Roth’s Top 5 Tips On Wedding Color Schemes For 2012: Making Cool Choices That Stand The Evergreen Test Of Time

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Cutting Through The Maze Of Technicolor Choices, Options, Traditions, Locations And Seasons With Stylist Ease

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Now is not the time to experiment in finding your inner hot pink if you never liked the shade. Now is the time to just be you.

Designer and bridal Industry expert, Henry Roth, knows color often throws brides planning their wedding into a loop of confusing options, thereby placing many out of the comfort zone of even the most adept interior designer.

With a huge focus on individuality and personal style as the ultimate wedding trend for the next century, pre-wedding anxiety is rife. And for many, coordinating colors is out of their everyday comfort zone.

Color schemes reflect the bride and groom’s taste and also influence the “feel” for the wedding, starting from when guests receive that initial “save the date.” Color will go on to determine bridesmaid’s style, napkins, flowers, invitations, cakes... In short, almost everything!

“It’s time to get back to basics. Remember these memories—that can often cost more than any single major event in most people’s lives—have to be evergreen,” comments Roth. “Sure there are options—and a ton of them at that—but now is not the time to experiment in finding your inner hot pink if you never liked the shade. Now is the time to just be you.”

1.    Location. Location. Location. Bold or neutral. Embrace you as a couple.

Oftentimes, the location is the starting point for many brides, offering the guide to what colors will predominate.

“A bride has to look to where the wedding will be taking place when deciding on a color scheme,” says Roth. “Though any colors, from pastels to bright, will work well for a beach or event-space wedding, if the reception is taking place in a country club or hotel with traditional carpets and drapes, the bride will be better suited opting for a complimentary color scheme. No clashing allowed… Unless you really know how to make clashing colours and prints work well!”

2.    Seasonally-inspired. Your season choice says something, so work with it.

“Let Mother Nature guide you in deciding on the color scheme for your big day,” advises Roth. “Pastels and nudes work best in warmer months, while deep colors such as burgundy and navy are fabulous for autumn and winter.”

However, if your personality is very much about not working too conventionally, opt for something out of the box. Super Brights at a winter wedding, for example, say anything but “cookie cutter.”

3.    Time of Day. Make your say work.

“The time of day that the wedding is taking place can also be a great inspiration for the big day’s color scheme,” suggests Roth. “A nighttime wedding, for example, lends itself to greater drama so an ‘All that glitters’ or monochrome theme can work fabulously. Meanwhile, for an afternoon affair, those same metallics would look Avant Garde at best.”

4.    Color that is personality driven

Some people are driven by the colors surrounding them—from the clothes they wear to a tree’s shade of green.

“Sometimes it’s simply best to look within oneself and let the bride pick colors that resonate with her (and her groom),” states Roth. “One couple I met requested all guests dress in black and white, and that same bride got married in a purple gown, which was offset by the groom’s mauve cravat. Obviously this would not work for every bride but it suited this one perfectly.”

5.    Trend Inspired whilst still being Evergreen

“Every year has its trends and for the bride and groom who want a relevant wedding, a look to that year’s color trends might provide them with the color scheme they are looking for,” suggests Henry. One way to do this is to take a look at fashion magazines and see what colors are making impacts on the runway. Big color trends this year? Aqua, tangerine, lilac, mustard, antique blue, deep red, latte, lavender, charcoal and sage.

No matter what color scheme a bride chooses, or how she arrives at her decision, it is important to not lose sight of what this planning is all about. “Weddings are not a celebration of perfection. Weddings are a celebration of Love,” Roth neatly summarizes.


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