order to best impart the intended feelings, it is imperative to understand the effect each colour has on the viewer.

Primary Colours

Understanding Wedding Colours - Theknot.comWhen we think of this hue, to some of our minds come ideas of unreserved passion and desire and, for others, their heads fill with images of violence and war. There is no denying that this is a strong, non-compromising colour. Therefore, bold versions of red like the Pantone pick “poppy red” are best used as accents and embellishments, especially if you want to draw the eye towards a particular item. This is a colour that is associated with confidence and aggression and, when worn by men, women becoming chemically more drawn towards them, making this a fantastic choice for boutonnieres. If you desire to use red in larger quantities, consider diluting it to shades like dark burgundy, or tints of blush or pink. A mix of red’s sensuality with white’s innocence, the popular wedding colour Pink is commonly associated with flirtation, girlishness and gentle affection. It has the ability to soothe aggression, make the viewer crave sugar and, if the tone used is too close to red, can negatively overwhelm if used in large quantities.

Blue is everything that red is not; cool, comforting and faithfully unwavering. Additionally, unlike its warmer counterparts that rev up the stomach, it is an appetite suppressant. A favorite among couples, the colour’s thoughtfulness and calming effects make it ideal for almost all aspects of the wedding, especially backdrops or large spaces of solid colouring. While darker shades of blue are often evoke ideas of sophistication, it can also dampen moods, so it is advisable to mix it with cheerful tones or switch it for lighter shades.

As the brightest of the primary colours, it represents happiness and vitality and stimulates creativity. While red increases heart rate, this colour excites mental faculties to make it the most logical of all the colours. However, with the many upsides to yellow, it should not be used recklessly; a little bit of this hue can go a long way and, if used in excess, this energizing colour can be agitating or come across as devoid of emotion. Furthermore, many warning signs pair this pigment with black to alert people of danger, so be careful when pairing it with navy blue or other dark colours.

Secondary Colours

The fusion of blue’s coolness with red’s heat, purple can be quite the wildcard. While many bluish shades of purple recall royalty, redder shades evoke romance and lighter pigments carry the coy girlishness of its pinkish cousin. Because of the contradicting emotional reactions, it spurs imagination, creativity, wisdom and, for some, spirituality. Because this is the colour of open-mindedness and mystery, this colour is well-suited for couples who want to give their wedding a modern flair.

Blending the stability of blue with the friendliness of yellow, green is the colour that is the talk of the town in 2013. Representing freshness, honesty and new life, this diverse colour can easily be incorporated into all aspects of the wedding with its peaceful effect. However, as there is a wide range of possible tones, some shades are more aesthetically pleasing (currently, mint and emerald are garnering positive attention) and shades weight heavily with yellow are often associated with poison and are, overall, considered less appealing to the eye. Like its blue parent, green is an appetite suppressant and so consider opting for other hues when decorating near the food.

Understanding Wedding ColoursA mix between yellow’s happy intelligence and red’s strong emotions, orange is the colour of confidence, sociability and physical hunger. It will make guests feel energized, enthusiastic and outgoing. Lighter tints can add a feel of lovely freshness often associated with spring while darker shades can evoke feelings of rich autumn. Often perceived as a masculine colour, it can be excessive to the senses if used in large quantities without being diluted. With its gregarious personality, this is very much the colour that people either love or hate.

Now that you know how colours can be best used to add character to your nuptials, here are a few tidbits to keep in mind when planning: it is advisable to pick a palette of only a few colours and stick to it throughout the entire wedding, or else the appearance will come across as sloppy and random rather than cohesive; balance the emotive, bright colours with cooler contrasts to make sure that you neither overwhelm nor underwhelm the eye; and, when you are selecting your chosen shades, reflect on what would complement the wedding space, the season and the colours that you personally look fabulous in.

Thanks to Adria for lending us her fantastic expertise and to The Knot for providing us with all those lovely images!

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