• By Wendy Lippman
  • 05 Jun, 2017

Now that you’re engaged, a lot of conversations you have will go like this: “You’re engaged! How did he propose? When’s the wedding? What are your colors?”

Your colors are one of the more important aspects of how you plan your whole wedding day. From dresses to flowers, from linens to place cards, the colors you choose will set the tone for the entire event. The minute a guest receives her save-the-date invite to the thank yous sent after the wedding, your colors will set the mood . Choose the right color, and you’ll have a fabulous-looking wedding — choose something a shade off, and you might have some angry bridesmaids on your hands saying, “I can’t believe she’s making us wear puce!”

No pressure to choose a good color, right? Luckily, summer is an easy season for colors. Pretty much any color looks fantastic at a summer wedding (except maybe puce). On one hand, that’s great; but it can also make your decision even tougher. Let’s take a look at 10 of the freshest color combinations to hit the wedding aisle.


Don’t let your fiancé think that pink is just a girly color. The great thing about pink and green together is that they can be fun and flirty , soothing or elegantly rich. It all depends on which shades you choose.

A bright pink and lime green combination is perfect for a summer afternoon outdoor affair with a preppy beat. Outdoor weddings can also play up any lush greenery at the venue. Hang pink lanterns from green arches, weave lights  on bushes. Work Mother Nature into your design and color scheme.

However, if your wedding reception is in a banquet hall that’s heavy on darker colors, fuchsia and lime might not be your best choice. That’s when a pale pink and forest green combination would look stunning.


Pink is many a girl’s favorite color, but sometimes we arch an eyebrow at yellow. Why? A lot of women don’t have the proper skin  tone to pull off a yellow dress. That’s where pink comes to the rescue. Outfit your bridesmaids in pale pink, and use yellow as the perfect accent color.

Pink and yellow can be a great combination at the dinner table as well. If you’re renting china, see if you can do pink and yellow place settings. Also try using colored linens — no one says the tablecloths and napkins have to be white.

Think about using the colors independently, like pink flowers on the place card table and yellow ribbons adorning the bar. They’ll still complement each other.


Gray is the new black. It’s even the new brown. Why are designers going gaga for it? It’s one of the most elegant colors around, and it’s putting a modern spin on the classic wedding. Use it for your summer wedding, and you’ll cool down a hot day.

One of the best things about gray is that it’s so versatile. It goes well with just about any color. When you have a popular color like gray, its versatility means your wedding doesn’t have to be cookie cutter. People go to a lot of weddings every year, and the last thing you want them to do is go to their fifth gray wedding of the season.

Pale pink and light gray is one of the best color combinations out there, because it looks really elegant and can go two ways. Gray can be the main color, with pink as an accent, or vice versa. Think of gray bridesmaid dresses with pink sashes, or pink dresses with gray sashes. Gray stationery with soft pink lettering — or you can choose the reverse. Use silver vases with soft pink roses as your centerpieces. Let your imagination go wild!


You’ve seen those buildings in the Greek islands, right? The white buildings with the blue roofs? Try that look for your summer wedding. Nothing says summer like the beach, and the color of the Mediterranean is perfect for a summertime wedding . Using a tropical shade of blue will give your wedding a calm, relaxed feeling, and pairing it with a crisp white can capture that cool, beachy feel. Let’s also mention that Pantone, the company that writes the book on color, has named turquoise as the 2010 color of the year, so you should be able to find great ways to use blue everywhere. It doesn’t hurt that most people look good in blue, so your bridal party will be happy to wear almost any shade of this color.

White can keep the blue from going overboard. Use white flowers, and add blue ribbons for bridal bouquets, boutonnieres and flowers along the aisle. Look for blue vases to use as centerpieces on stark white tablecloths. Having your wedding outside? Create cozy, romantic cabanas with couches adorned with blue and white pillows, all covered with gauzy white fabric. String up white lights everywhere for a twilit touch.


If you tell some bridesmaids that yellow and blue are your wedding colors, they might say, “If you think we’re wearing yellow dresses, you’re crazy!” Really, though, yellow and blue are an ideal combination, especially in the summer sun .

Here, it’s really important to think about the way you combine colors, and using one color as the main shade for your wedding, with an accent color complementing it, can change your wedding from “blah” to “wow.”

The yellow/blue combo is one of these “wow” combos. Blue dresses with yellow accents or flowers really make the blue pop. Yellow roses with blue ribbons along the aisle will complement the attire. This one’s pretty interchangeable — just take into account your bridesmaids. Not everyone looks good in yellow, and if your bridesmaids won’t, don’t force them to buy a yellow dress.


Black and white is a classic wedding color combo, because it’ll never go out of style. Add some red accents, and you’ll keep your wedding from being boring.

What’s black and white and red all over? Not your wedding. Don’t feel like you have to make every accessory in your wedding black, white and red. Use the red as pops of color here and there. Maybe put a red accent on your cake. Use red ribbons to make invitations stand out, or use them to hang flower arrangements from the ceiling or walls in a reception area.

You can also try red as an accent in your aisle runner. Some companies produce customized runners to match your colors. It’s a great way to include that particular accent. Put it where guests will least expect it, and they’ll remember your wedding for a long time.


Want a beachy wedding but blue isn’t your thing? Try coral and gray. You’ll bring the beauty of a tropical coral reef  to your wedding. As we’ve mentioned, gray is one the hottest colors today, and one great color to pair with it is a bright shade like coral. These two colors work beautifully together — coral brightens up the entire party, but the gray won’t let you go overboard into a coral extravaganza.

Think about coral dresses with a gray sash, or have grey dresses with coral sashes and coral necklaces. If you’re dressing the men in gray suits, a coral boutonniere will liven them up. You could even play up the theme with coral centerpieces. Just don’t let your guests bring their scuba  gear.

Coral also gives you an opportunity to make your color part of the entire wedding theme. Love the ocean? Opt for coral, and not only can you make a beautiful statement with color, but you can incorporate a cause as well. Instead of wedding favors, make a donation to a coral reef conservancy.


You’ll be walking on sunshine as you go down the aisle, so why not choose bright colors that are as radiant as you are? Orange and yellow are fabulous colors for a summer wedding . They’re bright and cheerful, and they won’t fade out in the summer sun .

One of the fun parts about orange and yellow is that you can do really unusual things to set your wedding apart. When life hands you lemons, make a table arrangement. Using citrus fruit as a centerpiece will not only have your guests talking, it’s another way to add a favor. Let your guests take home the fruit when the party’s over!

With orange and yellow, you can also interchange how they’re used. Try alternating orange and yellow in seat covers. DJs can also put orange and yellow gel filters on their spotlights to brighten up the dance floor.


You don’t always need a color combo to make a beautiful wedding. If you have one favorite color, go for it. But there’s color, and then there’s overkill. In order to keep your wedding from being a spectacle of one color, pick a base color, and then accent it with shades of that color. This works particularly well with blues and greens. You can take a basic blue, and then play with sky blue, royal blue and even navy to create interesting accents.

Check out paint Web sites to see how shades of color work together — just think of your wedding as one big palette.


What happens when your perfect ceremony site and reception hall don’t match? If the church has dark colors and your reception hall is decked out in pastels, you don’t have to pick one or the other to match. Choose neutrals! They go with everything, and they’ll ensure that neither venue’s décor will stand out in your guests’ minds.

Neutrals are also great for playing with textures. If you don’t want color to be the focus, use brocades or interesting fabrics to help bring some nuance to the table. Adorn an ivory brocade tablecloth with a square vase of white roses. Or you can put a complex flower like an orchid with a simple ecru, or beige, silk tablecloth.

Use white lights or candles to make everything shiny. Even the texture of your invitations, place cards and thank yous can make neutrals interesting.

Tlaquepaque Happenings

By Wendy Lippman 12 Dec, 2017
The Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village has become the undisputed epicenter for holiday entertainment and festivities in Sedona.  It all starts Saturday, December 16th from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.   As always, the event is free and the trolley will be running from the Uptown municipal parking lot (260 Schnebly Road) during the same time period for your convenience.

Now in its fifth year, the Holiday Sweet Stroll is a musical and entertainment extravaganza sprinkled with very special treats, gifts and sweet discounts to entice some holiday shopping.  Gather family, friends and the young ones for a magical afternoon of fun.  The participating Tlaquepaque boutique shops and galleries have gone all out to make sure your holidays are the best ever. 
By Wendy Lippman 04 Dec, 2017
Few events in Sedona can boast 45 consecutive years of overwhelming success and holiday magic.  Get ready for Tlaquepaque's Festival of Lights, the beloved signature event - perfect for the whole family, happening this year on Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 3:00 to 8:00p.m.  Come marvel at the arts village, beautifully lit with 6000 luminarias, creating a warm , golden glow flowing over every courtyard, balcony and walkway.  For your holiday shopping pleasure, the shops and galleries will stay open until 8:00 p.m.  Admission is free --- so is the hot cider,and, for your convenience, take the free trolley from the Uptown Municipal parking lot to and from Tlaquepaque.  Please consider bringing an unwrapped toy for kids ...drop them off at the Toys for Tots station in Patio del Norte.  
By Wendy Lippman 28 Nov, 2017
Get ready to kick-off the holiday season at Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, the Art and Soul of Sedona.  Bring friends, family and especially the youngsters as there is plenty to do and see.   Start your evening on Friday, December 1st around 5 p.m. to enjoy the traditional tree lighting with Mayor Sandy Moriarty.   

By Wendy Lippman 16 Oct, 2017
Cocopah , Arizona’s oldest bead store, is committed to dealing in historic, ethnic and rare beads. Turquoise has always been the most significant bead we represent. It was an intricate part of the history, lore and trade of Pre-Columbian Indians in the Southwest and along the ancient trade routes to South America. As all the mines but Kingman have closed, it has become yet more precious and costly. Imitation materials are sold everywhere as Turquoise. Visitors constantly ask us how to tell the real from the fake. We want to share with you some fascinating information about this mythic stone.
By Wendy Lippman 27 Sep, 2017
Fall in Sedona is a favorite time of the year, and at Tlaquepaque  it's high season, filled with festivals and popular events that happily bring Sedona residents and visitors together.  Forty-five years ago founder Abe Miller envisioned Tlaquepaque as a community gathering place to recreate Fiestas from Old Mexico.   Since that time, we have worked hard to keep the most time honored traditions alive.
By Wendy Lippman 15 Sep, 2017
Tlaquepaque North is open!  With its three impressive new buildings and a major renovation of a former cobblestone home, all are beautifully congruent architecturally, seamlessly mirroring the main arts village.   Tlaquepaque, now on both sides of the street, functions as a gateway to the Sedona Gallery District.  New tenants to Tlaquepaque North include : The Pump House Station Urban Eatery and Market, Caravana North, The Artist's Kitchen Shop, Renee Taylor Jewelry and Quilts Ltd.
By Wendy Lippman 02 Aug, 2017
The many fountains in Tlaquepaque offer soothing respite for visitors, especially in the balmy months of summer.  In Old Mexico, fountains were located in the central village square, serving as a place to gather water, meet friends and catch up on the latest news.   Tlaquepaque visionary Abe Miller sought to capture that sense of place and purpose at Tlaquepaque as well.  During special times of the year, its fountains are transformed into spectacular seasonal displays with gourds, vines, roots, squashes and pumpkins in the fall, and trimmings like holly, ornamental balls and handmade signature serape ornaments during the holiday season.  Any time of year the gurgling, splashing water from the fountains brings a magical element to an already magical environment.

By Wendy Lippman 05 Jun, 2017

Tlaquepaque “Best of Everything” Union!

By Wendy Lippman 05 Jun, 2017

There’s nothing quite like falling head over heels in love. Sometimes that love is so strong you just want to run off and get married immediately. Eloping can be crazy and romantic, but there’s still some planning that needs to happen. Yes, it’s true! If you ever considered a destination for your elopement, consider Tlaquepaque’s Chapel in Sedona, Arizona.

By Wendy Lippman 05 Jun, 2017

There is no right or wrong when it comes to weddings from ceremonies to receptions more and more brides and grooms are personalizing their weddings. Today’s couples are mixing old with the new for ways to make their wedding stand out from the rest. Make your wedding day as special and unforgettable as you both are and put your imagination to good use. Marriage is about two unique individuals coming together as one, so don’t be afraid to step out of the box.

Tlaquepaque has had great brides and grooms with amazing ideas, from dessert bars to candy stations. Ideas range from placing a romantic seating area for the bride and groom to relax and enjoy their evening and guests. You can take it a step further and incorporate sofas and coffee tables to break up a traditional wedding reception set up.

Another great idea so as to not keep your guests waiting taking photos is a First Look. About 70% of couples opt to have a first look before their ceremony. This is where they can capture that special moment and take a minute to breathe and shake off some of that anxiety that has been brewing all day. Some of our photographers have captured some great moments.

We hope you enjoy these ideas and photos.

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