Choosing Your Wedding Colours

Your wedding colours are one of the first wedding decor decisions you need to make. Whether it’s bold, bright hues or soft pastels, your colour scheme for the wedding has the power to set the vibe for your ceremony and reception. Focusing on the colour theme early on is important to ensure that every other arrangement is well coordinated and suited to the wedding as a whole.

Choosing your wedding palette isn’t exactly as easy as combining your two favourite colours and making them the foundation for every detail. If you are not sure how to find a signature shade and make it work for your important day, we can show you how to choose wedding colours that reflect your personality and creative ways to incorporate them in your venue.


1. Pick Your Favourite Shade

Suppose baby blue is your favourite colour; it’s natural to begin from there. After all, you can tastefully incorporate any colour into your wedding decorations by selecting the right hue, and combine it with the right accents.

  • Check your closet. Aside from black and white, what are the other colours that emerge the most? These are a good indicator of your general colour preferences.
  • Make a colour inspiration or mood board. Pinterest is especially useful to collect references you find online in one easy-to-see place.
  • Learn the various Design Wiki in Canva. The guide will teaches you everything you need to know about colors, their meanings and the color combinations that will hopefully give inspiration to your next design!
  • Incorporate your favourite flower. If hydrangeas are your thing, why not use the pink-purple hues as the dominant shade or as an accent for your wedding decorations?


2. Get Inspired by Your Setting

Have several colour pallets in mind as you start your venue search. If you find a location that you love, but the colours clash, you can switch up a hue or two, or use a different colour scheme that complements the setting. The last thing you want is busting your budget on trying to cover up mismatching elements.

  • Venues like converted warehouses and lofts are blank slates for carrying out your vision. You have the freedom to add as much or as little colour and style.
  • Older buildings usually have rich, over-patterned carpets and draperies. Pay extra attention to these so your colour scheme won’t clash badly.
  • If the colours of the venue are very strong, consider white and/or cream as the predominant colour. This will let you add a touch of your favourite colours here and there without overdoing it.
  • For outdoor weddings, look for lighter and warmer colours that suggest the brilliance of outdoors or the right seasonal vibe to it.
  • Finally, don’t be afraid to prepare two distinct colour schemes for your wedding ceremony and party if they are very different in tone.


3. Incorporate Colours with Care

It is not uncommon to see a colour palette with up to five main colours for weddings now. But you need to be careful that the colours don’t overwhelm the guests or create a sense of disjointed themes. Instead of exact colour matches, go for shade variations on the original colour.

  • Remember the bridesmaids’ dresses. If you want your bridesmaids dressed in your colour from head to toe, make sure to pick an appealing and flattering shade.
  • Involve the groom and best man too. The sash, waistcoat, and tie can all be in the colour theme of the wedding.
  • You don’t need huge, bold displays to impress. The font colour on invitations and little ribbon touches here and there are enough for getting across the wedding colour scheme.
  • If the colour of flowers you wanted are not in season, rely on white flowers and use the ribbons and other decorative elements in the colour of choice.
  • Aim for simplicity of colour with the wedding cake and desserts, as brightly coloured food is not very appealing. Consider adding floral decorations on the cake to reflect the colour element.

While your palette will influence a lot of your wedding decisions, you should use it as a guideline instead of a rule. Not every part of your wedding has to match perfectly, so don't stress on having every detail colour-coded just right. Sometimes, you simply need to pick one or two colours that you enjoy the most and trust your wedding planner to incorporate them into your wedding.

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