Nov 132016
 

The romantic and hauntingly beautiful canals of Venice serve as the perfect backdrop and inspiration for the perfect wedding color palette. Take a nod from the storied architecture and art that fill this romantic Italian city and add details to your day that feel old-world with a modern twist. This wedding palette and vibe seems to work best for weddings that are more on the formal side (think: men in tuxes or dark suits, lots of candlelight, martinis), but can also work with less formal weddings with the right commitment to details!

To start, choose a cake that is crisp and clean but with one delicate detail that feels baroque-esque without going too over the top. This white and gold cake from Erica O'Brien works perfectly, as the intricate thin bands at the base of each tier echo molding you might find in one of Venice's beautiful and historic hotels.

Venice Wedding Color Palette

Photo: Getty Images; Courtesy of Designers; Colleen Dyad; Emily Wren Photography

A wedding inspired by Venice also calls for moodier, deeper colors — think burgundy, deep teal, inky midnight. Rich fabrics and textiles also up the Italian vibe — think luxe velvets like this Velvet Raptor guest book (and psst: the monogram on the front is key — it adds to the old-world feel!), silks, and gilded details. Register or buy a special cake server that can remind you of your special day for years to come, and this pair from BHLDN perfectly harkens an almost Shakespearean style in an of-the-moment fashion.

For fashion, try for something a little unconventional (à la this gold, beaded Monique Lhuillier beauty) with a classic kitten heel in velvet to keep up the chic La Dolce Vita-ness. Beaded gold earrings on your bridesmaids will complement your dress in a subtle way, plus you'll be giving them an accessory they'll actually want to wear again (bonus points for you!).

See More: Winter Brides Will Love This Icy-Chic Wedding Color Palette Inspired by Aspen, Colorado

Carry a bouquet that feels lush and fresh, mixed with deep red and white dahlias and ranunculus, and plenty of greenery — maybe even some olive leaves. Have your florist tie it together with a thick silk ribbon with loose, long, ends to add to the romanticism. Finally, for your escort cards, silk tassels with classically intricate calligraphy can double as your favor — guests can take the tassel home and use it on a keychain or looped on a purse strap. Allora! All the ingredients you need for a moody and romantic, jewel-toned wedding.

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1. "Sabine" tassels, price upon request, Samuel & Sons; 2. Earrings, $250, Sachin & Babi; 3. Dress, price upon request, Monique Lhuillier; 4. Custom journal, $140, Velvet Raptor; 5. Shoes, $195, Via Spiga available at Nordstrom; 6. Serving set, $68, BHLDN 7. Cake, $12 per slice, Erica O'Brien Cake Design; Dahlia, garden, rose, and anemone bouquet, $300, Fall Flowers

Nov 062016
 
Aspen, Colorado destination wedding

Photo: Kate Holstein Photography

Your guests will think they've stepped into a winter wedding wonderland (say that three times fast) with this Aspen-inspired wedding color palette. Create a cozy chalet-esque ambiance by layering knits and sheepskins in shades of cream around lounge areas during your cocktail hour and reception, draping them over chair-backs and couch arms. Picking a venue that has a ski-lodge vibe is also key, so look for one with lots of light-colored wood and maybe even a stone fireplace or two (especially if it's actually wintertime!).

Make sure you keep your palette ultra-monochrome (think cool grays, whites, creams, tans) to keep true to that wintery feeling, and to help add interest mix in subtle patterns and pops of copper. Choose a wedding dress full of subtle and textural details, perhaps 3D flowers layered with a delicate lace in the coldest shade of white, and throw on a super thin metallic belt to round out your look. Get fun with your accessories and have your 'maids wear heels with a touch of fur like this Aquazzura pair, or try a hat in a sophisticated neutral like this one from Eugenia Kim.

Aspen Wedding Color Palette

Photo: Pieter Estersohn; Colleen Dyad; Courtesy of Designers; Al Gawlik

Instead of the expected lush white centerpieces of a winter wedding, add to the modern vibe with tall arrangements of blossoming branches, like dogwood or cherry blossoms (hint: ask your florist or event planner if they can rent any faux-branches if these are out of season, there are tons of good-looking fakes out there!). In lieu of a traditional bouquet, buy a bundle of these magnificent 3D printed flowers in all white (we think the poppies are perfect, but the Etsy vendor has lots of options!), and you'll have a beautiful and unique reminder of your wedding forever!

See More: 26 Whimsical Winter Wedding Details

Forget classic white, this marbled cake with copper edges will fit perfectly in your wedding color palette, and same goes for this gorgeous invite from Bliss and Bone — modern and refined — perfect for your Aspen-inspired soiree. At the reception, mix in lots of tapered gray and white candles in varying heights and shades with your branchy arrangements, and have your place cards propped on hexagonal matte holders that fit in perfectly to your monochrome tablescape. Try a signature cocktail of white hot chocolate and peppermint liquor in calligraphed mugs — the mugs will double as favors and your guests will love a cocktail that keeps them warm!

1. Hat, $440, Eugenia Kim; 2. Bracelet, $300, Eddie Borgo; 3. "Montague" invitation, $2,350 for 100 suites, Bliss & Bone 4. Wedding dress, Marchesa; 5. Icelandic poppy 3D-printed flower, $125 for five, Collected Edition; 6. "Pinch" candleholders, $15 each, CB2; 7. Wedding cake, $7 per slice, LoveBirds Sweets; 8. Place-card holders, $24 for six, Esselle available at Food52; Calligraphy, price upon request, Everbe; 9. Shoes, $895, Aquazzura

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Oct 282016
 
Fall Seasonal Wedding

Photo: Luke Walker of Clark + Walker Studio

Whether you handpicked your wedding date or went with whatever was available at your venue of choice, the time of year you host your nuptials can play a role in some key decisions. But the month you get married shouldn't fully dictate the look and feel of your big day. We asked some pros for their advice on how to keep your wedding seasonal without going overboard.

Don't Over Do It
The trick is to use seasonal décor sparingly, says Audrey Isaac of 100 Candles. "The goal should be to give a nod to the season without it completely overshadowing your theme," she adds. So you can skip the decorated fir trees and wreaths around the holidays. Simply pair lanterns and LED lights with a few pinecones and touches of evergreen. And get creative with glass vessels. You can fill them with seasonal fruits like cranberries floating in water.

Think Beyond the Obvious
For September through November, resist the urge to scatter leaves, pumpkins and scarecrows everywhere. "You will quickly go from 'fall' to 'craft fair,'" says Kim Sayatovic of Belladeux Events. If you're getting married in the spring some simple, fresh flowers is enough to give a seasonal feel. And in the summer, cool colors and sheer fabrics can make you feel like you're in the French Rivera, Sayatovic says. The same goes for weddings around other holidays, like Valentine's Day. Bag the hearts and go old-school romance instead. Use famous love quotes for table assignments or as handheld banners at your photo station, says Paula Ramirez of the Historic Mankin Mansion.

Go Subtle on Color
As far as color, instead of literally decking the halls in red and green at Christmastime, Isaac says to opt for rich metallic tones such as gold and copper. Avoiding the highly obvious choices will help you steer clear of making your wedding look more like Santa's workshop. Similarly, autumn weddings can rely on some gorgeous colors like reds, oranges and yellows, but hold back from using them too generously.

See More: 42 Fall-Inspired Wedding Cakes

Pick Just One Element to Highlight
Visual subtlety is definitely the way to go, according to Jamie Chang of Passport to Joy, who says picking just one element — for example, the color orange or twinkling lights — for incorporating the season without overdoing it. That said, she recommends thinking of the experience itself in addition to the aesthetics. "Focus on the bringing in the mood of the season and the feeling. That could be in the food or the drinks or the program or the favor or how guests are greeted." A cozy and warm squash soup for fall or a fun wine slushie drink for summer are always a hit with guests. A dessert table packed with traditional holiday treats made by relatives is also a great idea, adds Amy Kolodziej of Sunshower Photography. You can also allude to the season through wedding favors to enjoy at the party or take home. Chang suggests small potted flowers or seeds for spring or greeting guests with something that will make them more comfortable, like hand warmers in winter.

Keep Personal Style At the Forefront
Just remember, don't get carried away. Your best bet is choosing delicate seasonal undertones while using your own personal style to solidify the aesthetics, Ramirez says. So try not to obsess over every single detail being "on season." Being selective about where you choose to highlight fall, winter, spring or summer touches will give it a more natural effect and reduce overall stress. "Don't let it be the focus or take away from what is special about the day — the ceremony and being with the people that are close to you to celebrate," says Emily Sullivan of Get Polished Events.

Oct 282016
 
Fall Seasonal Wedding

Photo: Luke Walker of Clark + Walker Studio

Whether you handpicked your wedding date or went with whatever was available at your venue of choice, the time of year you host your nuptials can play a role in some key decisions. But the month you get married shouldn't fully dictate the look and feel of your big day. We asked some pros for their advice on how to keep your wedding seasonal without going overboard.

Don't Over Do It
The trick is to use seasonal décor sparingly, says Audrey Isaac of 100 Candles. "The goal should be to give a nod to the season without it completely overshadowing your theme," she adds. So you can skip the decorated fir trees and wreaths around the holidays. Simply pair lanterns and LED lights with a few pinecones and touches of evergreen. And get creative with glass vessels. You can fill them with seasonal fruits like cranberries floating in water.

Think Beyond the Obvious
For September through November, resist the urge to scatter leaves, pumpkins and scarecrows everywhere. "You will quickly go from 'fall' to 'craft fair,'" says Kim Sayatovic of Belladeux Events. If you're getting married in the spring some simple, fresh flowers is enough to give a seasonal feel. And in the summer, cool colors and sheer fabrics can make you feel like you're in the French Rivera, Sayatovic says. The same goes for weddings around other holidays, like Valentine's Day. Bag the hearts and go old-school romance instead. Use famous love quotes for table assignments or as handheld banners at your photo station, says Paula Ramirez of the Historic Mankin Mansion.

Go Subtle on Color
As far as color, instead of literally decking the halls in red and green at Christmastime, Isaac says to opt for rich metallic tones such as gold and copper. Avoiding the highly obvious choices will help you steer clear of making your wedding look more like Santa's workshop. Similarly, autumn weddings can rely on some gorgeous colors like reds, oranges and yellows, but hold back from using them too generously.

See More: 42 Fall-Inspired Wedding Cakes

Pick Just One Element to Highlight
Visual subtlety is definitely the way to go, according to Jamie Chang of Passport to Joy, who says picking just one element — for example, the color orange or twinkling lights — for incorporating the season without overdoing it. That said, she recommends thinking of the experience itself in addition to the aesthetics. "Focus on the bringing in the mood of the season and the feeling. That could be in the food or the drinks or the program or the favor or how guests are greeted." A cozy and warm squash soup for fall or a fun wine slushie drink for summer are always a hit with guests. A dessert table packed with traditional holiday treats made by relatives is also a great idea, adds Amy Kolodziej of Sunshower Photography. You can also allude to the season through wedding favors to enjoy at the party or take home. Chang suggests small potted flowers or seeds for spring or greeting guests with something that will make them more comfortable, like hand warmers in winter.

Keep Personal Style At the Forefront
Just remember, don't get carried away. Your best bet is choosing delicate seasonal undertones while using your own personal style to solidify the aesthetics, Ramirez says. So try not to obsess over every single detail being "on season." Being selective about where you choose to highlight fall, winter, spring or summer touches will give it a more natural effect and reduce overall stress. "Don't let it be the focus or take away from what is special about the day — the ceremony and being with the people that are close to you to celebrate," says Emily Sullivan of Get Polished Events.

6 Ways to Make Sure Your Black-Tie Wedding Décor Is Anything But Boring

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Oct 032016
 
black tie wedding with color ideas

Photo: Getty Images

Does a black tie wedding bring to mind images of crisp black and white, soft gold, and maybe a little blush for good measure? While this timeless palette isn't going anywhere, keeping things subdued isn't your only option! If you're a couple who loves playful color, but still wants to mark their marriage with a formal celebration, you're in luck. We spoke to top wedding planners from across the country, and they've filled us in on some fun and exciting ways to use vibrant hues and set a black tie dress code. Your inspiration awaits!

Turn to Flowers
"This might seem like an obvious choice, but so many couples equate 'black tie' or timelessness with an all-white wedding. That doesn't have to be the case!" says Gretchen Culver, owner and lead planner of Rocket Science Weddings & Events. "I love using colorful flowers to create a high-end yet inviting wedding." She uses style and scale to dictate the feel. "Instead of the more natural, organic feel that is so popular right now (but can feel a bit casual), have your designer or florist create arrangements that are more tailored. This will automatically create a sense of formality, no matter what colors you are working with." Culver also advises using minimal greenery as filler, instead focusing on lots of blooms with a variety of textures in the palette you've chosen. Then, place the arrangements on neutral-colored linens to allow the centerpieces to really shine. "Mix in lots of candles and votives, rather than artificial colored light, to keep the look classy. Natural white or candlelight will highlight the colors in the flowers instead of masking or changing them."

Play with Paper
Don't want bold hues all over your design? "Keep it more selective by incorporating color into your invitation and day-of paper materials," advises Jesse Tombs, managing partner of Alison Events. "You can keep it classic by adding a bright edge to thick card stock, or use colorful calligraphy on the outer envelope." Tombs is also a fan of weaving in metallics. "Silver, gold, copper and bronze are great, more traditional colors that will add some sparkle to a black tie invitation." You could also weave in natural elements to add an organic hint of color, such as slate, moss, or wood. Culver also recommends mixing in colored paper elements, such as an envelope liner or a colored envelope. "You can keep the wedding invitation traditional, with black letterpress on white paper, but tie it with a colored ribbon and mail it in a coordinating envelope," she explains. "A little color in the invitation will set the stage for you to incorporate color into your wedding décor."

Vary the Shades
"One really great way to dress up bright colors is to use a single color in varying shades," says Jenna Lam of Jenna Lam Events. "For example, we recently designed a wedding at the Parker Palm Springs where we started with bold coral peonies in the centerpieces, then brought in blush and lighter pink roses to keep the overall look sophisticated." She also added blush to the tablecloths, continuing the nearly monochromatic look. "I also recommend adding metallic accents, like gold Limoges plates and flatware, to keep the look glamorous," says Lam.

Opt for Soft Hues
Worried that incorporating punchy colors might come across as too playful? You can still add plenty of colors and still stick to soft pastels. "For example, instead of a saturated orange or turmeric color, consider light peach. And instead of electric lemon, turn to a buttery yellow color to add brightness," Tombs explains. "Softer colors work really great with neutral and organic palettes, and will still pop with black and white color schemes."

See more: The 7 Things You HAVE to Consider When Choosing Your Wedding Colors

Don't Forget Rentals!
If you do decide you'd rather stick to that more traditional all-white palette for your flowers, Tombs suggests getting creative with the vessels. "You could ask your florist to incorporate colorful vases, or surround the white arrangements with colored candles. You can get taper candles in every color under the sun — and at a great price. It's an inexpensive way to add your favorite hue and a beautiful glow."

Dress the Part
"An instant way to add a pop of color without losing the formality of your event is to dress your bridesmaids in floor-length formal gowns in a vibrant color," says Culver. "Choose a fabric and silhouette that will feel inherently black tie appropriate, and accent the men in a matching color as well." She advises sticking to a classic black bowtie, then tucking a colorful pocket square into their tuxedo jackets for a hint of color that isn't over the top. "And if you're feeling fun, have them wear colorful socks, too!"

Sep 252016
 
Monaco Wedding Color Palette

Photo: Corey Maywalt Photography; Courtesy of The SBM Monte-Carlo Resort; Indigital Images; Courtesy of Designer; Calligraphy by Bernard Maisner

"Welcome to Monaco," you'll be able to greet your guests at your glamorous black-tie wedding. No, not because you'll be jetting off to the French Mediterranean coastline with all of your family and friends to tie the knot. (You do have a wedding budget to mind, in case you've forgotten!) But because of this Monaco-inspired wedding color palette, consisting of the ornate region's deep and dramatic plums and gilded golds. After all, with its luxe nightlife, bustling casinos, and yacht-lined harbor, what bride could resist stealing a beautiful bundle of wedding ideas from über-trendy Monaco? Now this is how the Monaco royalty go glam...

For a black-tie affair like this, even your wedding stationary should be dressed to the nines! Jazz up your invite with a pretty plum hue and fancy gold calligraphy, worthy of a party thrown by Jay Gatsby himself. And if your invitations are that dressed up, your bridesmaids should of course follow suit! Choose an extravagant style for your girls to rock down the aisle. Floor-length is a given and luxe fabrics like silks, sheer tulle, and lace help elevate the elegance.

As for your own bridal style, accessorize your gorgeous gown with grandiose jewels, like these swanky-yet-dainty drop earrings by Capwell + Co. that'll draw everyone's eyes up to your face. And grab a bouquet featuring your color palette's lush purple shades and dramatically dark colors. This bundle of blooms features tree peonies, black hellebores, and lilacs — we're obsessed! The finishing touch of your wedding day look? A pair of shimmery gold bridal heels, comfy enough to wear as you dance the night away with your brand new hubby.

See More: 32 Ideas for a Neutral Wedding Color Palette

At the reception, ditch the traditional tiered wedding cake for these trendy little mini-cakes frosted in a modern black hue. And gift your guests a favor that they could start making use of right then and there. These glam playing cards will always remind them of glitzy, casino-brimming Monaco — and of your unforgettable bridal moment, of course!

1. Playing cards, $15, Idea International available at MoMA; Earrings, $69, Capwell + Co.; 3. Dress, price upon request, Reem Acra; 4. Shoes, $480, Freya Rose available at BHLDN; 5. Wedding stationery, $900 for 100, Bernard Maisner Calligraphy & Fine Stationery; 6. Mini-cakes, price upon request, A White Cake by Lauren Bohl White 7. Bouquet, $250, A.P. Bio

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Sep 182016
 
St Barth Wedding Color Palette

Photo: Corey Maywalt Photography; Indigital Images; Lisa Limer; Courtesy of Designer

Oh, St. Barth... It's the stomping — and sunning — grounds of celebrities, models, and your favorite It girls (such as Jessica Alba, Chrissy Teigen, and Bella Hadid), the manifestation of laid-back luxury, and of course, our newest source of wedding inspiration! Along the crystal-blue waters and sandy shores of the French-speaking glitzy Caribbean island lies endless ideas for natural-yet-sophisticated big day details. With a color palette of refined neutrals and chic nautical touches, your wedding will so completely capture the vibe of St. Barth's infamous easy breezy style, you might just have to tell your guests to pack their sunscreen.

Where else but St. Barth can you find couture frocks coupled with sand-covered bare feet? And accomplishing this über-polished, beachy vibe is, well, a day at the beach with these super chic nuptial details. Start by calling your guests to your seaside-inspired escape with crisp wedding stationery, whose tropical palm-tree print is refined thanks to its clean beige neutral hues. Now this is how you do seaside chic...

On the big day, outfit your 'maids in vintage tropical barkcloth inspired prints, but keep the colors monochromatic to sophisticate the luxe look, like the fabulous fabric of this Monse runway-ready maxi dress. As for your own bridal ensemble, couple your wedding dress with a pair of white bridal heels complete with unique, feminine detailing. The pretty, wispy petals adorning these Imagine Vince Camuto pumps are just the chic touch your bridal style needs.

Then at the reception, layer natural materials and a variety of textures along your tables to make creams and taupes look rich, not boring. And finally, drop the curtain on your seaside soirée with a classic white tiered wedding cake, accented with trendy greenery details like crisp succulents, white blooms, and sprigs of seagrass. Can't you just smell the sea salt-tinged air and scrumptious French cuisine from here?

1. Wedding cake, $18.50 per slice, Earth and Sugar; 2. "Tropical Wedding" invitation, $900 for 100, Paper & Type; 3. Blue-printed maxi dress, price upon request, Monse; 4. Shoes, $195, Imagine Vince Camuto; 5. "Hydrating Floral Essence" skincare oil, $89, Tata Harper

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Sep 112016
 
Santorini Wedding Color Palette

Photo: MartinM303; Corey Maywalt Photography; Courtesy of Designer; Indigital Images; Jarvis Devon

Opa! You're engaged! And you're already envisioning your seaside honeymoon — suntanned skin, deep blue waters, salty kisses, and all. But why wait for after the "I do's" to go all coastal cool? This month, we're going Greek and stealing wedding inspiration from Santorini — one of Greek's most idyllic islands sitting in the jewel-toned Aegean sea.

This gorgeous geological gem is ripe with cool blue and punchy pink hues for a wedding color palette fit for a golden goddess of a bride. The vibe? Laid-back island cool. So exchange that updo for beachy waves and start channeling Aphrodite (the goddess of love — it is your wedding day, after all!). It's time to get planning! (You're not really on island time, you know!)

A gorgeous Grecian-inspired wedding starts with a wedding invitation that'll get your guests checking Opa! on that RSVP card as soon as it arrives in the mailbox. We're loving this suite from Bright Room Studio that couples a bold ocean blue with a clean ivory hue, as white as the sand of Santorini's famous shores. Calligraphic script completes the decidedly inviting luxe look.

Dress your gaggle of gorgeous goddesses (your bridesmaids, that is!) in floor-sweeping styles and easy breezy silhouettes that cooly complement the wedding vibe. A vivid print, like the one featured on this straight-off-the-runway Tory Burch frock, helps heat up the Santorini-esque style.

As for your own bridal ensemble, shoulder grazing earrings with geometric sun-burst detailing and a cool blue hue are just the striking-yet-feminine accessory you need for an impactful pop peeking out from your loosely curled locks or beachy braid. And for a fresh spin on the expected open-toe footwear, ditch the sandals for a chic pair of woven white heels, like this terrifically tasseled pair by Imagine Vince Camuto.

Come the reception, serve a traditional Mediterranean meal (three cheers for feta!) on Grecian-inspired blue and white chargers. Then end your beautiful bash with a traditionally tiered white wedding cake crawling with a vine of sugar flowers to channel the punchy pink blooms that grow along Santorini's stunning landscape. What do you say? One more Opa! for the road?

Clockwise from top left: Seating tags, starting at $12 each, Ellen Weldon Design LLC; "Olivia Suite" wedding invitation, price upon request, Bright Room Studio; "Greek Key" plates, $52-$68 for two, The Blush Label; Cake, $16.50 per slice, Earth and Sugar; Earrings, $136, Noir; Shoes, $195, Imagine Vince Camuto; "Haute to Trot" gel nail polish, $12, Essie

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8 Wedding Dress Colors You Can Wear Other Than White

 Wedding Color Scheme, Wedding Color Schemes, Wedding Dresses, Wedding Style  Comments Off on 8 Wedding Dress Colors You Can Wear Other Than White
Jul 282016
 
naeem khan

Photo: Gerardo Somoza / Indigitalimages.com

Picking out your wedding dress is one of the most exciting, and also nerve-wrecking, parts of the wedding adventure. Just like choosing the perfect partner, finding the right dress will be a mixture of love at first sight, luck, and even spending the time to browse racks and racks of the wrong dresses. If you're looking to add a twist of personality and step away from old school traditions, it's time to consider wearing a wedding dress that's not white down the aisle. Unsure how to choose a wedding dress color in a sea of white? Here, the 8 safest bets when it comes to choosing an untraditional wedding gown.

marchesa

Photo: Gerardo Somoza / Indigitalimages.com

1. Make it Golden
Looking for a wedding dress color that's still elegant and formal? Go with a champagne or gold color. Complement the dress with beautiful deep shades of bold flowers, gold-tinted décor, or even a bold color choice for your bridesmaid dresses. (as seen at Marchesa)

j mendel wedding

Photo: Gerardo Somoza / Indigitalimages.com

2. Go With Something Blue
Wondering where you can capitalize on incorporating something blue into your wedding? Blue-colored wedding dresses are all the rage these days. Whether you want to go with a shade of baby blue or navy blue, brides are making this trend quite popular. (as seen at J. Mendel)

yolan cris

Photo: Courtesy of YolanCris

3. Look Pretty in Pink
Many celebrities have said yes to a blush pink wedding dresses. The style is turning into close second to the traditional white wedding gown. (as seen at YolanCris)

houghton wedding

Photo: Rodin Banica / Indigitalimages.com

4. Wear the Opposite of White
You may gawk at the idea of wearing a black wedding dress, but celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker have balked with tradition and more and more modern brides are picking it as quite the stark opposite of the age-old white wedding dress. (as seen at Houghton)

christian siriano

Photo: Luca Tombolini / Indigitalimages.com

5. Settle for Ombré
If you want to add a splash of color to your dress, while still keeping with tradition, opt for an ombré tinted dress and pick a secondary color, whether that's blue, pink or even black as an accent. (as seen at Christian Siriano)

romona keveza

Photo: Courtesy of Romona Keveza

6. Use a Floral Pattern
Skip the color selection all together and pick a dress with a floral pattern on it. This is a great option for a spring or summer wedding or one that has an outdoorsy, rustic vibe. (as seen at Romona Keveza)

naeem khan

Photo: Gerardo Somoza / Indigitalimages.com

7. Perhaps, Purple?
One of the newest colors brides are picking for their wedding dress is purple. It may seem a little out there but it's a great color choice for a bride with a bright and bold personality. (as seen at Naeem Khan)

reem acra

Photo: Rodin Banica / Indigitalimages.com

8. Color Me Yellow
If you're looking for a color that'll make you look and feel fresh, you may want to try a light shade of yellow. It's a pale enough color to give a white wedding feeling, but also has a spice of something different and unique for your wedding style. (as seen at Reem Acra)

See More: 7 Mistakes Brides Make When Choosing Their Wedding Colors

Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.

Jul 242016
 
New York City Wedding Color Palette

Photo: Gorman Studio; Courtesy of Vendors; Jessica Schmidt Photography; VogueRunway.com; Getty Images

We heart NY. It's not just a saying on a tourist's t-shirt, it's the truth. What's not to love about this super chic city? Carrie Bradshaw and her Manolo Blahniks called the place home, it never fails to be endlessly exciting, and — oh yeah — New York City also makes for some pretty incredible wedding inspiration. With a built-in color palette of slick shades and an undeniable modernity, consider NYC the perfect Pinterest board for your contemporary, urban-chic nuptials. Just drape your big day in hues of minimalistic white, perpetually-trendy black, and glam gold and you've got yourself an edgy-sophisticated soirée in a New York minute.

Request the presence of your guests with a minimalist wedding invitation, printed on white cardstock featuring clean typography. But like any New York City girl knows, focus on the fashion. Dress your bridesmaids in glitzy sequined dresses in a modern silhouette and carbon black hue. And as far as your bridal beauty look goes, pretty your pout with a red lippie that's both a powerful statement and totally classic. A black-and-white stripped stiletto is a welcome (and unexpected!) alternative to the traditional cream bridal heel. Then, keep the rest of your big day ensemble modernly monochromatic with a white bouquet peppered with gorgeous anemones and haute hellebores. You'll look like the beautiful bridal version of a street style star.

After you and your sweetheart say your "I do's," head to your reception (hopefully in true New York fashion — in a classic yellow cab!), where glided taxi escort cards will direct your guests to their seats.

All New Yorkers will tell you that there's nothing like big city pizza, so put a chic wedding-worthy spin on the snack by offering bite-sized gourmet versions during cocktail hour. And before your guests head off, cut into a minimalist yet still totally pretty wedding cake, adorned with black striping and white sugar blooms. But at what time that'll be, who knows — this is the City That Never Sleeps, after all!

From top left: "Carmin Escarpin" le rouge lipstick, $36, Givenchy; Bouquet, $350, Michael George; Cake, $12 per slice, AK Cake Design; Mini pizza, price upon request, Peter Callahan; Shoes, $275, VC Signature by Vince Camuto; "Ashley and Casey" invitation, $1,500 for 100 suites, East Six

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