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How To Pick Your Wedding Color Combos

How To Pick Your Wedding Color Combos

The color combination you choose for your wedding will set the vibe for the entire day. Choose colors you love, but take into consideration your wedding venue and whether you want a formal or informal event. Following are a few simple steps to help you choose the perfect palette.

1. Start with your favorite color

Your favorite color is the perfect place to start when choosing wedding color combinations. You can incorporate any color beautifully into your wedding décor by choosing the right shade and accents, and even explore colored wedding dresses. If you’re not sure what you consider your most loved color take a look at your wardrobe and home decor. It’s likely you’ll find a common theme among your clothes and personal decorations that highlights your favorite hue. If you need more inspiration, create a color board. Collect and post images that highlight colors you like. When you feel it’s complete, stand back and see what shades are most often represented.

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2. Let your setting inspire you

If you’ve already chosen your location, let the space inspire your color choices. The colors in your reception area may suggest an unexpected color scheme for you. Consider the carpeting, draperies and walls in your venue. If they all have vivid hues you may want to pick colors that coordinate. You can also consider selecting a more neutral site such as a tent, loft or converted warehouse. These are all essentially blank slates for your color scheme.

3. Factor in the season

Spring, summer, winter, or autumn, the season of your wedding can be an inspiration for the color combination you choose. Focus on the colors that Mother Nature has naturally supplied and select hues that complement these colors. This isn’t an unbending rule. Don’t dismiss a color you love just because it isn’t seasonal. Play with the shades and tones of your chosen colors and incorporate complementary seasonal hues.

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4. Use your favorite flower

You may already know exactly what flowers you want for your bouquets and centerpieces. If so, let the colors of your favorite blooms inspire you. Include your principal flower color in your color scheme as either the primary shade or as an accent.

5. Consider how it will look in dresses

If you think you’ll want your bridesmaids entirely decked out in your color, make sure it’s a becoming shade to wear. Many brides are wearing colored dresses. If your own dress is colorful, you may want your bridesmaids’ dresses to be muted and simple. Consider having the bridesmaids wear one of the wedding colors in a decorative accent such as a hairpiece, gloves or jewelry.

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Suggested combinations

In addition, there are several gorgeous color combinations perfect for weddings in 2016. Navy, yellow and blue are classic colors for a summer wedding. Emerald, cream and gold are a color combo just right for a tasteful winter affair. Ivy, pink and gray are elegant for a wedding in any season. White, sage and peach work well for a simple, contemporary occasion and steel and white are flawless for a dramatic event.

Having discussed some beautiful color combinations, it’s important to keep in mind that not all colors work well together. There are a few combinations it’s best to avoid. For instance: yellow and red – using these colors in tandem will make your reception look like a fast food chain outlet. Orange and black – these colors are only acceptable during Halloween or a Halloween-themed wedding. Brown and yellow/gold – this color combination has 1970 written all over it. We wouldn’t recommend using this combo unless you’re going for a groovy wedding vibe.

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All and all, keep these tips in mind when selecting your color combos for your wedding so the colors make a statement on your special day.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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