If you wanted to send me over the moon when I was a kid all you had to do was give me the biggest box of Crayola Crayons. That box contained 64 beautiful colours and I still remember my favourite was Peacock Blue. Those crayons and a giant pad of newsprint paper and I was happy for hours. Lost in the worlds created by my young imagination.
Colour has always made me happy. Still does. Many things inspire me as I work with couples to design a beautiful wedding day, but colour will always be at the top of the list. We are all affected by colour – often without even being aware of its affects on our brain and mood. Colour can make us happy. (Hello Orange!) Calm us down. (Thank you Blue.) Alert us to danger. (Red, you saved my life!) Colour is powerful and is one of the most important elements you’ll use to create your perfect wedding day.
It’s been said that the human eye can perceive 10 million different colours. So how in the world do you choose a colour scheme for your wedding? Complementary? Monochromatic? The pop of primary colours? Soothing pastels? Rich jewel tones?
Feeling a tad overwhelmed? Don’t be. Help abounds for the colour-challenged – no Fine Arts degree required. Two of my favourite on-line colour resources are The Perfect Palette and Colour Lovers. Each illustrates many examples of beautiful colour combinations.
I also recommend you check out the film (courtesy of Honey and Dear and The Wedding Co blog) of this recent Toronto wedding. You’ll see how the elegant grey and soft apricot colour scheme has been used to perfection. Note how the bridesmaids’ and groomsmen’s attire blends beautifully with the flowers, the stunning chapel and the reception venue. The gorgeous florals extend and enhance the colour scheme. The overall effect is stunning.
For your own wedding consider the feel and mood you wish to convey. Think about the formality of your wedding, the architecture and decor of your ceremony and reception venues, the season in which you’ll be married.
Sometimes blog inspiration just knocks you on the head, right out of left field.
This morning, in that fuzzy netherworld between dozing and awake, I heard a quote on the 6:30 CBC sports broadcast that woke me right up:
“…. it’s about paying attention to detail, about taking time to get things right, about making sure you do everything you have to do.”
Hey, I thought, that’s exactly what I do!
The unlikely source of my inspiration? The Toronto Blue Jays bench coach Don Wakamatsu.
You see, before every game Mr. Wakamatsu writes out the team’s player line-up cards. In Gothic calligraphy.
Not what you’d expect in major league baseball but, as Mr. Wakamatsu says, his attention to this detail sends a very clear message to the team: small things matter.
Of course, this is so very true of my job as a wedding designer and coordinator. It’s the attention to the gazillion small details that helps your day run smoothly and allows you, the happy couple, to relax and simply enjoy what should be the best day of your lives.
From the earliest days of planning to the day of, a wedding presents thousands of details to every couple. It can be overwhelming. The role of a coordinator is to help you sift through these details. And while there are countless details to consider leading up to your special day, perhaps our greatest value is on your actual wedding day when we work tirelessly behind the scenes, ensuring no detail – however small – is overlooked. As Don Wakamatsu says, “small things matter.”
Don, you are so right. If this baseball thing doesn’t work out maybe you should consider a career in wedding planning?