For some brides, a single colour is strong enough to carry off an entire wedding theme. Coral is a shade of pink with orange undertones, maintaining a balance among femininity, youthfulness and trendiness. If you've chosen coral as the main colour for your wedding ceremony, there are plenty of ways to incorporate the colour for a memorable ceremony, whether barefoot on a tropical beach or during the crisp weather of early autumn.
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Pair coral with an accent colour, to avoid an overpowering monochromatic look. Paired with ivory or cream, coral looks clean and romantic, and coral and black create a contemporary mood. Consider a complementary shade, such as teal. Depending on your wedding venue, your decorations could be as simple as coral candles arranged at key points, or as festive as coral balloons. For a traditional, elegant look, use coral pew bows or seat markers. During an evening wedding, coral lights or lanterns add a fairy tale glow.
Bridesmaid dresses offer an ideal opportunity to show off your wedding colours, creating a burst of colour near the altar. Your bridesmaids will thank you for choosing a feminine, fashionable colour. Coral works especially well with lightweight fabrics and knee-length or tea-length gowns, often with a more contemporary cut. For more formal bridesmaid gowns, consider using black or white as the base colour, with coral shoes, sashes and jewellery. Extend your coral accents to the groomsmen and ring bearer, by using coral-coloured boutonnires and sashes.
Flowers are an essential component of most weddings, and it's easy and effective to express your chosen colour through flowers. Coral-coloured flowers are plentiful, including traditional wedding flowers such as roses or gerbera daisies. Coral orchids are exotic and modern, while coral-coloured day lilies are ideal for a springtime wedding. Mix different shades of coral, such as pale shades with brighter ones, or use your accent colour. For instance, try a memorable bouquet of mixed coral and black tulips.
Extend your coral colour scheme from the ceremony venue to the reception. Use coral linens for a dramatic look, or coral tableware against white or black tablecloths, for a more understated and stylish reception. Bright coral against pure white is especially appropriate for a beach reception. Coral centrepieces, whether floral, candles or other decor, help liven up your reception venue. Use playful ideas, such as coral candies arranged in glasses, or coral-coloured sand layered in jars.
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