Color My Wedding

By Diane Schlindwein

April 17, 2009 4 min read


Metallics and bright tones add stellar accents

Diane Schlindwein

Creators News Service

When it comes to choosing wedding colors, pastels aren't a thing of the past, but more modern brides are favoring non-traditional hues, from bright colors to shiny shades.

"Metallics are super-hot right now," said Karen Bussen, event designer and author of the Simple Stunning Wedding book series. "Most often they're used as accents to add a little glamour or sparkle. Shoes in gold and silver are really chic."

Bussen said she's noticed more brides are choosing thin sparkly belts to accent the waist. "A glimmering barrette or hair clip or brooch is also a great way to add a little extra," she said. "It can be worn just for the reception if you want to keep the ceremony low key."

And brides aren't limited to the sparkles. "Color is real big right now on bridal dresses," said Candice Blindauer of Candice's Bridal in Illinois.

Christy Davis, PR manager for David's Bridal, agreed. "A fun way for brides to show off their personalities is to include a splash of color to their wedding gown by adding colorful sashes," she said.

At David's Bridal, a train-length sash, available in 20 shades and running about $100, can be elegantly paired with a gown. It allows a bride to personalize her look and seamlessly coordinate with her bridal party. Davis said popular warm-weather wedding colors are tangerine, cornflower and watermelon. For brides planning cooler weather affairs, claret red and chocolate are favored choices, added Blindauer.

"As far as color goes, I think we're seeing brides designing their whole celebration with more color, rather than less," Bussen said. "Instead of combining really hot colors, they often choose to pair a really unique color -- like a deep orange or hot coral or modern green -- with a more grounded palette. Think khaki with deep magenta and hot pink, or a deep navy blue with summery orange."

Bussen said deeply saturated colors with a more grounded base color adds both elegance and a powerful visual punch to any wedding.

Brides should remain aware that accessories count, Davis said. "Remember that accessories may be the last thing to put on, but they're often the first things others notice." Some brides go for bold cuffs and flower hair accessories or retro-inspired earrings and delicate necklaces.

"From glittery golds to stunning silvers, metallic jewelry, shoes and handbags also add that extra pop to the bride and bridal party's styles," she said. "It's all about the details -- pair regal chandelier earrings with a metallic bag to match, such as a wristlet style, to add that extra bit of glam to her look."

Wedding flowers can shine as well. "When it comes to flowers, there is definitely still a trend toward adding in crystals or other sparkly elements to the bride's bouquet -- especially for an evening wedding, when the light can catch the crystals and add a bit of glisten," Bussen added.

Smart brides also bring bling to the reception. "Wrapping simple glass vases with gold or copper ribbon is also a great idea to add a richness and texture to your centerpieces," she said.

Finally, don't forget guests also want to dazzle at the reception. The right lighting can make them look and feel their best. "Lighting is another area where color is really being used more," Bussen said. "Brides are becoming savvy to the fact that choosing one or two people-friendly colors to accent a room -- think soft pinks and warm ambers or midnight blues. [It] is a very sophisticated way to add mood and drama to your reception space."

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