One thing you should know about me is that I’m a very indecisive person. Jack, my friends, and my entire family can attest to this. (Although, I think my little sister might have an even worse case of indecisiveness than me. Sorry, Mal.). So when it came to deciding on a color scheme, I was a little overwhelmed.
I knew I loved gray . . . that was about it.
I soon realized that nailing down your palette is important for deciding everything from your flowers, bridesmaid dresses, and decorations to your save the dates, wedding website, and invitations. I spent a couple months perusing Pinterest for ideas, then I used Dessy to create styleboards. The styleboards are ultimately what helped me make a final decision. (If you’ve haven’t discovered Dessy yet, I highly recommend checking it out. The “My Styleboards” section allows you to use Pantone colors and upload images to create an overall wedding look.)
Even though we’re having a fall wedding, I was certain I didn’t want typical autumn shades (burnt oranges, reds, and golds). I was initially drawn to gray and yellow, but the combination was a bit too summery for October. Next I went through a gray, light blue, and mauve phase, but determined it was a little too trendy. I ended up deciding between two color palettes:
1. Gray, Blush, and Navy
2. Gray, Eggplant, Bordeaux, and Blush
A friend who works for a bridal publication gave me great advice: Choose colors that are in your wardrobe or that you feel comfortable wearing. And think about how they will coordinate with your venue. I went with palette number 1 (partly because Jack was opposed to wearing a purple or pink tie and partly because I fell in love with that styleboard).
It’s been fun seeing these colors come to life as we get further along in the planning process. Our bouquets will be a soft blush and ivory. The guys will sport gray tuxes. The girls will don midnight-blue dresses. And the most recent way to see the gray-blush-navy color scheme is on our save the dates (below). These went out last week, so there’s no going back now! Decision made.
Our save the dates were designed by Jessica Stephens (my sister!) of Jessica Stephens Design.