Blush or navy blue? Get a head start on picking your wedding palette with these tips.

Reception table setting
The setting was the backyard of the groom's sister in Gladstone, New Jersey. The twinkling chandeliers were from Ikea.
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Your wedding colors will set the tone for your big day. They’re the strands that weave all of the elements—from the bridesmaid dresses to the signature drinks—together. How can one narrow down all of the colors of the rainbow? We turned to wedding expert Cheryl Fielding, president and founder of Cheryl J Weddings and Events, to give us her stylish tips.

1. Consider the venue. Since you’ve spent a lot of time and energy picking where you want to tie the knot, devote just as much time to envisioning your wedding in that space. For example, if the location is super saturated with color (deep aubergine walls, emerald rugs), then you might want to rethink the hot pink wedding you’ve been dreaming of. Keep in mind that you’ve picked your location because it means something to you so don’t fight with it—try and find a way to complement it.

2. Know what you like. It’s important to know yourself and your style. Be true to yourself. Take a look at your closet and your home décor. Do you see a common color? Or do you notice a hue that never comes into play? It’s important to look at the colors you’re drawn to and the things you like on a day to day basis.

3. Talk to the groom. Yes, we went there. Bring your guy into the conversation. It’s true that some grooms don’t want anything to do with the planning (and that’s fine with many brides), but since it is a big day for you as a couple, you should ask him to weigh in. He may not care if you choose navy versus cobalt, but he also might not be thrilled to have his entire day filled with cotton candy pink details.

4. Get inspired. Now’s the time to really look around and see what you’re drawn to and what you actually like. This is also a good time to find out what you really don’t like. Browse the web, go on Pinterest, look through bridal magazines and keep a file of things (patterns, prints, design elements) that inspire you.

5. Play with color combinations. As you get closer to making a decision, it’s time to experiment with your favorite hues. You’ll most probably have one strong color and one accent (or two, at most) that’ll help balance out your signature look. Pick up swatches (or break out the Powerpoint!) and see what kind of feeling you get from the colors you’ve chosen.