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Real Brides Share: “How I Knew He Was The One”

By: 
Kristen Klein

romantic wedding photo
Photo Credit: Stephanie N. Baker Photography & Graphic Design

Love at First Sight
 

“I knew he was special the moment I saw him. We instantly clicked like we were very old friends. After four months, we were engaged! I always thought people in my situation were nuts — I mean, how could you meet someone and know you want to spend the rest of your life with them in such a short amount of time? Well, I just knew! I know I'm the lucky one. He surprises me everyday with his kindness, acts of selflessness, and his huge heart.” —Emily B.

“On our first date, we were talking and laughing for so long that we didn't realize the restaurant had closed and we were the only table still there.” —Sarah F.

There was an immediate connection when we first met, one that everyone could sense right away (even the boyfriend I had at the time). We just clicked. The nice thing was that we got to grow as friends for a long while before becoming a couple. Now, I couldn't ask for a better man in my life!” —Ashley W. 

He Puts My Needs First
 

When we first moved in together, money was tight for a while, so our meals were very few and far between. But he always made sure I ate first, and he ate what was left. That’s true love!” —Holly K.

He told me to take my feet off his dashboard. I looked at him like, 'What the heck?' He then said, "I would hate for anything to happen you," and started telling me a story of how this girl had her feet up and got in a car accident, and her legs got crushed. He looked at me and said, 'I love you and I don't want you to get hurt, since a lot of people don't know how to drive.' My heart melted, and I instantly knew at that moment he was 'The One'" —Ruby C.

Together in Good Times and in Bad
 

I realized I couldn't live with out him when he got sick on Christmas Eve two years back, after numerous hours in hospital and a temperature of 107 degrees. I knew I didn't want to live my life without him — and now I don't have to.“ —Lesley-Anne F.

“Four months after meeting my current husband, my mom was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and had weeks to live. The very first night at the hospital with my mom, he showed up to support me. When visiting hours were over, the nurses told us that we had to leave her room. I told him that as long as she is here breathing, I am not leaving. He said, 'Well, then neither am I.' He walked me down to the waiting room, pushed some chairs together, and made me a 'bed.' He then took off his coat and sweater and made me a pillow. Then, he told me to lay down and try to get some rest. When I woke up, it was the next morning. He slept next to me, sitting straight up in a chair that looked so uncomfortable. As I looked at him, still there with me, I knew from that second that he was my husband! It was a rush that I can't even explain. I was and still am truly blessed that he was there in the most difficult time in my life!” —Marissa V.

"If I had to pinpoint a specific moment, I would say that it was the day before he proposed! We were on our way to Los Cabos for a nice Valentine's Day weekend, and instead of our plane taking off on time, we ended up sitting on the tarmac for 11 hours. Instead of getting mad or becoming annoyed or irritated with one another, we found things that kept us laughing and smiling. We spent the time playing cards, meeting others on the plane, and calming people down who were upset. That was the moment I realized he was 'The One'. It was the fact that I could be truly happy with this man while being in what others were experiencing as a stressful and frustrating situation. I figured if I could get through this with him, then I could get through anything. Forty hours later, we were in Cabo, where he got down on one knee, serenaded me with a song and then proposed on the beach. Little did I realize that the ring was in his pocket the whole time we were on the plane!" —Lori B.

Next: More Sweet Stories ►

We Grew to Love Each Other
 

“I knew my fiancé was the one... after seven years. We were colleagues who became friends when we were both producing for Geraldo at Fox News. After sitting next to each other for two years, we became close but never in a romantic way. In fact, I used to set him up with my friends, and vice versa! Two and half years ago, we both found ourselves single at the same time. Mike approached me about dating, and we agreed to take our time with this new idea so as to not ruin our friendship. After three months of platonic dating, we finally had our first kiss — and that's when I knew. It just felt right, and it's continued to feel that way for the next two and a half years after that kiss!” —Annie S.

I didn't know Eric was 'The One' until we both said 'I do.' He was kind, considerate, patient, forgiving, and trustworthy. What more could I ask for in a life partner? I had made the decision that I wanted to be with him, but I was left waiting for him to decide that I was his 'one.' As a relationship consultant for marrieds and singles, I firmly believe that the secret to a successful marriage is commitment to that relationship and doing the right things. Choose someone by their character, not by chemistry, and then daily make the choice to have a happy marriage. When Eric popped the question, my first response was, 'Are you sure?' If he was sure he wanted to be married to me, then I would go all in and be 100% committed to making this thing work, no matter what came our way. But it wasn't until he said the words 'I do' that I really knew he chose me. During the seven years of our marriage, we have both made efforts to be students of each other and to educate ourselves on marriage. We believe that if we're not changing, then we're not growing as a couple.” —Genevieve W.

“We had been friends for over a year, and we were having a conversation about you know who is 'The One.' I told him the story of my grandparents: My grandmother was engaged to a boy she had known her whole life. She took a bus trip to visit him, and she met the bus driver, who flirted with her and took her to lunch. When she came home, she told her mother that she was not marrying the boy she had known her whole life, and that she planned to marry the bus driver — because when she was with him, she felt like her best self. After the story, he looked at me and said, 'Well then we should be married.' And nine months later, we got married on what would have been my grandparents 56th anniversary! We had never even gone on a date when we decided to get married, and our 17th wedding anniversary is coming up this year.” —Cyndi F.

The Way He Makes Me Feel
 

“Honestly, it was the way my heart felt when he looked at me. I knew he'd love me unconditionally for the rest of our lives, just as I would him.” —Bri C.

He loves me for who I am. He protects me and makes me feel safe. He knows me better than anyone. He makes me smile and very happy. I love the weird things he does. There is no one that completes me better than he does.“ —Robbie W.

“Being with him felt like how I knew I wanted to feel. Spending time with him felt a lot like being alone, but with better company. I could be totally myself without worrying about adjusting to make him happy. Other relationships left me feeling high and euphoric at the beginning, then burnt out, stressed, or insecure later. He just made me laugh and feel confident and comfortable. We were married 11 months after meeting, and we just passed our seven-year anniversary with two living kids. We also experienced the stillbirth of our twins together four years ago — If I wasn't sure by then, that shared experience confirmed he was the one. “ —Tova G.

“We've known each other since we were 12. Now here we are, 21 years later, and I still get butterflies.” —Tiphanie K.

Next: More Sweet Stories ►

He Knew First
 

“When we first met, he told me straight away that I was going to be his wife someday! Even today, I have no idea why he picked me from a group of beautiful girlfriends I was with. It's amazing, and I love him to bits! It's been eight years, but it seems like eight months. We are crazy in love with each other.” —Nnunu M.

“He left 30 roses on my table that said, 'If you had listened to me 15 years ago, you wouldn't have had to wait so long for these.'” —Michele G.

Things got hard, and I bolted. He did everything to get me back, and it worked. After getting back together because we couldn't live without each other, we decided to get married, and on Christmas, he popped the question. He is amazing in every way possible.” —Christy P.

“We were friends for 13 years before we got together, and after getting together, he told me he'd had a crush on me since day one. I also have a child from a previous relationship, and from the start, he's put my child's well being before both of ours. He's truly a keeper.” —Michelle M.

“I can honestly say I didn't at first. We met at a frat party drunk as skunks. I was not interested at all, but he was persistent! And I honestly knew he was the one because of the way I felt around him. Whenever I talk about him, I smile. Whenever he holds me, I feel safe. He's a nut, but I love him like crazy, and I can't wait to marry him.” —Lauren M.

His Actions
 

“We were friends for almost a year before we became a couple. He knew when we met, but I had a horrible past couple of relationships, so I was stubborn. The first time he met my daughter, she said, 'Hi, Daddy!' (Her 'real' father has never been a part of her life). Without skipping a beat, he replied, 'Hi, baby girl!' and they hugged. That was when I knew. He has three kids, and since then, we've had one together, so I not only get him, but his kids, too! We've been together almost two years, and we're getting hitched in November.” —Lauren G.

“It's a bit of a strange situation, but when we met, we were 3,114 miles apart from one another. After six months of communicating through the Internet on Skype, we finally met in person. But the thing that made up my mind, that made me so sure that he was the one for me, was that he flew to Canada from the UK for the first time in his life just to meet me — it was his first time going anywhere outside of the UK at all! Two years later, we closed the distance after I immigrated to the UK, and we are getting married in 10 months!” —Kristen G.

My yorkie bit him on his hand when we were trying to leave, and all Matt did was close the door and tell me what happened. When we went back inside to clean the bite, Matt reached down, picked Jack up, and hugged him. I knew right then.” —Kristin S.

We were at my son's pee wee football games, and it was freezing. He gave me the keys to his car and told my daughter and me to go there and stay warm. But he stayed on the sidelines, cheering on my son! I knew right then.” —Jennifer M.

“He is from Canada, and I am from Germany. We met in 2009 in Mexico, couldn't stop thinking of each other, and stayed in contact through Facebook. Then we visited each other a few times, started a long distance relationship for two years. Eventually, he gave up his life in Canada for me and moved to Germany. And then I thought, if somebody is willing to do that for you, he has to be 'The One,' and he is!” —Kerstin M.

"When I first saw my husband’s profile online, I thought he was too good to be true and couldn’t wait to meet him in person. It took at least a year, however, before I started thinking of marriage. The notion first crossed my mind when we attended our first wedding together, and as the couple recited their vows, he romantically grabbed my hand and squeezed it tighter with each promise the couple made to one another." —Damona H.

Next: More Sweet Stories 

He Understands Me Better Than Anyone Else
 

“I knew my husband was 'The One' because of a phone message he left me after our first (blind) date. In it, he said, 'I like you a lot,' mimicking a line from one of my favorite movies Dumb and Dumber. Not only did we have a wonderful time together, but he also got my sense of humor. In that moment, I knew we were meant to be.” —Danielle E.

“He knows exactly how to handle my hot-tempered Italian ways!” —Heather V.

“I needed a man who was strong, but not controlling. One who wouldn’t read into things too much (I’m efficient — say what I mean in as few words as possible) but still able to read between the lines. As an entrepreneur, I am somewhat of a type-A personality — fiercely independent and very direct (read: a bit intimidating sometimes). Dining out early in our relationship, the waiter forgot to bring me lime juice. John immediately jumped up to retrieve some. I was annoyed. Did I ask you to get me lime juice?! Did I insinuate in any way that I could not pull myself up out of my chair and get my own lime juice? My irritation lingered. Finally, he asked me what was wrong. Concluding my several-minutes-long diatribe, during which I proclaimed that I did not need a man to get me lime juice or give me directions or do anything for me, John stared silently at me for what seemed like an hour. Uh-oh. Was he seething with an angry retort to follow? Or was he about to apologize explaining he never intended to offend me, begging me to forgive him? Neither scenario was appealing. When he responded this way, I knew. “So let me get this straight... I care about you, want to make your life just a little bit easier, and I’m the bad guy?! Next time, get your own *&%[email protected] lime juice.” And that was that. No flying off the handle. No declaring me a crazy bi#ch he never wanted to see again. No brooding for the remainder of the evening. No kissing my bottom or letting me get away with my BS. This man totally got me and knew exactly how to handle me.” —Suzan F.

When You Know, You Know
 

“I could write a book describing all the details of wonderful things about him that I love. But ultimately, my heart just knew that he was the one. My mind didn't have a choice because my heart picked him.” —Heather F.

“I've been with my husband over a decade now. I knew he was the one and moved in with him shortly after meeting him. I trusted my intuition, and listened to the little divine voice inside. Now we have two beautiful children together and have never been happier.” —Alexandra C.

“He's the only person I never get tired of. Being near him makes everything better and yet insignificant at the same time. He's the only person I've ever had the thought: 'A lifetime with you is just not enough.'” —Abby G.

It's the Little Things
 

“His dance moves just sealed it for me the night we met! I just thought wow, he looks like so much fun.” —Nichola R.

"He's a non-smoking Seahawks fan, and a sexy man with a heart of gold." —Nicole M.

“He bought me chips.” —Louize W.

50+ Creative Ways to Personalize Your Wedding

By: 
Emma Arendoski

The creative force behind EmmalineBride.com, a wedding website that celebrates the handmade and homemade approach, shares some of her craftiest ideas and tips.

It Starts With Your Theme

Seasons can provide plenty of inspiration, from color schemes to flowers. A winter wedding might include candlelit lanterns, masses of evergreen wreaths and a roaring fire in the reception hall. A backyard ceremony, a bouquet of wildflowers and a tented reception are hallmarks of a perfect summer fête.

Hobbies and shared interests are another jumping-off point. If you’re foodies, why not plan a wedding reception catered by a favorite restaurant with a menu of your must-have entrées? On your invitation’s reply card, include an area for guests to select a preferred dessert option, like “cake” or “pie.”

Other themes to consider: outdoor activities like cycling — a tandem bike can serve as your signature image — camping (DIY trail-mix station, anyone?). “A friend who loves to kayak decided to have her guests sign an oar instead of using a traditional guest book,” Emma says. “Afterwards, she varnished the oar to preserve the signatures, and it’s now displayed in her home.”

Printed Matters

A save-the-date is not mandatory, but it’s a fun way to share your news with guests. “One of my favorite designs features a library card that asks guests, ever so sweetly, ‘May we borrow you?’ ” says Emma.

library themed save the date
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Wouldn’t it be lovely to know that little patches of wildflowers or herbs were springing up in your honor? A seed packet save the date can do just that, tying into a garden wedding theme. Your invitation helps set the tone and theme of your wedding so be sure it follows suit appropriately.

A fun informal invitation can be made using vintage handkerchiefs. How about wrapping a pretty hankie around each? Or dressing up a simple invitation with embellishments like raffia, burlap or natural twine? You can use a craft-paper punch to add edging details — like eyelets — around invitation borders.

Next: Bouquets and Ceremony Ideas ►

Bouquets

They are not made of flowers alone... they are made of memories, handpicked and pieced together. For example, an ordinary ribbon bouquet wrap can be replaced with something more meaningful, like a piece of lace from your mother’s wedding gown. Is your favorite aunt known for her amazing rose garden? Are your best friend’s peonies out of this world? Just as homemade food is so much better than store bought, so, too, are homegrown bouquets, so enlist the help of your green-thumbed connections. 

On a budget? Formerly known as a “filler flower,” baby’s breath has become quite the stunning bouquet choice. Wrap your bouquet tightly in floral tape, cover tape with burlap for a rustic touch or satin ribbon for a pop of color. Or consider an unexpected fresh- bouquet alternative — “forever bouquets, as I like to call them,” Emma says.

babys breath wedding bouquets
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A brooch bouquet is constructed of brooches strung on lengths of wire (sometimes in combination with silk flowers). Or for a whimsical touch at an outdoor ceremony, have each bridesmaid carry a pin- wheel down the aisle in lieu of a bouquet, and then place it in the ground at the end of the aisle. How fun!

Ceremony Ideas

Any wedding location can benefit from the inclusion of handcrafted, personal details. Imagine your favorite flowers lining the way as you walk down the aisle to meet your future spouse — jars of peonies, lilies, daisies, sunflowers. To craft them yourself, fill each jar one-third full with water, place the flowers inside, wrap wire around the top of the jar to create a handle and tie on a ribbon for a pretty bow. If your wedding is outdoors, insert shepherd’s hooks along the aisle and hang your jars from their handles. After the ceremony, enlist friends to help carefully transport the flower-filled jars to the reception site as décor for the head table.

If you’re having an evening wedding, you have the opportunity to revel in the romantic glow of candlelight. Place candles in glass containers — hurricane lanterns, jars or decorative lanterns — and set them along the aisle. Or line the aisle with wreaths. Decorative twig wreaths from a craft store can be embellished with seasonal touches such as moss or ivy in the spring or metallic ornaments and sprigs of holly in winter.

Be creative with your seating. Instead of the soon-to-be spouses’ families picking sides, place a sign outside the ceremony site that tells guests to “pick a seat, not a side” — as both families are joining as one. At an intimate wedding ceremony, seat guests in a circle, so everyone has a front-row view of the nuptials.

Next: Reception Décor, Table Numbers, and Escort Cards ►

Reception Décor

Adorn the backs of the reception chairs with ribbon for a whimsical touch. Cut ribbon into lengths and gently knot the ends to each chair back.

Give guests a glimpse into your courtship with a photo board. Mount photos onto a whiteboard, then place the board on an easel at the entryway of your reception for guests to view upon arrival. Or mount the photos on a banner that you string across a table.

Another banner idea: Precut chipboard letters or numbers. Available at craft stores, they can be covered with fabric or spray-painted. Then, using ribbon and glue, attach them to one another to spell out anything you’d like, such as “Enjoy” above a dessert buffet or “Just Married” for your cake table.

wedding banner
Photo Credit: Sellers Publishing, Inc.

Table Numbers & Escort Cards

Chalkboard details are having a moment. Create your own using picture frames and chalkboard paint (craft or dollar stores are great sources for small frames). Spray-paint the frame your desired color, remove the glass and apply one or two layers of chalkboard paint to it with a sponge brush, allowing paint to dry overnight. Set the painted glass back into the frame and use chalk to mark table numbers or names.

chalkboard table numbers
Photo Credit: Sellers Publishing, Inc.

Or consider wine-inspired table numbers: Place a bottle on each table (along with a corkscrew and the directive to open and enjoy) and hang a table number from its neck.

cork place cards
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All sorts of rustic items can be used to help your guests find their seats. Use antique window shutters to create an escort-card display by inserting the cards into its slats, or by clipping them on with mini clothespins. Or, hammer rows of nails into a vintage door and hang escort-card tags from them.

Next: Centerpieces, Table Runners, Food, and Drinks ►

Centerpieces & Table Runners

They can be as simple or as elaborate as you wish, depending on your budget and level of expertise. Get inspired with these unique wedding-day ideas. Wine glasses can take on an entirely new function when set upside down. Place silk flowers in the center of each table, turn the glasses upside down, one directly over each bloom, and set a pillar candle on top.

Or consider a centerpiece that ties in directly with your wedding theme. For a woodland-themed celebration, a birdhouse centerpiece set on a bed of moss would work perfectly.

In summer, look to colorful fruits like lemons, oranges or limes placed in a large apothecary jar; in fall think about apples or pears placed in small wooden boxes.

wedding centerpiece
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The best table runners add a textural element to your décor, while placing an emphasis on your centerpiece. Natural fibers like linen, flax and burlap, are timeless and versatile. Neutral tones tie into almost any color scheme and can be embellished in myriad ways. You can decorate runners with buttons or stencils or sew on some lace trim for a vintage spin. Or leave the edges unfinished for casual, rustic chic.

neutral wedding color palette
Photo Credit: Sellers Publishing, Inc.

Food & Drink

At the top of your to-do list: creating a memorable menu. Keep your theme in mind. For instance, if you are planning a backyard wedding with gingham tablecloths and lawn games, serve home-style family favorites like barbecued chicken and corn on the cob, with cherry pie for dessert.

chalkboard wedding buffet menu
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cherry pie
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Beach wedding-goers could dive into a seafood selection of shrimp cocktail and grilled salmon. Carnival-themed weddings call for festive fare like corn dogs and cotton candy. If you’re serving a special drink, give it a new name. At the bar, how about serving a “Marry Me Martini” or “Grin and Tonic”? 

At a wine-themed wedding, arrange for a tasting in lieu of cocktails. For a fun nonalcoholic option, serve up some old-fashioned favorites like root beer or black cherry or cream soda in glass bottles. Carry your palette through to your drinks with colorful sips like mint juleps, pink-grapefruit mojitos or lemonade.

wedding drinks
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Next: Cake and Favors ►

Did Someone Say Cake?

If you’re unsure where to begin, consider a few popular cake choices that befit the season. In winter, a romantic red velvet or spice cake; in warmer weather, a beachy vanilla sponge cake with coconut filling.

Make a cake more memorable with unexpected embellishments. A beach wedding cake can be adorned with edible chocolate-filled seashells. Or use a coating of brown sugar to create the illusion of sand, then trim the cake with piped starfish. For a nature-inspired wedding, consider sugary faux pinecones or fondant crafted to look like birch bark, trimmed with fondant “twigs.” 

white wedding cake
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Or consider an alternacake idea like cupcakes, which are a fun, festive twist on tradition. And since they are ready to serve, you can skip the cake-cutting fee many venues charge. Stacked cookies — like Oreos, sugar cookies or gingerbread — or doughnuts can combine the look of a wedding cake with the fun of a dessert bar.

wedding cupcakes
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Fun Favors

Show your guests some love with homespun, handcrafted mementos. Edible favors are always a hit. Some ideas: Homemade jams, pickles or spiced fruits presented in pretty jars are all tasty choices. (If DIY is too much of an undertaking, there are plenty of mini delicacies for purchase. Just add a thank-you tag to personalize.)

diy wedding favors homemade jam
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diy homemade candy wedding favors
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Tiny jars of honey are another sweet option.

honey wedding favor
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Bring good fortune to guests with custom fortune cookies. You can order them online with a customized message inside.

When it comes to keepsake favors, consider functionality as well as individuality. Who wouldn’t love a mason jar lantern? Use them to add a romantic glow to your celebration and after the last song is played, let guests know that the lanterns may be taken home. To DIY, wrap wire around the mouth of a mason jar to create a handle. Fill each jar partway with sand and snuggle a votive down into it, then tie on a thank-you tag. Instead of a take-home favor, why not give back to nature and plant trees in your guests’ honor (check out friendsoftrees. org). Include a thank-you note to each guest that also shares the news of the tree being planted in his or her name.

7 Secret Money-Saving Tricks, Revealed

By: 
Catey Hill

bride and groom kiss on forehead

Look in a "next-door town" for venues and vendors.
If you live in a big city, you should consider looking at venues, caterers, florists photographers and more in "next-door towns," which are just smaller towns outside of big cities. Often you can save 20 percent or more on fees. Here's what to ask before booking your vendors ►

Put a "15-minute warning" into your contract with the photographer.
A lot of photographers and videographers charge big-time fees if your wedding goes longer than the time you've booked them for. To prevent that unexpected bill, put a "15-minute warning" clause into your contract stating that they must give you a 15-minute heads up before they begin charging you overtime, and that if they don't, you will not have to pay for those overages. Learn how to negotiate with vendors ►

Take  a tax deduction — on your wedding.
You can get a tax deduction for donating some of your wedding purchases to a qualified charitable organization (note that "qualified" is very important) or even just by having your wedding ceremony at certain venues.

If you think you'll have leftover food from your reception, contact a local homeless shelter and see if you can donate it. If you're not going to reuse your flowers, contact your church to ask if you can donate them (if you had a church wedding, you may be able to leave your flowers there as a donation) or reach out to a local hospital or nursing home. If you have a wedding in a church or synagogue, or at a government-owned locale like a state park, you may be able to deduct the fee paid for the ceremony (check with the locale to make sure it's tax deductible). 

Consider "business" hotels.
Hotels that cater primarily to business travelers are typically packed during the week, but have lots of vacancies on weekend. (These hotels tend to be located in cities' downtown or business districts.) That means they may offer better-priced packages for weddings than those catering to leisure travelers — and typically they're just as nice! Find out how to prepare for out-of-towners ►

To find photographers and videographers, contact your local newspaper or television station.
Photography and videography can be super-pricey. While it may be tempting to hire a photography student, you may be better off by looking for a more experienced photographer from your local paper (look at bylines on the photos and reach out to those people to see if they freelance) or a videographer from your local television station. Often these pros will provide these services for less than "official" wedding photographers and videographers. 

Skip the wax seal on your invitations.
While a pretty wax seal may seem a classy way to seal your wedding invitations, this can end up costing extra. That's because the wax can gum up the post office's sorting machines, which means you will need to have each invite hand-canceled, at around 20 cents per piece. See more ways to save money on invitations ►

Get a "student" to do your flowers.
You may have heard about brides hiring cosmetology students from nearby schools to do their hair and makeup, but few people think to hire a "student" florist. Big cities like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles have floral design schools. Contact these schools to see if there is a star student who could do your flowers. If there isn't a floral school near you, see if there is a horticultural school nearby (check out GradSchools.com) that offers floral design classes or Google "floral design classes" — then hire the teacher of that class or ask her if she can recommend a great student. Get gorgeous ideas for your wedding flowers ►

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the bridal detective
Finance expert Catey Hill is a member of the David's Bridal Style Council and a journalist whose work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, SmartMoney, Worth, Seventeen, Forbes.com, New York Daily News, and dozens of other publications and websites.

 

 

10 Ways to Maximize Your Floral Budget

bride with bridesmaids
Photo Credit: Charlotte Jenks Lewis Photography on Grey Likes Weddings via Lover.ly

1. Use in-season or locally grown flowers. They're a much better value than the flown-in, hothouse varieties. Find out what's in season during your wedding month ►

2. Holidays can affect prices. Around Christmas, Valentine's Day and Mother's Day, general demand for flowers increases, as do their costs. On the other hand, if your wedding is held on a holiday, the church or reception site may already be festively decorated with flowers and lights and you'll need less adornment.

3. Add greenery — such as ivory or ferns — to a bouquet or the chuppah. Greenery looks lush, and you'll find it's less expensive than flowers.

4. Choose larger blooms for your bouquets, like orchids and calla lilies. You'll need fewer of them. Get 50+ creative ideas here ►

5. Add ribbon or tulle to an arrangement — this sweet, romantic detail will make the arrangement look larger and helps keep your expenditures down. Get more non-floral ideas ►

6. Rent trees to decorate the ceremony and reception sites; they look especially romantic when the branches are woven with masses of tiny white lights. Read more about wedding rentals ►

7. Fill in empty table spots with votives or small potted plants that can also be used as wedding favors.

8. Split the cost of decorating a ceremony site with another couple getting married in your church/synagogue on the same day.

9. Let your ceremony bouquets do double-duty. Most florists can creatively repurpose them into centerpieces on reception tables. See 75+ gorgeous tall centerpieces ►

10. Elaborate arrangements mean more of your money is going for the florist's labor than for the flowers themselves. Check out 30+ impressive low centerpieces ►

A Day in the Life of David Tutera

By: 
David Tutera

David Tutera's Daily Schedule:


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5:45 a.m. My alarm used to wake me up, but now it’s Cielo, my daughter, or Lucy, my rescue dog. 

5:50 a.m. Feed and change Cielo. 

6:15 a.m. Head downstairs to feed and walk Lucy. 

7:00 a.m. Turn on the coffee maker (this used to be the first thing I did, now it’s the thing I’m lucky to even get to). 

7:05-7:30 a.m. Begin checking e-mails. This used to happen exactly at 7:00, but now that I’m a parent, it’s anywhere between 7 and 7:30.

8:00 a.m. On my 2nd, 3rd or 4th cup of coffee.

8:30 a.m. Get ready to go to boxing, the gym, running or Pilates, depending on the day. 

8:45 a.m. Call mom in New York — every day. 

9:00 a.m. Work out. 

10:00 a.m. Drive home/pick up Starbucks. 

10:15 a.m. Call the New York office to check in on my East Coast staff and discuss any upcoming projects. 

10:30 a.m. Get caught up on what’s happening for the day with my assistant, Renee. 

11:25 a.m. Check in on Cielo.

11:30 a.m. I begin shooting “David Tutera: Unveiled,” meeting with my event coordinators, both in person and virtually, to discuss venues, fashion selections, as well as details of the filming of each episode. 

12:00 p.m. Cielo is brought to be on set with me. 

1:00 p.m. Before Cielo arrived, every lunch was a working lunch that consisted of brand partner meetings and calls to discuss new collections and product lines (among them, David Tutera for Mon Cheri gowns, craft line Down the Aisle in Style and online wedding planning program David Tutera Wedding Planners). Now, with Cielo in my life, lunch is split between play time and time with my brand partners.

2:00 p.m. Back on set and I am now on my third Starbucks venti quad iced cappuccino of the day.

5:30 p.m. Filming comes to an end. Go home and change.

6:00 p.m. Daddy time with Cielo! This includes: bath, putting her in pjs, feeding her, reading her a different story every night and tucking her in.

8:00 p.m. Out to a dinner meeting.

9:30 p.m. Drive home after dinner.

11:00 p.m. Bedtime — hopefully. My life is now ruled by Cielo, so if she wakes up and needs to be fed or changed, my bedtime is over!

Next: 7 Wedding-Planning Rules for Brides ►

Tips for Brides:

1. Once you’re engaged, it’s imperative to create a planning timeline and to be punctual for tastings, site inspections, vendor meetings… and especially when you walk down the aisle.

2. You don’t want to jeopardize your day job, so have your planning to-do list prepped the night before, then stick to planning duties only during off-times such as over your morning coffee and/or during your lunch hour. You should only be moonlighting as a wedding planner — it should not replace your full-time career.

3. It’s so important to stay in touch with family and friends while planning a wedding, but a balance should be struck between what is necessary to share and what is TMI — not everyone needs to hear every last detail of your wedding planning journey.

4. Working out helps anyone stay sane, motivated and focused, especially when planning a wedding.

5. Don’t plan your wedding every day — you will become burned out and it will no longer be enjoyable. 

6. Please, I beg you, do not talk about your wedding with your co-workers every day. They will get annoyed hearing about it constantly. Pick just three family members or friends to be your wedding committee with whom you discuss your planning details.

7. Don’t make every hour of every weekend with your fiancé center on your wedding. Remember to still take the time to enjoy each other.

Hot Wedding Color for Spring: Green

The "Elegant Eternity" invitation by Jenny Romanski for Wedding Paper Divas sets the stage for an emerald-inspired fête. Lisa puts lush vines and potted flowers in the spotlight, illuminating them with candlelight and string lights. 
Photo Credit: Wedding Paper Divas (left); Micki and Sonja Photography (right)

Greet your wedding guests with DIY monogram placecard settings crafted from boxwood sprigs and floral wire. "Floravine" table numbers by BHLDN are the perfect finishing touch for your tablescape.

Photo Credit: First Mate Photo (left); BHLDN (right)

Serve eye-catching hors d'oeuvres like these mint-pea soup shooters by Erica Sommermann at Apricosa.

Photo courtesy of Erica Sommerman

This centerpiece by The Hidden Garden features roses and hydrangea.
Photo Credit: Next Exit Photography

Lisa loves this "Green Gingham" cake by Jay Muse at Lulu Custom Cake Boutique.

green wedding cake
Photo Credit: Lulu Custom Cake Boutique

Even small details can make a major impact, like this chiavari chair from All Occasions Party Rental in Pittsburgh, PA, and emerald favor boxes from Koyal Wholesale.

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Photo Credit: All Occasions Party Rental (left); Koyal Wholesale (right)

Wedding Inspiration: Intimate Urban Affair

An airy, loft-like venue — Carondelet House in downtown Los Angeles — was the scene for this stylish wedding, brought to life by the creative minds at Sterling Social. The venue is notable for industrial-chic architectural details such as polished wood floors, brick walls and high, vaulted ceilings — the better to show off the ceremony centerpiece: a large runner hand-calligraphed with the couple’s wedding vows. 

Photography by This Modern Romance.

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Runner by Laura Hooper Calligraphy

Classic mid-century modern loveseats serve as ceremony seating, creating a luxe, residential feel.

city loft wedding decor

The design team chose grand crystal chandeliers and dozens upon dozens of candles to put the focus on the watchwords, “The best is yet to come.” The thematic quote of the evening itself was displayed throughout the venue, like on these letter-pressed cocktail coasters. Orchids, hydrangea and succulents atop a classic Saarinen table. (All furniture from Form Decor event rental, La Mirada, CA.)

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The stylish invitation suite by Cherish Paperie showcases the couple's wedding palette.

chic wedding stationery

The bride's bouquet, created by The Hidden Garden, was made up of orchids and succulents. A glass planter holds an arrangement of florals and grass.

succulent and orchid bridal bouquetmodern floral arrangement

“The palette — a modern mix of slate grey plus white and navy — was carried throughout, from invitations to the comfy mid-century modern furniture all the way to the blackberry macaron dessert finale." A lineup of white wedding cakes boast dressmaker details like ruffles and pleats. (Macarons, cupcakes and cakes by Cupcakes Couture of Manhattan Beach, CA.)

wedding dessert table

A cupcake embellished with silver sugar beads is topped with a fresh, juicy blackberry.

blackberry wedding cupcakes

Hand-painted blackberry macarons provide a sweet finish. 

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The Most Annoying Questions People Ask When You’re Engaged

By: 
Kristen Klein

Once there’s a ring on your finger, you expect to share your proposal story over and over, bounce wedding ideas off your loved ones, and have fun gown shopping and working on DIY projects with your bridal party. What you don’t expect are the frustrating questions you’ll be asked by well-intentioned family members and friends. Here's how to handle the frequently-asked questions that newly-engaged brides tell us they're tired of answering.

engaged couple
Photo Credit: Saltwater Studios via Lover.ly

1. "When's the wedding?"
Why it's annoying: Do people really expect you to have the entire wedding planned the moment he pops the question?! Plenty of couples simply enjoy their engagement before jumping into any planning, and there's nothing wrong with that — yet if you admit that you have no idea, people either act like you're not serious about getting married or try to pressure you into setting a date (cue Grandma's plea: "I'm not going to live forever, you know!").
How to respond: If you genuinely have no idea (or just don't want to share that info yet), tell the person that you’re considering a few options right now and will let them know when you do set a date. If you want, you can divulge which season you’re considering. 

2. "How big is your ring?"
Why it's annoying: First of all, most brides have no idea — it's not like you asked for the 4 Cs before saying "yes." Second, you can't help but wonder why the person is asking  does she think it's tiny? Or obnoxiously big? Is she planning on robbing you and is trying to figure out how much she can get for the rock?
How to respond: "It's the perfect size for me; I love it!"

3. "How are you paying for the wedding?" or "How much are you paying for X?"
Why it's annoying: Because really, it's no one's business. It’s always rude to ask about money, but for some reason, many people seem to think weddings are an open book when it comes to finances.
How to respond: "Why do you ask?" This will typically lead to some sputtering about how he or she was "just curious"... Or maybe you'll get lucky and the person will offer to pay for the entire wedding (hey, it could happen). The exception: If a close friend who's also engaged asks how much you're paying for your DJ, help a sister out and give her the scoop. Since you're in the same boat, you can save each other some trouble when it comes to finding vendors that fit your respective budgets.

4. "Are you inviting X and Y?"
Why it's annoying: When you're in the just-engaged phase, never give a solid answer to this question. You could fall in love with a venue that only seats 75 guests, forcing you to slash your guest list. Or, if you're planning a longer engagement, you may not be close friends with X and Y anymore when the time comes.
How to respond: "We haven't finalized our guest list yet" — even if you have, and there's no way X and Y are making the cut. The exception: X and Y are family members you definitely don't want to invite, but you have a feeling your mom is going to try and force you to put them on the list. It's best to broach this subject directly and as early as possible. 

5. "Are you sure he's the right one? Ha ha!"
Why it’s annoying: It’s a cliché "joke" that really, no one finds funny.
How to respond: Don’t feel like you have to defend your relationship here. Just brush it off; “Yep, I’m pretty sure, otherwise I wouldn’t have said yes!”

6. "You know 50% of marriages end in divorce, right?"
Why it’s annoying: Ah, the cynic. Often, this question stems from jealousy, and it can definitely put a damper on your newly-engaged bliss — if you let it.
How to respond: Again, don’t fall into the trap of feeling like you need to justify your relationship and explain why you’re getting married. Simply say, “Well, we’re counting on being in the 50% that make it work," and change the subject.

7. "So when are you having kids?"
Why it's annoying: Can we focus on the wedding first, please? Unfortunately, this question tends to start right after the engagement and continues until you actually do have a baby — and then the question changes to, “When are you going to have another baby??”
How to respond: “When we’re ready." Or, if this isn’t the first time the person has bugged you about it, try: “When people stop asking me about it.”

Tell us: What are the most frustrating questions you've been asked while being engaged?

The Most Annoying Questions People Ask When You’re Engaged

By: 
Kristen Klein
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Once there’s a ring on your finger, you expect to share your proposal story over and over, bounce wedding ideas off your loved ones, and have fun gown shopping and working on DIY projects with your bridal party. What you don’t expect are the frustrating questions you’ll be asked by well-intentioned family members and friends. Here's how to handle the frequently-asked questions that newly-engaged brides tell us they're tired of answering.

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200+ Color Combinations for Your Wedding

By: 
Stefania Sainato

Pin (or print out) your favorite swatches below and show them to all of your vendors to ensure that you're speaking the same color language.

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Perfect for: 
The couple who likes red but wants to go for a more understated look. "Cranberry works best for fall and winter weddings. It's also the perfect hue to incorporate into a vineyard wedding," says Chrissy. This color pairs well with similar shades like pink and peach. 

Palette we love:
Cranberry, Camel, Ivory & White

cranberry wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Cranberry & Gold
Cranberry & Silver
Cranberry & Taupe
Cranberry & Plum
Cranberry, Pink & Ivory
Cranberry, Light Green & Sage Green
Cranberry, Gold & Chocolate Brown
Cranberry, Gold & Black
Cranberry, Fuschia, Pink & Slate Gray
Cranberry, Slate Gray, Gray & White
Cranberry, Aqua, Black & White
Cranberry, Black, Latte, Mustard & Gray

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Perfect for: 
The couple who isn't afraid to go bold! "Red is bound to make a huge statement and so for that reason, we advise couples to think about balance when using this color," says Chrissy. This impactful hue works for any season but it lends itself especially well to a modern-themed bash. Pair it with great neutrals like white or ivory.

Palette we love:
Red & White

red wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Red & Gold
Red & Black
Red & Yellow
Red & Aqua
Red, Brown & Ivory
Red, Gray & White
Red, Camel & White
Red, White & Blue
Red, Green & White
Red, Black, Camel, Latte & White

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Perfect for: 
That instant romance factor. "Fuschia is fabulous for many reasons — it's bursting with feel-good vibes and it works best with glamorously-styled affairs," says Chrissy. This color can be used in any season; pair it with black to really make it pop. 

Palette we love:
Fuschia, Gold & Beige

fuschia wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Fuschia & Light Pink
Fuschia & Latte
Fuschia, Light Pink & Navy Blue
Fuschia, Gold & Beige
Fuschia, Fluorescent Purple, Lavender & White
Fuschia, Lavender, Gold, Blush Pink & Ivory
Fuschia, Navy Blue, Powder Blue, Camel & Ivory
Fuschia, Coral, Pink, Taupe & Ivory
Fuschia, Light Gray, Black, Blush Pink & Antique Gold
Fuschia, Dusty Pink, Fig, Blush Pink, Beige & Latte

Fuschia, Pink, Light Pink, Light Yellow, Antique Gold & Ivory

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Perfect for: 
Channeling a celebratory vibe. "Coral is one of our favorite colors this year and it's easy to see why! We love to see it used for destination weddings and seaside affairs," says Chrissy. This shade works best for spring and summer but when styled the right way, it could also be used in the colder weather months.

Palette we love:
Coral, Peach, Gold & Ivory

coral wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Coral & Gold
Coral & Yellow
Coral & Aqua
Coral & Navy Blue
Coral & Lime
Coral, Peach & Lemon
Coral, Peach & Gray
Coral, Peach & Pink
Coral, Antique Gold & Navy Blue
Coral, Fuschia, Pink, Taupe & Ivory
Coral, Chocolate Brown & Ivory
Coral, Burnt Orange, Gray & White
Coral, Aqua, Orange & Light Sage
Coral, Peach, Pink, Tangerine & Taupe

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Perfect for: 
Vintage-inspired styling. "Traditional pink is pretty, but it can appear feminine to some, so this dusty, muted shade is a great alternative for couples who want to use a bit of pink while avoiding that 'cotton candy explosion' effect," says Chrissy.

Palette we love:
Dusty Rose, Chocolate Brown, Taupe, Camel & White

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Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Dusty Rose & Ivory
Dusty Rose & Blush Pink
Dusty Rose, Blush Pink, Peach & Antique Gold
Dusty Rose, Blush Pink, Peach, Light Yellow, Aqua & Lavender

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Perfect for: 
A garden wedding or even somewhere tropical like the beach. "Light coral is truly a beautiful color. And for many reasons, we're excited to see where it will pop up this season!" says Chrissy. This hue works best for spring and summer fêtes.

Palette we love:
Light Coral, Fuschia, Peach, Blush Pink & White

coral wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Light Coral & Navy Blue
Light Coral, Peach & Lemon
Light Coral, Turquoise & Muted Lavender
Light Coral, Orange, Yellow, Blush Pink & Light Yellow
Light Coral, Blush Pink, Light Green, Mint & White
Light Coral, Blush Pink, Peach, Yellow, Taupe & Ivory

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Perfect for: 
A sweet and feminine wedding look. "Pink has always been a favorite for weddings and it's easy to see why! It's a great color to use because it's associated with all of the things that weddings are about, like love and romance," says Chrissy. Our favorite way to use pink is to pair it with strong colors like navy blue or even glittery gold. 

Palette we love:
Pink & Navy Blue

pink wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Pink & Ivory
Pink & Black
Pink & Green
Pink, Blush Pink & Chocolate Brown
Pink, Lavender & Gold
Pink, Mauve & Gray
Pink, Beige & Gray
Pink, Slate Gray & Black
Pink, Teal, Light Coral & Ivory
Pink, Copper, Gold & Ivory
Pink, Mint, Copper & Ivory
Pink, Peach, Coral & White
Pink, Coral, Peach, Tangerine & White
Pink, Peach, Yellow, Taupe & Ivory

Get more inspiring pink wedding ideas ►

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Perfect for: 
A vintage-inspired wedding with an ethereal vibe. "Blush is the newest pink on the block and we're excited to announce that it's here to stay! It's a sophisticated shade and one that is easily paired with colors like gold, ivory or even taupe," says Chrissy.

Palette we love:
Blush Pink, Rose Gold, Silver & White

blush pink wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Blush Pink & Black
Blush Pink & Brown
Blush Pink, Peach, Light Pink & White
Blush Pink, Light Yellow, Gray & Light Pink
Blush Pink, Fuschia, Gold, Black & Gray
Blush Pink, Mauve, Copper Rose, Antique Gold, Peach & Ivory
Blush Pink, Dusty Rose, Peach, Light Yellow, Aqua & Lavender

Get more inspiring blush wedding ideas ►

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Perfect for: 
A romantic and timeless feel. "Mauve is a shade that I wish we would see more of in weddings. It's a really great, muted color that works well in any season," says Chrissy. Pair it with other pink hues like blush or dusty rose.

Palette we love:
Mauve, Peach, Blush Pink, Ivory, Copper Rose & Antique Gold

mauve wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Mauve, Fuschia & Latte
Mauve, Plum, Fuschia & White
Mauve, Plum, Fuschia & Light Pink
Mauve, Fluorescent Purple, Lavender & White
Mauve, Light Pink, Antique Gold, Blush Pink & Ivory
Mauve, Cranberry, Light Pink, Blush Pink, Taupe & Ivory

Get more inspiring mauve wedding ideas ►

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Perfect for: 
A couple who is attracted to shades of pink but is looking for something more unique. "Copper rose combines two of my favorite shades. The metallic quality makes it great for fall or winter weddings," says Chrissy. Copper rose looks great when paired with other shades of pink or even metallics.

Palette we love:
Copper Rose, Pink, Blush Pink, Antique Gold & Ivory

copper wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Copper Rose & Pink
Copper Rose & Silver
Copper Rose & Peach
Copper Rose, Antique Gold & Silver
Copper Rose, Antique Gold, Mauve, Peach, Blush Pink & Ivory

Get more copper rose wedding ideas ►

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Perfect for: 
Fall weddings. "As a former fall bride myself, I know a thing or two about wanting to capture a beautiful autumnal feel. I personally like to see burnt orange mixed with other warm colors like chocolate brown or antique gold," says Chrissy.

Palette we love:
Burnt Orange, Ivory, Chocolate Brown & Orange

orange wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Burnt Orange, Camel, Brown & Ivory
Burnt Orange, Aqua, Dusty Aqua & Orange
Burnt Orange, Light Gray, Orange & White
Burnt Orange, Slate Gray, Orange & Gray
Burnt Orange, Peach, Light Green & White
Burnt Orange, Fig, Gold, Light Plum & Orange
Burnt Orange, Light Blue, Light Gray, Light Yellow, Orange

Get more burnt orange wedding ideas ►

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Perfect for: 
A fun and carefree vibe. "I love to see orange incorporated into spring or summer weddings in a very playful way. But then come fall, this color takes on more of a warm and cozy vibe," says Chrissy. 

Palette we love:
Orange & White

orange wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Orange, Coral, Light Gray & Yellow
Orange, Aqua, Coral Rose & Light Sage
Orange, Coral, Light Sage & Peach
Orange, Gold, Gray & Lavender
Orange, Burnt Orange, Aqua & Dusty Aqua 
Orange, Burnt Orange, Light Gray & White
Orange, Burnt Orange, Slate Gray & Gray
Orange, Burnt Orange, Fig, Gold & Light Plum
Orange, Mustard, Pink, Light Sage, Coral & Blush Pink
Orange, Burnt Orange, Light Blue, Light Gray & Light Yellow

Get more orange wedding ideas ►

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Perfect for: 
A garden or church wedding. "Peach is the perfect springtime shade. It's sweet and communicates a beautiful simplicity," says Chrissy. Pair this hue with classic white.

Palette we love:
Peach, Gray & Latte

peach wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Peach, White & Ivory
Peach, Orange & Ivory
Peach, Coral, Pink & White
Peach, Brown, Camel & Latte
Peach, Coral, Pink, Tangerine & White
Peach, Coral, Pink, Ivory & Black
Peach, Dusty Rose, Blush Pink & Antique Gold
Peach, Light Pink, Powder Blue & Dusty Blue
Peach, Jade, Ivory & Light Sage
Peach, Chartreuse, Light Green & Green
Peach, Coral, Light Coral & Lemon Yellow
Peach, Light Yellow, Light Sage & Antique Gold
Peach, Mint, Light Coral, Jade & Aqua
Peach, Olive, Antique Gold, Camel & White

Get more peach wedding ideas ►

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Perfect for: 
Happy-go-lucky types. "Yellow is the happiest color in the world. If you want people to walk into your reception and feel that 'kick off your shoes and dance' vibe, then this is the color for you!" says Chrissy. This hue works best with modern-themed summer or spring weddings.

Palette we love:
Yellow, Gray, Slate Gray & Mustard

yellow wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Yellow & Gray
Yellow & White
Yellow & Orange
Yellow, Gray & Orange
Yellow, Gold & Slate Gray
Yellow, Gray & White
Yellow, Red, Navy Blue, Chartreuse & Gray

Get more yellow wedding ideas ►

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Perfect for: 
An earthy feel. "Mustard has an intensity that always captures my eye. I love to see it paired with other fall colors like burnt orange or even shades of green," says Chrissy.

Palette we love:
Mustard, Latte & Sage

mustard yellow wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Mustard & Chocolate Brown
Mustard, Latte & Sage Green
Mustard, Black & White
Mustard, Chocolate Brown & White
Mustard, Antique Gold, Yellow & Ivory
Mustard, Cranberry, Latte & White
Mustard, Cranberry, Black, Latte & Gray
Mustard, Brown, Camel, Latte & White
Mustard, Orange, Chocolate Brown, Green & Latte
Mustard, Latte, Powder Blue, Camel, Antique Gold & White

Get more mustard wedding ideas ►

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Perfect for: 
Evoking an upscale atmosphere. "Gold evokes elegance, luxury, warmth and tradition. It's a rich, intense color that definitely gives off that Old-World vibe." This hue works especially well for winter and fall weddings.

Palette we love:
Gold, Black & White

gold wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Gold & Mint
Gold & Cranberry
Gold, Ivory & White
Gold, Lavender & White
Gold, Cranberry & Chocolate Brown
Gold, Green & White
Gold, Champagne, Pewter & White
Gold, Latte, Orange & White
Gold, Hot Pink, Black & White
Gold, Lavender, Berry, Blush Pink & Ivory

Get more gold wedding ideas ►

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Perfect for: 
Vintage-styled weddings. "Antique gold has recently taken center stage as the newest 'it' color for neutrals. Couples no longer have to choose between black or brown as their foundation shade — they can now select antique gold to do the job," says Chrissy. We prefer to see it paired with romantic shades like pinks or lavenders.

Palette we love:
Antique Gold, Latte, Silver & Ivory

gold wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Antique Gold, Lavender & White
Antique Gold, Lavender & Mint
Antique Gold, Navy Blue & Coral
Antique Gold, Mustard, Yellow & Ivory
Antique Gold, Fig, Camel & White
Antique Gold, Copper, Brown & White
Antique Gold, Cerulean, Latte, Silver & White
Antique Gold, Black, Taupe & White
Antique Gold, Olive, Peach, Camel & White
Antique Gold, Teal, Light Green, Aqua & White
Antique Gold, Copper Rose, Mauve, Peach, Blush Pink & Ivory
Antique Gold, Fluorescent Purple, Fuschia, Lavender & Purple

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Perfect for: 
Spring or summer weddings. "Optimistic, cheery, and packed full of happy thoughts, yellow has endless possibilities, but one thing is for sure: It's 100% fun!" says Chrissy. This hue looks especially lovely when paired with navy, latte, red, or even orange.

Palette we love:
Light Yellow, Peach, Light Sage & Antique Gold

yellow wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Light Yellow, Blush Pink, Gray & Light Pink
Light Yellow, Dusty Rose, Blush Pink, Peach, Aqua & Lavender
Light Yellow, Light Coral, Orange, Yellow & Blush Pink
Light Yellow, Burnt Orange, Light Blue, Light Gray & Orange
Light Yellow, Coral, Peach, Ivory & Latte
Light Yellow, Coral, Watermelon, Latte & Sage
Light Yellow, Yellow, Gray & Slate Gray
Light Yellow, Yellow, Mint, Green, Aqua

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Perfect for: 
An effortless and natural look. "Sage green is a very beautiful hue that works well with neutrals like beige or brown," says Chrissy. If you're throwing an autumn wedding, then you've met the perfect match.

Palette we love:
Sage Green, Latte, Chocolate Brown & Ivory

sage green wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Sage Green & Cranberry
Sage Green, Mustard & Latte
Sage Green, Chartreuse & Light Green
Sage Green, Cranberry & Light Green
Sage Green, Peach & Orange
Sage Green, Orange, Aqua & Coral Rose

Get more sage green wedding ideas ►

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Perfect for: 
Fall weddings. "Olive is a very rich and dynamic hue that works well with other rich colors like purple, cranberry, or even mustard," says Chrissy.

Palette we love:
Olive, Peach, Antique Gold, Camel & White

olive green wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Olive & Sage Green
Olive, Plum & Sage Green
Olive, Sage Green & White
Olive, Light Green, Chartreuse & White

Get more olive wedding ideas ►

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Perfect for: 
Channeling nature and communicating an earthy elegance. "In weddings, green is like a breath of fresh air. Thanks to the increasing volume of eco-talk, green's also a prominent hue at environmentally-conscious weddings," says Chrissy. Pair this color with blues, yellows, pinks or neutrals.

Palette we love:
Green, Light Green, Sage & Ivory

green wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Green & Ivory
Green & Coral
Green & Pink
Green & Navy Blue
Green, Gold & White
Green, Blue & Yellow
Green, Peach & Yellow
Green, Red & White

Get more green wedding ideas ►

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Perfect for: 
A couple who is searching for a more unique color palette. "I like to see lime green used most often for summer weddings. It works well with other vibrant hues like yellows or pinks," says Chrissy.

Palette we love:
Lime Green & Coral

lime green wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Lime Green & Navy Blue
Lime Green, Coral & Sage
Lime Green, Navy Blue, Blue & Chartreuse
Lime Green, Chartreuse, Chocolate Brown, Cranberry, Latte & Mustard

Get more lime green wedding ideas ►

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Perfect for: 
Spring or summer weddings. "Light green represents growth, new life and positive energy," says Chrissy. If you want to use this shade for a fall or winter affair, pair it with a more subdued or rustic hue to make it seasonally appropriate.

Palette we love:
Light Green, Light Pink, Green, Blush Pink

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More color combinations:
Light Green, Gold & White
Light Green, Light Yellow & Silver
Light Green, Cranberry & Sage Green
Light Green, Aqua & Antique Gold
Light Green, Chocolate Brown, Ivory & White
Light Green, Chartreuse, Yellow & Gold
Light Green, Kelly Green, Chartreuse & White
Light Green, Orange, Peach, Gold & Chartreuse

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Perfect for: 
A rustic and down-to-earth vibe. "This shade is earthy, natural and all kinds of pretty. It works best when paired with neutrals like beige, shades of brown, or even yellow," says Chrissy. Light sage can be used for any season, but it works especially well for summer and spring celebrations. 

Palette we love:
Light Sage, Light Yellow, Sage, Yellow & Gold

sage green wedding ideas
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More color combinations:
Light Sage, Cranberry & Sage Green
Light Sage, Camel, Silver & White
Light Sage, Coral, Aqua & Orange 
Light Sage, Light Yellow, Peach & Antique Gold
Light Sage, Orange, Coral & Peach
Light Sage, Orange, Mustard, Pink, Coral & Blush Pink

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Perfect for: 
Couples with modern style. "Chartreuse is the kind of color we don't see enough of in weddings. It's a fun new twist on the traditional green shades," says Chrissy. Chartreuse pairs effortlessly with gray.

Palette we love:
Chartreuse, Gray & White

chartreuse wedding ideas
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More color combinations:
Chartreuse, Mustard & White
Chartreuse, Teal & Brown
Chartreuse, Teal & Black
Chartreuse, Fuschia & Light Pink
Chartreuse, Chocolate Brown & Ivory
Chartreuse, Light Green, Yellow & Gold
Chartreuse, Peach, Light Green & Green
 Chartreuse, Yellow, Red, Navy Blue & Gray

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Perfect for: 
A youthful and fun vibe. "Mint is one of my all-time favorite colors. It has this sort of uniqueness that newlyweds can't get enough of. It's a relatively new shade to hit the wedding industry, becoming an increasingly popular choice in the past few years," says Chrissy. Pair mint with shades of pink or even gold. 

Palette we love:
Mint & Gold

mint wedding ideas
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More color combinations:
Mint & Navy Blue
Mint & Yellow
Mint & Lilac
Mint, Aqua & Yellow
Mint, Aqua, Sea Foam & Yellow
Mint, Pink, Copper & Ivory
Mint, Peach, Light Coral, Jade & Aqua
Mint Green, Light Coral, Blush Pink, Light Green & White

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Perfect for: 
Fall or winter weddings. "Teal has an elegance and an intensity that is unmatched," says Chrissy. This hue works best when paired with other shades of blue, jewel tones or metallics.

Palette we love:
Shades of Teal & Aqua

teal wedding ideas
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More color combinations:
Teal & Mint
Teal & Pink
Teal & Yellow
Teal & Chocolate Brown
Teal, Green, Gold & White
Teal, Plum & Orange
Teal, Gold, Red & Orange
Teal, Chocolate, Copper, Latte & Ivory
Teal, Aqua, Dusty Aqua, Gold & White

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Perfect for:
A fun and modern color palette. "Aqua is a favorite of beach brides, especially tropical ones, but it also shows up in plenty of other places, too. Lately, we're seeing this hue paired with red, which makes for a very dynamic duo," says Chrissy. Chocolate brown and hot pink can also serve as complementary shades.

Palette we love:
Peach, aqua and ivory.

aqua wedding ideas
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More color combinations:
Aqua & Fuschia
Aqua & Emerald
Aqua & Navy
Aqua & Red
Aqua, Tiffany Blue & White
Aqua, Orange & White
Aqua, Mint & Yellow
Aqua, Light Green & Antique Gold
Aqua, Orange, Coral Rose & Light Sage
Aqua, Sea Foam, Mint & Yellow
Aqua, Chocolate Brown, Camel & White

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Perfect for: 
A slightly preppy feel. "This shade is a beautiful blue tone that has a lot of party planning potential. Mix it with silver, white, or even shades of pink and you're sure to have a color palette that will excite your guests!" says Chrissy. 

Palette we love:
Tiffany Blue, Aqua & White

tiffany blue wedding ideas
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More color combinations:
Tiffany Blue & Light Pink
Tiffany Blue & Navy Blue
Tiffany Blue, Light Pink & Fuschia
Tiffany Blue, Silver & White
Tiffany Blue, Chartreuse & White

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Perfect for: 
Spring or summer weddings. "This color is lighter than your traditional aqua and I love it because there's a lot of styling ideas that you can use to bring it to life," says Chrissy. Pair it with shades of blue or classic white.

Palette we love:
Dusty Aqua, Blue, Powder Blue & Mint

aqua wedding ideas
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More color combinations:
Dusty Aqua & Purple
Dusty Aqua, Latte & Ivory
Dusty Aqua, Shades of Orange & White
Dusty Aqua, Dusty Teal, Antique Gold & White

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Perfect for: 
A couple who is attracted to other shades of blue, purple, or even gold. "Dusty teal is a muted version of your traditional teal. It's a beautiful color that you don't see every day, especially at a wedding," says Chrissy. 

Palette we love:
Dusty Teal, Dusty Aqua, Antique Gold & White 

teal wedding ideas
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More color combinations:
Dusty Teal & Ivory
Dusty Teal & Light Pink
Dusty Teal & Silver
Dusty Teal, Orange & White
Dusty Teal, Dusty Aqua, Silver & White

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Perfect for: 
An ultra-preppy couple. "Navy is the perfect color for a nautical theme or yacht club setting. Usually paired with chartreuse or classic white, this color puts tradition first, and it adds a certain masculinity to the palette," says Chrissy. Navy serves as a fabulous alternative to black. 

Palette we love:
Navy Blue & White

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More color combinations:
Navy Blue & Kelly Green
Navy Blue & Chartreuse
Navy Blue & Pink
Navy Blue & Coral 
Navy Blue, Powder Blue & Light Yellow
Navy Blue, Coral & Antique Gold 
Navy Blue, Yellow, Red, Chartreuse & Gray

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Perfect for: 
All seasons and themes. "Blue will always be a fan favorite when it comes to wedding colors — what's not to love?" says Chrissy. Blue looks pretty with white, green, fuschia, or even lavender.

Palette we love:
Shades of Blue, Ivory & White

blue wedding ideas
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blue wedding ideas
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More color combinations:
Blue & Purple
Blue & Pink
Blue & Brown
Blue & Peach
Blue & Coral
Blue & Chartreuse
Blue & Beige
Blue & Silver
Blue, Yellow & Green
Blue, Red & White
Blue, Orange, Yellow & Gray
Blue, Mint, Aqua & Teal

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Perfect for: 
A dreamy and ethereal feel. "This muted shade of blue is great for any season and it works well with understated neutrals," says Chrissy.

Palette we love:
Slate Blue, Powder Blue, Camel, Chocolate Brown, Gray & White

slate blue wedding ideas
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More color combinations:
Slate Blue & Chocolate Brown
Slate Blue & Latte
Slate Blue, Powder Blue & White
Slate Blue, Navy Blue & White

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Perfect for: 
A couple who loves blue but wants something more unique. "This shade is one we don't see a lot of in weddings and I'm wishing this would change!" says Chrissy. Cerulean can work for any season, but it looks especially nice in the summer months.

Palette we love:
Cerulean, Latte, Antique Gold, Silver & White

cerulean wedding ideas
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More color combinations:
Cerulean & White
Cerulean & Silver
Cerulean & Fuschia
Cerulean & Chocolate Brown

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Perfect for: 
Winter weddings. "Powder blue is great for the couple who wants a winter wonderland-themed wedding," says Chrissy. Pair it with other shades of blue, gray, silver or white.

Palette we love:
Powder Blue, Mint, Latter & Silver

powder blue wedding ideas
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More color combinations:
Powder Blue, Sky Blue, Gray & White
Powder Blue, Navy Blue & Light Yellow
Powder Blue, Chocolate Brown, Camel & White
Powder Blue, Peach, Light Pink & Dusty Blue
Powder Blue, Mustard, Latte, Camel, Antique Gold & White
Powder Blue, Dusty Aqua, Blue & Mint

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Perfect for: 
Summer beach weddings or even winter weddings. "Sky blue is a pretty shade and one that I wish we would see more of. It's great for the couple who wants their wedding to feel almost dreamlike," says Chrissy. Pair it with other blue hues or white.

Palette we love:
Sky Blue, Blue, Navy Blue & White

sky blue wedding ideas
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More color combinations:
Sky Blue, Teal, Dusty Aqua & White
Sky Blue, Powder Blue, Gray & White
Sky Blue, Camel & Ivory
Sky Blue, Orange, Yellow & Gray

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Perfect for: 
Fall or winter weddings. Purple has always had a strong, historical association with royalty, but thanks to the fashion world, it's taken on a whole new life: "It's become challenging and mysterious, glamorous, and ever-so-slightly chic, especially when accented with other complex colors like charcoal or gray," says Chrissy. 

Palette we love:
Plum, Fuschia, Light Pink & Gold

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More color combinations:
Plum & Cranberry
Plum & Silver
Plum & Lavender
Plum, Powder Blue & Gray
Plum, Lavender & Antique Gold
Plum, Mauve, Fuschia & White
Plum, Blue, Gold & Chartreuse
Plum, Lavender, Camel, Copper & White

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Perfect for: 
A slightly feminine look. "Purple is big for weddings this year and it's easy to see why! Light plum is full of party planning possibilities," says Chrissy. This shade works nicely for any season, but we really love it for spring or summer. Pair it with ivory or beige.

Palette we love:
Light Plum, Fig, Antique Gold, Ivory & White

plum wedding ideas
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More color combinations:
Light Plum, Silver & White
Light Plum, Powder Blue & Gray
Light Plum, Pink, Mauve & Fuschia
Light Plum, Slate Gray, Pink & Black
Light Plum, Lavender, Light Yellow, Camel, Ivory & White

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Perfect for: 
An outdoor venue, such as a vineyard. "This beautiful cross between purple and fuschia works well in any season, but we mostly love to see fig used for fall or winter weddings," says Chrissy.

Palette we love:
Fig & Gray

fig wedding ideas
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More color combinations:
Fig, Camel, Antique Gold & White
Fig, Fuschia, Camel & Blush Pink
Fig, Gray, Camel, Blush Pink & White

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Perfect for: 
The brave at heart! "A vibrant and exciting hue, fluorescent purple mixes well with other 'hot' colors like pinks or even neon shades," says Chrissy. This color is fantastic for summer weddings, modern receptions, and/or tropical locales.

Palette we love:
Fluorescent Purple, Lavender, Fuschia & White

purple wedding ideas
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More color combinations:
Fluorescent Purple & Pink
Fluorescent Purple, Fuschia, Lavender, Fig & Antique Gold
Fluorescent Purple, Lavender, Mauve & White

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Perfect for: 
A garden setting. "Soft, dainty and ladylike, lavender is often used in spring and summer weddings. It's nice with chartreuse, classic black, or even crisp white," says Chrissy. Bonus: This shade looks incredible in patterns like paisley and gingham. 

Palette we love:
Lavender, Antique Gold & White

lavender wedding ideas
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More color combinations:
Lavender & Mint
Lavender & Silver
Lavender & Light Green
Lavender, Gold & Silver
Lavender, Orange, Gold & Gray
Lavender, Berry, Camel & White
Lavender, Plum, Copper, Camel & White
Lavender, Dusty Rose, Peach, Blush Pink & Light Yellow

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Perfect for: 
Couples who have strong opinions about design. "This sophisticated, intense, and mysterious color can lend a clean and graphic look to a wedding, or it can sometimes serve as a nice accent color," says Chrissy.

Palette we love:
Black, Gold, Gray & White

black wedding ideas
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More color combinations:
Black & White
Black & Yellow
Black & Blush Pink
Black & Gold
Black, Blush Pink & Slate Gray
Black, Taupe, Antique Gold & White

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Perfect for: 
Rustic settings like a farm. "Chocolate brown is rich and rustic. Brown paired with burnt orange, copper or even colors like pink or red really do create unique and beautiful palettes," says Chrissy. Lighter shades like pinks or ivory also work with chocolate.

Palette we love:
Chocolate Brown, Blush Pink, Ivory & Peach

chocolate brown wedding ideas
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More color combinations:
Chocolate Brown & Ivory
Chocolate Brown, Cranberry & Gold
Chocolate Brown, Pink & Blush Pink 
Chocolate Brown, Coral & Ivory
Chocolate Brown, Dusty Rose, Taupe, Camel & White
Chocolate Brown, Latte, Caramel, Mustard & Ivory

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Perfect for: 
Capturing a glamorous, Old World feel. "Copper is making a name for itself in the world of wedding colors. A bold metallic with elegant and vintage connotations, it can be used just as you might use gold or silver in your wedding," says Chrissy.

Palette we love:
Copper, Rust, Latte & Antique Gold

copper wedding ideas
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More color combinations:
Copper & Pink
Copper & Mint
Copper & Navy Blue
Copper, Antique Gold, Gray, Silver & White
Copper, Chocolate, Teal, Ivory & Chocolate Brown

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Perfect for: 
Summer or fall weddings. "Latte is a shade that instantly warms up any palette. This bold neutral works well with rustic styling and is great for rounding out a couple's color scheme," says Chrissy. Pair latte with other shades of brown or ivory.

Palette we love:
Latte, Camel, Chocolate Brown & Ivory

latte wedding ideas
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More color combinations:
Latte & Cranberry
Latte & Ivory
Latte, Cranberry & Ivory
Latte, Mustard & Sage
Latte, Yellow & Ivory
Latte, Cranberry, Black, Mustard & Gray
Latte, Red, Black, Camel & White
Latte, Peach, Brown & Camel

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Perfect for: 
Any season or theme. "Camel is known for its ability to warm up a palette. Pair it with cranberry, fig, pink or even blue tones — the choice is up to you!" Bonus: It's a great alternative to black.

Palette we love:
Camel, Sky Blue & White

camel wedding ideas
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More color combinations:
Camel, Sky Blue & Ivory
Camel, Red & White
Camel, Brown, Latte, Mustard & White
Camel, Light Sage, Silver & White
Camel, Plum, Lavender, Copper & White
Camel, Red, Black & Latte
Camel, Fig, Antique Gold & White

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Perfect for: 
Couples with a sophisticated sense of style. "Ivory is refined and elegant, rich and conservative, and it also has a slightly vintage feel. Sometimes you'll find a slight shimmer to this shade, which evokes a certain elegance that is unmatched," says Chrissy. Ivory is the perfect counterpoint to more intense hues like red, plum or gold.

Palette we love:
Ivory, Antique Gold & Silver

ivory wedding ideas
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More color combinations:
The options are endless!

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Perfect for: 
A couple who wants to opt out of using traditional neutrals like black or brown. "Slate green is modern, understated, retro and sleek. It's the perfect color for groomsmen to wear since it complements many other hues," says Chrissy. We love to combine slate gray with orange.

Palette we love:
Slate Gray, Gray, Orange & Burnt Orange

slate gray wedding ideas
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More color combinations:
Slate Gray, Pink & Black
Slate Gray, Cranberry, Fuschia & Pink 
Slate Gray, Cranberry, Gray & White
Slate Gray, Yellow & Gold

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Perfect for: 
Any wedding season or theme. "Gray is the new black! Modern, understated, retro and sleek, this color is popping up everywhere in the world of weddings," says Chrissy. It's a great counterpoint to bold hues like yellow, red or plum.

Palette we love:
Gray, Burnt Orange, Light Yellow, Orange & Powder Blue

gray wedding ideas
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More color combinations:
Gray & Yellow
Gray & Orange
Gray & Coral
Gray & Mint
Gray, Orange & Yellow
Gray, Mauve & Pink
Gray, Red & White
Gray, Orange, Gold & Lavender

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Perfect for: 
Winter weddings. "Silver is upscale and elegant — it's a color that speaks to all things antique," says Chrissy. This shade looks gorgeous with blue, pink or purple tones. 

Palette we love:
Silver, Gray & White

silver wedding ideas
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More color combinations:
Silver & Dusty Blue
Silver & Cranberry
Silver, Lavender & White
Silver, Plum & Gold
Silver, Navy Blue & White
Silver, Yellow & Light Green

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