How to Pull Off a Wedding Without a Color Scheme

Planning Tips, Wedding Style & Decor

Sometimes it's fun to color outside the lines! So why box yourself in to a few basic shades when you could taste the entire rainbow (or, you know, just decorate with it) on your wedding day? These bright ideas will definitely have you reconsidering your current blush and gold color scheme for something quite a bit more vivid and out of the box.

Make it your theme
In other words, just embrace it! For example, "Let the Neon Begin!" was the theme of a huge lesbian wedding, wedding planner Sandy Malone, owner of Weddings in Vieques, orchestrated for a stylish couple from Manhattan a couple of years ago. "Everything was in different shades of neon colors; we even ordered hand-painted fresh flowers in orange, pink and electric green," she tells us. The ceremony was held in a garden under a tree strung with handmade neon dreamcatchers. And to top things off, all the favors and décor were neon as well. For more themes that naturally lend themselves to an explosion of color, try a Mexican fiesta or a tropical luau wedding. Honestly, the options are endless.

Incorporate whites and metallics
According to Natasha Burton and Jennifer Arreguin, co-founders of Santa Barbara-based event planning company Swoon California; this should help balance out all the bold colors. "For instance, you can pair a bright, patterned tablecloth with white, gold-rimmed plates and mix whites and greenery into your colorful centerpieces for an earthy, layered look."

Opt for 50 shades of a few colors
To keep things from getting too busy and to create a cohesive look, stick to shades of one color," suggest Burton and Jennifer Arreguin. "Alternatively, use complementary colors that play off each other, rather than clash or blend too much."

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Weave in natural elements
Like wooden chairs, clear votive holders and classic flatware. This way, your loud colors and textures don't completely overwhelm, warns Burton and Arreguin. Pick two to three standout details max (flowers, linens, menus, chargers, etc.) to focus on, and keep everything else clean and simple, they recommend.

Think about who you are as a couple and what you love
And let that drive your design decisions, as opposed to color. Hearing the wedding question, "What are your colors?" makes me cringe, says lifestyle expert and event designer Jung Lee. "Ask yourself what you and your future spouse love to do together, what type of food do you like to eat, what are your favorite places to go for drinks, (hotels/restaurants, interiors, etc.). Use these things to inspire the design and visual elements of your wedding." From there, you can narrow down what type of lighting, materials, colors, flowers and décor you'd want to have."

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