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On a Saturday night, you could go a couple of ways: Linger over a not-too-oaky chardonnay at your go-to restaurant or hit the clubs, chilled Cosmo in hand. Picking a wedding palette presents a similar dilemma. Do you opt for elegant, can't-go-wrong neutrals? Or do it up Lilly Pulitzer-style with lots of fun, sun-bright shades? A combo like taupe and fuchsia lets you have a little of both.
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Cameos have enchanted rulers (and rabble) for thousands of years -- and today, the carved silhouettes are back on trend. We show how to incorporate both the tokens and the shell-pink color often associated with them into your wedding. And since pink on its own can feel overly sentimental (even to a bride), we've paired it with a jolt of chic black.
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It's a match made in the heavens. Think dreamy clouds and powder-blue sky, pearly stars on a velvet-blue backdrop.
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Emerald & Aqua
Some romances feature two cool characters who just jell, like a Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers number. Such is the case with eye-catching emerald green -- the shade of the gemstone thought to be favored by Venus, the goddess of love -- and serene aquamarine.
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Perfect for a summer wedding, choose a palette strong enough to stand up to nature's bold hues. Red and aqua is one of our favorite pairings, at once sophisticated and alive.
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Blue & Silver
Luxurious and refined or chic and modern, this cool color combination brings warmth to winter weddings.
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Marigold & Pewter
Sunny and steely, dialed up and dulled down, the combination of yellow and gray makes for a contrapuntal dance that's neither too sweet nor too subdued.
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Pink & Gold
America fell in love with blushing pink and gold during the 1940s and 1950s. The palette, which is making a comeback, suggested both the romance and glamour of Hollywood, hinted at a playful femininity, and came to represent fine couture, days at the beach and on boardwalks, and lighthearted sophistication.
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Green & Brown
Familiar and eternal, green and brown recall trees, earth, and grassy fields. As a color palette, the pair lends itself to all sorts of weddings but especially to autumnal ones in the country, when the bride and groom want their celebration to radiate natural beauty.
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If love could be expressed in color, it would undoubtedly be some combination of pale pink and bright red. Together they represent a spectrum of romantic feelings -- from tender to passionate, bashful to brazen. It's no wonder valentines often come in these hues.
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Lilac & Brown
Right before dusk, in a display that is as majestic as it is momentary, skies turn the perfect shade of lilac. Mauve and pink combine with the softest of blues for a hue as enchanting as its namesake blossom. Deep, dark browns accent lilac beautifully, showing off its warm tones and providing a rich background.
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Lavender & Red
By choosing classic elements -- say, roses, engraved stationery, and embroidered favors -- in unexpected hues, your personality and flair can help create a wedding that's infinitely you.
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Asian style merges with a woodland air: A palette of purple, brown, and chartreuse looks sumptuous when darker colors reign and lighter ones are accents.
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Your wedding promises to be one of the happiest, most meaningful days of your life. It's a celebration of love, joy, and brand-new-beginnings, deserving a palette that's as pure as your emotions. We can't think of anything more appropriate than crisp, clean white.
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