Thursday, August 27, 2009

Color Schemes

Not a lot of blog posts lately, but honestly, not a lot happening at the moment. The guest list is still under construction and I suspect it will stay that way until around Christmastime when I can hound my mom about her side of invites in person. In the meantime, there are all sorts of other fun - or painful - little details to consider. One pretty big detail being the color scheme.

I've been sort of sliding on this part of the process because I'm still waiting on Johnny's vote for the suit (light gray, dark brown or very black) which will have a bit of an impact on what we should go with. Unfortunately, so far the only response I have gotten on his preferences has been to find something that "looks like something Nick Cave would wear" (see picture above). What he's looking for is a bit of a slimmer cut on the suit, but this direction is vague at best and does not a color scheme decision make, so I've still been tossing around ideas for what might be the best mix for our low-key, middle-of-the-park shindig. Apparently, there's a lot to consider and this post by The Knot just sort of made me way more anxious then I needed to be.

Call me crazy, but with Fall being the backdrop I felt like windows were the most important part of the process. Just open them up and let autumn do it's thing. Unfortunately, just getting any Fall-ish colors together and lacking some kind of structure could make things look pretty messy, and avoiding a scheme all together makes all the details much more annoying to figure out. When you choose two or three colors and roll with it, decisions like guest favors and invitations become that much easier to consider. So, here's what we're thinking about...

Burnt Orange/Pumpkin and Chocolate Brown:

At first I thought we should stay away from this 1960/70s wedding combination (not to mention, the team colors for the Cleveland Browns) but the combination has kind of won me over. It's very Fall, pretty dramatic and a good solid base for dropping in other Fall colors wherever we need the decoration. There's something kind of Halloween about it, and that's our favorite holiday. Wedding is in October. We may just have a match.

Chocolate Brown, Carmel and White Chocolate (with some Gold in the mix):

Also known as Brown, Tan and Ivory-ish, the other way just makes it sounds nicer (and more tasty). Whatever you want to call it, this was our first idea for a color scheme. It was the idea we conjured up while freshly engaged and still backpacking through Europe. On the upside, it's clean and modern, classic and gorgeous. On the downside, our location isn't very modern/sleek-looking so this is for detail might get lost in the shuffle or look too minimal if done wrong. I think if we had gone with an art gallery or cheaper version of Cafe Brauer, this might have been perfect, but now I'm not so sure.

Option Three is really sort of a combination deal of both of those with a little crimson thrown in for good measure.

Sometimes I really wish we could just buy a house because there are so many cool ideas I have for a backyard outdoor wedding (read: our dream wedding) but unfortunately a park is as close as we can get.

Any suggestions on colors? Cool shit you've seem somewhere else? Lemme know.


  1. Hey Candace!
    I loove your blog! What a resource this will be for future DIY Chicago weddings!
    When I think about you and Johnny, the second color scheme really seems to make sense. I think you'd look great in that cinnamon-y color and ivory!

  2. I'm getting married this November. Initially I wanted brown and yellow which you can see a lot of in the knot. Brown is my favorite color but at the last minute at the dress shop I changed the bridesmaids' dresses to a very dark purple. I am going with orange flowers ( cala, dahlias and orchids) even though my sister wanted pink. I'm just not a pink person. I have not seen the purple /orange combo too much but I think (hope) it will look great.

  3. Hey Sarah, Thanks for reading! I really hope so on the resource thing. There's so much logistical crap to get through before you can amp up time on the fun stuff, but it's all kind of fun in it's own way. Thank you for reading and thanks for the comments! I think the cinnamon-y look is something we'll be working in there for sure.


    Dear Anonymous - The brown and yellow color scheme is nice. We definitely thought about that because it allows room for adding in fall accents nicely, but dark purple sounds pretty exotic and your flowers sound like awesome choices to play up the exotic look. I think purple with orange and some chocolate brown in there would definitely make some dramatic visuals. Do you plan on adding gold accents? I have to see the pictures because you're right, I haven't seen a ton of orange and purple, but I bet it's gonna rock. If you don't mind sharing send your photos along after you tie the knot and I'll post 'em on here :)

  4. Hi! I just stumbled upon your blog... Looks like you are going to have a beautiful wedding! Love the dress ideas and the venue. My two cents- I am wondering if combo three would work well with your venue and what I have picked up to be your style (just from purusing your blog of course)? A bit of the rich colors from one mixed with ivories and toasted marshmellow from the second might be a great palette for the venue/season/etc. And having a color scheme makes those little details and decisions so much easier as you get closer!

  5. Love the idea of white chocolate as a color, Candace--gorgeous!

  6. I love both the pumpkin and the caramel. Both beautiful. Tough choice.

  7. Hey Tara,

    Thanks for your two cents :) I really like the idea of keeping things as natural as possible, so the idea of a few rich colors will probably be our best bet. Thanks for reading!

    Rebecca and Liene, thank you as well!

  8. I Would like to Know where I can find the same Tux in the picture. I love this color scheme and fell in love with that tux? Can anyone help me! The brand of the tux or where I can find it. Thanks

  9. Good question! We have been looking for a brown suit or tux everywhere and everyone claims that no one makes them anymore (2007 as the cut off year keeps popping up).

    If anyone has any leads on where to find a modern (slim) cut chocolate brown suit, please post!