A lovely neutral – not quite latte, not quite grey, but with a touch of both.
Combine with any of the browns
– Creams, off whites, white
– Rust and bronze brown
– Metallics – silver, bronze, pewter
– Apricots of any shade
– Greens – of any shade from Kelly to sage to spring green
– Pinks – from old rose to baby pink
– Berry colours – deep amethysts (the purples with a grey undertone), deep berry red
– Blues – navy, sky, Tiffany or baby blue
– Dresses in this colour lend themselves to lots of embellishment – pleating, lace, beading
– Suits for the men could be black, very dark brown or even a charcoal grey with a brown tinge to the fabric
– Add texture to the scheme with soft lustrous fabrics, linens, rough and smooth, shiny and dull
– A disciplined approach featuring only this colour and the off white of your bridal dress, broken by touches of dark green in leaves and the occasional dark green candle or bead to add a jolt of colour, sparkling glassware
– Use this as your secondary colour in an all magnolia colour scheme. Add taupe beaded sheer or lustred fabrics to the tables, taupe candles and candlesticks, taupe or white dinnerware, magnolia flowers in off white containers, taupe ties for the men with black suits, a magnolia coloured cake with subtly shiny taupe embellishments
– For the bride a very pale version of taupe in a softly lustrous dress with a darker taupe mantilla style veil and shoes – great if you have very dark red hair or dark hair
– Lilies, clematis, stephanotis, magnolias, sugar frosted fruit, autumn fruits such as pomegranates, autumn leaves, grape vine leaves, hydrangeas – any flower that ties with your chosen colour scheme
– Speckled feathers, seed pods, twine, delicate filigree, tiny delicate bird’s nests with speckled eggs, paper butterflies or flowers – chose one or a few to include in your table settings
– Metallic shoes, pearls, crystals
– The bride in soft white, the bridesmaids in soft taupe dresses with a simple shape and great ornate earrings
– Use this colour as a simple restful background with French inspired theme – furniture, flowers such as full blown roses everywhere, heavily patterned fabrics, crystal chandeliers, ornate glassware – think Marie Antoinette and the French court
– Favours such as tiny bottles of liqueur, handmade chocolates with a coffee cream filling, marzipan ‘fruits’, nougat
– Have fun with taupe and soft white stripes for a ceiling tented effect, tablecloths
One of the things I love most as a blogger is interacting with brides and hearing about your projects and plans. (clearly so much, that this post may have popped up a little earlier than we meant it to!)
We’ll be featuring Yolanda and Ben’s gorgeous wedding on Polka Dot Bride soon (remember their stunning engagement photos?), but first, I wanted to share with you their gorgeous DIY projects they they created for their wedding day.
Above Yolanda’s work desk sits a canvas of two birds and trees, created by friend Daniel Yegorov of Design Collision , it was an engagement gift and used on the couple’s engagement party invitations.
Yolanda and Ben were inspired by a Hallmark card they received for their engagement. They adapted the idea of a red heart with a dictionary style definition of love and designed the invitations themselves (with the help of good friend Daniel Yegorov of Design Collision. They were printed and then cut by Yolanda using a paper trimmer and corner punk. Each envelope was printed with a bird from a stamp Yolanda found on Stamp-It.
Yolanda found the idea to use matchboxes as wedding favors on a wedding site. She designed them herself using “Perfect Pair” stickers from Prior Engagement and covering the boxes in paper from Fiskars.
Thank you to Yolanda for sharing your gorgeous DIY invitations with us here on Polka Dot Bride! Please do email your DIY projects to mspolka (at) polkadotbride (dot) com We’d love to see what you’ve come up with!