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A solid choice

 

If you're looking for a color scheme for your wedding that dares to display some contrast yet steers clear of tacky mismatching, we suggest you take a leap with color blocking.

Color blocking is the process of combining two diverse solid colors that unexpectedly and appropriately synthesize with one another - think of the bold clashing clothes of early nineties, but accomplished with tact and a pinpoint discretion. Even Vogue magazine gives this trend the green light reporting that "loud and proud color combinations make for a dynamic, confident look."

So why not bring color blocking into to your wedding by incorporating it into your decor, flowers and favors? Try taking a look at a color wheel for guidance. Here's a helpful tip: if you want your choices to slightly vary, pick a few tones that reside next to one another on the wheel, but if you want a stark variation, choose two complementary colors that lie across from each other.

An example of a well-working color scheme may involve incorporating violet flowers into your centerpieces and pairing them with bold yellow tablecloths. Or, if your bridesmaids' dresses are green, pick a notably different hue for the favors, such as personalized hot pink silk fans tied up with a green, or yellow, white and green miniature flower pots with a personal flower featured inside. Feel free to infuse these color schemes into the rest of your decorations and tableware for complete solidarity.

If you want a good starting point, the Pantone Color Institute's color of the  year is Tangerine Tango, a light orange-red that the company describes as "sophisticated and at the same time dramatic and seductive." Tangerine Tango has performed well in the cosmetics industry, Pantone reports, so if you choose to use it, consider having your bridesmaids apply it as lipstick or eyeshadow (that is, if you haven't already chosen it as the main color for their dresses!).