Color Me Happy

I’m going to show you guys something. It’s the inspiration board for Mr. Pin Cushion’s and my wedding. But there is something else I have to tell you. It was a solid 14+ months into our engagement before I came up with this board. Before that, I had another board, with another color scheme, and I had even asked my bridesmaids to start looking for dresses in the other colors. But then I had an existential crisis and decided it was all wrong. I couldn’t possibly get married surrounded by yellow and orange and red! The earth might catch on fire if I did that. Or dinosaurs might be resurrected.

So I changed. And my bridesmaids still love me (at least they continue to pretend very well). And my fiance only thinks I’m a bit crazier that he had thought I was before. And I am much happier.

Phew. It feels good to get that all off of my chest. And now I can show you the board:


Row 1 Sources: Ice Cream, Fuchsia, Red Stripes (personal photo-Ikea fabric), Liberty of London Fabric, Bow-tie
Row 2 Sources: Flowers, Cake, Croquet Set, Red Dress, Green Burlap, Gingham, Strawberries and Flowers,
Row 3 Sources: Flowers, Jam, Green dress, Strawberry Baskets, Baker’s Twine

As you can see, we’re aiming to achieve a feeling of: celebration, picnicking, summer, other perky adjectives. We don’t want to go over-the-top hokey, so Mr. PC is helping me use an “editing eye” (a la Tim Gunn) to cut down on the number of ginghams we incorporate. Otherwise, our guests might be smothered in checks.

Our colors, if you ask me, are: spring green, fuchsia and cherry red. If you ask Mr. Pinster, they’re: green, pink and red. Those differences stem from something deeply ingrained in our DNA (it’s scientifically proven-really!), as illustrated here:

[Source-XKCD, the ultimate in geek-chicdome]

Despite the differences in naming colors, Mr. Pinster and I are on the same page with our vision. After a long long (like eons long) time of perusing through inspiration on line, it feels good to finally have a solid idea about our wedding! But who know… ask me next week and I might have a new idea (though I might be out a few bridesmaids if I do).

What brought you your wedding inspiration? Elves? The blog-o-sphere? A favorite painting? Your favorite book?


Mrs. Pin Cushion

Oakland, CA
Wedding Date:
July 2010
Questions Answered. Questions Formed.
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    jackie-o 2379 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:48 pm

    you always make me laugh – – Thank You!!! Your colors are fantastic. They are so full of cheer life and happiness. They make me want to be outside and party right now…. And yes my colors are Aubergine, Gunmetal, Copper, Vintage blue – to FH they are dark purple, gray, penny color, and ‘washed’ blue! I love him more for the ‘washed’ blue, haahaahaa

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    margiraffe 36 posts, Newbee @ 2:49 pm

    Gorgeous! We’re having a picnic-inspired motif, too, so I understand the temptation to make everything gingham! (I keep telling people to replace bridal-looking white satin with red cotton gingham. I guess I am in danger of check-overload!)

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    alivoo01 2625 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:51 pm

    That’s a good color combo you have going and love the girl vs guy vision of colors!

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    msbtb12 432 posts, Helper bee @ 2:54 pm

    I love your board! I love the colors. They are so bright and fun! And the entire ‘feel’ of the board is lovely and fresh.

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    ktisthatbees 1686 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:54 pm

    haha, love the color illustration. It’s so true.

    Me: “I think Different shades of sage, mint, ivories and creams with some pops of deep eggplant or plum would be so pretty!”

    Him, ” So you like green, dirty white, and purple?”

    Sigh. . .

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    Mrs. Hermit Crab 3901 posts, Honey bee @ 2:55 pm

    your colors will look awesome! and I loooove that cake in your inspiration board, so cool!

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    amykate 180 posts, Blushing bee @ 3:17 pm

    Everything looks great. I even own the green J. Crew dress, in fact I am wearing it this weekend.
    We chose our colors on our own favorites, Navy Blue and yellow.

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    seashell 1689 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:34 pm

    What an awesome inspiration board!

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    starfish 1902 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:25 pm

    love the guy/girl color list. Yuor board is so fun, I can’t wait to see all of your details and how you put it together!

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    0saar 5 posts, Newbee @ 9:04 pm

    the comic’s actually from Doghouse Diaries–the xkcd one, which was complied using poll results, is further down the page.

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    roux 1469 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:23 pm

    Haha I love your colour chart. I’m printing it out and putting it in my wedding folder for Fi to look at. I want the colours blush, sage, ivory, and champagne. All FI hears is pink green white and gold. Sigh, boys.

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    tea 2414 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:45 pm

    my mister! i had proposed a completely different color scheme and he wondered why i didn’t use green since it was my favorite color. complete duh moment.

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    xoxokristin 541 posts, Busy bee @ 11:51 pm

    Doh! Before this post, I always said our colors were red, pink, black and white. I just texted my groom and asked him if he wanted the red to be maraschino or cayenne! I honestly didn’t really think about the different shades! I am a bad bride.

    I love your board, so fun!

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    Pincushion 1074 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:14 am

    @ktisthatbees: I love that your fiance thinks one of your colors is “dirty white.” Niiice . . .
    @xoxokristin: don’t feel like you need to fit into the female stereotype/generalization. But out of curiosity, did your groom want maraschino or cayenne?!

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    MsEucalyptus 107 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:17 am

    @0saar: I totally thought the same thing, how nerdy does that make me?

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    Birthday Party or Wedding Reception? | Weddingbee, Guest @ 1:30 pm

    […] the bright colors that Mr. PC and I chose for our wedding colors, I sometimes wonder if our wedding reception is going […]

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    krissybee 3921 posts, Honey bee @ 8:05 pm

    i love your colors!! very fresh and fun!!

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    argyle 2519 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:52 pm

    Love the mix of colors! Great ones that pop!

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    jordynrose 6351 posts, Bee Keeper @ 6:36 pm

    Your board is amazing! I love all of the colors you chose!

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    Kelly, Guest @ 9:44 pm

    That picture isn’t Randall’s, that’s an image he took from a web comic. Randall’s findings (further down) showed both sexes see colours much like that image says men see them. Both sexes saw teal and magenta as separate enough to name individually, and only males cared enough about orange-pink to denote it as salmon (females stuck it in with pink — the exact opposite to the comic).
    The only individual colours the females named that the males didn’t, were two different hot pinks (the colours the women’s side of the comic calls ‘strawberry’ and ‘magenta’), light green, lime green, neon green, and aqua.

    So, there is a slight trend of women denoting more colours than men, but its nowhere near as exaggerated as that.

    On the other hand, women are probably more inclined to fine distinctions when colour-scheming than when filling out a survey. Which is perfectly rational in my opinion, knowing that a change of just a few % in an RGB hex code can make a pretty big difference, even where I would call the colour by the same word. I look quite good in the ‘moss’ to ‘spindrift’ range, but I couldn’t wear ‘honeydew’ or ‘lime’, even though those are also ‘green’ on the guys’ side of the chart. ‘Cayenne’, ‘maroon’ and ‘plum’ are good lipstick colours on me, ‘maraschino’, ‘orchid’ and ‘lavender’ would not be, even though those are also ‘red’ and ‘purple’ on the guys’ side. However, I usually say ‘green-blues’ and ‘cool reds’ for those ranges of colour, not individual words for each shade.

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