Most Common Wedding Colour Mistakes And Combinations You Should Totally Avoid

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Most Common Wedding Colour Mistakes And Combinations You Should Totally Avoid

All the preps for your big day are almost done. Right from the décor to your attire, everything is in place. We know you and your loved ones must have taken every minute detail under consideration to make your special day extremely memorable.

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But, wait a second - did you consider the colour palette? You wouldn’t want the guests to leave with strained eyes, or witness a technicolour nightmare by the end of the whole affair, right? Colour choice truly makes all the difference for your big day. Selecting the right colours would sync, from your bridesmaid to the flowers. 

Avoiding some colour choice mistakes can actually define your wedding as beautiful and elegant. We tell you 10 colour mistakes you should totally avoid. 

#1. Too many colours 

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We love all colours, but, sweetie, not for your wedding. Mixing a lot of colours in your theme would make it chaotic. Would you want to be a part of a crayon box, or for that matter a circus wedding? We are not even advising you to go for a monochrome scheme, but just mix and match three or maximum four colours. Simplicity is the key, and you can use slightly varied shades of the same colour. Narrowing your colour choices will give depth and prevent it from looking messy. 

#2. Trendy colours

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Wedding magazines and blogs may advise you on the trending colours. But, be careful. They don’t know your wedding venue. Those are the default colours meant for some setups, but not all. Think, would you and your partner be able to live with those set of colours since you would be reliving those moments in the album. Think about your favourite T-shirt colour. Think about your partner’s favourite sweater. You can definitely create magic by just using the colours that make you both happy. But, keep the mood in mind as well. For instance, yellow might be your favourite colour, but might not suit the evening wedding. In that case, just play around and use different hues instead. Please shut those magazines for trending ideas, don’t forget trends go out of style, soon.

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#3. Forgetting the venue and the décor colour  

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This is the most common mistake people make. We strongly recommend you find out the colours used for the venue décor. For say, if the venue has red curtains, using bright orange or any form of green, would definitely clash. Use venue colours as your guide, and plan other hues accordingly. Or an easy solution would be to find a venue that doesn’t have bright colours in any form, so that you can easily merge your favourite hues with them. Try and complement your colour choice with that of the venues, such as dark with light and vice versa, in order to avoid potential clashes. 

#4. Forgetting the flowers 

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Red flowers in red décor? Naah. They would just merge and spoil the entire décor. Instead, ask your florists to use flowers that complement the interior colours. You can also use neutral flowers that will go well with every colour, and not compete with the scheme.  Find out about the seasonal flowers, since not all the flowers would be available all the time, and plan the non-floral elements accordingly. 

#5. Forgetting balance

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Image Courtesy: Jodha Akbar

This is another common mistake. You need to understand that the eyes needs rest and calm. Even if you are using two dominant colours in the palette, you don’t need to use them in equal proportions. Right from the start of the planning, decide which colour you want as the centre, and then tone down the ratio of the rest of the colours. For instance, if lavender is at the centre stage, mix it with light hues of coral. Make the colours harmonise with each other, rather than distract. It’s all about thoughtfully balancing the right combinations to create some elegant and chic wedding. Also, don’t forget the contrast. Zoom out your eye lens, and imagine same hues would not look nice. Varying shades would just give it the missing quirkiness. 

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And now, here are the combinations you must avoid! 

A. Black and orange combination

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This isn’t a Halloween party. It’s your wedding. This would definitely give a spooky and creepy look. Please, a strict no. There is a reason why this combination is linked to Halloween, go find out. 

B. Brown and yellow combo 

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Image Courtesy: Baabul

This is so seventies. It’s just not an appetizing combination. These two colours together just seem too forced, and doesn’t have any appeal.

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C. All things black

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This isn’t about the short black dress in your cupboard. We are talking about your wedding. Black should be avoided as much as possible. Black is also considered unlucky and a sad colour for some, so why not simply avoid it? If you still can’t imagine your wedding without it, just make it as minimal as possible. 

D. Red and yellow

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What’s red and yellow? McDonalds? Don’t make your wedding look like the fast food chains branch. Also, both colours are bright, they’ll clash. This might have been your favourite combination, but let’s just let go of red and yellow now. It’s time. Try better combinations like maybe red and gold, or yellow and white instead. 

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E. Orange, white and green

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Do I need to say more? Maybe you’re really patriotic, but please avoid this combination on your wedding day. You don’t want guests to call it a national flag themed wedding, do you? 

F. Black and white

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Don’t let people call it a zebra theme. Mix and match white with maybe red and turquoise. White can actually match with almost all the bright colours and look appealing. 

G. Black and yellow

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Tiger prints may be the trend in casual wear, but definitely not for the wedding. If you still want to use it, use it in different ratios, so that both colours balance each other. 

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H. Avoid monochrome

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You can have just one and only one favourite colour. But, won’t it be boring to use just that, even if we use it in different hues? Think about it!

Planning the wedding is exciting as well as stressful. Still, don’t panic, follow our advice and go with what feels right. It’s good to experiment, but don’t go overboard. Create your dream wedding with your own colours. 

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