David Stark’s Wedding Palette Challenge Makes Finding Your Big-Day Colors Easy
The New York-based event producer, designer, author, and Martha Stewart Weddings contributor invites you to get started. In three simple steps, he says, any couple can home in on the hues they’ll love for their celebration.
One of the first subjects we ask couples about when planning their wedding is color. Do you have colors or a color that you love? Often, we're told that is a difficult question to answer. To make pinpointing your ideal shades a little easier, we came up with this three-step experiment.
Make a Record
The world around you can be a rich resource. Take pictures with your phone or camera as you go about your everyday life over the course of a few weeks, and see what colors draw you in. You might be surprised at what you're attracted to!
Evaluate What You've Learned
After snapping your photos, assess them. What color tells your story? You might be drawn to a building's giant mural, a saturated color in wallpaper, a hue in a dress print, or a flower that blossoms outside your bedroom window. After years of thinking purple was your favorite color, you may find your captured photos are all of beautiful things in shades of orange, or you may realize that red is what stirs you.
Encourage Your Fiancé to Participate
Perhaps you discover you both love Robins' egg blue or countless shades of green. Since color sets the stage for so many players in your wedding, why not see what color truly brings you joy? Knowing this will help you articulate your aesthetic to your florist, your planner, and yourself.
We took this challenge and found that our current obsession is yellow! After the long winter, the first colors of spring had a big impact on us: the different shades of yellow found in the carpet of daffodils in the park, the bright yellows of forsythia and tulips, and the muted yellows of the tiny peppers at the farmers' market. And then there are the yellows beyond Mother Nature, like the ones woven into a textile or printed fabric.