For me, it was all about value. I love pale, warm pastels; but making them my jumping-off point for all things decor gave them too much worth. I needed something more timeless and classic - Black and White - but with more of an updated, garden-appropriate twist. To do so, we've added butter yellow, pale apricot, hints of blush, and gold accents to our September backyard wedding to make it more Summer-y and setting appropriate.
Brides.com offers this color wheel to help make the process a little easier.