There's nobody size fits all with regards to deciding on the colors which should inspire your special day. A lot is determined by the time of the year your marriage, the venue, the atmosphere the bridesmaid dress you want your day to have ... However, there are some ground rules to think about when you're planning your wedding reception colors so here's some food for thought. And if you'll need real inspiration, just consider the colors of nature for that season by which you're marrying which will give you plenty to consider.
If you're using a destination wedding on the sandy beach somewhere or perhaps a place in which the sky is likely to be blue, blue, blue, then we'd claim that you go for that brightest of bright shades for the bridesmaid's dresses, your accessories, as well as your flowers. Hot pinks, turquoises, emerald greens, scarlets, bright sunshiny yellows all look fabulous - when the light is bright anything pale or pastel will look a little washed out. Think of the tropical colors that will surround you and also use them as the color palette.
If you're using a rustic wedding in a beautiful country garden, then we'd suggest you opt for pale pinks, blues, yellows, greens, whites, and creams. This is eventually when tropical brights will appear out of place. Think about a classic herbaceous border full of summer flowers like roses, delphiniums, lavender, peonies, and daisies and you'll get the appearance right. You could also think about a mocha wedding theme which may look very pretty and complicated.
A monochrome wedding looks fabulous inside a city and if you would like to extend the theme far, just ask your friends and relatives to dress in monochrome. You can add an accent of color by putting on red wedding shoes.
This is how we would get a navy and white theme, or possibly stone and white.
Winter weddings demand rich tones. We're thinking plums, forest greens, ruby reds, perhaps a deep blue, not to mention a bright holly berry red. Again, take into account the blush bridesmaid dress which is likely to be in season and rely on them to denote your color scheme.
You may also find the Dessy Pantone tools invaluable with regards to deciding on your colors and shades.