The colour scheme you chose for your wedding will set the scene for the entire day. Not to mention that it will be immortalised forever in all your wedding photographs. So no pressure there then. Here are my seven expert tips for getting it right.
Number one: The flowers. If you have your heart set on a favourite flower like blue nigella, coral peonies or yellow sunflowers, use them as a starting point for putting together your wedding colour palette. It doesn’t have to be the dominant colour in your palette, maybe use it as an accent colour, the key thing is not to choose something like the bridesmaids’ dresses and then realise it doesn’t work with the colour of your favourite bloom.
Number two: The venue. This is a big one. Don’t decide your wedding colour scheme without considering your venue. If there’s a distinctive colour in the decor, play to it, don’t try to compete with it. If it’s a dark venue with panelled wood walls or soft lighting, dark coloured flowers will recede – although that can totally work if you are trying to create an opulent, dramatic look. Take a look at the curtains, carpets and walls – is there anything there that will clash with or swamp your colour palette? Is there anything there you can use for inspiration?
If your wedding reception is going to be in a marquee, avoid all-white flower arrangements (unless there’s plenty of green too) because they’ll merge into the background. If you’re getting married when your venue’s Christmas decorations are going to be up, it’s a good idea to ask what they’re planning and what colours they will be.
Number three: The mood. Think about the mood you’re trying to create for your wedding and then use the colour palette to paint the scene for you. Is it lavish and intimate (dark jewel colours)? Is it joyful and informal (bright colours)? Is it romantic and chic (soft blush shades)?
Number four: The season. You could decide to be in tune with the time of the year that you’re getting wed. If it’s in the autumn, plum and berry tones are fabulous. If it’s spring, you may be inspired by the colours of tulips. If your wedding day is in the winter, perhaps silvery frosts or deep, warm, rich colours will be your starting point.
Number five: The clothes. If your Groom planning on wearing the family tartan and it’s green and yellow, bear that in mind before you set your heart on a pastel colour scheme. And remember to consider your Bridesmaids’ colouring before you pick out a dress colour that doesn’t suit them. Everyone needs to look lovely in the photographs (and feel happy in what they are wearing).
Number six: Look to what you love. Colour fashions are great for inspiration, but like all fashions they come and go. As always, it’s best to chose something that you love and that you feel is your own. Take a look at your favourite clothes, and remind yourself, what colours do I love to wear? What colours have I painted my walls? What colours make me feel good?
Number seven: Get some help. Call on the experience of your floral designer or wedding planner to help you decide on your perfect colour palette. We’re full of inspiration that can help create a look that’s perfect for you and suggest colour combinations and contrasts that you may not have thought of.