If you've picked purple and gold as your wedding colours, you've already gone a long way to planning your wedding. Knowing your wedding colours will help you narrow down your choices for flowers, dresses and wedding props. Now you must learn to use your chosen colours creatively and effectively to create a beautiful wedding ceremony.
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Choose One Dominant Color
Purple and gold, as contrasting colours, may seem like they're trying to outshout each other when placed in equal amounts together in a room. Avoid this problem by picking one dominant colour and one accent colour. The dominant colour should be the most-used colour in the room, appearing in various shades on the cake, invitations, tablecloths, flowers, dresses and candles. Don't feel married to one single shade of the dominant colour -- vary the shades to create a fuller, more complex visual experience for the wedding guests.
Pick a combination of purples and golds that speak to your personality and the type of wedding you'd like to have. Deep, dark purple is a royal, elegant colour, associated with wealth and nobility. Lavender and other pale purples are softer, more youthful, sweeter, and more subtle. "Gold" can mean a variety of colours, from cheerful goldenrod (a deep, bright yellow, with hints of orange) to a sophisticated ashen yellow colour, more commonly associated with actual gold. Take into account the time of year when your wedding will take place and the setting of your wedding. Whereas lavender and sunny yellow are appropriate for an outdoor wedding in summer, royal purple and ashen gold are more appropriate for winter weddings and indoor settings.
Creative Sources of Color
Of course, you'll want flowers that match your colours, and probably it will appear on your invitations and your wedding cake. Look for other natural sources for colour and other opportunities to decorate the church or reception with your chosen colours. For example, consider sprinkling dried lavender on the tables at your reception, for a sweet, fragrant splash of purple. Or, drape the aisles with strings of golden Mardi Gras beads, request your bridesmaids to wear golden body glitter around their eyes, and serve "golden" drinks like champagne and sparkling wines at the reception.
Using a Theme Creatively
Maximise the effect of your colour selection by tying it back to a theme. Theme weddings are enchanting and romantic, when done properly. If your theme is the beach, look for purple and gold tropical flowers, and dress your bridesmaids in gauzy, summery dresses in shades of your wedding colours. As a bride, if you're going to be married on the beach, consider attending your wedding barefoot, and paint your toes in a colour to match your theme. This type of subtle -- and not so subtle -- colour placement immerses your wedding guests in the experience.
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