The five things you should consider when choosing your all-important wedding colour scheme. Colour will set the tone and theme of your big day, not to mention the fact that the colours you choose will be present in almost every photo, so pick your palette carefully with these tips to achieve the perfect look you’re dreaming of!
Consider the colours in your chosen venue. Are there any particularly distinctive tones on any of the walls, carpets or furniture? If so, it’s worth working with that colour rather than against it, either incorporating it into your scheme or choosing complementary shades – there’s nothing worse than a room full of décor that clashes with the carpet!
If your venue offers more of a blank canvas – a marquee, for example – then consider the amount of light and the size of the space available. Opt for light colours in a smaller venue to make it feel brighter. Darker colours can still be used, but be aware that they will create an intimate feel that might not suit every couple’s tastes.
Time of year
You can also consider marrying your colour scheme to the time of year you tie the knot. Silver and navy are ever popular for winter weddings, while emerald, plum and copper are autumnal favourites. For spring and summer celebrations, our real brides and grooms love pastel and rainbow palettes.
If your heart is set on a specific bloom and you really don’t want to swap, you might want to base your wedding colour scheme around the shades of your chosen flowers. So if blue hydrangeas or bold sunflowers are on your must-have list, make blue your accent colour throughout, paired with a complementary tone.
Likewise, if you’re desperate to choose a grey, gold, blush or pale blue gown or your groom only wants to wear hunter green, it’s probably worth adapting your colour palette to fit. Make sure your bridesmaids and groomsmen’s outfits work well with the scheme, too – they all need to look good together for the photos!
If you’re still struggling to pin down a wedding colour scheme, look to your accessories for inspiration. Have you chosen a statement handbag or pair of shoes? Gem stone jewellery? Take the colour of your accessory and let it influence the rest of your décor decisions, using it as your accent colour for a pretty palette.
Now you’ve got your shades sorted, you’re ready to dive into reception decor. For brides and grooms-to-be looking for a stylish scheme without spending as much, you’ll love our eight stunning decor ideas for couples on a budget!