C H O O S I N G Y O U R
W E D D I N G C O L O U R S
One of the first and the most fun decisions of your wedding is choosing the colours for your day which will permeate into every wedding element, from the save the dates and invitations, to table displays, flower choices, bridal accessories, outfits for your bridal party, edits of you photos and many many more aspects of your event. It's important to spend time working out the styles of colours that both you and you fiance love. This can be a little over-whelming with so many images and ideas surrounding us. Below are some ideas to help you enjoy deciding on the colours that suit you as a couple and the date you've chosen to marry.
Emily Rose Photography - Vanessa & Kieran's late August wedding complimented the time of year, when Summer is gradually merging into Autumn.
R E F L E C T T H E S E A S O N
Noticing the seasons is really important when deciding on your colour scheme. Not only is it important to compliment the flowers available, but also the mood and light of the time of year.
Spring brings new life and a beautiful feeling of emerging from the darkness, as colourful flowers such as daffodils begin to pop up from the soil. Soft brights works brilliantly to reflect the brighter softly lit days, and limey greens and yellows are beautifully zesty.
The flowers of early Summer are soft and ruffled. As the air warms beautiful pinks of varied shades, creams, whites and soft mauves sing.
In the height of Summer hot vibrant bright colours shine in the powerful sunshine. Think hot pinks, bright purples and vivid blues
In late Summer colours become deeper and richer. Berry velvet shades work wonderfully with warm summer faded neutrals.
As the Autumn leaves start to fall oranges, reds and deep purples look stunning in the lower sunlight, making way for moody and cosy atmospheres.
In Winter, fresh lush greens stand out in the hedgerows. Faded dusty tones glow in the low light. Think candle lit spaces and plenty of texture.
Katherine Macintosh Photography - Laura & Josh's late September wedding had a delicate dusky toned palette of soft pinks and sage greens.
C O L O U R T O N E S
A strict colour scheme using only two or three colours may not work for you as a couple. A more natural way to use colour is to instead decide on a certain mood, style of colour or hue that you love. This helps to keep your colours blended so they compliment each other beautifully. Below are few ideas of colour styles to check out.
Bright, bold, vibrant popping wild flower brights
Softer water-colour brights
Chintzy vintage brights
Soft ice-creme pastels
Warm rich velvets
Burnt moody hues
Cool icy tones
Dusty muted hues
Georgia Rachael Photography- The beautiful Georgian Townhouse was the venue for Katie & George's October wedding, and it's calming sage green walls were the perfect backdrop to allow zesty burnt oranges to sing.
B E I N S P I R E D B Y Y O U R
V E N U E
Once your venue has been chosen take time to be inspired by its decor. Maybe you're to be married outside, or in a marquee, so choose natural colours to reflect the outdoor surrounding. Is your venue a beautiful characterful rustic barn? Consider the low light and mood it creates. Or a stunning hotel with grand decor and regency wall colours. Whichever style of venue you have chosen, consider what attracted you to it. There are so many colours and textures you can draw on. Try to think out of the box to find colours that not necessarily match the surroundings but compliment it.
Liz Bishop Photography- Mine and Bernie's wedding was held in an idyllic September woodland setting, and the rich tones of the trees complimented the rich burgundy highlights perfectly.
T A K E N O T I C E O F
C O L O U R S A R O U N D Y O U
Pinterest is great but it is so easy to get lost with all of the options. Instead, notice surroundings and colours you come across. Maybe there is a piece of art, fabric, or clothing that you love the tones and textures of? Or maybe you've been on a holiday to a country with inspiring countryside or colourful cities and towns. Enjoy searching through magazines and be inspired by the colours you already have in your home. What colours are you drawn to because they make you feel happy, relaxed or inspired.
I T ' S A L L I N T H E D E T A I L S
Elements of rich, deep colours can work brilliantly at lifting soft paler colours in all seasons. We love a splash of deep burgundy and for my own September wedding I embraced red wine velvet by choosing statement shoes and matching ribbon to tie my bridal bouquet and buttonholes. If you love a neutral colour scheme consider adding a pop of rich or brighter colour in the small details of your day. Sometimes a splash of an unexpected shade can transform a colour scheme into something really special. For example, if you have a palette of soft pale pink and creams add a hint of fuchsia.
M O O D B O A R D S
Creating a mood board is great way to visualise everything together once you have decided on your main colours. As decisions are made and items are sourced (such as bridesmaid dresses, ties, suits and crockery) add images of each and notice how the day is coming together. I used mood boards to check the colours of each element beside each other before making any final decisions. If you love colour as much as me then the process is such a joy.
Image credit- Pinterest
C O N T R A S T
A colour wheel can be an interesting way of if creating a fun colour palette using contrasting shades. Colours that are opposite on the wheel are complimentary to each other e.g turquoise and peach. Take a look at contrasting colours and see how they sit together- sometimes a small change in tone or shade can be the difference between colours really working or not.
Georgia Rachael Photography - The peach and lavender combination of Kiley and Billy's September wedding were the perfect contrast, and as they were in muted pastel shades they added just the right amount of zing.
Thank you so much for reading and have the best time planning your wedding colours!