One of the earliest decisions you will likely start thinking about when planning and styling your big day is what wedding colour palette or theme to go for. But, settling on the right colour palette for your wedding can be tricky. Read on for our top tips for picking the perfect wedding colour scheme (and if you need more help, don’t forget you can download our handy wedding colour palette guides here!).
Where are you getting married?
Your choice of wedding venue and its location can play a big role in terms of the colour palette you go for. Whether you’re opting for a destination wedding or UK wedding, it can affect the colour scheme and styling choices you make.
Think about your chosen venue. If it’s a grand, stately home wedding venue with plenty of ornate detailing and coloured wallpaper, you may want to opt for a more pared back and neutral colour palette to create an elegant look and avoid too many colour clashes.
Alternatively, if you’re hiring a blank canvas venue (whether a light and airy London warehouse for an urban wedding, or a marquee country garden wedding) you may want to think about adding some splashes of colour. Marquees in particular can be very big and ‘white’, both in person and in photos – whilst part of their appeal is a light and airy blank canvas, they work particularly well when styled with lots of colour to contrast against this and create a more intimate feel.
Remember though – colour doesn’t need to mean bold and brash. Whilst you can easily opt for bright pinks, peaches, coral or purple tones, you can also easily add colour and contrast via a green colour palette – using lots of fresh and seasonal foliage to add interest yet also keep things understated.
Lastly, it’s also worth thinking about the landscape surrounding your photo, where you’ll likely be having many of your photos. Are there luscious green fields, dry summery wildflower meadows, or perhaps a more urban landscape? Think about the colours that would lend themselves best to their surroundings and tie everything together.
When are you getting married?
When it comes to styling your wedding and choosing the perfect wedding colour scheme, it’s also important to think about the time of year and season in which you’re looking to get married. Embracing the seasonal hues can help to tie your wedding into its environment, but also helps with things like flowers – with many seasonal flowers reflecting that palette.
Spring is a great time of year to look at a light and airy colour palette for your wedding. You can use a base palette of neutral tones along with fresh and spring-like pastels, or even add in a bolder pop of colour to add some fun. Think about fresh greens, whites, lilacs, pinks or apricot tones.
If you’re getting married in the summer, you have plenty of colour options to play with. Either opt for something bright and vibrant to add a more playful feel (think brighter coral or fuchsia tones), or channel the Ibiza-style vibes with a seriously cool yet understated palette of off-whites and dark greens.
Autumn is a great time to bring in some warmer hues, like terracotta, ochre or mustard, to reflect the changing tones outside.
Winter weddings, meanwhile, are well-suited for deep and warm tones. We personally love the jewel tones – palettes of emerald, dark inky blues, magenta or deep burgundy are all perfect for this time of year, to add some colour to even the greyest of days. Add in hints of metallic too, such as warm golds, to create a really opulent and luxurious feel.
How do you want it to look and feel?
When styling your wedding, it’s important to think not just about how you want your wedding to look, but also how you want it to feel. What kind of emotions do you want to evoke?
Do you want to create something light and airy and fresh, something really intimate and romantic, or just something fun and playful?
Perhaps you want to bring in colours that remind you of a particular place or special memory? Perhaps an amazing holiday to your favourite destination, or where you got engaged? Whether it’s using warm terracotta and gold tones to bring in an exotic Moroccan feel or perhaps off-whites and green tones for a laidback but luxurious Ibiza-style wedding, take inspiration from your favourite things and places.
Thinking about how a wedding feels, to both you and your guests, is so important to ensuring you create the perfect atmosphere for your day.
What colours do you love and naturally default to?
Many of us naturally default to certain colour palettes and, whilst you don’t need to stick to this, it can be helpful to guide you. You want your wedding to feel every bit ‘you’, so think about the colours you naturally lean to when choosing clothes or even interiors. What colours do you normally love? And what do you hate?
Even if your usual go-to colours don’t feel appropriate for your wedding, you might be able to choose hues along a similar palette.
Colour can be fun – but don’t go overboard
Adding in colour to your day keeps things visually interesting and can help set your wedding apart from others. However, don’t go overboard – try to stick to a palette of between 3-5 colours. If you’re opting for some bold and bright tones, try to balance them out with some lighter, more neutral tones too to avoid it being too overwhelming.
Using a base palette of neutrals and adding in brighter pops of colour can keep things fresh and fun without going overboard.
Take inspiration from the latest trends
Each year you’ll see various trends when it comes to wedding colour schemes. But there are plenty of other areas to focus on too – whether fashion or interior trends. Keep an eye out for the Pantone colour of the year, and browse various fashion, travel or interior design magazines for colour scheme inspiration.
Don’t get too caught up on trends though – it’s important to go with colours you love, regardless of what the latest trend reports say.
Still stuck on what colour scheme to go for? Click here to download our handy wedding colour palette guides – whether you’re after something bold and bright, or perhaps more understated and elegant, each guide is packed full of 20 beautiful, bespoke colour palettes created by us – the perfect inspo to help you style your dream wedding!