Cream, Peach/orange & Dark Grey - Really?!

Decorating By MikeRowesHunny Updated 30 Jun 2009 , 12:06am by sportsmom005

MikeRowesHunny Posted 29 Jun 2009 , 5:08pm
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I just had a bride, whos wedding is 6 weeks away, mail to change the colour scheme for her cake. She originally had white fondant with black ribbons & stencilling and red fresh roses - nice. Now she wants cream fondant with dark grey ribbons (do they even exist?!) and stencilling and peachy-orange fresh roses - ewww!

I just can't see how this will look good - am I alone in that?! I get the peach & cream (very 80s & Prince lol!), but it's the dark grey that's throwing me. I think it would even look better with the black, but still weird!

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sweetos Posted 29 Jun 2009 , 5:20pm
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yikes! Remind her that this will look like a halloween cake!!! Maybe go with the cream fondant, peach roses, and a soft green ribbon? Or stick to the black and white theme, with a few peachy-orange colored roses? Good luck!

Renaejrk Posted 29 Jun 2009 , 5:29pm
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I would definitely talk to her! She may end up really wanting this, but you should try to find out where this change came from - maybe what else is grey that she is trying to coordinate with? Silver would be better than grey! If you get more info and find out where she's coming from, maybe that will help you be able to work with her on making this beautiful!

KSMill Posted 29 Jun 2009 , 5:32pm
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I think this could look pretty, but would use a sheer gray ribbon. I was just at a bridal show and there were some live roses that were that peach/orange/pink hue and they were beautiful. Good luck

dawncr Posted 29 Jun 2009 , 5:38pm
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artscallion Posted 29 Jun 2009 , 5:45pm
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In one of my design classes in college, we were given an assignment where we had to choose three colors. The colors either had to be three colors that we considered to be ugly colors, or three colors that were not so much ugly colors, but ones that we thought would look ugly together.

We then had to take those three colors, paint and a board, and find a way to make them work together, through the proportion of each we used and the way we arranged them. I was amazed at how, down to the last student, we were all able to find the beauty in our chosen color combinations.

It can take a bit of testing, thinking and trial and error. But I look at these things as a challenge now. I value them because with all the decorators who talk brides out of such color combos, I can end up giving them something unique and memorable.

MikeRowesHunny Posted 29 Jun 2009 , 5:48pm
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Originally Posted by dawncr

Peach/orange/apricot and Gray is one of the most popular new combinations for weddings. So, you're on the (cake) cutting-edge. If anyone can make it beautiful, you can, bonjovibabe!

Here are a few links:

Thanks for the compliment, and of course I will try to do my very best with it, but for my personal taste - it's hideous! The cakes in those schemes are pretty in the cream & peach/orange - but there is no grey in combination on them - that's my main visual stumbling block on this one lol!

mommyle Posted 29 Jun 2009 , 5:59pm
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Just a grey satin ribbon at the bottom of each tier, and around the bottom of the cake board, and peach roses. Go to the craft store and find the different shades and work with that. I'm sure that you will find something that you like, and the bride will be thrilled! You can do it!!!

RachieRach Posted 29 Jun 2009 , 6:07pm
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I would ask the bride if she has swatches of the colors she is using so that you can be sure of the exact shades she is thinking. Or perhaps she has seen the colors in the cake that she can share? Also perhaps use a minimum amount of gray. Can't wait to see the final cake! Good luck.

sportsmom005 Posted 29 Jun 2009 , 7:07pm
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Would she consider using light grey instead of dark grey? One of the links that dawncr posted showed a pretty flower arrangement in cream, peach and light grey.

This was the link:


dawncr Posted 29 Jun 2009 , 9:39pm
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I love that bouquet, too!

I agree re: a lighter gray, if the bride will approve it. You could even go a bit more metallic, like a silvery gray or pewter. I'm also thinking that you could use a sagey-gray-green for leaves alongside the flowers, even adding silk or gumpaste ones to the real blooms.

This is just an aside, but I think wedding color schemes are prettiest when the colors aren't matchy-matchy in terms of value or shade. A range of grays with apricots and peaches allows the most complementary tone to be used, rather than being stuck with charcoal gray *everything.*

Also, I wish all brides understood that a range of values and tones/shades is beautiful. If I'm doing a 'red' quilt or painting, it always looks better with some pure values plus a few slightly more orange-red and a few slightly more blue-red and a few dark reds. It only sounds like it would look worse, but when one steps back and looks at the piece as a whole, it definitely adds depth.

MikeRowesHunny Posted 29 Jun 2009 , 9:51pm
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Well, attached is the photo of the roses they have ordered (which are two tone yellowy-gold & orange!), but she said that if the florist couldn't get those, then they would be a solid peach/orange. I will not get the roses for the topper delivered to me until the morning of the wedding - so planning something to tone & work with them in advance will be hard as I won't know until they get here what they will be like for sure icon_rolleyes.gif ! I think this one will be a case of hoping for the best icon_cry.gif

jamiekwebb Posted 29 Jun 2009 , 10:03pm
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I think that if done right (which we all know you will do) it will be beautiful.... good luck.

KawaiiCakeCook Posted 29 Jun 2009 , 10:11pm
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sportsmom005 Posted 30 Jun 2009 , 12:04am
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Originally Posted by dawncr

You could even go a bit more metallic, like a silvery gray or pewter. I'm also thinking that you could use a sagey-gray-green for leaves alongside the flowers, even adding silk or gumpaste ones to the real blooms.

I was thinking the exact same thing!

sportsmom005 Posted 30 Jun 2009 , 12:05am
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