Wedding Decor Wedding Planning By Jessica Weltersen Color plays such an important role in our lives whether we realize it or not. It has the ability to influence our feelings and emotions in a way that few other mediums can. It can control our moods and thoughts. And for weddings, determining your color scheme helps to set the stage for the style wedding you envision. “When thinking about your wedding colors, ideas can be reached from also considering the subliminal meanings colors give off. They have symbolic meanings that change amongst cultures and countries.” Color is a part of our life. Colors are a part of our pop-culture. We associate our favorite sports team by their team colors. Red Sox, White Sox, Cleveland Browns, Duke Blue Devils are among a few teams to incorporate a color into their name. Hmmm, maybe the colors of your favorite sports teams should be considered when coming up with ideas for your wedding color choices – maybe not. Most colors have strong associations that everyone seems to share — “color language.” This subtle “language of color” could be considered an important consideration in your wedding colors selection. The following offers some generalizations about certain colors as well as some “adjectives” used to describe these colors that you can coordinate with your personalities when working on choosing your wedding colors. When thinking about your wedding colors, ideas can be reached from also considering the subliminal meanings colors give off. They have symbolic meanings that change amongst cultures and countries. Red: Red is viewed as an exciting, dramatic color. The most emotionally intense color, red stimulates a faster heartbeat and breathing. It is also the color of love. The darkest reds, such as burgundy and maroon, have a rich stately feeling. Red clothing gets noticed and can make the wearer appear heavier. The most romantic color, pink, is more tranquilizing. Stimulate * Exciting * Energy * Attention * Advancing * Warm * Powerful * Activates * Dramatic * Beautiful * Strong * Passionate * Sensuality * Desire Orange: Orange gives off an aura that is cheerful, bold, and exciting. Orange has a friendly, informal feeling. Rust, a dark muted orange, is a quiet color that conjures up misty autumn days, while the paler peach makes a cheerful, warm but understated, impact. Stimulate * Flamboyant * Brilliant * Warm * Spontaneous * Bold * Daring * Robust * Joyful * Adventuresome Yellow: Cheerful sunny yellow is an attention getter. It is the most difficult color for the eye to take in, so it can be overpowering if overused. Gold and ochre tones of yellow create a formal, antique atmosphere. Soft yellows have been popular since Colonial days, and these warm, inviting shades can do justice to any wedding color scheme. However, not a good color on white stationery. Optimism * Enlightenment * Happiness * Cheerful * Stimulating * Intelligent * Expressive * Warm * Wisdom Green: Green is nature’s favorite color. Perhaps because of this strong association with nature, green is a very soothing color to most people. Because green is easy on the eyes, it has long been a popular color. Green is a versatile color that looks good anywhere. Brides in the Middle Ages wore green to symbolize fertility. Dark green is masculine, conservative, and implies wealth. Peace * Ecology * Soothing * Relaxing * Renewal * Self-control * Harmony * Tranquil * Restful * Secure * Flexible Blue: Blue is America’s “favorite color.” The universal appeal of blue skies and blue water create a feeling of serenity and openness. Aqua blue is a more frivolous and sunny color. It causes the opposite reaction as red. Peaceful, tranquil blue causes the body to produce calming chemicals, so it is often used in bedrooms. Trustworthy * Dependable * Committed * Calming * Cooling * Tranquil * Peaceful Purple: Purple brings to mind of wealth and royalty. Purple and violet are indeed luxurious shades. Lavender, a tint of violet, is gaining popularity and conveys a feeling of low-key refinement. It is also feminine and romantic. However, because it is rare in nature, purple can appear artificial. Uplifting * Calming * Spirituality * Stately * Regal * Respected * Humble * Richness Brown: Solid, reliable brown is the color of earth and is abundant in nature. Light brown implies genuineness while dark brown is more refined. Brown can also be sad and wistful. Men are more apt to say brown is one of their favorite colors. Organic * Stability * Earth * Reliability * Approachability * Wholesomeness White: White symbolizes freshness, purity, and cleanliness. Brides wear white to symbolize innocence and purity. You can’t go wrong with white: it offsets any color you use it with. White reflects light and is considered a summer color. White is popular in fashion because it is light, neutral, and goes with everything. Another “color” that obviously doesn’t work on a white background. Purity * Cleanliness * Neutrality * Fresh Black: Black is an authoritative classic color that conveys sophistication. Black provides a neutral yet dramatic counterpoint to any color you choose. It is popular in fashion because it makes people appear thinner. It is also stylish and timeless. Black also implies submission. Priests wear black to signify submission to God. Some fashion experts say a woman wearing black implies submission to men. Black outfits can also be overpowering, or make the wearer seem aloof or evil. Authoritative * Powerful * Mysterious * Dignified * Refinement * Sophistication Gray: Gray is an elegant neutral that has enjoyed a lot of attention. Gray has a definite business-like, urban feel to it. Because gray is so neutral, you can accent it with any color you please. Security * Reliability * Intelligence * Conservative * Maturity * Practical, If you want to delve more into the meaning of colors while deciding on your wedding colors, ideas about color from what they mean in different cultures to what other colors go best with your choices can be found aplenty on the internet. Just type in your keyword search questions such as “what does yellow mean,” what goes good with yellow” and you will get a tremendous amount of education about colors.