Color choices make a statement. What do you want to say?

Blue, Pink, Red, Gold or Silver? Decisions, decisions…

In the movie “Steel Magnolias” Julia Roberts’ character Shelby declares her signature color is Pink and the colors she has chosen for her wedding are “Blush and Bashful.” Her mother describes it as Pink and Pink, Shelby goes on to explain that they are two different shades, one is a much deeper than the other.

You don’t have declare a signature color, but choosing the colors of your wedding will have an impact on the overall look of the day. Here at the Opera House we have seen couples try to incorporate current trends and their favorite colors into their color scheme.

So where do you start picking colors for your special day?

Here are some ideas to help you get started.

  • Do you have a favorite vacation spot, what colors remind you of a fun or memorable time that you would like to share with your guests?
  • Do you have a favorite photograph that brings up memories of family or a time you would like to pay tribute to on your special day?
  • Is there a family keepsake or heirloom that you want to incorporate into your event?

You should also keep in mind the color palette of your venue. Here at the Opera House, our brick walls are over a century old and lend a romantic and elegant ambiance to the Ballroom and Bar room. However, we also have luxurious drapes that can be drawn to cover the walls to neutralize the palette. Our Gold Chiavari chairs compliment any color scheme. They can be covered or you can use a creative bow or drape to incorporate your wedding colors.10423879_908674272518265_1576554488139917923_n

What style is your vision? do you like neutral colors, if so incorporate natural colors, and a muted green. Grey in all shades is making a splash on the scene, pair it with a warm yellow or ivory for a chic update on neutrals. Do you want to make a elegant statement? Then try a regal palette, using dark, rich and intense colors like: Dark Magenta, Dark Plum, Berry Red and Slate. Want to reinforce your energetic personality? Then choose a fun and exciting mix with Sapphire Blue, Deep Coral, or Peach with a touch of Silver.

What’s trending for 2015/2016?

Want to be ahead of the trend for 2016? Pantone just announced the Color of the Year for 2016, and or the first time Pantone designated two shades, Rose Quartz and Serenity as the colors of the Year 2016. “Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.”-Pantone

If you aren’t into light and airy colors, the 2015 color of the year was  Marsala. It is a rich color that is redder than chocolate, browner than burgundy, and not quite maroon.

 Colors that coordinate and compliment Marsala are aged tans, sea blues, forest greens or soft pinks, all work beautifully with it and can adapt the color for both luxurious backdrops, or more rustic occasions.


No matter what colors you decide on, make sure it represents you as a couple. As with all aspects of your wedding day it will be a reflection of your style.

For more ideas on color pairing check out the Pantone website Dessy for color coordinating for your perfect wedding palette The Dessy Group.


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