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Choosing Your Wedding Colors

Choosing the colors for your wedding day is one of the most exciting parts of planning. The color palette might define the entire theme or the theme could define your wedding colors. Whether it is a ready made theme or you are diving into imagination to choose your wedding colors, there is a little science and a few tips to help you with the process.

The Science Behind Your Wedding Colors

Your wedding colors might be a balance of your favorite, but there is some psychology behind it all. Color affects mood, changes perception, and even the way we experience food. There is an entire science behind the color wheel that says your colors will create or alter the experience on your wedding day. It is important to note that everyone experiences color differently, not just because of the eye, but because of color associations. The developed associations we make with color affects people in different ways. However color affects each person, there are some general associations and responses to consider.

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Warm Wedding Colors

If you envision the vibrant colors of the fall, you are hugging the warm side of the color wheel. This is where the stimulating and intense colors exist. Too much stimulation can become overwhelming, but in just the right amounts, warm colors are invigorating and excite emotion. Reds, oranges and yellows are exciting examples of warm wedding colors. They each have their own psychological associations, and each evoke unique emotions. In general, warm wedding colors increase blood pressure, respirations, adrenaline and temperature. These are not necessarily responses to be avoided. Find your balance and turn up the heat.

Cool Wedding Colors

Blues, greens and pinks are some common cool wedding colors. Cool colors are calming. Blue represents features in nature, such as the sky and ocean. Green symbolizes nature and serenity. Cool colors feel clean and evoke a sense of happiness.

Somewhere Between

It is very easy to blur colors and find yourself somewhere between warm and cool. Green might be cool, but a green can become warm when mixed to a yellowish green. Purple is one of the three secondary colors. Since it is a combination of red and blue, it takes from the warm and the cool to create something that is neither one, but both at the same time. If you are having trouble choosing a side of the color wheel, do not. Your wedding colors will likely grab a color from opposite sides. Those colors are usually bold with a complete contrast that compliment one another.

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Associations with Color

Everyone experiences color differently, and most of that experience is based upon an association with a past experience. In general, dark colors, such as black and gray are associated with elegant and formal affairs. Gold and silver are luxurious. The color red has long been associated with love and passion. Pink is soft and feminine. Browns and greens are associated with nature. Blues and yellows make us feel happy. When choosing your wedding colors, it is important to think about how a color makes you feel. If you hate a color, it will not matter how happy it makes your friend or lover. Choose wedding colors that make you happy and that you associate with positive memories.

Choose a Base Color

The color wheel can be overwhelming, since so many colors are presented at once. Put the wheel away for a moment and think about one significant color that excites the energy and mood you want on your wedding day. Your theme might choose your color palette for you, but if it doesn’t, choose a color you love. Your wedding colors should express your personality.

Accent Wedding Colors

Weddings normally have dimension that is created by a combination of colors. Too many colors can be overwhelming, and not enough will be felt. It is important that you choose accent colors to create the dimension in the space. Pick two to three complementary colors with contrasting hues that are on the opposite side of the color wheel. As a general rule, your wedding colors should be limited to three or four colors in total.

Crystal Ballroom Ocala

There is no need to stress over choosing your wedding colors. Step inside of the design studio at Crystal Ballroom Ocala and meet the master design team. Hand select your flowers, décor, tables, linens, chair sashes, chinaware and elegant centerpieces. Walk the aisle in a luxurious wedding venue that is designed just for you.


We invite you to discover the
Crystal Ballroom difference found in the unparalleled elegance and uniqueness written into the design of each of our venues. The themes are as limitless as your imagination.

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