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Color: No longer as brides are we bound to the traditional, virginal white palettes. More often are we seeing a little more of the bride’s flare. From their bridesmaids, to their groom and his groomsmen, and now to their dress, brides are incorporating color all the way through. With Crimson being the most popular pick, tradition has gone out the window and bold and beautiful has taken its place! Portrait Backs: With a more modest approach, portrait backs draw attention with delicate embroideries, lace frames, sheer panels of tulle, and peekaboo keyholes that take us back. This trend softened the focus on bare skin and put an emphasis that we are not just a one- dimensional bride! Peplums: Borrowing a popular silhouette from the couture runways, peplums add a new dimension of style using both structured and softly draped shapes at the hips. However, bride’s have no fear to this added volume! Peplums waist-defining attributes are both great and flattering for both boyish and curvy figures! Lace: This isn’t your grandmother’s dollies! This graphic, floral fabric is re-worked into sexy silhouettes with a dash of tradition making it look fresher than ever. And last but not least. . . Transformers: With more brides wanting a second dress for their reception, designers are answering with convertible styles that use removable skirts, trains, and capes to create a party dress that keeps that wedding look, but allows brides to get down and dirty! Whatever route you decide to take, just remember be unique, and always incorporate your style!
Location, location, location… When deciding on a color scheme, you must first consider the reception site. Whether it’s in your parent’s backyard, over-looking the 18th hole in a Country Club, or on the shore of a beach. Look to your surroundings for inspiration! For instance if it’s in a garden, you might want to consider earthy tones of green and brown to be a part of your palette. If you hold it in a Country Club with maroon and gold oriental carpets, a color scheme of hot pink and orange may not be your best choice. Choosing a venue can be half the battle. Another element to consider while choosing your colors can be the time of season. If you think about it each season has colors that compliment it best. For example: blues, whites and metallics in the winter; reds, oranges, and browns of changing leaves for the fall; greens, and yellow are the colors of growth and life; and bright colors and pastels of blooming flowers for the spring. Even something as simple as a seasonal flower can drive your palette. The sultry red of a Poinsettia, the brilliant blue of Delphinium; or the vibrant white and pink of a Stargazer Lilly. Remember decorating can be simple when Mother Nature is your guide! However you decide to pick your colors here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:
- Be sure to choose 2 to 3 colors. One color can fall flat or look one-dimensional. More than 3 colors can be overwhelming, and looks too busy.
- Pick colors you can find. With this consider your bridesmaids dress, flowers, and cake. Sometimes the colors are hard to match.Pick colors that best compliment your personal colors. Let’s face it ladies sometimes we just can’t wear certain colors, whether it is because of our hair color, eye color, skin tone, etc.