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Gray is the silver lining of this year's wedding trends

Replacing black, ivory and all other staple wedding hues, gray is giving nearlyweds everywhere a middle ground to shoot for when planning their weddings (and a great neutral color to back up any vivid hues they had in mind).

"Gloomy no more, grey is the neutral 'it' color for 2011 weddings," OneWed.com reports. "Organic and natural, shades of charcoal, dove, stone, oyster and shell will be incorporated liberally into wedding color palettes and paired with vibrant hues to make the colors pop!"

If you don't want too much of a cloudy cast to your reception space, gray paired with cream or ivory accents can create a soft and romantic ambiance. Pre-made wedding bows and soft linen napkins will set the tone for a heavenly time.

Another way to brighten up a gray color scheme is to create soft, natural lighting with the help of round paper lanterns and plenty of tealights and votive candles. With the aid of this warm, yellow glow, your gray color scheme will be shining in its own right.