“Reserved” and “bold” aren’t two words you often use together, especially when it comes to weddings. We tend to hear “simple” versus “extravagant” to describe weddings, but not both about the same wedding. If you’re looking to shake things up and make a statement with your wedding, consider having an overall reserved wedding with unexpected bursts of color. There are lots of ways to make certain aspects pop at your wedding. Keep your clothing, decorations, and colors subdued by using similar neutral colors and simple or plain styles, and then incorporate just a couple of large, bold, and/or bright details, such as these:
For the bridal party’s bouquets, use mostly greenery, with just one or two bright, large flower blossoms, almost as an accent. For an even more drastic look, give the bridal party only greenery and have only a couple of large colorful flowers in the bride’s bouquet. If you don’t like that look, consider having each girl hold just a few bright flowers without any greenery or filler at all. The color will stand out nicely against plain, neutral dresses.
If the groom wants to be the center of attention, you can easily do this by having the bridal party dress in neutral colors and the groom wear a brightly-colored suit – red, bright green, cerulean, etc. Although typically the focus is all on the bride at her wedding, this is a fun and unexpected way to shift that focus to the groom.
For a somewhat more subtle bold accent, the bride can wear bright, statement-piece shoes. This is on the subtle side because (depending on the length of the dress, of course), the shoes won’t always be visible underneath the dress, but occasionally you’ll get a pop of color peeking out, which will starkly contrast the white dress. One long-term trend is brides wearing converse with their wedding dresses; that’s definitely an option here, but don’t rule out bright, strappy, colorful heels as well!
Statement floor piece
Keep your reception tables clear – so your guests can see each other and hold a conversation across the table! – but the reception area decorated by including a large decorative feature somewhere out in the open. For example, set up this gorgeous flower curtain. There are different ways you can incorporate it:
- With just a few strands, as an entryway into the reception area
- With a lot of strands as a photo backdrop
- With a lot of strands against a plain wall or to cover a door
You could also set up a fountain, potted floral arrangement, or extravagant photo booth. Anything that is large and fills the room with color!
Color smoke bombs
Color smoke bombs are such a fun way to add a stunningly bold burst of color to your wedding festivities. You can use them at different times, too:
- Ceremony exit: have the bridal party set them off as the bride and groom exit the ceremony
- Reception entrance: most bridal parties enter while dancing, but you can make your entrance stand out by setting off color smoke bombs while you enter instead
- Reception sendoff: forget the sparklers and let guests send you away with a burst of color to commemorate the beauty of the day
- First dance: for the couple who maybe doesn’t like to dance very much, or anyone who wants to add a creative twist to their first dance with a surprise color bomb, set off the smoke bombs during your first dance
- At any time during the night for a surprise!
Some couples personalize everything. We get it – when there are so many adorable and pretty ways to put your initials on napkins, cups, gift bags, food, and everything else, it’s easy and understandable to go a little overboard with the personalization. Other couples don’t personalize anything, and that’s fine too. Wherever you stand on the spectrum, whether you love all things monogrammed, or like to have a few special things personalized, or whether you never personalize anything, marquee letters are the perfect solution. They’re big and bold, personal because you can pick any letters you want, and they can either complement your personalizations on other items or they can stand in the place of any other personalizations at your wedding. Hang them on the wall behind the bridal party’s table or stand them in a corner, surrounded by lights and flowers. Furthermore, these are pretty easy to make yourself, so you’d save some money on decorations, too!
There are plenty of ways to make a statement at your wedding. Designer clothes and jewelry, a gourmet menu, a famous band, asking guests to donate to a charity rather than give gifts – you can make just about any statement you want to at a wedding. If you want your statement to be fun, colorful, and, to an extent, surprising, consider having a plain wedding with a splash or two of bold color to wow your guests.