Miss Mink’s Little Secret

I have a secret, dear bees. You aren’t my first. There was something else before you. You see, before I was a Weddingbee blogger, I was a design blogger. My love of color had me poring over my paint fan decks just days after we got engaged. I was in search of inspiration for a color scheme.

Just days after getting engaged, we were being asked questions about our date, our venue, my dress, and all kinds of details that we hadn’t even thought about. I thought that if we made one decision, we’d feel a little less pressure to have answers for all those questions we were getting.

I eventually pulled together a selection of blues and blue-greens from Pantone’s Matching System Chart, the PMS, and showed them to Mr. Mink. His response: “Cool.”


From the Pantone Matching System Chart at cal-print.com

I then started looking at wedding blogs for real weddings that used those colors. I also found myself looking at the special occasion dresses on the J.Crew and Ann Taylor websites. At J.Crew “Matisse Blue” jumped out at me, and at Ann Taylor “Plume” felt just right.


Bridesmaids in Plume dresses by Ann Taylor / Photo by Sarah Postma Photography

After some more searching, I realized that three of my design-blogging friends had considered using the same color. One found it especially hard to find anything that matched the J.Crew dresses I loved. She wound up using navy blue as the main color in her wedding color scheme.


Bridesmaids in Matisse Blue dresses by J.Crew / Photo by Jodi Miller Photography

I had to decide whether to stick with the blue I loved or switch to something that would be more common. Teal was considered one of the hot colors for 2012 by Michelle at My Personal Artist, so I was pretty sure I’d be able to find coordinating items like invitations and linens if I used that. Blue was all over wedding magazines and blogs already, so I knew my options would be plentiful if I went with that.

Mr. Mink told me he liked all the blues and that I should go with whatever I wanted, which is a nice thing to say to someone with four fan decks in her hands, convinced that making this decision was critical to the wedding-planning mission.

What would you do? Would you stick with the uncommon color you love or switch to a color that was easier to match?

How did you pick a color to use in your wedding (or how are you doing it currently)? Did you know what you wanted from the start or did the color scheme evolve?


Mrs. Mink

Charlottesville, Virginia
Wedding Date:
June 2012
New Family Traditions
Giraffe Showers
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    soyjoy222 3817 posts, Honey bee @ 6:41 am

    My FI has green eyes and mine are blue. We are using these colors as the primary colors in our wedding, since we use these for almost everything (cards, gift wrap, etc). It’s been working well!

    Love the JCrew dresses!

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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:43 am

    @soyjoy222 Aw, that’s so cute! I love that idea!

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    unicycle 476 posts, Helper bee @ 6:59 am

    Don’t even get me started on this topic! I never would have picked my color scheme if I’d known how hard it would be to find stuff that matched it. It’s impossible!

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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:02 am

    @Miss Unicycle: Ah, so that’s one vote for a more common color that can be matched, right? :)

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    hosannac 194 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:11 am

    Yay! Those were our wedding colors and I absolutely loved, loved, loved them. Since I’m an easy gal to please and like to be a bit mischievous with colors, we went with black, navy and teal. I based the teal on “Peacock” from Paper Source. Our invites were Peacock and navy and those was the primary decor colors. For bridesmaids and groomsmen, however, we just went with black suits and dresses, with teal ties and teal cardigans from The Limited respectively. I almost went with the Plume dresses from Ann Taylor, however. They are perfection. Especially when you can snag them for 40% off.

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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:13 am

    @hosannac: A girl after my own heart! I looked at the “mall stores” because I knew they had to put dresses on sale fairly regularly. 😉

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    Miss Peacock Feather 40 posts, Newbee @ 7:35 am

    I love it. My colors are Teal and Purple (plum)!! We are incorporating the peacock feather which is the trend. I really didn’t know it was a trend until after I was dead set on it. By then it was too late to change my mind. I love the beauty of the colors.

    I will say that things such as my save the dates, and wedding website have not been exact to our colors but I have been lucky to find the things that count such as linen etc to match perfect.

    I say go for it. Teal is such a pretty color with just about any combination.

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    Michelle Mospens | My Personal Artist, Guest @ 7:46 am

    Hello Miss Mink! Thank you so very much for sharing my 2012 wedding colors blog post!!!

    Purple, or Royal Blue and Teal are proving to be popular wedding color combos for my 2012 wedding couples.

    I would stick with the color you love. If you don’t find coordinating pieces (table linens, etc), add a 2nd subtle color (gold, silver, sky blue, off white, white, driftwood, margarita green, etc).

    Enjoy! xo


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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:12 am

    @Miss Peacock Feather: The peacock theme is huge this year…but I haven’t seen it hit the wedding blogs yet. I can’t wait to see some wedding recaps with that theme.

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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:17 am

    @Michelle Mospens | My Personal Artist: I’m so glad you got the trackback, Michelle! I love your work!

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    Michelle Mospens | My Personal Artist, Guest @ 8:38 am

    @Miss Mink: Oh my! My pleasure. Thank you kindly.

    I am collecting the most unique peacock feather ideas on Pinterest and will be sure to post a blog post about this theme. I thought this trend would be ousted by the rustic barn and vintage trends, however it seems to be standing strong for 2012!

    I recently added more peacock feather invites to my site: http://www.mypersonalartist.com/peacock-feather-wedding-invitations/

    A wedding magazine recently contacted me to feature the popular TEAL and purple colors with the peacock theme! I look for this theme to grow even more next year.

    For the wedding couple that doesn’t love teals or blues, I found an amazing hot pink and orange peacock feather wedding dress belt that pops! http://pinterest.com/pin/200762095858377407/
    So inspiring.

    I just love how wedding couples are expressing themselves with color, themes, and art now. Each wedding is truly unique and personalized! I just love seeing the creativity. xo

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    TinyTina 3312 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:54 am

    @Miss Unicycle: This!! I went with an uncommon color and it has been such a freakin’ pain!

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    mole 1242 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:06 am

    We don’t have a bridal party, so there was no rush to come up with a color scheme. In fact, we only picked one because people kept asking about it!

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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:30 pm

    @TinyTina: What color did you pick? I’m so curious!

    @Miss Mole: I originally didn’t want a bridal party myself…but I eventually decided that I wanted some women from the different parts of my life involved. I have to write about that…

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    shutterpeak2122 135 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:06 pm

    I am doing a peacock wedding myself ! My bridesmaids just ordered their teal dresses. I am just unsure about the color of the sash. I had asked the store to place a hold on the order until I decide on the sash color. They are teal from Pretty Maids.

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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:08 pm

    @shutterpeak2122: I really love hosannac‘s idea to mix navy with the teal. Maybe a navy sash would work?

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    Alexa @ A Life in Drive, Guest @ 3:14 pm

    I have a design background too! And was torn between the peacock blue and a deeper blue. I ended up with cobalt, because my fiancé liked the modern look of it. Congratulations! And great posts!

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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:32 pm

    @Alexa @ A Life in Drive: Hooray for another design blogger! I know there must be more on these message boards!!!

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    DustyRose 324 posts, Helper bee @ 5:54 pm

    @Miss Mink: I was on to your secret, Miss Mink =). I haven’t personally planned my wedding yet, but if you love the Plume I hope you don’t give it up too easily. Stationary should be easy to match, and I personally wouldn’t want the girls’ dresses to match all the linens/arrangements/etc… way to much blue! That’s just a personal opinion though, in case you wanted encouragement to go against the trend!

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    village_skeptic 1861 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:42 pm

    Those Ann Taylor Plume dresses — YUP. I originally wanted that color, and then had the dickens of a time finding it in bridesmaid dresses (wasn’t as big on the cut of the AT ones, but that color!)

    So then we went with eggplant purple. Out of the frying pan and into the fire. :-) But a palette that has a spectrum of purples has given us some flexibility.

    Anyway, if you stuck with this blue, I will just adore seeing options that might-have-been!

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    Rosana, Guest @ 8:21 pm

    I got married before I finish my graphic design degree, so I wasn’t so fussy about colors back then as I’m now… plus, I never even dreamt of getting married (nasty parents divorce victim), so when I proposed this green-blue color, the decorator said “I have an emerald green setup” and I agreed… hehehe… now, I’m not sure if that was a good thing, since I was so undemanding that the wedding was cheaper than most, or I’m frustrated for having the wrong color at my reception… well, we’re celebrating our 5 year anniversary next saturday, so I suppose that our happy lives together are more important than the color they started with… 😉

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