“More and more brides are finding it very stressful to choose a colour scheme as it sets the overall tone of the wedding and reception,” said Oliver. “Until they decide on their colours, they really can’t finalize a lot of the other details. Since the colours will be used in so many costly elements of the wedding – like bridesmaids’ gowns, invitations, and centrepieces – most brides can’t afford to change their mind.”
As such, the authors have come up with some suggestions to help brides deal with the colour dilemma. One of the things they recommend is to start is with paint companies. Every year most paint manufacturers will come out with their annual colour trends brochure in which they will recommend a series of three or four trendy new colours that compliment each other. The authors recommend brides choose the colour in the combination that they like the most and make it the dominant colour – which would then be used for bridesmaids’ dress, groom men’s ties, invitations, etc. They then recommend choosing one or two of the other colours as accents for bouquet flowers, centrepieces, table napkins and so forth.
Oliver and Sullivan believe that it is best to use one main colour and no more than one to two accent colours, and white, cream or ivory should be somewhere in the mix. But the authors feel that you don’t have to have more than one colour if that is not to your liking. Simply choose a colour you like and use two or three different shades of it. The great thing is pretty much everything– from flowers to gowns – can be dyed.
The rest of the authors’ suggestions for picking a colour scheme, as well as more of their wedding ideas can be found on their website at www.dcpublishing.com. Their book, Weddings with Style, is available now through Amazon.com.
About the Authors
Gail Oliver and Gisele Sullivan first starting writing wedding books in 1998 and formed their own publishing company, Dream Concepts Publishing. In 2005, leading e-book publisher BooksonStuff acquired the publishing rights to Weddings with Style, which is sold exclusively online through booksellers such as Amazon.com. The authors and their ideas have been quoted in Cosmopolitan magazine.
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Wedding Trivia: VEIL
Brightly colored veils were worn in ancient times in many parts of the world and were considered a protection against evil spirits Greek and Roman brides for yellow or red veils (representing fire) to ward off evil spirits and demons. At one time, Roman brides were completely covered with a red veil for protection. In early European history, with the advent of arranged marriages veils served another purpose - to prevent the groom from seeing the brides' face till after the ceremony was over. Brides began to wear opaque yellow veils. Not only could the groom not see in, the bride could not see out! Therefore, the father of the bride had to escort her down the aisle and literally give the bride to the groom. Nellie Custis, the daughter of Martha Washington, is credited with wearing the first lace veil.