7/24 Real Bride Kimberly: Theme? I Have to Pick a Theme?!

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After I got engaged, I spent a lot of time day dreaming about what my wedding might look like. I imagined the ceremony decor, reception centerpieces, flowers, and so on, but I never imagined a theme. I always thought themes were for proms, birthdays, and holiday parties, but a wedding … not so much.

Themes can be beautiful and fun … for someone else.

I have to admit that I did see a lot of cool and fun themes on Pinterest, and I toyed with the idea of having a beach themed wedding… for about 30 seconds. Themed weddings don’t have to be cheesy, and they are perfect for some couples, but the idea made me feel like my hands were tied. I felt like my options were limited and I wanted the freedom to be creative and be able to incorporate our styles and personalities into all aspects of our wedding. So, I decided that instead of picking a theme I would choose a color scheme and one or two decorative motifs to give the ceremony style and continuity.

How many shades of pink are there in the world?

My sister bought me a wedding planner for Mother’s Day that contained a sheet of cardstock with different colored tiles that you could punch out. Best idea ever. I could easily create different color combinations with the cards, and make a list of the combos that I liked. No muss no fuss. Obviously, the planner didn’t have every shade of color, but it had enough to get my creative juices flowing. If the planner had come with too many options, I would have been overwhelmed.

Sorry orange and green, but you ARE the weakest link. Goodbye.

I knew right off the bat that I didn’t want anything to do with orange or green shades. They are perfectly fine colors, they are just not for me and never have been. My first thought was to do something classic. So, I combined blush and white and threw in a soft gray for an accent color. Next, I thought it would be nice to do two or three shades of one color and then throw in a white or ivory as an accent. So, I decided on shades of pink, purple and blue. Finally, I thought it could be fun to go with bright colors that popped, and so I chose vibrant shades of pink, purple and blue. After mixing and matching for a while, I came up with five options that I liked and focused on narrowing that list down.

Decisions, decisions, decisions.

I tried to imagine my ceremony and reception decked out in decor in each of the five color schemes that I put together and immediately I was able to cross off the pink, purple and blue groupings. The more I thought about it, the more I felt like having various shades of the same color was a little too boring for me. So, out they went. Now, it was a grudge match between classic elegance and exotic beauty. Both options were gorgeous and provided me with all kinds of decorating ideas. I felt like I had a winner with each color scheme, but I kept going back to the blush, white and gray. As fun as the other combo was, I couldn’t picture myself surrounded by decor in those colors. Whereas I could easily imagine myself surrounded by blush flowers, crisp, white linens and silver/ gray accents.

And the winner is …

In the end, it was no contest. I decided to go with the blush, white and gray. It is a timeless color combo that always looks great together and never goes out of style. Plus, there is a little something for each of us. The pink is beautiful and feminine for me. The gray is sleek and manly for my fiance. And the white ties everything together. Perfect — well, it’s perfect for us. Once I made the decision, I ordered some card-stock samples and fabric swatches to see my choice in action. I was not disappointed. The colors look great, and I can’t wait to start coming up with decorating ideas.

Okay Pinterest, I’m ready for you now!

How did you settle on your wedding colors? Did you know what you wanted going in or did it take some brainstorming?