P H O T O G R A P H Y: James Grist Photography and Rachel C Photography (l-r)
The pretty palette that charms more brides than not, you don’t need us to tell you that pastels are big for weddings. Perfect for your venue décor, accessories, and bridesmaid dresses alike, the gentle colours combine to create a look that is at once sweet and feminine and also whimsical and fun.
Now the sorbet shades are being mixed and matched in smaller pairings too. Think of the beautiful big day colour schemes of peach and dove grey, blush and gold, or Tiffany blue and ivory for a subtler take on the pastels theme.
To help you recreate this soft rainbow of pastel colours that will charm your guests, we’ve searched high and low to bring you the prettiest pastel picks to decorate your venue with. The secret to bringing them all together without the look becoming overdone might just surprise you…
Hanging decorations make the difference between a pretty reception and one with the wow-factor. The reason? Because the colour theme and beautiful details aren’t just limited to your tabletops. Instead, they fill the room, create an atmosphere and give your wedding that feeling of enchantment that so many brides wish for. A simple, cost effective and easy to use option for this are hanging pompoms and honeycombs. We think this pastel pack of three is the perfect place to start…
And if vintage or garden party style is more your thing, then what better option to give your venue decor height than bunting? The ditsy prints in this floral string will work like a charm and tie in with almost any pastel colour scheme.
Remember that secret to keeping pastels stylish and not too sickly that we were talking about? It’s natural finishes, like this hessian ribbon. Use it to tie bouquets, dress place settings or wrap around assortments of jars. The rough and raw texture and colour of hessian works perfectly with pastels because those soft sorbet shades echo the colours of so many pretty blooms, connecting them too back to nature.
The trestle tables pictured above create a playful take on pastels in the simplest of ways. Team a simple table runner with paper bags or serviettes in a myriad of your chosen shades to create a whimsical rainbow effect. Low cost but with a big impact, we just love this easy way to dress your reception tables!
If you’d like to introduce a few more grounding tones to your colour scheme of pastels, might we suggest slate? Use it for your table numbers, centrepieces, cake stands, guest book… Again, it’s the natural, rustic finish that makes this material the perfect match for pastels. It’s also great for ensuring your scheme doesn’t become too girly thanks to its monochrome palette and rustic roots.
Which pastels are your favourites? What colours will you choose?