Your choice of wedding colors tends to be a subconscious reflection of your personality and an
indication of how you imagine your future marriage will be.
You may have decided
on your color, or colors, years and years before your wedding, but it will still reflect your personality traits.
Your choice of colors may
be in your wedding invitations, your table decorations, your flowers, your
bridesmaid dresses or your wedding gown.
Of course some brides
will choose their colors based on the theme of their wedding, for example a
beach wedding, a garden wedding, a vintage theme, a black tie event, or a
Some will choose colors to fit in with the time of year, such as soft pastel colors for
summer, deep, rich, jewel colors for winter, bright contemporary colors for spring or muted tones for
autumn or fall.
Some may choose simple and elegant combinations of black and white or cream, navy and white or simply an all white theme.
Others will plan their
wedding colors around the venue they have chosen.
Whatever your situation
you can usually incorporate your favorite color, or a tint or shade of that
color, into your wedding plans.
For example, if your
venue has blue in its decor, but you want pink, just use a small amount of the
blue in your pink color scheme to tie it all together.
Where Do You Start in Making Selections for Your Wedding?
Begin by creating an inspiration
board with pictures of items you would like to
incorporate into your wedding.
Go through bridal magazines and read articles on weddings to find the things you love. This
could include colors, invitation ideas, flowers, wedding gowns, bridesmaids
dresses, bonbonniere, honeymoon destinations etc.
Then look at your board and see if there is some sort of color theme evolving.
How Do You Choose the Best Colors for You?
My advice is to choose a
color you really love for your primary wedding color – you can’t go wrong. Then choose a second color you love
and find a way to make those colors work together.
Choose a maximum of three colors and have them
in unequal proportions – the main color (about 65 to 70%) plus a supporting
color (about 25%) plus an accent color (about 5 to 10%).
Remember, the greater the quantity of a particular color, the more the psychological impact will be.
If you only use a very small amount of a color, then its impact will be minimal.
So Now You've Chosen Your Wedding Colors, What Do They Say About You?
White is color in its purest form,
representing innocence, wholeness and perfection. It is the blank canvas
waiting to be written upon, opening the way for the creation of anything the
mind can imagine.
Using a lot of white amongst your wedding colors will
create a mood of peace and comfort.
- If you have chosen all white for your wedding color, you are looking to
recreate the purity and innocence and simplicity of your youth.
- You see your wedding as a new beginning, that of a shared future
- You are independent and impartial with a neutral outlook on life
and you like everything to be perfect – this goes for your wedding as
- You like order and efficiency in your life because that creates a
sense of peace and calm, comfort and hope.
- In your marriage you will want to remain independent and
self-reliant, creating a life of simplicity and order with as little stress as
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cultures white is traditionally related to death and mourning. In these
cultures death usually means the end of one life and the beginning of another,
moving forward to a new life, so the color psychology meaning of new beginnings
Ivory is a
softer version of white with a small touch of cream and brown in it.
Traditionally it was regarded as tainted white, but this view is considered old
fashioned and not relevant in the contemporary world. Today it is a modern
color often used for wedding dresses because it is flattering to most skin
Ivory is a neutral color, which means that it evokes a level
of impartiality. Although similar to
white, it is a warmer, richer and more elegant color. While pure white is
stark, ivory is soft; white stands aloof, while ivory embraces.
Its meaning in color psychology for weddings is calming, yet encouraging, with a feeling of simple
elegance and sophistication. It often has an old-fashioned feel to it.
Using ivory as a main color for your wedding will create a
warm, quiet, soothing and sensual atmosphere, surrounding your guests with a
feeling of calm and comfort, luxury and quality.
- Choosing ivory among your wedding colors shows you as a
very genuine and honest person, with a balanced, loyal and friendly personality;
you are gentle, thoughtful and loving.
- You are somewhat traditional, with an elegant and
- You love quality and luxury in everything, from
your surroundings, to your clothing, to your food, and you won’t settle for
- You are patient and strong with a sense of
superiority, although this is mainly a reflection of your self-confident attitude
rather than a need to ‘lord’ it over others.
- You need a sense of order in your life so you
feel calm and in control at all times. A stress-free life is a necessity for
you – any sense of chaos will unsettle and distress you. Therefore your wedding
must be well organized and as stress-free as possible
- While you love quality and luxury, you are quite
practical and down-to-earth with your feet planted firmly on the ground.
In your marriage, fidelity and commitment will
be extremely important to you.
- You will need to be surrounded by elegance in
your home and your clothing, as this will be important to your self-confidence.
- Your husband may need to reassure you that all
is well from time to time.
Choosing a Red themed wedding, from a color
psychology perspective, creates passion, energy and excitement.
Red will create a warm and stimulating mood at your
wedding with high energy and lots of action.
red for your main wedding color identifies you as extroverted, confident and optimistic.
- It is
an attention-seeking and an attention-getting color so whichever way you look
at it, you like to be noticed and love being the center of attention – which of
course is perfect for your wedding.
are action oriented with a deep need for physical fulfilment and to experience
life through the five senses – this will be evident in your wedding with music,
dancing, good food and a great visual experience for everyone.
will want to be in control of all aspects of your wedding, but be aware that
you may come across as being bossy at times and your aggression may upset
others involved in your wedding planning.
will demonstrate a vibrant enthusiasm for life throughout your marriage as you
discover and pursue new physical directions and goals – you will need a
like-minded marriage partner to keep up with your energy levels!
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deeper the red, the more subdued the energy and the more sophisticated it is.
which is red with some black or dark purple in it, is controlled passion and
which is red with blue in it, is a more conservative color involving thoughtful
action and passion.
Superstitions Around Red
are some old English superstitions around using red and white for wedding colors.
These superstitions say that any combination of red
and white, including flowers, should be avoided because they represent blood
and bandages–not the best symbols for a wedding. If you are not superstitious
then take no notice of this.
Orange is an uplifting, optimistic, positive and motivational color
which exudes warmth and happiness.
Orange in your wedding colors will create a friendly and social mood with lots of
chatting amongst the guests, laughter, fun and enthusiasm.
orange among your wedding colors means you are independent and competitive, assertive, extroverted and
uninhibited, and always on the go.
- You are
a people person and will have a large and active social circle, enjoy partying
and planning all types of social events - orange people are the life of the
party, the uninhibited performer! So planning your wedding will be a great deal
of fun for you!
life together will be stimulating and social, one of spontaneity, fun and
adventure with a great enthusiasm for life – you really dislike everyday
a free spirit with a great sense of adventure, your marriage will be full of
new challenges as you explore the world around you. You will move on easily
from any setbacks you encounter.
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versions of orange, such as peach and apricot, are softer and gentler in their
energy, stimulating conversation yet putting people at ease.
versions of orange can suggest selfishness and over-confidence.
Yellow is illuminating and uplifting, relating to the mind and the
Yellow in your wedding colors will create a warm, welcoming, cheerful and happy mood
which will lift up the spirits of your guests.
- If you
have chosen yellow as your wedding color, you are creative with many original ideas and thoughts, but with much practicality
– this is not the color of the fantasy dreamer, more the practical idealist.
are a good communicator and make decisions clearly and easily, which will help
you in the planning of your wedding.
However your head usually overrules your heart and you can be overly
analytical and self-critical which will need to be controlled or you will
become very anxious as you make your plans.
downfall can be that you are impulsive and spontaneous rather than thinking
things through before you act.
- You will
have a close circle of good friends and may prefer a smaller intimate wedding
rather than a large extravagant event.
have a good sense of humor which will guide you through the many ups and downs
of married life.
your future together your partner will need to allow you your independence as
this is an important aspect to your personality. You will also need logical and
practical order in your everyday life to allow you the space to inspire and
create new ideas.
your marriage you will have to be careful you don’t waste money on unnecessary
and frivolous items as money sometimes slips through your fingers very quickly.
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Be aware in choosing yellow for your wedding colors that
being surrounded by too much yellow can cause anxiety and cause people to feel
yellow relates to the cynic and the complainer.
yellows, increase our sensitivity to criticism.
such as citrine, can imply fickleness and relates to the serial relationship
Green is a color of rebirth, renewal and growth and it balances the
Green in your wedding colors will create a calming and restful mood with enough
warmth to encourage a feeling of unity and togetherness among the guests.
- If you
have chosen green for your wedding color you are a very nurturing and compassionate person, loving yourself and others
unconditionally – you will plan your wedding for all your family and friends as
much as for yourself.
crave peace and contentment above all else and a life free of conflict – any
stress or disagreements during the planning of your wedding will cause you much
bores you so you will most likely seek help with planning your wedding –
someone to take care of the finer details while you create the big picture of
what you want your wedding to be.
your marriage you will be a loyal and faithful partner, although not highly
passionate. You prefer balance and calm to action.
have to be careful not to become too content and complacent during your
marriage, forgetting about your own dreams and goals – don’t get ‘stuck in a
rut’ as that will eventually lead to you becoming bored and discontented.
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Blue is conservative and reserved. It is a safe and non-threatening
color, loved by most people throughout the world.
Blue for your wedding color will create a relaxing and peaceful mood for your
wedding in which everyone will feel contented and happy.
- If you
have selected blue as one of your wedding colors, you tend to be very reliable, with a need for order and direction in every
endeavour – this will help you with the planning of your wedding – you take
your responsibilities seriously and would aim to create a perfect wedding for
all your guests.
- You can be devoted to various causes,
including family and work, and this will also be the case with your wedding –
it will be all consuming until you are happy with your choices.
don’t particularly like change and carefully consider any decisions before
making a commitment – you think things through very carefully before coming to
is important to you – you make a great friend but become deeply hurt if your
trust is betrayed – loyalty within your marriage will be of utmost importance.
- You will
be hoping for a marriage based on harmony and serenity – you don’t like
confrontation, preferring one-on-one verbal communication to resolve issues.
indicates a need for tranquility in your future and to be able to live your
life according to your own ideals and beliefs without having to change your
inflexible viewpoint of life to satisfy others.
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The darker the
blue, the more conservative, serious and professional it is and the more masculine it becomes.
Navy blue is a great alternative to black – softer and more
traditional. It looks great with white, ivory, champagne. Add pink in the
bouquets, or lime green or soft yellow
Pale Blue: Pale blue is a color of freedom and creativity. It inspires tranquillity.
Sky Blue: This is a non-threatening color loved by most people all over the world. It is the color of the healer and indicates a helpful and selfless nature.
Azure Blue: This is a
color of contentment that inspires ambition and determination to achieve.
Dark blue is conservative and responsible but it can be pessimistic and hypocritical times. It is the color of the
Indigo, a combination of deep blue and violet, inspires a sense of
fairness and justice, along with deep sincerity.
Indigo among your wedding colors will create a dignified mood with a degree of tradition being an important part
of the wedding ceremony.
- If you have chosen indigo as one of your wedding colors, you
love traditions and rituals so a conventional wedding will be on the cards.
and structure is important to you and will be essential in the organization of
your wedding, as well as carrying over to all parts of your life.
careful with the planning of your wedding as minor upsets and stress could
bring out the “drama queen” in you.
and honesty will be very important to you in your married life.
to your family is a beautiful part of your personality but you may take this to
extremes as you also have an addictive personality – this addiction can be in
many different forms, from family, to work, to gambling, to sport, to getting
your marriage you will need your partner to accept you as the aware and
intuitive spiritual being that you are.
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Purple is an introspective color. It
stimulates the imagination and inspires high ideals.
as your wedding color will create a mood of individuality,
mystery and fantasy.
- If you
have chosen purple as one of your wedding colors you are unique, individual and independent,
definitely not one of the crowd, so your wedding will need to be unique in some
way, and different to the usual run-of-the-mill weddings - you are creative and
love the unconventional and this will show in any event you design.
are a sensitive and compassionate person, supportive of others and putting
their needs before your own. This is your
wedding so your needs should be the most important at this time – forget
about the expectations of others.
are a gentle and free spirit. Your feelings run deep and you can be quite
sensitive to hurtful comments from others, although you would never show it.
Choose people for your wedding party who love and accept you for who you are.
solely on its own, purple can lead to depression in some people so be careful
to add another color, such as pink, turquoise or green, when using it for your
your marriage you will be looking for emotional security. You will also need to
be able to create a sense of order in all parts of your married life – taking
on too many projects at once can overwhelm you.
seek spiritual enlightenment and need a supportive partner in your search for
the meaning of life.
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Variations of Purple
The darker shades of purple were linked with nobility in the past and imply sensuality and individuality.
The lighter shades are more romantic and feminine, and a perfect choice for your wedding colors.
Lavender: With a slightly bluish tinge, lavender is sensitive, fragile, feminine and nostalgic.
Lilac: This color has a slightly pinkish hue to it. It is immature and superficial, inspiring glamour, romance and vanity.
This is the color of the evolved soul.
Plum is a reddish purple. It can appear old-fashioned, but it is honorable and
linked to family traditions.
Deep Purple: Dark purple is related to nobility and higher spiritual attainment. A powerful color, it can also indicate arrogance and ruthlessness.
Turquoise controls and heals the emotions. It is a happy and
friendly color which opens the lines of communication between the heart and the
Turquoise will create a refreshing, friendly and happy mood at your
- If you have chosen turquoise among your wedding colors, you
exhibit a confident and independent personality.
are good at multi-tasking - focusing on one thing at a time bores you. However,
be careful that you don’t become scattered in your thinking, particularly when
you try to accomplish too much at once. This can overtire you and you become
emotionally out of balance.
is a color which recharges our spirit during stressful times and is a great
color in times of crisis as it aids clear thinking and decision making – this
will assist you as you make plans for your wedding. Be aware that turquoise can
also heighten your sensitivity which could increase your stress levels when
things go wrong in your plans – weddings are notorious for causing stress and
- It is
calming to anyone making a speech and assists with clarity of thoughts, so it’s
a good color to print the groom’s or best man’s speech onto!!!
your marriage you will need to ensure that you have emotional balance on a day
to day basis. You will need a marriage partner who will support you in
expressing your hopes and dreams no matter how idealistic they may be – and one
who will encourage you to make your own way in the world under your own terms.
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In color psychology pink relates to unconditional love and
understanding, and the giving and receiving of nurturing. Pink calms the
physical passion and power of red making it a more gentle and loving energy.
Pink as one of your wedding colors will create a mood
of gentle warmth, love and thoughtfulness.
pink for your wedding color shows you are loving, kind, generous and sensitive to the
needs of others. You are friendly and approachable with a warmth and softness
others are drawn to.
- You are disciplined and organized, although you
can sometimes be rather flippant when the immature girly side of pink appears.
- Pink is a positive color inspiring warm and
comforting feelings, a sense that everything will be okay in the end. And this is what you are hoping for with your
wedding and marriage.
marriage partner will need to love and accept you unconditionally and show
sincere appreciation for the loving things you do each day.
pink with other darker colors such as dark blue, dark green, black or gray,
adds strength and sophistication to pink.
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Variations of Pink
Hot Pink: Contemporary and modern for a wedding, yet romantic and fun, it radiates a more passion than pale pink. It inspires sensual love and a love of life.
Rose Pink: This is a more mature pink, but still feminine and romantic; the pink of universal love.
This variation of pink contains a touch of orange. It encourages the flirt, and
can be a sign of the shy lover, all talk and no play.
This is more of a lavender-pink and relates to the unusual and the
individual doing his or her own thing. It is the non-conformist.
Blush: This is a very pale pink with sensual and sexual undertones.
It is non-threatening but lacks enthusiasm, excitement and energy.
represents universal harmony and emotional balance. Spiritual, yet practical,
it creates a balanced outlook on life based on common sense.
create a mood of compassion, kindness,
support and cooperation along with innovation and individuality.
- With a vivid imagination and creative ability, choosing magenta as your wedding color means you are a
non-conformist who sees life from a different point of view. This will affect
how you plan your wedding, and your guests will expect a unique wedding
experience from you.
- You are a free spirit, cheerful and optimistic, who dislikes being
restricted by rules but you do use common sense in making most of your
decisions. Despite being impulsive and innovative, you are still practical and
like to live a very organized life.
- In choosing magenta for your wedding, you seek harmony and balance
on this special day; physically,
mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Magenta helps to release old patterns of
thinking and behaving that no longer serve you – it will help you to grow and
move forward in your married life and to find greater balance in all areas.
- Using your intuition and psychic ability during stressful times
will assist you to rise above the everyday dramas of your daily life during the
planning of your wedding and in your future married life.
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Brown is a
serious, down-to-earth color signifying stability, structure and support.
Brown among your wedding colors will
create a mood of stability and comfort,
making guests feel at home.
- Choosing brown as your wedding color means you are honest, down-to-earth and wholesome, with both feet planted
firmly on the ground. You are also friendly and approachable, genuine and
sincere, and your wedding will show this side of you.
- Steady and reliable, with a keen sense of duty and responsibility, you
take your obligations seriously. While you prefer to stay in the background, (you
are never the life of the party!), your wedding is the time for you to shine.
- Everything you do is done in moderation and with restraint – you are not
self-indulgent, frivolous or extravagant but you do like quality and
simplicity. Your wedding will reflect this.
- In fact, you love quality in everything - a comfortable home, the
best food and drink and loyal companionship. These will be essential for happiness
in your marriage.
- You are a home body with a strong need for security and a sense of
belonging, and this will be of utmost of importance in your married life.
- Your marriage will need to cocoon you in your own safe little world as
you don't like your life to be upset by anything - close relationships
with family and friends will be a support and comfort during the difficult
times that are a normal part of life.
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Gray is a
color of compromise - an unemotional color – detached, impartial, neutral and
somewhat indecisive. It can be dull and boring on the one hand or elegant and
formal on the other.
Gray as one of your main wedding colors will
create a mood of isolation and
neutrality – guests will not feel as involved with too much gray. A warm
gray will be more involving and connecting for your guests.
- If you have chosen gray for your wedding color, you tend to be neutral
and objective about life, often to the point of being indifferent. You are the
fence-sitter who doesn’t like to take sides, always compromising and
- It is important for you to maintain the status quo - you prefer a
safe, secure and balanced existence and never desire much excitement. You will
usually compromise in order to keep the balance and stability you so
- You are practical and calm, do not like to attract attention and
are simply seeking a contented life. You tend to conform just to keep the
- You are the middle of the road type, cool, conserved, composed and
- In your marriage you will seek respect from your partner and will
need to feel a deep sense of belonging in your family unit. You need a partner
who is happy to make the decisions in your family.
- You often add a splash of color to your grey look, to show that
you aren't all that dull.
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Variations of Gray
the gray, the more dramatic and mysterious it becomes.
The lighter the gray the
more illuminating and lively it is.
Rarely is gray a perfect mix of black and
white - it often has elements of other colors such as blue, green, pink, mauve
or yellow within it which lift it and energize it.
Black is a color of power and control,
prestige and dignity and it can be intimidating and unapproachable. It can also
imply submission to another (including a sexual partner), similar to the priest
wearing black robes in submission to God.
Black as your wedding color will
create a mood of elegance, protection
- Choosing black as your wedding color indicates that you may be conventional, conservative and serious, or
sophisticated, elegant and dignified.
- You may be too serious for your own good - bring some colour into
your life to lighten you up - life should be fun. Don’t be dictatorial when
planning your wedding as this is intimidating and generates a mood of fear
around you – not a good omen for what should be a happy and memorable event.
- In planning your wedding you will be
methodical and organized, making sure everything is in order down to the last
detail. You like to be in control!!!
- In choosing black for your wedding, you may be trying to create an
aura of mystery and intrigue, as in the sexy black negligee, or an air of sophistication,
as in 'the little black dress', or 'the black tie event', or simply giving an
impression of success and affluence.
- You will want to have power and control in your marriage in order
to protect your emotional insecurities - this could cause conflict and
arguments with your partner. Just make sure you don’t suppress your own desires
and aspirations while protecting your own vulnerabilities.
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Silver has a feminine energy; it is
related to the moon and the ebb and flow of the tides - it is fluid, emotional,
sensitive and mysterious, soothing, calming and purifying.
Silver among your wedding colors will
create a mood of elegance and femininity.
- If you have chosen silver as your wedding color theme, you
have a modern and dignified, yet somewhat glamorous, outlook on life. You tend
to have an understated air of sophistication and classiness about you and this
will be reflected in your wedding ceremony.
- You are imaginative and creative, particularly in expressing
yourself with the written word, and may choose to write your own wedding vows.
- As silver illuminates and reflects the energy of those colors that
surround it, choose carefully the colors you put with it for your wedding -
almost any color will work with silver but be sure to choose a color that has
the energy you want to convey. While there are similarities between silver and
gray, silver is much more light-hearted and optimistic.
- You need simplicity in your life and to be independent and
self-reliant so you do not need to depend on anyone else – your partner will
need to understand this is part of who you are and not take personal offense at
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Gold is the color of
success, achievement and triumph. It implies luxury and quality, value and
elegance, affluence, material wealth and extravagance.
Gold will create a mood
of elegance, affluence and luxury.
radiate charisma, personality and confidence, making others feel relaxed and
valued in your company. With your optimism and warmth you add richness to the
lives of those with whom you come in contact.
- If you
have chosen gold as your wedding color theme, you are most likely
planning a fairly traditional and upmarket wedding and you will relish the
attention you receive.
- You love
luxury and the best quality in everything - luckily you tend to be very
successful, seeking and acquiring material wealth throughout your lifetime.
Your wedding will reflect your financial success.
appreciate life completely - with your optimistic attitude you are not happy to
passively sit back and wait for things to happen - you must be an active
participant and your partner will need to have this attitude also.
deepest need is to acquire the deepest knowledge and understanding of yourself
as a spiritual being.
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