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Wedding Themes & Color Ideas + Wedding Must Haves 2013

Jan 22, 2013

We know that many of our readers rang in the new year with marriage proposals: in our last post we shared proposal stories told by our Facebook fans and hopefully gave anyone in need of inspiration some great wedding proposal ideas! Next we wanted to know what brides were choosing as far as wedding colors and wedding themes for the upcoming season. New year, new wedding trends – and here’s what we got!

54 brides-to-be shared their color schemes and themes with us:

Red - 9

Orange - 6

Yellow - 4

Green - 12

Blue - 23

Purple - 19

Pink - 6

Gray - 5

Brown - 1

Black – 14

White – 9

Ivory – 6

Silver - 7

Gold - 1

Casino – 1

Rustic – 6

Vintage – 3

Peacock – 3

Spring/Garden – 1

Beach – 7

Winter – 1

Fall – 4

Fairytale – 2

Butterfly – 1

Love/Hearts – 4

Of course, most of the brides who commented had a specific color combination including 2 or more of the colors mentioned above. And one thing’s for certain, there were not many who commented and had the EXACT same color scheme! Based on our statistics, blue is the color of the season – especially royal blue or navy! Purple came in at a close second, whether it was lilac or eggplant. Many brides also claimed silver would also be an accent color in their palette (this was really common with the royal blue!). Black was mentioned in many of the color combinations too, so it’s obvious that brides are leaning toward darker hues for the 2013 wedding season.

There were two specific color combinations that more than bride had in mind: yellow/gray and black/white/red. And as you can see, three brides reported peacock-inspired color schemes or themes (think black, dark green, blue and purple).

Out of all the comments, there weren’t too many that boasted a certain wedding theme, though this isn’t surprising. Nowadays it’s less common for brides to choose themes that used to be popular such as fairytale or butterfly, but rather stick to a specific color scheme and have their wedding decor reflect their personality! But as we expected, rustic and vintage themes were the most popular. I have a feeling burlap will be making a bold statement at rustic weddings – we’ve got burlap favor bags, table and aisle runners readily available for the rustic bride! Lace keeps recurring in favors and accessories too, so I can only imagine it will continue to be an addition to vintage weddings. And of course, beach weddings will always be popular for summer, destination, or warm-weather affairs.

We also asked our brides what their one “wedding must have” is:

“My fiance will be in his marine blues; my must have is a sword/saber arch [as the newly wedded couple exits the ceremony].” ~ Kim F., VA

“My fiance! Can’t get married without him!” ~ Lisa S., NC

“Love and family.” ~ Amanda F.

“Pretty string lights and candlelight.” ~ KP W., LA

“My grandmother walking me down the aisle is a must!” ~ Meagan T., GA

“My must have is a picture/seat reserved for my dad and fiance’s grandmother who have passed away.” ~ Amanda T., MI

“Good favors that I can afford!” ~ Melissa W.

“The must have (as per my fiance) is a bonfire.” ~ Amy G.

“My must have is to make sure my dad’s back is recovered from surgery so he can walk me down the aisle and dance with me without pain.” ~ Tracy W.

“A personalized aisle runner and ring bearer pillow!” ~ Jessica G., MD

“Besides my love being there, a must have is cannolis!” ~ Jenn S.

“One wedding must have would be my groom!” ~ Leann S.

“Blue and purple hydrangea flower bouquets and my dream come true groom!” ~ Heidi P.

“My wedding must would have to be my mom! She will keep both me and the wedding together…she is a lifesaver!” ~ Courtney E., MA

“Everyone will carry sunflowers…I just want it to be a happy day. For me, sunflowers = happiness.” ~ Mary S., WI

“A must have at my wedding would have been all my grandparents, but I know they will be looking down from heaven and will be in my heart!” ~ Michelle S.

“Our one must have was having an outdoor wedding! We wouldn’t have it any other way!” ~ Trena B., OR

“My twins and his daughter in the wedding, and my daddy walking me down the aisle.” ~ Mandy T., WV

“A photo booth!” ~ Kerry C., NJ

“My must have is your pearl place card/photo frames as escort cards and favors!” ~ Meredith W.

“A must is that we bring his father’s ashes with us.” ~ Tracie B.

“My fiance!” ~ Sam C., TX

“The love of my life.” ~ Alyssa M.

“Must have: love!” ~ Michelle M.

“A great DJ.” ~ Theresa M., PA

“Our must have is the personalized water bottle labels you sell. They are a perfect idea for decorating the table and providing water for our guests.” ~ Nanci R.

“Chuck Taylors for the bridal party.” ~ Tiffani D., IL

“My must have is my pink leopard Nike tennis shoes.” ~ Kim M.

“Grilling and swimming are our must for the backyard BBQ theme!” ~ Stephanie S.

“Texas bluebonnet bouquet.” ~ Kate S.

“Must-Have: custom Chuck Taylor sneakers with our wedding date on them instead of heels. (It’s a really long walk to my future husband, okay?)” ~ Melinda B.

“Our must have is making sure our guests have a great time!” ~ Kimberly L.

“My daughter’s one must have is her family and friends around her on the special day.” ~ Jane S., NM

“My one must have for the wedding is my groom, of course!” ~ Penny W., OK

“Beautiful weather! I’m keeping my fingers crossed!” ~ Wendy S., NY

Carol C. from Vero Beach, FL is our winner!  Out of all the brides who shared their wedding themes with us, hers was certainly the most original! Here’s what Carol had to say about her wedding theme and colors:

“We are doing a “Dr. Who” theme/wedding reception:  think blue, black, metallic silver and bright white to break up the dark colors. Tiny Daleks all over the place, fans to keep cool at the outside ceremony, navy blue and white silk table colors, and blue glass vases! So much fun and unique, like the two people getting married!”

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the BBC-produced TV series, it’s a science fiction program that (as per Wikipedia) “depicts the adventures of a Time Lord—a time traveling, humanoid alien known as the Doctor. He explores the universe in his ‘TARDIS’, a sentient, telepathic time-and-space-travel machine that flies through the time vortex.”

And Daleks, (also as per Wikipedia), are “extraterrestrial race of mutants principally portrayed in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who.”

Congratulations, Carol, on both your wedding and winning this contest – a $50 gift certificate to our store, Little Things Favors! Please contact us to claim your prize.

~ Kelsey

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Erica is an 11 year veteran of the wedding industry and is the owner and founder of LittleThingsFavors.com.Her advice has been featured in the books: How To Plan Your Wedding and Enjoy It! Experienced Wedding Professionals Share Their Secrets and Planet Wedding.Follow her on Google +
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