A list of the most popular wedding colors in 2016, and how their unique `vibes’ reveal personality traits of the bride who chooses them…
BY NABANITA DUTT
The two most important decisions a bride-to-be has to make – besides the choice of groom, of course – is her wedding dress and her primary wedding color. The primary color she chooses will impact the bridal gown, the bridesmaids’ complementary attire, the cake, the floral arrangements, the centerpieces, the lighting, the décor… In fact, every visual aspect of the celebration is hinged on this one decision that will set the stage and create a romantic ambience for the most memorable day of her life.
According to color psychology, every shade in the color spectrum carries its own unique vibe, and when a bride chooses a primary color, she is also choosing to invite this vibe into the ceremony. Whether it is pink, blue, yellow, green or orange, her primary wedding color is revealing secrets about her personality and imbuing her wedding day with telltale vibrational signals that are hard to miss when you know what special traits are associated with each wedding color.
Want to find out what your primary wedding color says about you? Read on, then…
P I N K
Positive Attributes Of Pink: Feminine, Nurturing, Fertile
Negative Attributes Of Pink: Indecisive, Mutable, Self-effacing
BRIDES WHO CHOOSE PINK AS THEIR PRIMARY WEDDING COLOR
♥ Pink in all its varieties – salmon, old rose, fuchsia, coral, etc. – shows love at its very sweetest. While red represents the deep end of the romance spectrum with all its actions and passions, pink preserves the true essence of the emotion, minus all the drama.
♥ Pink holds within itself, a promise of everlasting love and brides who are attracted to the color deeply cherish bonds that they intend to honor and uphold for the rest of their lives.
♥ A Pink Bride is one very spoilt girl! Her lover has had to work hard, winning her over with lots of flowers, candy and teddy bears before this Valentine agreed to walk down the aisle with him.
♥ A wedding is a not a solemn event for a Pink Bride. Her bubbly nature embraces the warm sharing of love that the occasion brings, and she basks as the center of all the attention, happy to be special, feminine and beautiful.
♥ Underneath her cheerful, almost child-like persona, a Pink Bride is extremely sensitive and responsive to the needs of her loved ones. By that same token, she also asks for a lot of reassurance and TLC to feel secure in her core.
♥ She intervenes easily in a situation of crisis, and if the wedding band has not shown up, or the best man has passed out drunk, she will probably be the one to calm everyone down and work towards a solution.
♥ Having said that, a pink bride is not a strong-willed bride. She is easily swayed by `helpful’ suggestions and ideas – and a wedding is a time when her lack of determination can result in ego battles among the family inner circle, because everybody feels entitled to air an opinion!
POPULAR WEDDING COLOR COMBINATIONS WITH PINK
I V O R Y / B E I G E
Positive Attributes Of Ivory/Beige: Luxurious, Elegant, Faithful, Serene
Negative Attributes Of Ivory/Beige: Aloof, Dispassionate, Unyielding
BRIDES WHO CHOOSE IVORY/BEIGE AS THEIR PRIMARY WEDDING COLOR
♥ Both ivory and beige represent the gentleness of pure white – without any of its stark, starchy, self-discipline. The addition of earthy brown forces white to appear less devout and less puritanical. Once upon a time, these colors were called “tainted whites” – and perhaps it is this suggestion of a loss of virginity that makes ivory and beige so such more desirable in a romantic setting.
♥ An ivory/beige bride has probably been planning her wedding day since she was 12. White – in all its variations – is not a color that appeals to a little girl. If a bride has visualized her wedding in adult shades of ivory or beige since childhood, then the romance of the ceremony itself is every bit as important to her as the union taking place with the man she loves.
♥ They want to build a loving nest for a family rather than a love shack for their new husband.
♥ The idea of romance for an ivory/beige bride is not so much about physical pleasure as it is about a strong, deep emotional bond.
♥ Typically, these brides are excellent homemakers and have a very traditional outlook on married life. They strive for perfection in their role as wife and mother, and rarely display any signs of marital disappointments to the outside world.
Ivory/beige brides create beautiful homes, raise well-mannered children, maintain peaceful, stress-free domestic routines and are less likely than others to have an extra-marital affair.
POPULAR WEDDING COLOR COMBINATIONS WITH IVORY/BEIGE
O R A N G E
Positive Attributes Of Orange: Passionate, Abundant, Optimistic
Negative Attributes Of Orange: Frivolous, Impatient
BRIDES WHO CHOOSE ORANGE AS THEIR PRIMARY WEDDING COLOR
♥ Orange is not the most popular color when it comes to weddings, and a bride who favors it declares a passionately physical relationship with her soulmate to the world.
♥ Embracing the vitality and stamina of the sun, an orange bride is very sure of her decision and she walks the aisle with absolute confidence in her choice of a man. And that is saying a lot, because she is an adventure-seeker by nature, and a bit of a commitment-phobe unless she is all into the relationship.
♥ Physical comforts are of great importance to her, and she is looking forward to building a life that is blessed with warmth, wealth, comfort and plenty of like-minded, high-spirited friends.
♥ This bride is getting ready for the most flamboyant event of her life and she’s relishing every minute of the planning and preparation.
♥ Expect to be attending a very high-energy gathering if you’re invited to an orange-themed wedding, because the bride will be radiant, the decor will be bright, the drinks will flow and the food will be especially good.
POPULAR WEDDING COLOR COMBINATIONS WITH ORANGE
G R E E N
Positive Attributes Of Green: Generosity, compassion, equilibrium
Negative Attributes Of Green: Envy, jealousy, possessive, materialistic
BRIDES WHO CHOOSE GREEN AS THEIR PRIMARY WEDDING COLOR
♥ A green-themed wedding isn’t just a celebration of two people in love; it is a union of friends and families, all of whom are integral part of the community life a Green bride dreams about.
♥ A wedding marked by green promises to be a calm, secure and loving one. Nurturing is central to the union and this couple may end up having a lot of children.
♥ A Green bride will be a faithful, loyal wife, and though her passion may seemed tempered on occasion, she will more than make up for it with great tenderness and affection for her new family.
♥ Sounds like a cliché, but a bride who chooses green as her primary color, will also choose a nature-inspired décor for the event – with lots of wood, and fresh greens. Flowers will be plentiful and the ambience will have a relaxed, outdoor feel.
♥ The Green bride isn’t interested in the details of the wedding preparation, and may well pass on that responsibility to others.
♥ Guard against anxiety, because the stresses of a wedding can easily upset your equilibrium. Also, make sure you are not sacrificing your own desires to please others, because this is your big day!
POPULAR WEDDING COLOR COMBINATIONS WITH GREEN
R E D
Positive Attributes Of Red: High-energy, exuberant, competitive, ambitious
Negative Attributes Of Red: Impulsive, impatient, aggressive, over-confident
BRIDES WHO CHOOSE RED AS THEIR PRIMARY WEDDING COLOR
♥ Red suggests that the physical aspects of this relationship will overshadow spiritual bonds, which isn’t always such a bad thing. The marital home will certainly be a conversation piece – decorated to impress even Martha Stewart, if she ever came visiting. The mood of the marriage will probably be set by the bride’s strong personality, and this couple’s household will always seem extroverted, confident and optimistic.
♥ Red isn’t just an attention-seeking, but an attention-getting color, and this bride’s big day is going to be one joyous occasion that no invited guest will be forgetting in a hurry.
From wedding décor, to music, dancing and food – everything will be luxurious and fabulously orchestrated, probably by the bride herself.
♥ The follow-up to the event though, can be a little rough on whoever’s helping with the arrangements because she knows exactly what she wants! The maid of honor, the mother of the bride etc. will all be well-advised to book frequent massages and spa days for the bride-to-be to keep her distracted from micro-managing everything!
POPULAR WEDDING COLOR COMBINATIONS WITH RED
B L U E
Positive Attributes Of Blue: Sentimental, Wise, Approachable, Kind
Negative Attributes Of Blue: Pessimistic, Rigid, Manipulative
BRIDES WHO CHOOSE BLUE AS THEIR PRIMARY WEDDING COLOR
♥ A blue-themed wedding is almost always about tradition. Guests will enjoy a blue wedding with calm and serenity and there will be no grand, showy surprises to disrupt the peace and predictability of the beautiful event.
♥ The shade of blue, however, is important to notice. The darker the hue, the more nostalgic the ceremony. Brides who choose more vibrant shades like aqua or turquoise, could well display the light, fun-loving energy that’s inherent in those colors.
♥ Nothing about a Blue wedding suggests impulsiveness or spontaneity. A Blue Bride hates sudden change of plans, and she will carefully weigh every decision about the wedding arrangements, before she makes up her mind.
♥ A Blue Bride regards her home as a sanctuary, and the color of this traditional wedding may well set the tone of her future family life. She values integrity about everything, and finds it easy to lend her heart to many social causes.
POPULAR WEDDING COLOR COMBINATIONS WITH BLUE
Y E L L O W
Positive Attributes Of Yellow: Intellectual, Sophisticated, Humorous
Negative Attributes Of Yellow: Perfectionist, Impulsive, Anxious, Obsessive
BRIDES WHO CHOOSE YELLOW AS THEIR PRIMARY WEDDING COLOR
♥ Firstly, a word of caution: too much yellow can cause anxiety and stress. If you have chosen yellow as your primary wedding color, use it sparingly, like an accent. A little bit of yellow goes a long way, and you don’t want to overwhelm your invited guests with an overload of a color that may cause negative reactions.
♥ A Yellow Wedding is usually a bright, happy and cheerful occasion. A Yellow Bride is effervescent in the joy of this special day, and she sweeps her guests along in her enthusiasm to celebrate with a fabulous venue, great food, great music…. all of it.
♥ The Yellow Bride is hands-on with the wedding arrangements. She is extremely creative with many original ideas – one of which may well be to keep the guest list short and make the ceremony a small and exclusive one!
♥ Too often though, she allows her head to rule her heart, and her wedding might be one time in her life when she consciously sets her practical instincts aside and lets the romance of the moment guide her decisions.
♥ A Yellow Bride is a dreamer at heart and has high expectations from her future husband. At the first sign of betrayal or break of trust, she is likely to walk out of the relationship, so it is imperative that the groom understands he’s not supposed to be tugging at that leash or taking her for granted!
POPULAR WEDDING COLOR COMBINATIONS WITH YELLOW
P U R P L E
Positive Attributes Of Purple: Compassionate, Sensitive, Idealistic, Unconventional
Negative Attributes Of Purple: Melancholic, Irritable, Defiance, Laziness
BRIDES WHO CHOOSE PURPLE AS THEIR PRIMARY WEDDING COLOR
♥ Purple is a royal color, born out of a calm blue and a stimulating red. The exact personality of the shade depends on how much blue or how much red is present in the mix.
♥ A bride who selects purple has a very nuanced spiritual perception of the world, and she would love to create a fantasy experience out of her wedding day.
♥ Hers will not be just a pretty and predictable event. There will be very imaginative and offbeat details strewn about the décor, so look closely at the floral arrangements, the centerpieces etc. for that unique Purple Bride touch.
♥ Variations of purple: mauve, lavender, lilac, violet, aubergine, orchid, amethyst.
♥ A word of caution: too much purple can sometimes lead to depression, so balance the primary color with something cheerful – like turquoise, ivory, pink or green.