While brown themed weddings are undoubtedly brimming with elegance and class, too much brown may bring a rather boring look to your reception or wedding ceremony. Of course, you want to send off a stunningly sophisticated vibe and a chocolate-explosion look doesn’t exactly scream class and elegance. The easiest technique to ease up on an overload of brown hues is to provide an array of contrasting shades that will provide a beautiful contrast with your various decorations and accents.
Instead of going for an all-brown clothes scheme, the bride can don a traditional white dress while the groom dresses up in brown. Brides who want a brown touch on their wedding dress can, for example, go for a white frock with a brown sash. Gold and brown, cream and brown or even yellow and brown are other combinations that will make you look ultra-glamorous on your special day.
Another easy option to create a contrasting pattern would be to dress each bridesmaid in a different shade of brown. Since red and orange provide fabulous contrasts to brown, don’t hesitate to opt for a bouquet with brown accents arranged among various other tones such as red, orange, green, white and pink.
Of course, the wedding cake is another important feature that will set off the overall tone of your wedding but don’t give in to the temptation of going for an all-brown cake. Not only will this look acutely boring, but an all-brown cake can very easily fade into the background instead of standing out. A particular popular trend is to vertically ice each side of the cake into a different hue. Brown and white, for instance, is quite a lovely contrast that will easily add some extra flair to the reception.
As far as the wedding favors go, remember that you can very easily use wrapping paper and tissues to create an easy contrasting effect. A particularly appealing look would be to place your favors in brown bags with red tissues poking through the top. If you’re going for boxes instead of bags, make sure to select wooden boxes which you can accessorize with red, gold or orange sparkles. Never neglect the visual effect of place settings either: they can very easily liven up any reception, so make sure to properly select your napkins, plates, cutlery and name cards. A gold-rimmed plate with a dark brown napkin and gold napkin ring will certainly show off your fabulous taste while enhancing the contrasting impact.
Symbolizing happiness, peace, serenity and pure, undiluted joy, yellow is bound to add a hefty dose of cheer and merriment to your special day. Extremely versatile, this color is suited to both indoor and outdoor weddings. Best of all, this sunny hue can very easily be blended with other colors for a more striking effect.
One of the easiest colors to work with, yellow also has the advantage of presenting you with a wide variety of shades to work with. Whether you’re looking for a rich, vibrant yellow or a softer, more lemony one, you can be sure that this gorgeous color will embellish your wedding day. Couples who are going for a more informal setting may even create exotic yellow flower garlands for their guests to wear during the ceremony.
While some brides want to go for a classic white wedding dress and use yellow in the decorations and accessories, the more daring ladies can consider wearing yellow to get married. In fact, this particular color is gaining popularity in bridal magazines. If you don’t feel like going for a deep canary yellow, you may even consider wearing a paler, sun-kissed tinted gown. A good alternative for traditionalists would be to go for an all-white wedding dress with the occasional yellow stone around the bodice.
The lucky ladies who are getting married on the beach should absolutely consider yellow covers for the outdoor chairs since this color will go superbly with the turquoise waves lapping against the sand. In fact, since you’re at it, why don’t you decorate the wedding aisle with a blend of bright sunflowers and yellow roses. Another easy way to go for a yellow-themed wedding is to bring this particular hue to your wedding buffet table. If you’re serving desserts, you may even create an all-candy wedding buffet table to display an assortment of yellow sweets and treats.
As for your wedding cake, you may of course go for just about any flavor of your choice but ask your baker to cover it with rich yellow fondant or Royal icing. To create a lovely contrast, consider embellishing your cake with white flowers, all-white cake toppings or even a white Mr. and Mrs. Centerpiece which you can place right in front of the cake.
Commonly associated with purity and harmony, white is, without any doubt, one of the most popular wedding colors.Indeed, the very idea of traditional brides often bring to mind images of an intricate white gown with a matching, flowing veil. While more and more colors are gradually making their way into more modern weddings, white definitely remains the one color that’s present in just about any marriage ceremony.
Contrary to popular belief, however, white doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, if done properly, this color can turn any drab event into a highly glamorous affair. Let’s not forget that some of the most acclaimed weddings of the century- from Grace Kelly’s lavish marriage to just about every other royal wedding- were all centered about this highly harmonious color. Best of all, white being the most popular choice, there’s certainly not a lack of white wedding dresses on the market. Whether you’re looking for an A-line frock or a billowy strapless one, you can be sure to find something of your liking. White even has the advantage of going particularly well with a variety of adornment from sequins to pearls, twinkling stones and so many more.
While white is the favored color for most brides, there’s no reason why the groom shouldn’t don a white tuxedo as well. This will actually bring quite a homogenous feel the ceremony since both the bride and the groom will be wearing the same color.
A white bridal bouquet is also guaranteed to complement your outfit while bringing a rather dramatic flourish to your look as a whole, particularly if you decide to go for a waterfall arrangement. However, in spite of the white-theme, don’t hesitate to place a couple of pink or yellow flowers here and there: the contrast between these two colors will add even more emphasis on the white while staying in line with the overall color palate. And it goes without saying that pearl and white stone accessories are absolute must-have in just about any white-themed wedding. In fact, both edible and non-edible white pearls can be used to embellish your wedding cake and draw attention back to the theme in general.
Brides who are planning an indoor wedding and reception can very easily go for a billowy white marquee and matching satin chair covers. However, if you’d rather have an outdoors ceremony, don’t hesitate to place some white candles in a hanging jar to draw attention to the white theme. White fairy-lights will also bring a deeply romantic and dreamy feel to the whole atmosphere.
Symbolically, red has always been the color of love, passion and fire. It is therefore quite fitting that this color be integrated on your special day to add some extra spark and sizzle to the wedding. In fact, in most Indian, Chinese and Arabic cultures, brides are traditionally decked in fiery, glittery red attires that traditionally symbolize wealth, good fortune, joy and prosperity.
So, if you’re feeling more adventurous, there’s absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t go for a red themed wedding to mark the beginning of your new life. Indeed, this hue will most certainly bring a festive, rather feisty mood to the ceremony and is bound to charm all your guests and relatives.Best of all, this is the perfect theme to go for if you’re getting married around Christmas or Valentine’s Day. And don’t worry: adopting a red theme on your wedding day is much easier than you think and contrary to popular belief, it certainly won’t be more expensive than a traditional white wedding. All you need are some minor adjustments, a dash of creativity, a hint of imagination and you’re all set to sizzle like a siren on your way down the aisle.
When going for a red themed wedding, the one questions that most brides invariably have to face is whether they’ll need to don a red wedding dress or not. If you want to integrate this color on your special day but you’re unsure about wearing red, fret not. There are several ways in which you can have your red wedding theme without actually wearing a bold frock. In fact, some brides can go for the traditional white dress with a red sash around the waist or even a red fishtail. Another option would be to wear a gauzy red petticoat and allow it to peek from underneath your dress. In fact, you can even wear your white or ivory gown while dressing your bridesmaids in deep red or wine red dresses to keep in line with the overall theme.
Of course, if you’re the type of person who refuses to conform to the norms then you should absolutely go for a bright red, vivid wedding gown. Guaranteed to help you make a statement- as well as a dramatic entrance- this dress will look absolutely marvelous especially if paired with a ruby, pearl or diamond tiara. To lay even more emphasis on the theme, never hesitate to ask for a few red roses in your bouquet. In fact, you can even opt for an all-red bouquet enhanced with a few silver or diamond studs.
Never underestimate the importance of wedding favors and invitations as well: consider sending out your invitations in red envelopes for a bolder statement. As far as the wedding favors go, there’s no reason why you can’t pack them in glittery red pouches or boxes. To make your guests feel extra-welcome, you may even have an usher hand each of them a single red rose just before they take their seat and wait for you to glide down the red-carpeted aisle.
If you’re getting married around the time of Halloween, an orange theme might actually be quite fitting for your wedding. In fact, if done tastefully, orange hues can bring a lively and rather fun feel to your special day- something which non-traditionalists will relish in!
Let’s be honest though: if you’re not careful with this particular color, an overuse of orange can end up looking tacky and rather vulgar, rather than sophisticated. So, it really pays off to be careful and not go overboard as you start off with your wedding decorations. Bear in mind that you should never, ever go for an all-orange palate. This is quite a difficult hue to pull off so it’s quite important to mix and match and cut through the orange with various other tones. In fact, couples can even consider bringing a Moroccan theme to their special day since this particular decor is quite vibrant and lively with pronounced shades of orange and purple.
If you’re planning an outdoors ceremony, a particularly glamorous look would be to opt for a natural looking wedding arch made out of wood with just a few bouquets of orange flowers to tie up the whole look. Alternatively, those of you who are going for a church wedding can decorate the aisle with alternating white and orange organza bouquets, but in this case, it would be best to go for glittery fabrics that will take your decor up to the next level.
Never underestimate the value of your wedding decorations either. If you can afford it, go for a lavish silk marquee that will instantly bring the orange theme into the foreground. A cheaper alternative, however, would be to go for pale orange curtains with the occasional white gauze to break it up. Dried flowers and decorative twig arrangements are also gaining popularity within the wedding industry and you can very easily spray paint a few of tall twigs before placing them in floor-length vases for a more dramatic look.
Of course, as with any other colored-themed wedding, the bridesmaids can wear orange dresses. Failing that, they can always go for orange shoes and black, brown, green, ivory or grey dresses. All these colors go particularly well with orange and will certainly set off the overall mood of the wedding. Another wonderful touch would be to carefully pack your wedding favors in delicate orange organza pouches or dainty boxes. And when it comes to the wedding toast, you can replace the customary champagne by a tall, chilled glass or orange liqueur or punch. However, if you absolutely must have champagne, there’s no reason why you can’t ask the caterers to decorate your glass with a thin silver of orange fruit to keep in line with the overall theme.
Going for an orange-themed wedding certainly requires more care and consideration than other colors but there’s no reason why you should skip this vibrant, lovely hue. Just be sure to always mix, match and contrast and you’re going to have the perfect ceremony which will most certainly impress your friends and relatives!
Acclaimed through the ages as being the color of royalty by excellence, purple is definitely the type of hue which will add quite a bit of flair and panache to your special day. Sensual, yet tasteful and elegant, this hue is often favored during both formal and informal gatherings. So, whether you want to dress your bridesmaids up in silvery lavender dresses or don a rich purple gown yourself, there’s definitely not a lack of ideas which you can adopt to integrate this delightful color into your special day. So, read on to learn how you can very easily transform a typical white ceremony into a sophisticated purple-themed wedding.
Play with lights
If you want a traditionalist, yet purple-themed wedding, don’t hesitate to hire a reputed light technician to add a touch of purple to your grand day. This way, you can walk down the aisle in a silver-purple glow of soft, radiant lights that will bathe you from head to toe. Lights are actually a fantastic way to subtly add a bit of color to your wedding day. So, don’t hesitate to use this handy trick, both during the actual ceremony as well as the reception. Indeed, if you can’t hire a purple marquee, there’s no reason why you can’t use purple probe lights or a purple disco ball to throw a wonderful glow over the party. Best of all, if you’re wearing a white or ivory wedding dress, you can use the purple lights to cast wonderful highlights over your ensemble.
Decorations and accessories
Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. A purple-themed wedding doesn’t only mean purple everywhere. Bear in mind that this color can very easily be enhanced by the proper decoration and accessories. A white, pink and purple wedding cake, gold and purple chairs for the reception and even a long purple carpet for the aisle are the type of small, discreet touches that will leave quite an impact on your guests.
Dress up your bridesmaids
Of course, adventurous brides won’t think twice before slipping into a dark purple wedding dress. Still, the less daring ladies can very easily select purple gowns for their bridesmaids. Bear in mind that there are quite a few existing shades of purples and the shade that you will go for will certainly set off the ceremony’s mood and feel. For instance, if your bridesmaids are wearing dark, vivid purple, this will certainly give off a fun and rather informal vibe. If you’re going for a more formal setting, it’s recommended to go for pale lavender dresses with a hint of silver. Idem for the bridesmaids’ flowers: there’s no need to go for an all-purple bouquet. Just a few hints of purple flowers will certainly bring this particular color in the forefront.
Whether you’re still a rose, frills, hearts and flowers girl at heart, or if you simply associate the color pink with everlasting love there’s no denying the fact that a pink-themed wedding can be ultra-glamorous and deeply romantic. Extremely popular in California, pink themes are very easy to adopt, especially since this color goes well with a variety of other hues.
Indeed, whether you want to take a leaf out of Anne Hathaway’s book and go for a pale, pink-tinted gown or if you want to dress your bridesmaids up in typical Californian pink, this color will certainly infuse charm and uniqueness to that special day when you’ll finally say “I do” to the love of your life.
In fact, the new wedding trend among celebrities is donning a pink gown to walk down the aisle. From Anne Hathaway to Reese Witherspoon, pink wedding dresses are constantly splashed over the pages of wedding magazines. Understandably, though, some brides can be quite hesitant about donning a pink frock. In this case, why don’t you go for a whitish gown with just a pink haze thrown over it in the likes of Anne Hathway’s wedding frock? More daring brides, on the other hand, can go for an all pink frock but bear in mind that the shade of pink that you select should mirror your personality and sense of style. For example, if you don’t stand on ceremony and if you’re planning a more informal ceremony then you can very easily go for a hot pink. This particular shade is perfect for strapless or short wedding dresses.
On the other hand, if you want to send off a demure, formal and romantic vibe, it’s best to opt for a paler, baby pink, a shade which goes marvelously with A-line or straight, Victorian gowns. Pale pink is also extremely suited to puffy, Princess-like gowns with sweetheart necklines and lace sleeves.
As far as your decoration goes, there’s no lack of ways for you to infuse pink into your wedding. Think pink linens, pink wedding favor boxes or pouches or even pink champagne for the toast. If you’re going for pink place settings, it would be best to select clear or crystal cutlery.
Of course, since pink wedding cakes are amongst the most popular ones on the market, there’s no doubt that you’re going to find something that you want. If you want to stand out from the crowd though, don’t hesitate to color block your cake. For example, a particularly dramatic look would be to select pink for the first tier, pale blue for the second tier and pink again on top. Ask your baker to enhance the overall cake with some pink and yellow sugared roses and you’ve got the most unique wedding cake ever!
If green is your favorite color, or if you’re simply a fan of nature, there’s absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t go for a green themed wedding. In fact, this particular theme is actually perfect for the environment-conscious bride and groom and it will certainly bring a deep sense of nature on your special day.
Here are a few simple adjustments that you can make to very easily bring a green theme to your wedding.
A particularly summery look would be to dress all the bridesmaids in identical shades of pale lime green. Still, if you want to avoid the whole uniform-like look, you can get each girl to wear a particular shade of green, hence creating an ombre-like effect. Or, if you want to be radically different, you can even dress them up in short jet black dresses with contrasting lime green shoes.
Never neglect the importance of accessories: An emerald bracelet, sequined green clutch purses and green teardrop earrings will certainly bring a soothing, natural feel to the day in general.
It’s no secret that most of the attention is focused on the bride. She’s the one who will ultimately set off the overall mood and theme of the wedding. By this token, adventurous ladies can even go for a deep emerald or pale apple green wedding frock that’s bound to mesmerize guests with its originality. Traditionalists, on the other hand, may go for an all-white frock with a deep forest green Scottish-style sash across it. Another original idea would be to opt for a white beaded bodice that flows gently into a pale green hem. Alternatively, you may even allow a hint of green gauzy petticoat to peek from underneath the hem.
Of course, if you have the skin tone for it, then by all means don’t hesitate before bringing a hint of green to your makeup palette as well. Pale green eye shadow and eyeliner go particularly well with brown, black, hazel and green eyes. A green-tipped French manicure will also enhance the overall theme of the day. Brides who are particularly fond of this color can even select a green-stoned wedding band, but, in this case, try to break it up by adding a blend of blue sapphires and emerald to your ring.
Reception and decoration
A green wedding cake can look quite boring and out of place if you don’t properly embellish it. If you’re trying to stick to a nature theme, you can ask your baker to craft a cake in the shape of doves or any bird of your liking. Similarly, a wonderful twist to your wedding decoration would be to turn the aisle into an enchanted forest: artificial green birch trees and bushes will bring quite a magical, almost mystical aura to the wedding.
As far as the reception goes, don’t hesitate to go for green napkins, artificial green flowers or even a wonderful deep green chocolate wedding cake. The contrast between the dark chocolate and green icing will definitely win over the toughest of critics!
Whether you’re a fan of the controversial Fifty Shades series or not, there’s no doubt that going for a gray theme will certainly bring a distinct air of sophistication and class to your wedding. Indeed, new, emerging wedding trends are all about tasteful and sophisticated hues: gone are the days where everything used to be white with just a touch of blue. Instead, new brides and grooms are now going for more cutting-edge shades.
However, it’s extremely important not to go overboard and go for an all-gray decoration. This will defeat the entire purpose of your gray wedding theme and bring a tacky, rather gaudy look instead of a sophisticated one. For example, if your groom decided to go for a gray tux, he should break it up by going for a red or black tie. Similarly, gray bridesmaid dresses can be glammed up by adding a pair of silver or golden shoes to the outfit. Alternatively, don’t hesitate to dress the girls up in bright, sparkly jewels and accessories to create a magnificent clashing effect with the overall gray theme of the day.
Of course, daring brides can very easily don a lovely gray wedding dress on their special day. Indeed, since this is your day and no one else’s, you shouldn’t be afraid to push the boundaries and explore new fashion horizons. The only essential aspect is that you should feel entirely comfortable in what you’re wearing. Luckily, there’s no lack of gray wedding gowns on the market: whether you’re looking for a thick silver taffeta dress or a short, summery deep gray frock for a beach wedding, you’re certainly going to find something of your liking. If you’re feeling particularly daring, why don’t you vamp it up by going for the ultimate combination of yellow and gray? Don’t hesitate to wrap up your look by going for a grey bejeweled bridal bouquet that will wow everyone!
One of the easiest ways to create a gray wedding theme is through a gray tuxedo for the groom.
Alternatively, the special man in your life can even wear a traditional black tux but pair it with a gray silk tie and a dove gray shirt. Another easy way to incorporate a gray theme into your wedding is by opting for a gray cake to cut after the ceremony. However, don’t forget that an all-gray wedding cake is merely going to look like a pile of cement thrown over each other. So, to enhance its striking visual effect, break it up by alternating the various colors. You may, for instance, start off the first tier with a thick chocolate frosting, second tier with gray sugar icing and third tier with chocolate again. Add a generous quantity of yellow sugar roses and you’ve got yourself the perfect cake for your gray themed wedding!
“Something old, something borrowed, something new, something blue and a silver sixpence in her shoe”
While this age-old adage is gradually losing its importance in the face of contemporary and sophisticated weddings, many brides still religiously adhere to the everlasting “something blue”, which according to many, is bound to bring prosperity and good luck to the newlyweds. So, what better way to enhance your “something blue” than to go for a blue wedding theme?
Don’t panic: going for a blue-themed wedding is much easier than it sounds and besides, it can be even more tasteful and elegant than traditional white weddings. The only rule to follow is not to go overboard. Indeed, don’t get carried away and drown your guests in violent splashes of restless blue. Instead, it’s always a good idea to break it up and create creative combinations of blue and other colours that complements this particular hue. For example, blue bridesmaids dresses are going to stand out even more if you dress the maid of honour in orange, yellow, brown or pink.
Another way to incorporate a blue theme in your wedding day is to go for an aquamarine-tinted wedding cake. If you want, you can go for an all-blue cake, but by the same token, don’t hesitate to break it up by adding some white and yellow sugared roses. Alternatively, you can ask your baker to create a several-tiered cake with a different shade of blue for each tier. An ombre look would also look quite magnificent on a wedding cake.
If you’re the type of ultra-contemporary and sophisticated bride who isn’t afraid to push the boundaries and explore new fashion avenues, why don’t you go for a royal blue wedding gown? This can be quite a striking look, especially if paired with a diamond and pearl tiara and matching earrings. Ladies who want a more toned down look, however, can go for the traditional white frock but with a dark blue dress tail to complete the look. Alternatively, don’t hesitate to incorporate other blue touches in the likes of a blue sapphire hair comb, deep blue shoes or blue jewellery and accessories.
Of course, it wouldn’t hurt if the groom would wear a dark blue tie or even a blue tux as well. Blue bridesmaids dresses are also extremely popular in these aptly-themed weddings. In fact, a particularly nice look would be to dress the bridesmaids in satin blue dresses with clashing accessories such as sunshine yellow earrings and the likes. The couple can even opt for turquoise organza for the wedding flavours and blue cocktails for the wedding toast. A blue wedding invitation will also be a classy and original touch to the overall wedding.