Deep in the list of my blog’s ‘drafts’ section there lies a post that discusses my issues with picking just one or two wedding colors.
Selecting colors was something I *really* struggled with in the early stages of wedding planning… along with picking a location, a venue, a florist, a dress… yadda yadda yadda…
The challenges were many, but the main issues were something like this:
- I love purple.
- Vince prefers blue.
- My dress was champagne which we thought went best with a black tux, but he was really loving the dark gray one.
- There are zero purple chiffon/flowy bridemaids dresses that aren’t strapless (for Grace) but that do have a good length (for Jess).
- We wanted the groomsmen to contrast Vince, but we didn’t know how to make that happen.
- I wanted Cody to match the bridesmaids since he was on my side, but we didn’t want him to stand out more than Vince.
Vince and I sat down and went through lots of wedding photos that we liked, but it was when we interviewed Asheville florists that we finally figured it all out: We wanted a Tanzanite-colored wedding – venue decore and wedding party outfits that would match our engagement ring that we love so much.
How our vendors helped us pull ALL the blues and purples together:
- Our florist accessorized Vince and me with dark purple flowers, while our wedding party got light blues and the venue got a mix of both.
- The baker suggested we have dark purple to light blue ombre-colored tier of cupcakes.
- Mitch Fortune, our DJ, brought in purple uplighting.
- Grace and Jess wore navy dresses and pewter-colored sandals.
- Jon, Dave, Kellan and Cody wore light blue shirts with navy ties and blue stripped socks.
- Vince’s shirt was dark purple while his tie, socks, and undies were purple and gray stripes.
- My shoes were a lovely navy satin.
- I ordered napkins in purples and blues, and brought my ranunculus invitation design into the table numbers and ad-lib cards.
I’ll never forget our florist and venue coordinator asking me if I wanted to take a look at my reception area before the wedding. I peaked in and lost my breath. It was so much more than I ever imagined. I couldn’t even take it in properly.
I’m sure at the time my reaction seemed less than enthused because I was truly so shocked at it all. It was everything I wanted and worked for, but I had no idea it was going to turn out that way. I distinctly remember looking around, nodding, and going “wow! okay!” and then hauling ass to the ceremony.
When it all came together, it truly was a reflection of our Tanzanite.