So you’ve started planning your wedding! One of the things you’ll be asked a lot at this early stage is, “Have you chosen your colours?” by family and friends, and for good reason. The colour scheme you choose can determine everything from the look and feel of your reception to the outfits and bouquet. Once you nail down your wedding colours though all your other stylistic decisions become much easier. If you’re struggling to make a decision, or don’t know how to get started, then worry not. We’ve put together this checklist to help you find the right wedding colours for you.
Consider the location
As a rule, your colour choice must compliment the venue. The last thing you want is a colour palette that is fighting with the venue, or drowned out. Instead, it should add to the space – so if you have a colour that you absolutely have to have then keep that in mind when viewing potential locations, and ask yourself if it will work, and whether you want to prioritise your favoured colours or the perfect venue. If the latter, then be guided by the dominant colours of your venue. Or consider somewhere that gives you the best of both worlds. The beauty of a barn wedding is that it offers a striking location but also a blank slate, allowing you the freedom to use whatever colour scheme your heart desires.
Keep the season in mind
Whatever season your wedding is in, you can draw inspiration from it. An autumn wedding might embrace the warm and vibrant red and orange shades associated with the season. A springtime wedding is perfect for pastel shades. Don’t shy away from colours you love just because of the season though – even if you’re having a winter wedding you can still embrace warm colours or light pastels.
Decide on your priorities
Sometimes there are certain items or details that you absolutely must have in your wedding – whether it’s a certain flower for your bouquet or a sentimental centrepiece that you want to stand out. If this is the case, then build your colour scheme around these priority items. You don’t want to get to your wedding day and find that they look out of place and clash with your colour scheme, or that they’re lost in the decor.
Consult the colour wheel – and brush up on some colour theory
First of all, you don’t want to choose too many colours. Your overall wedding look can come across disjointed and messy with too many different hues, so try to stick to no more than three colours. That being said, you need to know what colours work well together as well. Check out the colour wheel to see which colours are complementary – direct opposites that go well together as they pair a cool and warm colour. Analogous colours also work well together – these are colours that sit side by side on the colour wheel, that can be used to create ombré effects. It may be that you want a monochromatic scheme – three shades of a single colour. Have a play around and see what you think works best for you.
Set the mood
Think about the kind of vibe you want at your wedding – your colour scheme will help play a central role in setting it. Darker and richer colours might create a feeling of luxury, while lighter shades make for a more relaxed or romantic atmosphere. The right colour scheme is the quickest way of creating the ambience you want – and it also helps set the tone before the day even happens. The first hint of what your guests can expect on the big day comes with the save-the-dates and wedding invitations you send out, which will be adorned with your chosen colours.
Do your research
Have a good look around for inspiration before settling on a colour palette. Pinterest will obviously be your first port of call, but you can find inspiration everywhere. Try thumbing through your parents’ or grandparents’ wedding album, look through non-wedding related magazines, and even take inspiration from nature. You could build your palette around your favourite holiday destination. It could be your favourite countryside walk. In any case it’s good practice to stick with a colour scheme that includes natural hues to prevent your flowers clashing with the decor, so bear in mind what will be in bloom when you get married.
Go with what you love
Research is important, and browsing through the latest trends can be great fun, but remember to stay true to yourself. Don’t choose a colour scheme just because it’s in style. Don’t overthink it. Instead make sure to go with something you know you – and your partner – will love. Trends come and go, but you want your wedding to be timeless – your pictures and videos are something you’ll return to time and again for years to come. You also want something authentically you – this is your day, not for a magazine centrefold.
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