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How to choose your wedding colour palette

Updated: Sep 7, 2023

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Choosing a colour palette for your wedding is an important task that can help set the tone and create a cohesive look for your big day. With so many colours and combinations to choose from, it can be overwhelming to know where to start.

You should start thinking about your wedding colours, or at the very least, your ideal wedding style, at the BEGINING of your wedding planning journey as it will influence what season and venue it'll suit best.

In this post, we'll guide you through the process of selecting a wedding colour palette that reflects your style and creates the ambience you desire.

1. Consider Your Wedding Venue Interior And The Season Your Wedding Will Be In

Before you start choosing colours, take a moment to consider the season and location of your wedding. If you're getting married in autumn, you might want to choose rich, warm colours like burgundy, gold, and orange. For a winter wedding, consider colours like emerald green, deep oranges and gold. Spring weddings can feature pastel shades like blush pink, light blue, and lavender, while summer weddings can showcase bright and bold colours like coral, turquoise, and yellow.

Also, think about your wedding venue. If you're getting married in a rustic barn, earthy tones like beige, sage green, and brown might work well. For a beach wedding, consider shades of blue and green, or add pops of bright colours like orange or pink.

2. Choose a Main Wedding Colour

Once you have an idea of the season and venue, it's time to choose your main colour. This could be your favourite colour or a colour that represents your personality or wedding theme. If you're having a bohemian wedding, for example, you might choose a warm, earthy tone like terracotta. If you're having a glamorous wedding, metallic like gold or silver could be your main colour.

3. Add Your Accent Colours

After you've chosen your main colour, it's time to add accent colours to your palette. These are the colours that will complement your main colour and create depth and interest. For example, if your main colour is blush pink, you might add accent colours like pastel or sage green, and gold.

4. Consider The Mood You Want To Create For Your Wedding

The colours you choose can create a certain mood or ambience for your wedding. So, think about the feeling you want to evoke. Do you want your wedding to be romantic and dreamy, or bold and energetic? Soft pastels and muted colours create a romantic feel, while bright and bold colours can add energy and excitement.

5. Experiment with Different Colour Combinations

Don't be afraid to experiment with different colour combinations. Try out different shades and tones of your main colour and see which accent colours work best together. You can use tools like colour palette generators or colour-matching apps to help you visualize different options. Or if you are unable to wrap your brain around the colour wheel, find a wedding stylist who can help you nail your perfect shades fast.

6. The "Rule of 3"

The "rule of 3" is a commonly used guideline in design and aesthetics, which suggests that using three colours in a colour palette can create a harmonious and balanced look. This rule can also be applied when choosing a wedding colour palette. Here's how:

1. Start with a Base Colour

The first step in creating a wedding colour palette is to choose a base colour. This colour should be the dominant shade in your palette and should set the tone for the rest of your colours. For example, if you love the colour blue, you could choose a deep navy as your base colour. Remember, your venue IS your base colour, so keep that in mind when venue hunting.

2. Add Two Accent Colours

Once you have your base colour, you can add two accent colours to create depth and interest. These colours should complement your base colour and work well together. You could choose colours that are adjacent to your base colour on the colour wheel or choose contrasting colours for a bolder look. For example, if your base colour is navy blue, you could add blush pink and gold as your accent colours.

3. Use Your Colours in a Balanced Way

Now that you have your three colours, it's important to use them in a balanced way throughout your wedding. You could use your base colour for your bridesmaid dresses, your accent colours for your floral arrangements, and use all three colours in your stationery and decor. When using your colours, aim for a balance between the three, so that no colour dominates or overwhelms the others. Too many colours reduce focus so if you must have more than five colours in your colour palette, opt for neutrals, ombre or pastel shades.

Remember, these are just guidelines, and you should choose colours that reflect your personal style and preferences. If you want to add more colours or fewer, that's totally fine! The rule of 3 is just a starting point to help you create a cohesive and balanced colour palette for your wedding.

How To Nail The Ombre Colour Palette For Your Wedding

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An ombre colour scheme is a design style that features a gradual transition of colours from light to dark or vice versa. It is often used in fashion, hair, and interior design, but can also be incorporated into wedding colour schemes.

In an ombre colour scheme, two or more colours are blended together, with one colour gradually fading into the other. The effect is usually achieved through the use of shading, with the lighter colour at the top and the darker colour at the bottom. Ombre colour schemes can be used with a variety of colours, from pastels to jewel tones to neutrals, and can create a soft, romantic look or a bold, dramatic effect depending on the colours chosen.

In a wedding context, an ombre colour scheme can be incorporated into the decor, flowers, bridesmaid dresses, or even the wedding cake. For example, a pink ombre colour scheme might feature shades of blush, rose, and magenta, while a blue ombre colour scheme might feature shades of sky blue, aqua, and navy. The key is to choose colours that complement each other and create a cohesive look throughout the wedding.

Pairing the Wrong Colours for Your Wedding

Couples often come to me when they hit a design wall, often making costly mistakes during their wedding planning (like buying bridesmaid dresses before having a clear vision of their day and then realising it doesn't work. And while there isn't such a thing as the wrong colour per se, there are some colour combinations that simply don't work. If this is you, consulting with a pro as soon as possible is a must. We will not only figure out what colour combinations suit your personality, style and wedding venue but will brief important suppliers such as the stationery designer and the florist on the colour scheme and design, leaving you to enjoy the run-up to your special day stress-free.

In Conclusion

Choosing a wedding colour palette can be a fun and exciting task that helps bring your wedding vision to life. By considering the season and venue, choosing a main colour, adding accent colours, considering the mood you want to create, and experimenting with different combinations, you can create a cohesive and beautiful colour scheme for your big day. Once you nail your colour palette, all the other elements of your wedding will simply fall into place. Remember, your wedding colour palette should reflect your unique style and personality, so have fun with the process.

If the colour wheel still doesn't make complete sense, get in touch and we can figure out your perfect colour palette together.

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