How to choose your Wedding Colors | The Commons 1854

How to choose your wedding colors | Post by Johanna Esposito of 617 Weddings 

Okay, so how does one choose their wedding colors?  First consider the ceremony and reception venue's color pallet and work from there. Always keep in mind that your color theme for a good weather plan should translate into a back up plan. Take Melissa and Joshua's September 2013 wedding as an example.  

The couple is from New England so they knew that the backup plan is very important.  They ruled out tented venues right away and really put a lot of thought into the back up plan and color scheme.  This was one of  the many reasons that they choose The Commons 1854 as their location for the wedding ceremony and reception, a neutral color pallet and a great back up plan.  The weather was perfect on their wedding day however, it is always better to err on the side of caution.

The Venue
The Commons 1854 | A Classic and elegant location for wedding ceremonies and receptions
with a separate cocktail hour space

The Wedding Party Attire
 The groomsman wore flint gray suits, the bridesmaid's looked gorgeous in eggplant dresses and the bride wore a white embroidered wedding gown.  The wedding gown was the perfect bright juxtaposition with the ivory embroidered linens and eggplant overlay linens.  
Color Tip for brides to be: Never wear an ivory dress with white linens, the reverse is okay. 

The Wedding Gown
Th Grooms Tux | Note the perfect Pocket Square fold
The flowers were the perfect compliment to the wedding party attire!

The Ceremony Color Combination
Outdoor Ceremonies at the Commons 1854 have an intimate, natural garden feel. The site boasts a mahogany platform which is perfect for a Chuppah, arbor or nothing at all.  The backdrop of the ceremony is a waterfall and seasonal flowers.  Towering maple trees hover above the ceremony site.  This pallet of greens, browns and natural tones really made the crushed orange personal flowers pop.  

Limited ceremony decor was used for an understated elegance.  
The Wedding Party awaits the bridal processional 
Melissa walked down the aisle to Canon in D Major | Music by 617 Weddings DJ Chuck Uglietta

The Wedding Flowers
The Bouquets were absolutely stunning and perfectly cohesive to the ceremony location. 

Notice how the brides and bridesmaids bouquets match in color yet have different flowers.  If the feel that you want to capture is natural, then this is a nice look.  This look would have also translated into a back up plan had the ceremony been indoors.

The Details
 The Wedding Ceremony Programs were presented in a copper tin which blended 
well with the surroundings.

The couple affirmed their strong bond during the ceremony with a hand binding ritual that is
perfect for the modern couple.

The Cocktail Hour
The color theme was kept cohesive with the signature cocktails with signs to match the escort cards, the colorful escort cards displayed on an ivory damask linen and the
square modern cocktail table arrangement's.

"Fall in Love" is the name of this signature drink also know as an apple cider martini
The second drink was a classic "Cosmopolitan"
A box in a box added dimension and to the Card Box Display
The escort Cards had a whimsical feel
Yellow and orange blended together beautifully with purple for the cocktail table arrangements. 

The Reception 
The Reception Space color was perfectly blended. Gold Chavari chairs with ivory damask pads, a mixture of high and low centerpieces and fun horseshoe table number really
showed the bride and grooms personalities.


Take away the Color and what is left? Love!
With all of this talk about color, I thought it only appropriate to add this black and white photo of the bride and grooms first dance. They danced to "Just the way you are" by Billy Joel

I hope this blog helps you to create your cohesive color theme for your wedding.  Remember, a small amount of blending is okay with similar colors.  Be careful of hot new color trends, if they do not match your event space then steer clear. Happy Wedding Planning!

Bride and Her Father | His attire was a more formal black tuxedo

Orange Calla lilies wrapped in twine blended well with the grooms grey suit

The Sweetheart Table
Personalized horse shoe for the sweetheart table

 Thank you to Prudente Photography for providing these photos!