Whether it’s bold and bright, shiny and metallic, or soft and pastel, a defined wedding color palette is essential to a cohesive wedding celebration. Your color palette dictates the overall look of the event and each part of the décor. Utilizing consistent hues throughout the ceremony and reception pulls everything – from the bridesmaids’ dresses and floral arrangements to the invitations and the table linens – beautifully together.
Deciding on a color palette can be overwhelming, especially with the abundance of inspirational ideas from wedding blogs and sites like Pinterest. We’ve put together a few simple tips to help guide you in the process of selecting the perfect wedding color palette.
First, think seasonally. When will the wedding take place? The colors of the season, be it winter, spring, summer or fall, are a great starting point for finding your ideal colors. Then, consider your ceremony and reception spaces. Are you saying “I do” in a church? A formal ballroom? An outdoor garden? Some venues may have a fixed look – think carpet or paint – while others may be more of a blank canvas. It’s important to think about how your selected color palette will pair with things you cannot change, or how it will make a statement in a plain space.
Try to select colors that represent both you and your fiancé. If he leans towards moody grays or neutrals, and you like pops of color, that’s great! You can incorporate colors in a variety of ways. To choose coordinating colors, think complementary (colors opposite of each other on the color wheel, like blue and orange), monochromatic (colors with slight variations of the same tone, like blush, pink, and hot pink), or analogous (colors next to each other on the color wheel, like mint, light blue, and royal blue).
Lastly, try to limit the palette to three main colors – a main color, a second to complement and support, and a third to use sparingly as accents. Use your wedding colors in everything from small details – like the stationery and the favors – to eye-catching ways – like the bridesmaids’ dresses, floral arrangements, and the reception décor.
In honor of yesterday being the first day of spring, here’s a warm-weather color palette we just can’t get enough of!