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Wedding Color Ideas : which color is for you?

guest blogging with Susanna Miles of

What do YOU want? Susanna joins us today with her Unique Take on Popular Wedding Color Ideas

Your love is unique - why shouldn’t your take on wedding color ideas reflect the individuality you treasure? Well, it should! With a little research and an open mind, you can find a perfect wedding color palette - one that makes your heart soar. I’ve taken the liberty of pulling some color ideas together to give you inspiration . . . the rest is up to you!

Red, White and You
Red and white is one of the more popular wedding color ideas… red is often used in winter as an homage to the reds and greens that represent the palette of the colder months. Red and shades of red -- including berry, tomato, burgundies and deep pinks -- always bring the drama. White and polka dots bring cheer.

Edgy Black and White with a Natural Touch
Black and white are classic and classy colors, there’s no doubt. I love the crispness of the color combination. If you’re looking for a way to take the black and white wedding color scheme to a new level and create a wedding color combination that’s unique, try this simple trick: add a natural color like paper-bag-brown, sandy tan or pearl white. This will immediately “tone down” the big contrast of the black and white and create something that’s more casual and still incredibly elegant. And cheaper!

Add the Unexpected to your Wedding Color Schemes
If you’re looking for ways to seize a unique take on popular wedding color ideas, try this: pick a color combo you consider pretty “typical” and then add something completely different to throw the whole palette into a new dimension. For example, the yellow/orange/red tones that are used in fall get completely jazzed up when they’re paired with turquoise. One small change adds intensity to the mix.

Ready for a Gold Rush?
Do you want to take popular wedding color ideas and elevate them to new heights? Try adding metallics to the mix. Gold does wonders to enrich any colors, and works especially well with red and white to give you a feeling of old Hollywood style glamour.  

The same way gold works in harmony with red and white, so does silver work with blue and white. If you’re thinking in terms of cool and warm colors, silver goes with cool and gold goes with warm. The real rule is that there are no rules!

See Spot Run: The Whimsy of Polka Dots
If you want fresh ideas for popular wedding color combinations consider the shapes that your colors are presented in… there’s something innately cheerful about polka dots. Polka dots in yellow = something new for a beach wedding and in red = cherry sophistication. Black polka dots = cheery contrast. Is that you? The overall idea for changing up typical wedding color palette ideas into something really new and different is… take the old and add some new to make it bold.


Thank you so much Susanna for stopping by today to share your wedding color ideas with us. Susanna Miles - the owner of K.i.s.s Wedding as well as the editor of the 4 K.i.s.s Wedding Planning Guides.

Fall Weddings - pumpkin inspired

Ideas and Inspirations | Photos and Galleries
Colors: Color Palette: Orange
Motif: Pumpkins

To celebrate fall I decided to create a fall inspiration board with pumpkins as the theme. I found so many ideas, I finally had to stop looking and start putting the images together. Would love to know what you think. Anybody planning a fall wedding? Shopping resources and image credits are below the photos.
Fashion & Accessories:
Bridesmaid Dress Alfred Angelo from House of Brides, Autumn Flower Hair Clip from Social Butterflies at etsy, Citrouille Earrings from Jennifer Rydin Designs at etsy, Handmade Fall Ring Pillow in Golden Autumn from Shabee Stiches at etsy

Pumpkin Paper Lanterns from Martha Stewart (love this idea - it's ordinary paper lanterns dressed up with leaves, a stem and tendrils - details project instructions here), Pumpkin Table Setting from Martha Stewart with How-To, Carved Pumpkin from, Husk Pumpkins from Plum Party

Fall Wedding Invitation from Naptime Productions

Favors & Place Cards:
Glass Pumpkin Place Card Holder from My Wedding Market, Pumpkin Soap in Gift Box from Plum Party

I love the idea of serving pies and sweets to guests. One unique idea is to create a dessert bar and offer bakery bags or boxes for your guests to take home some sweets. The Pumpkin Biscotti and Pumpkin Ginger Nut Muffins from Simply Recipes are perfect selections to include. The pumpkin pie with orange marmalade is from Toni's Kitchen. I love the presentation of the Pumpkin Spice Cakes from Country Living, perfect for the dessert bar too. If you choose to forgo the traditional wedding cake, why not serve your guests one Pumpkin Cake per table from Williams-Sonoma? Each cake serves 8-10 and is 5 moist layers of double-chocolate cake with a chocolate-truffle cream filling. Presented on a cake pedestal, it's sure to be a spectacular presentation.

Burgundy and Salmon Weddings

Ideas and Inspirations | Photos and Galleries
colors: burgundy and salmon
tone: rustic, country wedding

Today's inspiration board was created by a reader's request. This is what Larina G. wrote: "Hi Brenda, I love your wedding site, especially the theme with sunflowers, I was wondering if you could help me with a burgundy and salmon coloured invitation as I've searched the entire net, but couldn't find something suitable enough... I've attached the pic of the perfect colour, if you do have any ideas with themes please do let me know. Thanks a ton and keep posting..."

Right after receiving this message, I knew I had a mission. The inspirational photo as provided to me from Larina was the Phoebe Striped Chiffon bridesmaid dress in Burgundy/Salmon from Thread Design. As I began working on the inspiration board, it tended to lean towards a more rustic feel. I also like the introduction of yellow to add a bit of color pop and to stand out against the beautiful color variations of the dress.

Favor Box from One Girl Cookies
Ring from Fuss Jewelry {introduced to me from Southern Weddings}
Bouquet, Cake and Chair with Flowers courtesy of
Polka Dot Chrysanthemum Wedding Invitation from Pink Lilly Press
Coral Bracelet and Earrings in Salmon/Pink/Peach from Charmed by Helena

Additional coordinating wedding invitations that you might also like include:
Ashley Invitation from minted
Flower Toile Invitation from Papeterie
Rust Red & Ivory Floral Invitations from the Tea Collection at Your Style Invites
Ocean Vista Invitation Set from Golden Silhouette

Fuchsia and Navy Blue Weddings

Ideas and Inspirations | Photos and Galleries
Colors: Raspberry Pink and Navy Blue
Motif: Raspberries and Blueberries
On Friday - Kim {from The Event Essentials blog} posted about fuschia and navy weddings as she is now a matron of honor for her dear friend who wants a blue or deep purple and the fiancé wants a raspberry pink color. She posed a question wondering if anyone would help her create some fun color palettes with the magenta/raspberry/fuchsia pinks and aqua/navy blue scheme. So, here we are. This is my inspiration board for the wedding and the more I thought about it, I realized why not actually incorporate raspberries and blueberries into the overall theme. I absolutely love the bright pink centerpiece arrangement {from Table Settings with Pictures}. Adding candles that float atop blueberry filled cylinders with small galvanized pails that are filled with fresh blueberries would complete the table setting. The perfect favor for your wedding guests would be homemade raspberry jam. Add your guest names to the lid and you have both a personalized favor and place card. {favor image from Martha Stewart, the recipe for Red Raspberry Jam is also available on her site} The navy and pink wedding invitation from Custom Programs is the ideal invitation to introduce your color scheme to guests. The wedding dress {from David's Bridal} features a ribbon waist accent (in your choice of colors) and comes with sleeve options (if desired). The bridesmaid dress is a crinkled chiffon A-line frock with a ruffled halter neckline and a navy sash from Alvina Valenta. The finishing element for those who wish to serve their guests an alternative to the wedding cake is a Very Berry Cupcake {from Ana Henneberke's flickr gallery}.

Additional Images:
Floral Bouquet from Amy Squires and others from

Strawberry and Lemon Weddings

Ideas and Inspirations | Photos and Galleries
Color Palette: Red, Yellow and hints of Orange
Motif: Strawberries and Lemons

I love the idea of a strawberry/lemon theme for an outdoor summer or early fall wedding (could be used for a bridal shower too). Maybe instead of a cake or cupcakes for dessert, you might consider serving pies or strawberry shortcakes. It's something unexpected for your guests, but one I'm sure they will love.
Image Credits and Resources:
Berry Basket Favors from {send your guests home with fresh strawberries and scones to enjoy the next morning}, Table Setting with gingham napkins from, Citrus Centerpiece from, Red Beaded Silk Chiffon Dress from Nordstrom, Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes from Deirdre Jean's flickr gallery, Polka Dot Chrysanthemum Wedding Invitation from Sutherland's flickr gallery, Red Crinkle Patent Leather High Heel from Zappos, Sweet & Refreshing Homemade Lemonade and Strawberry Daiquiri from Hostess Blog, Cultured Pearls Swarovski Fire Opal necklace {with earrings} from ynakeelady2's etsy shop