Matt hated the idea of “wedding colors.” He preferred a “wedding theme.” I agreed, but it will make things a hell of a lot easier to find and choose for decorations, etc, if we have a color scheme in mind — fitting into this theme.
To jog your memories, our theme is Edwardian/Victorian Maritime. Think 1900s – early 1930s. A little bit of Art Nouveau, and a whole lot of anchors and brass buttons. This may get slightly adjusted the closer we get to actually locking this in (I have a feeling we’re going to start leaning toward Art Deco, W.R. Hearst, and Jeeves and Wooster era maritime) but the colors will help to do so.
So, these are the colors we picked for the wedding. Matt had to be sold on the yellow, but it’s my color, so it had to be in there. Oddly enough, shortly after we finalized the colors (which are seen below in Ralph Lauren paint chips) I found some striped grosgrain ribbon at Jo-Ann Fabrics that exactly matched. I don’t have the ribbon with me to scan it now, but I’ll post a photo when I do. Every time I go to a Jo-Ann now (which is usually at least once a week) I buy all the rolls of it I can find, since I don’t know how long they’ll stock it. I have 10 rolls currently in my wedding projects box in my studio.
The ideas behind these colors are that they’re traditional “preppy” maritime colors (reminiscent of New England regattas and all that), they’re strong colors (Matt’s big on color — have you seen our bathroom?!?), and they’re colors that aren’t too trendy. No offense to anyone who’s had these colors, but if I see another aqua and chocolate brown wedding I think I’ll hurl.
Another great thing about having so many colors is that I can have my attendants wear a dress in each of the colors. I’m planning on asking each of them to pick one of the colors (except the antique white, which is what I’ll be wearing, of course) and wear it in a simple cotton dress of their choosing. That way, they get to wear a color that’s flattering to them, a dress they can wear again, and it doesn’t have to be $150 from David’s Bridal (my idea of hell). I’ll be making headbands and jewelry for them, to tie them together, and we can discuss shoes when it makes sense to. Maybe I should be more bridezilla and make everyone wear gold shoes? Maybe force them into mary jane flats so I look taller in my heels? Hehehe.