Pink, more than any other color except classic white, has been a wedding favorite for generations. It is the color of romance, love, purity, and innocence. It is wonderfully feminine, but it can also be the perfect accent for men's attire. Nature provides scores of blooms from which to choose, and you will never have trouble finding pink accessories for the big day. Here are some ideas for using pastel pink in fresh, beautiful ways to ensure your pink wedding brings your visions to life.
Accent Colors for Pastel Pink. Choosing accent colors is always an important step in any wedding, and just because pastel pink is a classic doesn't mean this requires any less thought. Accents that look great with pink are other shades of pink, white, chocolate, mint green, sage green, blues, mauve, silver, cream, taupe, ivory, soft lilacs, pale yellows...it's quite a list, so you do have quite a bit of freedom and versatility. Choose a look that you love and which coordinates with your theme, if you have one. For instance, a Victorian wedding will be a lovely affair with pastel pink and the softest lilac, green, and creamy accents. Don't feel as if you need to confine yourself to two colors: pastel pink with an accent color can also be dressed up with splashes of other colors here and there.
Your Flowers. Roses are always classic choices, which makes them a perfect choice for a pastel pink wedding. You can find roses in all shades of pink, as well as pale green, yellow, cream, and even chocolate. Adding crystal picks or pearl accents make a refined and sophisticated statement. Other great choices include Gerbera daisies, lush peonies, garden roses, cabbage roses, and hydrangeas. Bridesmaids can carry smaller versions of the bridal bouquet or bouquets in complementing colors. Remember to add touches of green, white, and other tones throughout your centerpieces and other floral arrangements.
Pastel Pink Attire. You can always go with the white bridal gown and pink bridesmaids' dresses look, or you could add pastel pink into your own gown. A pink sash, delicate pink embroidery, or pink accents at the neck and hemlines makes a lovely statement. Today's brides are definitely opting for more color, and pink is the most popular shade for a wedding dress – other than white, that is!
You can find gorgeous creations that will most certainly make you feel pretty in pink. From the lightest pastel pink slip dress to an over-the-top Allure Couture gown with a full ballerina skirt and fitted bodice with darker pink and silver accenting. It is fun, flirty, innocent, and not-so-innocent all at the same time.
We love this dress by Lela Rose (found on Dessy.com). It's gorgeous, billowy in all the right spots, and is pink! Not to mention the cute ruffles, which are always an added bonus.
Men can wear a pink vest and tie or a vest of an accent color, such as silver, with a rich, pastel pink or purplish pink silk tie and pocket square. You can also opt for silver, taupe, cream, or another accent color for the vest and tie, with a pink boutonniere. Yet another option is to use the accent color for the vest and tie and then adorn them with pink tie clips and/or cuff links.
Centerpieces, Cake, and Favors. You cannot go wrong with pink! For your centerpieces, let the blooms do the hard work. You can place a single large bloom in pink or other accent colors in a glass vase – very simple and yet very elegant. You can also choose short cylindrical or square glass vases and arrange roses in a very tight configuration with very little or no foliage. Wrap a coordinating ribbon around the vase, and you have a perfectly lovely centerpiece. Cakes can be adorned with fondant and real blossoms, pearl and crystal accents, silver scroll work, and other decorative touches to meld with the theme of your wedding. Simple pink boxes filled with delicious chocolate and tied with a simple white bow make excellent wedding favors.
When planning a pastel pink wedding, always incorporate other shades and tones to provide a dynamic, interesting, and romantic look. There is a reason that pink has always been so popular for weddings: it is what the bride wants it to be. It is classic, fun, elegant, trendy, sophisticated, sweet, innocent, or sexy. It is you, and it can help you create the dream wedding you've always wanted.
If I were to be able to do my wedding over, I'd choose this wedding scheme. As a big fan of vintage concepts and romantic colors, these designs are beyond lovely to me. A new 'wine' color has been picked as a color of the year for 2011, and it's not hard to see why. It's vibrant and full of life for any occasion, especially for weddings. Best of all, this color scheme can be used in any season! Picture this as a Summer wedding, Fall, Winter or Spring! It works for them all.
You might be wondering what color(s) would go well together with this so called, 'wine'. Or, better yet, you're probably not wondering because it's right in the title of this blog post. Hence, a wonderful complementary color for wine is a petal pink. In this inspiration board from Dessy.com, there are all kinds of ideas for how to make the colors work. Whether you choose one or the other to be the main color for bridesmaid dresses, or flowers, there are plenty of ways to make the other color just as beautiful and dominant in your wedding color scheme.
How about your groomsmen? Well, the traditional tux color is black, but with these soft colors, you could really go for a khaki, tan, or a light gray even! Or, if you'd still like it to seem formal, you can still opt for black tuxes.
What about the wedding cake? Choose a color for icing/fondant, and use the other color for decor. Pastel pink is a gorgeous color for a cake, so why not accent that with wine-colored flowers, ribbon or pearls? Don't forget another complementary color in this romantic color scheme; and that's brown. Any shade of brown, really.
With all these colors available to you, there's no possible way to go wrong! What do you think of these colors together? Would you use them for your wedding?
P.S. I know I said this color scheme is great for any season, but wouldn't it be the perfect Valentine's Day wedding??
Oh the time is here again to highlight some beautiful wedding shoes. This week, I chose to go with a subtle pink, because pink is a hot color in weddings right now and even if it's not part of your color scheme, any bride can pull off the hint of pink to add a little spunk to the dress.
Right now, pink is being paired with chocolate or aqua, and these would tie in the colors wonderfully! Even if you like the shoe, but not the pink-factor, Nina also makes them in ivory which any bride could love. I adore the touch of ruffle on the backs to soften up the look and make them very cutesy.
Colors: Pink, Sage, and Ivory
Cost: $79.00 (see them here)
Color, color, color. Weddings today are all about shades, tones, and hues – not of white and variations thereof. Brides are bringing their favorite colors into their weddings as integral components of the décor, flowers, the cake, the favors, and even the invitations. They are no longer mere accents for white; they are making their own stand. Two of the most popular are pink and chocolate wedding colors. How can you incorporate these two colors into your wedding?
Pink has been a perennial favorite; it’s the color of young love, blushes, innocence, and romance. But brown has been largely neglected until only recently. Today, though, many brides are turning to this forgotten color, especially in conjunction with pink. It is rich, versatile, and depending on your chosen shade, it brings wonderful class and elegance to a wedding. A chocolate dress with pink sash for a bridesmaid, for example, creates a rich, sophisticated look that will work to contrast beautifully with the white of your dress.
Brown and pink wedding favors have been used frequently in weddings of late, and some experts say that the colors have been overused. Should you still go with it for your wedding color scheme? If you love the colors, and especially the contrast between them, then yes. They are still tremendously popular – because they are so versatile and endearing. They can also be worked to create fresh, new looks. 2010 is the year of mocha, which is lighter than chocolate, and blush pink. We are also seeing mocha, coral, and ivory, as well as chocolate and hot pink or fuchsia. These are excellent choices for spring weddings, and many brides incorporate ivory and other neutrals as well.
When using your colors in your ceremony and reception, do not go wild with matching flowers, ribbons, sashes, bridesmaid dresses, groomsmen vests and ties, tablecloths, napkins, and centerpieces. Your guests will have had more chocolate and pink than they care for by the end of the day. Instead, start with five of the most important elements of your wedding: the gowns and suits of the wedding party, invitations, flowers, cake, and your pink and chocolate wedding favors, to incorporate your colors subtly.
With the bridal bouquet, for instance, you do not have to have a bunch of pink flowers tied with a brown ribbon. A look that is too “matchy” can be off-putting. A beautiful choice may be a bouquet of pink garden roses, Avalanche roses (which are large white roses) dark green leaves, rosy pink celosia, or cockscomb, and chocolate cosmos. You can tie this with an ivory or champagne, or chocolate ribbon. You can incorporate more chocolate by wearing a rich sash with your dress.
Your bridesmaids will look simply stunning in a brown dress and tightly grouped bouquet of cream flowers. The groomsmen cannot go wrong with chocolate vests, and patterns, simple vertical stripes, for instance, can help add visual interest and a dynamic appearance.
Extend the colors to your reception, but remember to incorporate some other tones for contrast: for instance, you can drape tables with alternating overlays, creating a delicious mix of these hues. Wedding reception centerpieces will look wonderful with hints of pale green and peach. Chocolate and pink are ideal for cakes, and you can make a masterpiece with brown fondant and pink accents. Many brides are choosing chocolate backgrounds with fun pink polka dots or stripes, elegant flowers, or graceful swirls. You may want to consider a candy buffet as well so guests can satisfy their craving for sweet treats after seeing such lovely shades of chocolate and pink .
Chocolate and pink bring together wonderful symbolism for the modern bride: we have the innocence and femininity of pink, combined with the sophisticated, yet warm, tones of brown. Your wedding is a day to indulge your fantasies, and chocolate is always the ultimate indulgence.
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If you've decided to have a sweet pink wedding with chocolate brown accents, then you'll need favors in the same color palette. The great news is that there are a wide range of wedding favors on the market that incorporate this color scheme so you can choose something that fits your style and personality perfectly. Give your guests a memorable gift to say thank you for sharing in your special day. While I was poking around on the web for some of my favorite pink and brown wedding favors, I stumbled across this great lens at Squidoo which covers every aspect of a Pink and Chocolate Brown Wedding from the bridesmaid dresses to the reception centerpieces to the wedding favors, of course. Below you'll find the amazing collage of favors from that lens.
Personally, I am a fan of either personalized wedding favors because they just have that extra special touch or favors that incorporate edibles such as jordan almonds or personalized M&M's inside beautiful favor boxes. I love the latter because they are usually very affordable since you assemble the boxes yourself.
So if I had to choose 3 from the above photo, these items would be my picks:
1) The adorable neopolitan striped boxes in the upper left corner that feature a chocolate stripe, a pink stripe, and a floral stripe in the middle. They are perfectly sized to hold a good amount of candy or mints and they come with the ribbon. You just need to fill and assemble the DIY favor boxes to present to your guests.
2) The heart-shaped measuring spoons in a pink box with a personalized hang tag in the bottom row center. Each of the spoons feature a clever little saying like A Dash of Kindness or A Spoonful of Laughter. They are the perfect personalized pink wedding favors!
3) The chocolate and pink polka dot wedding cake candles in the center of the collage. I love these whimsical three tier cake candles and they fit the color scheme perfectly!
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