Sunday, July 15, 2007

Wedding Colors

Assuming our special day is in October, I would love to incorporate the colors of fall into the wedding. Nate and I are both huge fans of orange, so that is a must. Maybe a pretty burnt orange, a red or merlot, and/or a brown. I'm not sure if a burnt orange is too funky for bridesmaid dresses, or as some of my girlfriends and I were saying this weekend, may bring too much of a "Halloween" feel with the black tuxes. It could always be used as an accent color if nothing else.

Colors, I think, go hand-in-hand with flowers. I love calla lilies; however, they aren't particularly in season in October. I suppose I could use them as accents in my bouquet, along with things like roses and mums. I'm a relatively simple person, so in my opinion, less is more. I'm thinking the bridesmaids could then carry bouquets of one of the flowers in my bouquet, say mums.

Just thinking out loud here, so any comments are welcome!


Lisa,  July 16, 2007 at 12:36 AM  

I agree the burnt orange with the black could look "Halloweenish", but if that's what you want...I say go for it! I also think it would look great as an accent color, and I LOVE the idea of having the merlot and brown colors mixed in. You could also get your orange color mixed in via the flowers - with orange wildflowers (such as orange blossoms), lillies, asters, and/or African daisies. You could go for a coral-orange colored rose if you want roses. I think your ideas sound great so far!

Are there any restrictions for your church as to how much you can decorate, or stating what those decorations can/cannot include?

Kelley July 16, 2007 at 10:06 AM  

As far as I know, I don't think there are decoration restrictions. However, that is something that we will discuss with my hometown priest once we finally get the church reserved. One concern I have is that the carpet in the church is hunter green and burgundy, so I'll need to keep that in mind when deciding on colors, especially for dresses. I don't want us to totally clash with the carpet!

Anne July 16, 2007 at 11:45 AM  

I love the idea of this wedding blog!! It's so great to hear your ideas and I'd love to help in any way.

I do have a little bit of advice for wedding planning even though I'm not quite there yet. :) Your wedding planning will go much smoother if you sit down and think about what you want and visualize what type of wedding you want. I know it sounds simple, but my friend is running into this problem now. She is having a hard time deciding on certain things because she didn't get herself organized from the beginning as far as what she visualized. Oh and
I love deep, rich colors for a fall wedding!

Kym July 16, 2007 at 9:54 PM  

What a great way to share your planning! I too believe that you should definitely go with what you want...make the most of it! Not sure that a burnt orange is going to be too Halloween like, might be very nice actually. You could always get a sample color swatch or two in the orange pallet and pair it with the black (assuming that is the tux color of choice) and see what you think. I have a friend who was married in Oct. and used a rich chocolate brown for her "maids" was beautiful. She used many other fall colors in the bouquets and it really brought that seasonal feeling. As for the carpet...I'm pretty sure you could even put down a "runner" of sorts to cover most of the color if it's not what you want!
Sounds like you are on the ball...and anxious to hear about yor trip to the wedding fair!

Anonymous,  July 17, 2007 at 12:47 PM  

I'm sure you already know this, but go check out all the colors (online, if you want to do it from the comfort of your chair) at It's at least a start, right? I think you could find a shade of orange that wouldn't make anybody think they're a pumpkin. (Of course, if they're the pumpkins, would that automatically make you Cinderella??)

Sara,  July 17, 2007 at 7:49 PM  

You always have such great ideas!!! You already know I love fall colors for weddings. You should be able to get mums in their prime. And if you need fall leaves... you know where to get some!

Kelley July 18, 2007 at 9:45 AM  

Great thoughts everybody! And I have since been corrected by my mom, the carpet in church is burgundy and turquoise, not hunter green. So Kym, I think I'm liking your idea of a runner more and more to cover up the turquoise carpet in the aisle.

I need to do a little more browsing online to check out my "orange" options for maids dresses. David's Bridal doesn't have much along those lines, at least not much that makes me think of a "fall" orange. I would love to find something in a pretty orange with maybe a brown sash. And I'm hoping that when I'm wedding dress shopping, something may jump out at me at one of the bridal shops.

Berni,  July 18, 2007 at 11:46 PM  

Hi Kelley!!

I love your wedding blog and enjoy reading all the comments from friends/family. First let me say that Dave and I are thrilled that you will be joining our family - we couldn't ask for a nicer daughter-in-law and a wonderful partner for our Nathan. As far as your colors - Dave and I were married in October and used an orange for bridesmaid dresses - didn't look at all like Halloween. But if you choose otherwise, a shade of orange as an accent will be beautiful. We also had a runner down the main aisle at our church, as did Kym and Louie at the Catholic church where they were married and it gives a nice formal touch to the ceremony. Any help that I can offer I will be happy to do so - but enjoy the moment and the planning - it is such a special time.

Lindsey,  July 19, 2007 at 9:19 PM  

Hey Kel, cool idea. I finally was able to read my email...takes forever. Anyway, this is awesome. Didn't even know you could do this.

I love the idea of a burnt orange for one of the colors. I think that it would look just fine. Whatever makes you and Nate happy, is what you should do. You can pick out a few colors and then narrow it down from there. You don't have to have anything set in stone right now. Ideas are what you need now. Are you planning on two different colors for bridesmaid dresses? The carpet in church is not the greatest so I would recommend some sort of runner. The turquoise looks aweful...worn down. Anyway a runner is a must for the center aisle. I like all the choices of colors thus far. Once you see some dresses with the colors you pick out, you will know if it will look okay or not. Have some backup color favorites if burnt orange doesn't work. I like the idea though.

I don't think there are any restrictions in church as far as decorations...but things change.

Love this wedding blog! Great idea!

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