Deciding on your wedding colors is pretty close to the second step of planning your wedding – right behind picking the date & the venue. It affects the theme of your day, the invitations, flowers, all the decorations, the dresses & tux’s your wedding party wears, and even the color your Mom chooses for her Mother of the Bride dress!
Colors can also mean different things for different cultures or regions. For example, white is known in western cultures as a symbol of virtue and innocence. Likewise, many Asian cultures view white as a color symbolizing death, as white is a mourning color.
Choosing your wedding colors convey emotion, mood, and tone. We tend to use our favorite wedding color combination without knowing the real meaning of wedding colors.
So, what does the color you’re thinking about say about you?? Check out some of the psychology below!
Black—Considered to represent sophistication, power, sexuality, and elegance. This color can be high-impact or understated, depending upon any contrasting colors used. Black depicts formal, modern, sexy, and sophisticated. It is a color that is always in fashion. It never goes out of style. Black is usually paired with white. With black, you feel elegant, powerful, and sophisticated. Black works well with lighter colors such as yellow, white, blue, red, blue, and green. Black will stand out in photographs.
Red—The color most readily associated with love, passion, desire, and sex. In other cultures, red can symbolize purity or good fortune. Red creates excitement and is a high-drama color, and although there is a shade of red for everyone, this would be the wrong color to have in varying shades at the altar, as they easily clash with each other. Life, vitality, celebrations, and gifts are associated with red.
Pink—If red is the color of passion, pink is its understated cousin. Pink is thought to represent femininity and romance. No matter what shade, pink is actually a calming color. It symbolizes the femininity, admiration, love, pretty, spring, gentleness, harmony, fidelity, and sensuality. It is an innocent, sweet, and soft color.
Purple—Historically known as the color of royalty, purple still implies elegance and wealth. In lighter shades, purple is considered very youthful. It shows nobility, luxury, authority, creativity, inspiration, and spirituality. It is a mysterious and intriguing color. The darker shades of purple represent sensuality, while the lighter shades of purple represent romance and delicate.
Green—Represents nature and fertility. In almost all shades, green is an incredibly popular color with both men and women. It is relaxing to look at and gives an appearance of health and vitality. It represents health, wealth, money, nature, environment, fertility, growth, re-birth, victory, healing, abundant, and renewable. The green tells of new life and beginning after the wedding. Oftentimes, we use green to show the awareness to be eco-friendly, or environment friendly.
Yellow—As such a strong color, yellow should not be overused or paired with black (studies have shown that people have a negative physical reaction to yellow and black together, most likely because of bumblebees). However, on its own, yellow connotes optimism and lighthearted cheeriness. Yellow is not a flattering color for everyone, so consider the skin tones of your wedding party before choosing the shade.
Blue—Blue calls for calmness, tranquility, truthfulness, nobleness, and faithfulness. In all the cultures, blue has the lowest amount of bad images. Blue is often use in ribbons to symbolize winners. Blue is recommended and versatile.
Orange—This is one of the most energetic and attention-grabbing colors. It represents excitement and is very memorable. It stands for energy, sun, warmth and comfortable. It is often used in fall weddings. The guests will feel at ease. Think of fall leaves, pumpkin, sun, sunset as wedding themes.
Gray—This color actually is emotionally-neutral. It does imply a certain amount of conservative tradition and formality. When paired with certain colors, especially pastels, it can definitely have a vintage, elegant feel to it.
Brown—Liked by men more than women, this shade (along with related earth tones) represents confidence, sincerity, and stability. Brown makes you feel comfortable, warm, and cozy. It is a color of wood, earth, and stone. Brown also stimulates appetite which may make guests feel obliged to stay longer and brings character to the location.
So, what does your color say about you??