Colors can help ensure memorable wedding

Lorrie Sage, owner of Special Occasions in Grand Blanc said that color trends this year are leaning toward navy and burgundy with touches of blush still popular.

Lorrie Sage, owner of Special Occasions in Grand Blanc said that color trends this year are leaning toward navy and burgundy with touches of blush still popular.

GENESEE COUNTY – For many couples choosing their wedding colors offers the opportunity to showcase their personal styles and set the mood for their nuptials.

Color can be a critical component when establishing the ambiance for a wedding. Some colors work better together than others, so while choosing a color scheme may seem like an easy undertaking, some couples may find it requires more careful consideration than they first imagined.

Lorrie Sage, owner of Special Occasions in Grand Blanc, has helped couples select and perfect their wedding colors for years. She said especially with the advent of Pinterest most couples today know their colors before stepping into her showroom, but for those who do not, there are ways to help them narrow down their choices.

“We like to spend some time talking with the couples and getting to know them. Getting to know their personalities helps us find a palette that is comfortable for them. Some personalities need bold vibrant colors while others are more comfortable with neutrals and pastels. The wedding should reflect the couple’s personal style,” said Sage. “We also have a large selection of colors to choose from in our showroom, sometimes a bride will come in with one thing in mind and fall in love with a color they hadn’t considered.”

According to the bridal guide A Practical Wedding, wedding colors can give couples a starting-off point for all of the other details of their weddings. This ensures the wedding ultimately has a cohesive look. Colors need not necessarily match, but borrowing on similar hues can make it easier to plan wedding party wardrobes, flowers, table linens, and much more.

“Colors set the tone for the reception and helps the couple personalize their event. A neutral palette of ivory with accents of gold and no ‘color’ creates a soft, romantic feel and says something about the kind of evening the couple wanted to create,” said Sage. “Just like a bold purple or orange color palette can create a fun party atmosphere.”

Colors can come from anywhere, but many couples try to coordinate their color schemes with the season in which the wedding takes place. In fact, couples who are finding it difficult to decide on a palette can look to seasonal colors for inspiration.

Brides magazine suggests that couples avoid choosing too many colors. A maximum of three with one metallic can ensure that things look cohesive without being over-thetop.

“We suggest keeping colors to three max,” said Sage. “There should be a dominant color and the others should be accents. Bold colors will dominate a room which can be fun with the right design but many bold colors will get out of control if not done right.”

Brides and grooms needn’t feel pressured by the “hot” colors of the moment, but Sage and her team always stay on top of the latest trends for those couples who want a modern aesthetic.

“We are seeing a lot of navy and burgundy. Some touches of blush are still in the picture as well,” said Sage. “It looks like we are going back to a classic traditional look. Gold chiavari (chairs) are still the most popular but we are seeing mahogany in the mix a lot this year too.”

Visit with experts at Special Occasions during the seventh annual Genesee County Bridal Alliance Wedding Marketplace set for noon to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28 at the Captain’s Club at Woodfield, 10200 Woodfield Drive, Grand Blanc. Admission is $5 at the door and $3 if you pre-register at or by calling 810-836- 5201.

Wedding Marketplace vendors:

Captain’s Club at Woodfield
Special Occasions East
CC Events
Centennial Image Photography
Affairs To Remember
Pop Mod Photo
Creative Catering
Rejuve Avenue
Vogt’s Flowers
David’s Bridal
The Whole 9 Yards
Bella Ivente
President Tuxedo
David Flowers Therapy
Tasty Layers Custom Cakes
U Pose Photo Booth
Sullivan’s/Glen Gables
Pure Reflections Nutrition & Beauty
Dunham Hills Golf Club
Circus Park
Pure Romance by Missy
Black Tie Productions
Mike Naddeo Photography
Liquid Entertainment
Holiday Inn Express

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