There a lot of great way to cut costs when planning a wedding, while exploring your own creativity. The new weekly BravoBride Guide for a DIY Bride is going to show you some fun and easy way to make your big day stand out, without having an enormous budget. Today we are looking an easy way to pick colors for the big day.

Get professional help without a professional price when picking colors for your wedding. Stop into your local paint store or department. Look at the walls of color swatches and pick out ones you like the most. Talk to the sales people on the floor about which colors are popular that season, and which colors go
best together.

Here are four essentials tips:

1. How many companies produce this color?

If it’s just on company putting out a certain blue hue, it’s going to be harder for you to find in the real world. But if you find that multiple producers are all doing a certain shade of blue, then that color is more commonly mass-produced and will
be easy to procure.

2. Do these colors match?

Picking 2 swatches and asking an opinion of the sales people in the paint department if they match might seem silly but it can be very helpful. It is important to keep your colors in the same range to make sure everything matches perfectly. Sometimes the colors may be a single shade off from each other, and the sales person can help you make a perfect match. Or, you can look at the color wheels provided and make sure everything is on the same level. It is important to know whether the color is a hue, tone, shade, or tint. So make sure to ask, and write it down on the back of the card. If you need to get anything dyed this will help figure out the best way to do it.

Here are some helpful terms:

Shades Colors with black added, think autumnal colors
Colors with white and black added, these colors are often “greyed”
Pure colors, primaries
Colors with white added, like pastels

3. Take a few copies of the color swatches that you like

Bring them with you when you go shopping for ribbon or decorations. Leave them in your purse in case you see something you like when you are out shopping. This way you can check to make sure everything is the right color, and not waste time buying and returning things.

4. Have Fun!

It can seem important to do everything just right, which can make things frustrating. If you don’t see the color you want, go somewhere else, or ask someone for help. Maybe even pick up a can of tester paint to use!

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