Coral and Turquoise

Thursday, September 29, 2011

So what is the first thing you come up with when planning your wedding? After all of the years of dreaming and scheming, flipping through magazines, and cutting out pictures? The color scheme! But do you ever get stuck after that point trying to find unique and beautiful concepts for your wedding to fit in with that color scheme? Well, we are here to help you find those unique and beautiful concepts! Just like the DIY blog posts, we are going to be posting new ideas every two weeks specifically by color scheme. Let us know if you are having trouble with your color scheme or if you're just looking for new ideas.
For this post we are going to work on the popular color scheme of coral and turquoise. These two bright colors really compliment each other, and there are so many things out there that incorporate them together. Something casual or on the beach comes to mind when thinking about these colors, so the ideas and suggestions below are focused for that type of wedding. Check out the links at the bottom to find these items for sale.

The wedding invitation really sets the mood and idea for a wedding. It's the first thing a guest sees, and they can pull hints as to what type of atmosphere to expect at the wedding by looking at it. The invitation below gives the feeling of a casual beach wedding. It is also a great use of the coral (color and literal sea object) and turquoise.
Once your guests have an idea of the theme and color scheme of your wedding, it is time to choose the little details that bring the whole event together.

The first thing guests will see are of the ceremony decorations. For a beach wedding it is nice to keep things simple. The simpler, the cleaner. Some people choose not to set up chairs and just let the guests stand to watch the ceremony. If you do choose to have chairs, either line the aisles with something simple like flower petals, or just add some color on the arch.
The next thing the guests see will be the bridal party. Here is a great dress from JCrew that would be fabulous on the beach, and comes in a gorgeous turquoise color. This color is currently on sale for $139.99, so your girls will love you!
Pair it will this great necklace from Etsy and they will look stunning! How cute are the cupcake color holders; it's a great alternative to trying to make the frosting bright colors (if the frosting was turquoise you'd have a lot of guests with blue mouths!)
To make the groomsmen look just as great as the bridesmaids, get them a tie that brings in both colors, like the tie below. The pattern on this tie keeps the groomsmen from being outshown by the bridesmaids jewelry/dress combination. White chairs help not to distract from the real color scheme of turquoise and coral.
And of course the most important look of the wedding day is the bride. Although the beach is a casual place to be, you can still stun your guests with a gorgeous dress. Going with a fabric like chiffon moves well with a breeze that may come in near the water. To tie in the color from your bridesmaids dresses, go with a great pair of turquoise shoes like the ones below. Adding a punch of color with the shoes can make your outfit more fun! Turquoise shoes can also be your something blue!
For the bridal bouquet, go with a combination of white and orange/coral flowers to balance out all of the blue from the dresses and shoes. Using some orange and white roses mixed with different shades of orange calla lillies gives the bouquet a light look, but also very beautiful. Using an orange calla lily for the guys' boutonnieres will match the ties as well as the bridal bouquet. The addition of the curly accent on the photo below gives the flower a little more life. Small details like this really add a lot to an overall look.

After the ceremony, the guests want to have fun, especially at the beach! By making the centerpieces bright and fun like the ones below, the guests are ready to have a good time. Try finding some tropical flowers and a blue punch of color in the table linens to give off this feel.
You can also add small touches for different parts of the reception to make it unique and fun for your guests. For example, to do something different for your guestbook, make a wish tree. Provide your guests with cards asking them to write a wish for you and your groom. Have a tree with empty limbs on the table to hang them from. This also gives your reception a sentimental decoration. After the wedding you can put the wishes in a scrapbook and read them whenever you want! You can even make your own wish cards.
Doesn't turquoise just scream beach! It's such a fun and bright color and can be paired with so many different things! I love how this bride incorporated the starfish on everything even her toasting glasses!

Check back in two weeks for some more ideas for another fabulous color scheme!
If you love coral but want to more romantic color scheme check out our Gold and Coral Post! Or if you love a bright color but turquoise isn't doing it for you check out the Navy and Pink post!

~ Erin

Wedding Invitation
Bridesmaid Dress
Bridesmaid Necklace
Groom's Tie
Wedding Dress
Bridal Shoes

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