Okay, so you just got engaged (congrats!!) and are getting started on planning your big day. Before selecting a breathtaking wedding venue or picking out some jaw-dropping bridesmaid dresses, you have to make sure that your nuptials have a cohesive feel that is also as unique as the two of you. Enter Nicole Yang, art director at Southern Weddings magazine. Besides designing all of their products, she is also a big believer that colors and design can tell a story, and she has some fab advice for recently engaged couples.

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Today, she鈥檚 sharing expert advice with us on how you and your partner-in-crime can create the wedding color palette of your dreams. She covers everything from how soon to choose your colors, where to grab inspiration from and how many colors is too many. Read on to ensure your wedding color palette is the perfect combination of you and your S.O.鈥檚 personalities.

How soon after getting engaged should couples pick out their wedding colors?

鈥淓ngaged couples should pick out their wedding colors early in the process. While the first thing you should do is celebrate (hooray!!), after the bubbly has been popped, begin thinking through what you want your wedding day to look and feel like. It鈥檚 not crucial to have all the details and final color palette decided on right away, but deciding on a general aesthetic for your wedding will help you determine the type of venue that鈥檚 best for you, what photography style you gravitate toward and what your dress might look like. After that, it鈥檚 time to get specific. You should decide on your color palette before you place any orders for flowers, stationery or bridesmaid dresses, and before you confirm decor.鈥

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What is the best way to find inspiration for your wedding color palette?

鈥淭he best source of wedding inspiration is you and your fianc茅! Your color palette could be inspired by any part of your story, whether it鈥檚 influenced by your favorite season, the style of your home, a favorite place you visited together or just colors you both love and will love for years to come!

If you鈥檙e in a pickle, try thinking of words or images that describe you and your fianc茅. Are you both carefree and fun-loving? Maybe your wedding colors are bright and vibrant. Do you both love the outdoors? Maybe your wedding colors include soft neutrals and varied greens.鈥

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What should couples keep in mind when trying to narrow down their color choices?

鈥淎s our editor Emily likes to say, 鈥楾his is not the only party you will ever throw.鈥 It鈥檚 okay to get specific and to save other color palettes you love for future events! There are no rules for picking your wedding colors, but if you鈥檙e not sure how to narrow down a multitude of options that you love, try mulling over these ideas:

1. Your wedding should be a reflection of you and your fianc茅 as a couple. Are the colors you picked ones that your boo loves too? Are they flattering to you both?

2. Images from your wedding day will be printed and hanging on your walls for years to come! Choose colors that you love and think you鈥檒l continue to love.

3. If you both are stuck because you just love ALL the colors, that鈥檚 wonderful too! Opt for a multicolored palette, but be sure your overall style is consistent to keep the wedding looking unified, and pick colors that all complement each other.鈥

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How many colors should couples usually include?

鈥淭he number of colors in your wedding palette could be anywhere from three to 10! It all depends on what your overall style is, and what鈥檚 inspiring your color selection. Keep in mind that it can get a little tricky balancing larger color palettes and calculating how all the colors will be distributed throughout your wedding day. Whether your selection is big or small, it can be helpful to separate your colors into primary and accent colors. This can help you make color-related decisions throughout your wedding-planning process. Primary colors will be used more and on larger pieces (perhaps your bridesmaid dresses, paper goods or table linens, for example). Accent colors will be used less and on smaller pieces (such as bouquet ribbons, in the floral arrangements, as a calligraphy ink color, etc.).鈥

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Do you have any other advice for couples choosing their wedding colors?

鈥淭hankfully, wedding planning is not an exact science, and there are no hard and fast rules (as long as you鈥檙e married at the end of the day)! My advice is to always follow your gut and do what feels authentic to you and your future spouse. And if you鈥檙e strapped for ideas, start filing away (or pinning) any images that you gravitate toward and love. Once you have a good number of images built up, you鈥檒l begin to see patterns emerge 鈥 whether it鈥檚 a color you didn鈥檛 know you loved, or a style that you admire but haven鈥檛 defined yet. If you need more help pulling together inspiration, we have plenty of tips, tricks and activities in the Southern Weddings Planner that will help!鈥

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(Photos via Nicole Yang / Southern Weddings Magazine)