Colors by Season

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Every season there are forecasts for the latest “it” colors for the seasons ahead.  Often these are determined by the fashion and art industries.  However, if you are having a more traditional wedding, you may want to use the colors most often associated with the corresponding season.  For those who don’t listen too much to the “tangerine is the new black” philosophies, these recommendations are for you!

Spring— These colors are paler than the bright summer hues, but also mimic those first flowers poking out of the ground after winter.  These pastels don’t stand out in contrast as much with the wedding gown as the colors found in winter or summer.  Skin tones and hair color does need to be taken into account with many of these colors, although finding a different hue will usually work just fine if it is incompatible.  Shades of pale purples work especially well if you need varied hues to flatter your bridal parties.

Summer— Hot and bright pops of color, reminiscent of popsicles, fireworks, and icy pitchers brimming with margaritas, are perfect for summer.  Avoid neon to flatter the widest range of complexions, but don’t be afraid of bright color accents.  Whenever you are working with tons of color, you do have to plan well.  Know the complementing accent colors, and use paler shades when possible, to avoid too much of a Technicolor wonderland.

Autumn— Earth tones are key to a beautiful autumnal wedding.  The goal should be to reflect the dramatic change of this season, the falling leaves and last varied shades of leaves and flowers before the icy solitude of winter.  Autumnal weddings are ideal for different dress colors in shades of persimmon, dark mossy green, and deep marigold.  If you want neutrals for your bridal party dresses, chocolate browns are lovely set against vivid fall flower bouquets.

Winter— While many think winter is a bit barren for a wedding, nothing could be further from the truth.  Winter colors are probably the most varied depending upon the tone you are trying to set.  Because winter is the season of Christmas, New Year’s, and Valentine’s Day, you can certainly go festive, with rich jewel tones (especially rich shades of red) or metallics.  Another route is to celebrate the sparse and simple natural beauty of the season, by using shades of winter white and dark charcoal grey.

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Sarah Sarah has been editing the blog at mywedding for four years. She enjoys watching classic movies, spending money on eyeliner that she never wears, and convincing brides to write thank you notes.

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