This is what you need to know about finding the colour palette for you.
You’d think that picking your wedding colours would be as simple as saying what your favourite colour is. But it’s actually the opposite.
For lots of couples, this is one of the most important decisions during the wedding planning process, and for good reason. A lot of other elements depend on the colour scheme you pick, like your stationery, florals, and bridesmaid and groomsmen attire.
So while it might seem like a straight-forward decision, it’s actually a little more difficult (and yes, there is more than one shade of blush pink). Read on for our handy tips to help you choose your ideal wedding hues.
We want to cover this first because this should definitely be your starting point. Pick colours that you love, that you personally have always been attracted to and that you can picture when you think about your wedding day. It’s your day so your wedding colours can be whatever you want them to be.
Here are a few starting points to get you inspired:
Your venue is one of the first things you’ll book, but it’s good to have at least an idea of colours when you start your search. While you might find a venue you love, the colour palette you’ve chosen might not work.
If it’s a blank canvas then anything goes. But if not, then try and use the space you have to bring your colour scheme together. It might be the wallpaper or the woodwork, but you never know what might spark an idea in you.
You know in fashion, how pastels are associated with spring and darker, bolder colours are associated with autumn? It’s the same for weddings, so keep in mind the season you’re getting married.
Here are some colours that are perfect for each season:
Your wedding colours really reflect the whole mood and vibe you want to create for your wedding day. If you want something soft and romantic then pastels and transparent colours like ivory and white are perfect. Or if you’d rather have something more dramatic then you’ll want to pick bolder colours that have a bit more depth.
Think about the theme of your wedding and the words you’d use to describe it. What colours would you associate with those words? Write them down – this is a great exercise!
This is how you really start to see your colour scheme come to life. Let’s say you’ve chosen blush pink as your main colour and you want to pair it with rose gold. From doing your research, you might actually find that silver works better, which can change the whole vibe of your day.
Look through magazines, friends wedding pictures and Pinterest for your inspiration. We wouldn’t advise choosing wedding colours just because they’re trendy, but this is a great way to give you some ideas.
If you’re feeling really really stuck after going through these steps, your next best bet is to look at a colour wheel. Not many of us are natural at knowing what colours suit each other, which is where this tool comes into play.
You’ll find that colours that go well together are actually opposites because they pair a cool and a warm hue together (think turquoise and coral). Other combinations that work well are “neighbours” – they’re similar to each other and share a primary colour. A great starting point here is to pick a bright, saturated colour with a neutral, like grey, gold, or blush.
Spoiler alert – your colour palette doesn’t have to be perfect. You don’t need to know the exact shade when you’re always being asked, “what are your wedding colours?” It can make you feel a lot of pressure.
Your wedding colours will inform a lot of your choices, it’s true. But don’t use them as rules – use them to help guide you through the wedding planning journey. Don’t stress about every detail. Colour is just one part of the jigsaw that will help bring everything together to make you have the best day of your life.
Are you in the process of choosing your wedding colours? Will you be taking inspiration from these tips?
If you need help choosing your colour scheme, book an appointment to see a wedding consultant at The Wedding Gallery who can start to help you bring your dream day to life.