Incorporate bright pops of color into everything from bouquets and invitations to shoes and table linens.
“This year’s color is magenta, a very strong color that you will find in spray roses,” she says. “If that’s too bright, we love blush pink astilbe. It’s soft, romantic and adds a dimension of texture to the bouquet.” The bride loves purple. So, the invitations to her wedding were printed on lavender stock, a hint of what to expect on the big day.
“Your invitation is the first thing your guests will see,” says Susan Norcross, owner of The Styled Bride in Philadelphia. “It sets the tone.”
Increasingly, couples are embracing bold colors in tying the knot. Think table linens, candles and centerpieces in their favorite hue. Brides are channeling Carrie Bradshaw’s sapphire Manolo Blahnik stilettos when choosing “something blue” (or new). Norcross recalls a reception where the singer in the band wore a red frock in keeping with the wedding’s signature color.
In establishing a theme, Norcross frequently starts with the couple’s Pinterest board. She also offers advice on what colors best suit the venue. Metallic gold and navy are a great match for the art deco architecture at the Free Library of Philadelphia. At Radnor Hunt, Norcross planned the décor around floral patterns in pinks, greens and yellows.
Samantha Diedrick, of Secretariat in Greenville, Delaware, says lively florals are blossoming in bridesmaid’s gowns. “When the attendants wear bright, vibrant colors, the bride in the middle really pops in the photographs,” she says.
There are opportunities to infuse a signature color into festivities throughout the day: blue ties for the groomsmen that match the maids’ dresses; orange overlays on high-top tables during the cocktail hour; dinner menus printed on turquoise stock.
Green is popular with couples who are passionate about the environment. “Green is also timeless,” Diedrick says. “It’s always in style.”
Purple set the tone at Hotel du Pont in Wilmington, Delaware, where Diedrick’s design included violet uplighting installed around the perimeter of the room.
“You knew purple was part of the theme the moment you walked into the Gold Ballroom,” she says