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. 

Daffodils blooming at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Daffodils blooming at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

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.

Sunny yellow plates found at the flea market
Sunny yellow plates found at the flea market.

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!

The beautiful yellow tea tins at Bellocq in Greenpoint
The beautiful yellow tea tins at Bellocq in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

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. 

Forsythia Bush
Flourishing forsythia spotted in Brooklyn’s Carroll Gardens.

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. 

Yellow Peppers
Yellow pepper plants for sale at the farmers’ market.

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.

A selection of golden hue prints in the fabric district
A selection of golden-hued prints in New York’s fabric district.

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About the Author

David Stark

David Stark is a renowned New York-based event producer, designer, and five-time author, as well as president and creative director of David Stark Design and Production, a full-service event design and planning firm. David and his team are celebrated for the inventive, imaginative weddings they create globally for a wide range of high-wattage celebrity, society, and fashion clientele...


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