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How To Choose Your Wedding Colours


Every engaged couple wants their wedding to be the most spectacular day of their lives.  Just like in interior designing, colour is critical to setting the scene and the feel of your wedding.  However, selecting your wedding colours is sometimes easier said than done.

You can easily make or break your day with what colour you pick, how you use it, where you use and how much you use it at the wedding.  You may not want to use the wrong tones at your wedding.  Also, you may not want to play too safe that it becomes boring or monotonous.

Below are some key points on how to select your wedding colours.Choosing Your Wedding Colours


Get Inspiration From Your Wedding Setting

The first important thing to guide you on what colours to select for your wedding is the location.  First things first, when planning a wedding, picking the right venue is essential.  You can see more advice on this here.

Once your venue is booked, it is now time to look for those colours that match the site.  Venues with dark settings like a warehouse might inspire you to choose bright colours for the wedding decor.  Equally if there are colours in the décor of the venue, you will want to choose colours which will complement this and not clash with what is already there.


Think About the Wedding Season

Even though it is not a must for your wedding colours to match the season, it is evident that some colours bloom more naturally at certain times of the year.  If you’re having a summer wedding summer, you can pick bold and bright colours as they tend to be more appropriate for summer celebrations.  Pastel colours remain popular for weddings of all seasons though.

Darker colours like purple, blue or green are good with cold weather surrounding. If you are feeling stuck when selecting your wedding colour, look at nature in your wedding season for some inspiration.

Table Setting at a Winter Wedding


Get Some Professional Help

If you are not good at selecting colours to match the venue, you can ask your wedding planner to help you.  Or you might consider hiring a wedding designer or stylist to help with the look and feel of your wedding.  You can read here how they differ from a wedding planner.

If you have some ideas, they will help you to develop them.  Or if you just know you want a particular flower for example, they can work with you to build out a design from there.

These professionals are well trained and even have tools to make sure that the colours you pick coordinate harmoniously.  You can click here to find the best flowers to work with the colour you choose.


Choosing Complementary Colours

It’s usually a good idea to start with your base colour – or main colour.  This is the colour you will have the most of in your wedding.  Many couples choose a pastel colour for this but it doesn’t have to be.  If bright or darker colours are your thing then that’s totally fine too.

Once you’ve chosen this, it can help to use a colour wheel to pick complementary colours which will enhance your base colour and help you to create a cohesive colour scheme.  Your complementary colours are usually colours which are opposites on the colour wheel.  This way you get good contrasts of colours and you don’t end up with things looking a bit washed out.

Table Number

All White? 

If you want a really striking look you might choose to have everything in one colour!  This works really well with white and an all white wedding gives a really luxe feel to your day.


Keep Your Priorities in Mind

While your venue is often a driver of your wedding colours, it doesn’t have to be.  For example, if you have always dreamt of having a fairy tale wedding or a Harry Potter themed wedding, you would use this as the starting point for your palette.

Start by considering how you have always pictured your wedding and then pick the wedding palette.  This helps you to avoid picking a colour only to realise later that it just doesn’t work  with the theme you had in mind.


Conduct Thorough Research

Before you start planning for your wedding, make sure that you conduct thorough research for inspiration. Read books and magazines, maybe visit an art gallery to inspire you on different colours to choose and blend.  You can also use the colour wheel to pick your wedding palette.

Using a colour wheel is so simple, and will help you to see what colours go well together.

And of course, there is always Pinterest!  Pinterest will give you lots of inspiration as well as letting you search for specific colour combos so you can see how they work together.  You can have a look at some of my Pinterest boards for ideas too.


Colour Trends

There are always colours which are on trend for weddings.  Going with trends can often mean you have more choice of décor to choose from.  But obviously you don’t have to go with the flow so if blush pink and rose gold isn’t your thing, then don’t feel you have to go with that.

Choosing Your wedding Colours


Wedding colours can radiate specific energy, especially when there is more than one.  You don’t need to incorporate your wedding colours into every single part of the wedding.  Colour-coding absolutely everything can be a little overwhelming so don’t get too hung up on everything being the same.

Ensure that you pick colours for your wedding that fully represent you and your style and make you feel good about your day.  This is your special day; make sure you decorate it to fit your style.  And of course, if you want some help with this or any aspect of your planning, you can get in touch.  I’d love to chat to you about your wedding and how I can help you.


Louise Wearmouth, Founder of Your Fabulous Wedding