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What Do Your Wedding Colors Say About You?

"What are your colors??"

This is often one of the very first questions brides get asked when they begin planning their weddings. Colors help establish the look and feel of the wedding day, and family and friends are eager to be let in the loop. We accept this eagerness as their way of expressing excitement and sharing in the wedding planning process, but did you know that their innate desire to know the wedding colors actually stems from an deeper, subconscious level?

Colors have been shown to have strong psychological impacts on our moods and our emotions. Colors seem to "suggest" certain behaviors or energies, helping evoke desired actions out of guests or customers. For example, the color red is prominently displayed in the logo for many fast food restaurants because it instills survival instincts, desire, passion, and hunger in their customers.

The colors you choose to surround yourself with on your wedding day will have a subtle but strong impact on you and your guests. You can use this effect to your advantage by taking some time to familiarize yourself with common colors and their emotional triggers. When you choose your wedding colors, you won't just be selecting the pretty colors that will pop the best in your wedding photos, you'll be choosing the emotional effect you want to have on your wedding party and your guests.


RED

As we just mentioned, red evokes passion, desire, and survival instincts from those around it. Red is the color of fire and blood, and it is often associated with strength, masculinity, power, danger, energy, sexuality, confidence, courage. People who are surrounded by a lot of red for a significant amount of time can become empowered or angered, depending on their preexisting emotional tendencies.

Red instills a confident, powerful energy in weddings. Dressing yourself, your groom, or your bridal party with red accents is a bold move, but it can be very effective.

YELLOW

Yellow in indisputably happy and cheerful - all of the time. Yellow is the color of sunshine and flowers, and it tends to exude happiness and enthusiasm wherever it goes. Yellow also inspires creativity, intellect, self-worth, excitement, impulsiveness, joy, enthusiasm, optimism, and spontaneity in those who surround themselves in it. Because of its constant quick, speedy energy, however, spending too much time around yellow can cause people to feel agitated or stressed.

Yellow can be very inviting as a wedding color because it evokes such positive feelings from those around it. If you're generally a spirited, happy individual, yellow could be a perfect wedding color for you.


ORANGE

The color orange is created by mixing red and yellow, so it follows that its emotional pull is a combination of the first two colors. It takes the flighty enthusiasm and excitement of yellow and grounds it with the strength and power of red, resulting in a warm and positive effect. Orange stimulates us on both a mental and physical level, inspiring us to move forward with focused enthusiasm. Orange also tends to stimulate the appetite, so it is sometimes used to advertise food products and services. Orange does not seem to play a large role in our current culture, so there is also a sense of novelty and uniqueness associated with it.

Orange is surprising and unexpected as a wedding color, but it can be very effective if used correctly. Its youthful optimism and positivity could be a great addition to your big day.

BLUE

As the color of the sky and the ocean, blue symbolizes depth, trustworthiness, and stability. Blue has an incredibly calming effect on those around it - it has even been shown to suppress appetite and slow human metabolism! It evokes feelings of quiet strength, honesty, self-expression, wisdom, loyalty, faithfulness, persistence, and idealism. Because of its steady consistency, however, being surrounded by too much of the color blue can make it difficult for people to adjust to new changes.

Blue serves as a wonderful wedding color because it evokes wonderful emotions that most people would love to embody as the enter into a new marriage. After all, who wouldn't love to surround their wedding with honesty, trust, and contentment?

GREEN

Green - the color found most prominently in nature. Green evokes wonderfully positive emotions in those around it, such as balance, healing, harmony, safety, love, and abundance. Green is made from a mixture of blue and green, so it combines the spirited enthusiasm of yellow with the calm serenity of blue. Green instills an excited but grounded happiness in everyone it surrounds.

Not surprisingly, green is another wonderfully popular wonderful wedding color. It can help you welcome in the new phase of your life with abundance, prosperity, and balance.

PURPLE

The color purple was traditionally worn by kings, queens, and other members of the royal courts. It is considered to be a very rich, prosperous, and regal color. It also stimulates the imagination and inspires spirituality in those around it. Purple is created by mixing red and blue, so it follows that purple inspires a powerful but quiet strength in those who wear it. 

Purple isn't a particularly common wedding color, but it can be extremely effective. You and your bridal party are sure to enjoy the quietly regal air purple accents can instill in you!

PINK

Pink represents delicacy, compassion, love, femininity, and innocence. Its quiet sophistication can please and impress those who encounter it. Pink is also associated with nurturing and mothering actions. It is gentle, soft, beautiful, calm, and good-natured. 

If you're not afraid to embrace your girly side, the youthful glow of the color pink can be a wonderfully delicate and feminine addition to your wedding decor.

WHITE and BLACK

White is the most traditional of all wedding colors. It symbolizes innocence, purity, goodness, virginity, cleanliness, and perfection. Brides traditionally wear white to symbolize their purity and their beautiful innocence. 

Black is the opposite of white, representing a sense of mystery and dark power. In the most negative connotations, black can imply evil and death, but it can also represent a classic elegance. When appropriately paired with white or another color, black can add a grounded power that can positively impact all who surround it.

Armed with the emotional and psychological impacts colors can have, you'll be much better equipped to choose your wedding colors! Based off your new knowledge, which colors do you think you'll choose for your big day? We'd love to hear your plans!


~ The WhereBridesGo.com Team

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