How to choose your perfect colour

Written by    Last updated: June 6, 2006

Image consultants Color Me Beautiful help you find the right shades for you

Bridal and wedding colours

When choosing your dress, it can help to know which shade of white will make you look your best and which shades you’d do well to avoid. Going for the right shade of white will make all the difference. Ivory and creamier shades of white are best for warm types while light types can go for a purer, fresher bright white.

When choosing your colour theme for your wedding, you’ll need to consider more than just your table decorations. The colour or colours you decide on will run from the flowers in your bouquet to your table centrepieces right through to the dresses your bridesmaids will wear.

You might be tempted to choose your colour based on current fashions (remember all those peach bridesmaids dresses from the 1980s?), but it’s advisable to choose your overall colour theme depending on what suits you. You’ll be having your photos taken surrounded by your chosen colour all day after all.

As a general rule, cool types should go for lilacs and pale blues while deep and warm types can go for bolder colours such as brighter reds.

Don’t panic though, if you’re heart’s set on red and you’re a cool or a light type as you can still go for red, just make sure it’s the right shade of red for you. Soft types should choose soft or pastel shades while clear types can wear more contrasting colours.

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