For some people, choosing a wedding colour scheme is easy. Maybe you and your beau share a special memory of a blue-and-white Greek holiday? Maybe a colourful engagement ring is your inspiration? Or, are you getting married in a unique venue that provides ample creative ideas for your wedding day colours?
For others, choosing a wedding colour scheme can prove to be a massive stumbling block. Your colour scheme will inform everything from your flower arrangements to place settings and even the clothes of the wedding party. So if you find yourself lying awake at night wondering if yellow and white might be a bit ‘much’, or if black would be not appropriate, stop worrying and read on for a few quick tips on how to choose the right colour palette for your wedding.
This is probably the easiest place to start. Each season brings with it different types of flowers and varying hues of natural lighting. For instance, darker hues look moody and opulent in the low winter light, while metallic golds, silvers and coppers look great in the spring and autumn. For summer weddings, bright whites and pastels will catch the sun beautifully.
Spring flowers include daffodils, tulips and freesia. In the summer, wildflowers are in full bloom, or you can choose from peonies, sunflowers and irises. Autumn flowers include roses, lisianthus, and hydrangea, while winter bouquets may include thistle, holly, lilies or evergreens.
Some venues come with obvious colour pairings. An English garden wedding is always going to look great with pastel-coloured bunting and crisp white tablecloths. For a beach wedding, turquoise will really pop against the paleness of the sand, and it will add to that heady, tropical vibe.
For indoor weddings, you can get away with brighter and darker colours paired with a glint of gold or silver. For instance, a castle venue might inspire you to channel a Game of Thrones vibe with burgundy runners and heavy cutlery.
The trend for themed weddings shows no sign of abating: from retro weddings and rustic weddings to festival weddings and kooky personalised themes, the options are practically endless.
Once you choose a theme for your wedding, your colour scheme should follow naturally. A Lego wedding, for instance, is likely to feature some playful primary colours. A vintage tea party wedding will probably work best with antique lace, and faded shades of blue, red and green.