Every great wedding has a theme. This could be dictated by a colour, an era, or even centred on the venue's own style.
Your wedding invitations, cake and favours are great ways to show off your wedding theme to guests. Whether you love the idea of a beach theme, peacock theme, or country themed wedding, we have all the advice and inspiration you need to make your vision a reality.
Picking your wedding palette isn’t exactly as easy as choosing your two favourite colours and making them the foundation for every wedding detail.
1. Get Inspired by Your Setting
First things first: location. Have a colour palette in mind as you start your venue search. Think about what colours you'd like to use, and whether you'd want to prioritize finding the perfect venue or having your perfect colour palette. If you find a venue that you love, but it doesn't work with your colours, you'll want to switch up a hue or two so you don't bust your budget on trying to cover up or distract from the fact that it doesn't match. Venues like converted warehouses, lofts and tents are all blank slates, meaning you can really add as much or as little as you want to carry out your vision for colour and style. If you've already found the perfect venue, use the space to help you come up with your colour scheme. The colours of your reception space and its surroundings, whether it's the vintage Persian rug in the dining room or the view of the ocean, can spark an idea. And that way, you won't have to work against a clashing colour palette and your colours will enhance what you love about your venue.
2. Keep Your Priorities in Mind
While the venue is usually the biggest choice you have to make in your wedding planning, sometimes there are other details to consider that might come before choosing your colours too. If you've always dreamed of having your wedding overflowing with purple dendrobium orchids, then you should use that as a starting point for your palette, instead of trying to figure out a way to work it in later. You don't want to choose a colour scheme only to find that a must-have, like your grandmother's ivory table runner, looks out of place or may get lost in the décor rather than standing out like you want it to.
3. Think Seasonally
Just like your wardrobe, your wedding colour scheme can be inspired by the time of year you're saying “I do." Think about the shade you want to use to bring out the season in your colour palette. Rosy pink is perfect for spring, while a brighter coral is a summer staple. For fall, a rich fuchsia pairs well with other jewel tones, and blush and silver are a pretty wintry combo. Don't shy away from colours you love though just because of seasonal colour “rules," which have pretty much gone the way of wearing white after Labour Day. Light pastels and barely there hues, like buff, can work for a fall or winter wedding. The trick is to concentrate on texture, and maybe even bring in a stronger accent colour.