Something Blue


When a friend invited me to be in the bridal party of her wedding next year, she asked what I thought of the bridesmaids wearing blue—saris that is, with the groomsmen in suits and coordinating blue ties. But "blue" is more complicated than it sounds. At a picnic lunch in Central Park, a few of the bridesmaids flipped through magazines and debated the merits of aqua, turquoise, sapphire and cerulean. We quickly became obsessed with finding the perfect blue, and consulted Pantone charts, combed through wedding photos of Facebook friends and compared fabric swatches. Who knew it would be so difficult to choose a color? So far, the bride has narrowed it down to six options, and I imagine some sort of blue tribunal will be held soon. When planning your wedding's color scheme, how did you narrow down a rainbow of choices to that one special shade?—Brooke Showell, senior associate features editor, Elegant Bride



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Hi Brooke. My fiance and I had a terrible time figuring out exactly which shade of which color that we wanted for our wedding day and this is how we narrowed our selection down.

We chose an old church where we met back home to get married. The carpet is a dark shade of raspberry, which is more of a fall color to me than a color for our June 2010 wedding. The issue with the carpet's everywhere! It would be in all of our pictures, so we wanted to choose a color that would compliment the church scheme. So, we incorporated the raspberry shade into our color pallete, mainly for the floral pieces.

We decided for peacock feathers to be our motif. So it seemed easy...peacock blue, right? And I wanted to do a coral orange with that blue. As you have stated, there are many many shades of blue.

So, we headed to the nearest Lowe's and Wal-Mart and obtained paint swatches in every shade of blue, orange, and raspberry we could find. Then we sat and looked at each one and compared it with pictures of the church, and eventually the church itself.

We wound up choosing a vibrant shade of teal, the original raspberry, and three shades of orange (mainly for the floral). The teal works well with the dark raspberry and the oranges create a nice highlight.

Here are my suggestions:

1) Expand your horizons to more than just one color.

2) Consider your location, your decorations, and the shade of the bride's gown (mine will be white, so I chose all cool undertoned colors).

3) Be sure to create a complimentary color scheme. Grab a color wheel with your basic primary and secondary colors, then see which one is opposite from the other. No matter what shade of blue you choose, you'll know that any shade of yellow or orange will compliment it.

4) If you pick the shade from a fabric swatch or something else, be prepared to encounter stores that do not have that exact shade. Your main goal is to find what tone you want. Deep, light, stark, subtle, etc.

I really hope this helps. Happy searching!

Posted 07/22/2009 9:37:08AM
by Cassandra

Thanks Cassandra! Paint swatches are a great idea. My friend ended up choosing a color that she describes as "deep turquoise." I haven't seen it yet, but I'll write an update after I go for my fitting.

Posted 07/30/2009 8:53:15PM
by Brooke
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