Dare To Go Bold

No longer are brides sticking with pale or subdued color themes. Today’s weddings are featuring striking color combinations. Kate Parker, a wedding designer and owner of New Hampshire-based Kate Parker Weddings, says the color change has everything to do with the brides themselves.“Today’s brides are a little older, 26, 30. They are well-traveled and they are career savvy,” she says.Brides today are more independent and are willing to say what they want — which means many are saying “No” to overtly formal weddings.“Brides don’t want a stuffy wedding; they want to get down and party,” Parker added.In years past, color was more of an accessory. Today, bright colors are the main event.“Color itself has become the theme,” says Parker.How much of a theme?A recent wedding Parker planned was for a bride hailing from Miami — think sizzling, saturated color.While shades of lime green have been high on brides’ lists for a number of years, complimentary colors have changed. The Miami-inspired wedding Parker organized paired richer colors of magenta and garnet.“These are bold color combinations, but are very classy,” she says.This palette was featured not only in flowers and table linens, but in the invitations, wrappers for bouquets and napkins, and also in the bride’s jewel-toned necklace and earrings.“Brides are really taking these color themes and applying them everywhere, across all aspects of the wedding,” says Parker.Pink and blueTraditional colors of pink or blue are still popular, but are becoming more sophisticated like the brides themselves. Instead of pale pink roses, softer muted shades are being paired with rich hot pinks of peonies, for example.Blue has always been a popular color, especially for New Hampshire’s marine-minded brides, but tones have moved away from baby-blue to deeper colors with a touch of grey such as Wedgwood or slate. Going even further down the palette, navy gives the presence of black without being somber. Pewter is another good complement, but keep it dove-soft and not glittery silver.Paper products by Kate Parker Weddings, Dover, www.kateparkerweddings.com Makeup by Joya Beauty, Dover, www.joyabeauty.com Favors by Truffles for a Cause by M. Ludwig Designs, www.trufflesforacause.com Dupioni silk ring carrier for pets from Lola Parker Couture, www.kateparkerweddings.comParker says one of today’s hottest colors is chocolate brown. Paired with lime, pink or even aqua lends real pop to a warm, luscious cocoa.What can make a wedding even more of a celebration than tying it to a holiday or season?While temperatures cool down in the Granite State during autumn, it remains one of the hottest seasons to get married.Parker suggests spicing up yellow-and-orange with browns, deeper oranges and colors from the purple family like plum, aubergine and eggplant.Pairing traditional colors of orange and brown with unexpected hues like green and aqua works well for early-fall weddings that borrow from both summer and autumn palettes.For something really different, Parker chose white orchids, red apples and earthy brown twigs for another recent autumn wedding.While the colors of winter holidays like Christmas and Hanukkah bring to mind traditional green-and-red or blue, Parker suggests pairing olive green with garnet.“It still says ‘holiday’ without being cliché,” says Parker. “I’m also seeing brides choose golds and champagne colors,” she says.These colors can be lightened or paired with a soft pink, peach and pale green for spring weddings.What’s out“The only real color that is out is sage green,” says Parker. “Black and white by themselves is also less popular than in recent years.”However, she says, that yin-yang combo is receiving new punch partnered with yellow or hot pink.Of course, no color is ever really out, especially when it is used in ways that reflect the bride’s personality and her personal touch.“Brides are taking advantage of the big event and are using their wedding to represent everything about themselves,” says Parker.Kate Parker Weddings (603) 742-0166 www.kateparkerweddings.com