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Top 3 Wedding Color Mistakes

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Often times, we get very close with our planners and brides. We know they commonly have their colors picked out by the time they choose a photo booth rental company. However, that doesn’t change how often we see brides and their planners get bogged down with how much colors to use, how to pair them and how to make their wedding day unlike anyone else's. Today, we want to share the top three rules we agree pulled from TheKnot.com (one of our partner sites as a vendor). Be sure to check out The Columbus Photo Booth Knot Vendor Profile. We are preparing for The Best Of Weddings 2014 Award.

 

Mistake 1: Using Too Many Colors

The Fix: Keep It Simple

 

With a few exceptions (see our next fix!), you should pick two to four colors that go well altogether and stick to them. Using the same colors throughout your wedding décor will help create a cohesive flow, so that every detail looks like it belongs in your vision. Narrowing your palette to a few colors will also keep elements like your centerpieces from looking too messy. If you prefer an undone look, opt for a few slightly varied shades of the same color. This will add depth without looking too chaotic. Or, for an especially striking style, go monochromatic with a bold shade, like vivid purple or creamy white. The idea is to keep the look tailored for maximum impact.

 

Mistake 2: Limiting Yourself to Only Two Distinct Colors

The Fix: Break Rule #1 (Wisely)

 

We're so over the strict "color combo" rule. Many gorgeous weddings have a variety of colors -- sometimes up to five -- that work together. The way to pull it off is to use more than one neutral, like cream and brown, in your color palette, or go for multiple shades of the same color to create a tonal color scheme. We love the idea of a summery color palette inspired by the many shades of hydrangeas, including sapphire and sky blue paired with white and gray, finished off with a few pops of sunny yellow to make it feel light and bright. A color palette with more than three or four colors can also help you create a specific scene -- like an English garden with green, yellow, pink, red and cream, or fall in New England with orange, red, yellow, brown and gold.

 

Mistake 3: Choosing Predictable Colors

The Fix: Take (a Little) Risk

 

Certain color combos come with obvious connotations. (What comes to mind with the combination of red, white and blue, or red and green?) Keep your colors from reminding guests of their favorite holiday by subtly tweaking your hues. The trick is switching up at least one shade to downplay the resemblance. Instead of your standard red, white and blue, try bandana-red, faded denim and eggshell to banish any thoughts of Fourth of July. The same goes for forest green and pale pink if you're worried about your wedding looking Christmas-y. Or try adding another color to downplay the combo. Yellow dresses with red bouquets might conjure images of a popular fast-food restaurant, but breaking up the colors with white details, like lace or pearls, is a simple way to add elegance.

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