Your wedding day should symbolize who you are, which means sometimes soft neutral tones work perfectly and other times  you ought to stray from the classics. Michelle Cousins, founder of Michelle Leo Events, makes the case for a wedding palette with bright shades, vibrant hues and bold patterns—no matter the season, venue or vibe.  

“Picking your wedding palette isn’t as easy as choosing your two favorite colors and making them the foundation for every wedding detail,” says Cousins. “Lean toward working with color families.” But, she explains, there will almost always be prominent tones. Once you pick those, Cousins suggests creating your palette in one of two ways:

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CULL COMPLEMENTARY COLORS

Round out your color wheel. “For example, if a couple is working with a lot of cool tones, I might explore ways to accent those hues with warm tones on the opposite side of the color spectrum,” says Cousins. Offering contrast is a great way to provide balance and depth within your celebration’s overall design. 

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SET YOUR SITE

“Let’s say a client from an urban location chooses to celebrate their wedding in Utah because they’ve been drawn to the organic, natural landscape of the mountains,” Cousins begins. “With such a specific theme in mind, you’re better off erring on the side of tones existing in the locale. In an alpine setting like Park City, your best bet is to utilize cooler palettes because of their ability to mirror the tones found in that landscape by reflecting the skyline with colors like navy, slate gray, dusty blue and sage green.” However, if a couple is opting to tie the knot in the desert, I would suggest exploring warmer tones that can be found in our red rock desert and fiery sunsets.”

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