5 Reasons Color Swatches Make Wedding Planning a Breeze

by Andrew Fuchs June 09, 2016 3 Comments

With so many vendors to coordinate and so many details to get right, wedding planning can become a bit challenging. At Kennedy Blue, we think it should be fun! This is the day you’ve been dreaming about…the day you’re counting down to…the day you can’t wait for! No, we can’t hire your band or finalize your seating arrangements, but we can provide you with color swatches to make sure your entire wedding party and every vendor is coordinated exactly the way you’ve imagined.

1. Planning your wedding color palette will be a cinch.

Navy’s on-trend, but blush is so romantic. Slate blue is another hot color, but will it look good with your favorite metallic and your florals? There are so many palette options to choose from, so why not make it easier by having Kennedy Blue swatches right in front of you? No need to guess or start from scratch when you can order different shades for just $1 each.

Dusty Blue Bridesmaid Dresses

Featured Kennedy Blue Dress: Anna in Slate Blue | Whims and Joy Photography

2. Ordering your bridesmaid dresses will be painless.

You’ve picked your palette, now it’s time to coordinate. Once you’ve decided on your favorite Kennedy Blue designs, we recommend ordering a color swatch. Everyone loves the convenience of online shopping, but the truth is that different computer monitors, mobile devices, and tablet screens all have different resolutions, and the color you see on screen may not appear exactly the same way in person. We want you to love your Kennedy Blue dresses as much as we do and, with a color swatch in hand, you can confirm that you are ordering the right shade and fabric.

3. Sharing with your vendors will guarantee coordination.

If you tell your florist that your ‘maids are wearing light blue, there’s no guarantee that his or her idea of light blue is the same as yours. Avoid any confusion and eliminate any chance of disappointment by showing your exact color to your vendors. If you want your invitations, décor, flowers, table linens, and other accents to coordinate or match, providing everyone involved with a color swatch is the most effective way to do it.

Wedding Flowers

Ray + Kelly Photography 

4. Your groomsmen will definitely need them.

Guys always need…a little extra help, right? If you want your groomsmen to match their ties, vests, or pocket squares to your bridesmaid dresses, make sure they have a swatch with them when they order their accessories. There’s no other way to ensure continuity or confirm that the colors will match without an actual piece of fabric in the precise hue.

Groom and Groomsmen

Kayla Barker Photography

5. Your life will be so much easier!

There’s a reason why there are so many professional (and expensive) wedding planners out there, and that’s because it’s hard work! If you’re doing it all yourself, we suggest taking any small steps you can to make the task a little bit easier and a little bit more enjoyable. A color swatch will do just that.

We’ve seen many brides carry her Maid of Honor’s dress to different vendors for color coordination, but we all know it can take weeks (and sometimes even months) for that gown to arrive. You can’t put off planning all of the little details of your wedding until the dress arrives, and when it does come in, do you really want to run the risk of ruining it because you’re carrying it to and from vendors all over town? Save yourself time and aggravation by ordering a color swatch.

Don’t provide your vendors or groomsmen with a digital photo of your chosen color—you’re never going to get seamless coordination or cohesion that way. Take advantage of our swatch service today and let Kennedy Blue help you perfectly plan your wedding!

Andrew Fuchs
Andrew Fuchs


3 Responses

Patricia Wilson
Patricia Wilson

March 09, 2018

I like how you mentioned that using swatches can help vendors stay on the same page when it comes to color hue. I’m very happy that I came across this article when I did because I’m helping out with my cousin’s wedding preparation. You definitely made a point when you said that specifying a color the vendors does not necessarily mean that they’ll have the same hue in mind and that having swatches can prevent confusion. I definitely learned a lot from this fun read and I’ve sure to have my cousin source color swatches the soonest. Thanks! http://bredemeier.com/products/swatch-cards/

Derek Dewitt
Derek Dewitt

July 12, 2017

My cousin is getting married soon and wants some help choosing colors for the venue. I like that you mention how sharing swatch cards with vendors can help ensure you get the right colors and avoid disappointment. I think this sounds really helpful, especially if you are ordering from multiple businesses. I’ll be sure to recommend this to my cousin. Thanks for sharing! http://bredemeier.com/products/swatch-cards/

Zequek Estrada
Zequek Estrada

July 08, 2016

These are some very convincing reasons why color swatches should be used when planning a wedding especially that point about everyone sees colors differently. Everyone thinks when I say my favorite color is orange they think of the bright hunter orange when I’m talking about the orange in a sunset. Weddings are stressful to plan and I’m pretty positives that more brides would use swatches if they were more aware of the advantages of using it. http://bredemeier.com/products/swatch-cards/

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Measurement Guide - How to Measure for Your Size

Taking Your Measurements

For the most accurate measurements, do not measure over your clothing. Your measurements should be taken while wearing undergarments similar to the ones you will wear with your dress. The measuring tape shouldn’t be pulled too tight or have too much slack, and should always be parallel with the floor.

Wedding apparel is typically sized differently than retail clothing, so keep in mind that it’s not uncommon to find yourself requiring alterations.

Bust Size
Wrap the tape around your back and under your arms at the fullest part of your bust (not underneath the bust).

Waist Size
While standing up straight, bend at the waist to one side. Take the measurement where the natural crease happens in your side. This should be a few inches above your belly button. Stand up straight and do not “suck in” when taking this measurment.

Hip size
Standing with your feet together, wrap the tape around the fullest part of your hips and butt to get this measurement.

Compare these three measurements to the Kennedy Blue size chart above. It is very important that you order the largest size that corresponds to your measurements. For example, if your bust measures 40.5” (size 12), your waist measures 31” (size 10) and your hips measure 41.5” (size 8), we advise that you order a size 12, and get your dress altered down to custom fit your body.

Depending on the fabric, a dress can be altered down up to 2 full sizes, but can be very difficult to let out as there is only about .5 inch of fabric to do so at the seams.