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How to Use Color Blocking in Your Wedding Decor
Color blocking is the layering of several colors. The colors can contrast with or complement one another. Using color blocking in your wedding décor can give your wedding a colorful and modern look. Carefully setting your color block scheme, and then using it in all the visual areas of your wedding – including food and drink displays and other decorations – can really help your wedding décor pop.
Setting Your Color Block Scheme
Consider the season.When you’re choosing the colors to use in your color blocked wedding, consider what season you’re getting married in. This will give you a good place to start for selecting colors.
- Winter weddings tend to use whites, blues, purples, and sometimes a pop or two of red.
- Spring wedding color schemes usually use pastel colors – pinks, purples, yellows, oranges, blues, and greens.
- Summer weddings usually utilize bright, vivid colors. There are a lot of options here – reds, oranges, yellows, bright pinks, purple, and turquoise are all common summer wedding colors.
- Fall wedding color options include reds, yellows, oranges, and browns.
Decide on contrasting or complementary colors.Once you know which seasonal colors you like, decide if you want a contrasting or complementary color scheme. Contrasting colors are those those found next to each other the color wheel and can include different shades of the same color. Complementary colors can be found opposite each other on the color wheel.
- For example, purple and yellow, and pink and green are complementary colors because they are opposites on the color wheel.
- Contrasting colors include red and orange, and purple and blue. They also include shades of the same color, like burgundy, bright red, and pink.
Choose three to four colors.Once you’ve got an idea of which sorts of colors you might use for color blocking, you’ll need to narrow it down. Three to four colors will give you plenty of variety without overwhelming your guests.
- For example, if you're leaning towards a summer color theme using complementary colors, you could choose orange, blue, purple, and yellow.
- If you're selecting a spring theme with contrasting colors, you could use purple and pink (which are next to each other the color wheel), but use a couple of different shades of each color.
Give your guests a hint on color block invitations.Once you’ve selected your colors, you can use them in your invitations. This gives your guests a hint as to your wedding theme, and can also help you work out your design before you tackle things like ceremony and reception décor.
Color Blocking Your Ceremony
Use color blocked fabric for your ceremony backdrop.Depending on where your ceremony is taking place, you might have the chance to use color blocking near where you’ll say your vows. Use big chunks of the colors you’ve selected to frame your ceremony location.
- For example, if you’re saying your vows under a canopy, you can drape the canopy with bolts of fabric in the colors you’ve selected.
- For example, if you've chosen orange, yellow, purple, and blue, you could drape purple and yellow fabric next to one another on one side of the canopy. Drape the blue and orange on the other side.
Color block your altar flowers.If you’re getting married in a church, consider placing flower arrangements on either side of the altar. To color block flowers, use only one color in each arrangement, rather than multiple colors in one arrangement.
- For example, if you're using different shades of purple and pink for your color blocked theme, set up one floral arrangement that includes many shades of pink on one side of the altar, and another in shades of purple on the other.
- You could also place two arrangements - one pink and one purple - on either side of the article.
Use blocks of color for your ceremony aisle.You can also color block your aisle by laying down flower petals, feathers, or fabric organized by color. This not only allows you to use color blocking, but it also draws your guests' eyes to the front of the ceremony venue.
- So, for example, if your colors are red, orange, and yellow, you could lay out horizontal strips of red material, orange material, and yellow material, and then keep repeating the pattern all the way up the aisle. You could also run long, vertical strips of material in the those colors side by side, running all the way up the aisle.
Color block your bridal party's attire.You can also use color blocking in what you ask your bridesmaids and groomsmen to wear. You can ask your bridesmaids to wear all one color, and the groomsmen to wear ties and vests in one of the other colors, or you can mix the colors up.
- For example, you could give your attendants the option of choosing which of the colors you've chosen they want to wear. You can also choose bridesmaids dresses that use more than one of the colors you've chosen. Color-blocked bridesmaids dresses are popular currently, and easy to find.
Color Blocking Your Reception
Color block your table linens.Since your guests’ tables will take up the most visual space in your reception venue, they’re a great place to use color blocking. There are many variations for using color blocking in table linens, and it will give your reception area a visual punch.
- For example, at each table, you could use one color table cloth and a contrasting color for the napkins.
- You could also use the same color for all of the table linens, but make the chair covers a contrasting color.
- You can also make each table its own color but have it contrast with the tables around it. So, for example, one table might have red napkins, a red table cloth, and red chair covers, but the tables on either side might be completely orange and completely yellow.
- If you’re using one long table, instead of multiple smaller tables, break the table up into colored sections.
Use contrasting centerpieces.When you’re designing the centerpieces for your tables – whether they’re flower arrangements or something else – follow the same theme as the rest of your table. It brings the color blocking theme to the whole table and also draws your guests’ eyes to the center.
- For example, if you have contrasting napkins and table cloth colors, match the centerpiece to the napkins. You'll have the most of the tablecloth color (since it's so big), and you’ll want the centerpiece to stand out. It also ties the whole table together.
- You can also make the centerpieces match all of the linens on the table if you’re doing a monochromatic design at each table.
- You also have the option of using all of the colors in your theme in the centerpieces. Arrange like colors together but feel free to use multiple colors. So you might have red roses, surrounded by yellow ribbons, and accented by orange stones.
Color block your appetizers.If you’re having a hors d’oeuvres or cocktail reception, you can still use color blocking. When you’re planning your food, consider what colors might come up. Then ask your catering company to arrange them according to color.
- For example, you might arrange your smoked salmon appetizers so they are next to the grilled asparagus (pink and green are opposites on the color wheel).
- You can also arrange appetizers according to complementary colors. So you could do a red appetizer like tomato bruschetta next to an orange appetizer like grilled apricots, which are next to a yellow appetizer like lemon mousse (these colors are next to each other on the color wheel.
Color block your drinks and glasses.You can even incorporate color blocking into the drinks you serve at your wedding. Consider serving drinks with recipes that create different colors, or using differently colored sugar or salt rims on your glasses.
- For example, if you’re serving a red punch, you can provide your guests with glasses rimmed in purple, yellow, or orange sugar.
- Even if the drinks aren’t set out ahead of time, you can color block the drinks available to your guests. You can ask the bartender to only serve certain cocktails – and you can plan the color of your cocktails to complement one another. This way, even half empty glasses on tables look great in your photos!
Color block your wedding cake.The dessert table is usually one of the focal points of the reception. Your wedding cake – if you have one - can be color blocked. You can achieve this look by using one color per tier, so the outside of the cake reflects the color block theme. Or you can ask your baker to color block the inside of the cake by using colored layers of cake.
- If you’re doing an alternative to a wedding cake – cupcakes, or a candy bar, for example – you can still use color blocking. Simply group the same colors together. So you might have chocolate candies on your dessert table, but keep them grouped by foil color. The same goes for cupcake frosting.
- You don’t have to use seasonal wedding colors. Mixing things up and using summer colors during a winter wedding will make your wedding stand out. Or you might have favorite colors that you want to use.
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