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Add a Pop of Color

While blush, ivory, sage green and muted tones have dominated brides’ palettes for the past several seasons, this is the year to add a pop of color to the mix. “Let’s go for color,” says Lindsey Grannis, wedding planner and florist at One Fine Day Productions.

Color accents enliven the ambiance and complement the bride’s natural beauty. Adding brighter hues can be accomplished creatively.

1. Choose colorful flowers (or at least add one or two accents) for bridal bouquets, table arrangements and boutonnieres. The bridal bouquet could be a blend of rich jewel tones: amethyst, gold, sapphire and ruby.

2. Incorporate color in the décor Candles, napkins, lighting or favors, for example.

3. Select a brighter hue or color range For bridesmaids’ dresses and groomsmen’s ties.

4. Invite guests to wear color One invitation to a recent wedding read, “Fancy and fierce! Bright colors and bowties are encouraged. Please no solid black ensembles.” Sound a little pushy? The resulting photographs were festive, warm and dramatic.

5. Colorful shoes Contrast nicely with a white/ivory wedding dress. After all, the state where you have chosen to be married is called “Colorful Colorado.”