You’ve found the one, you’ve selected the perfect wedding venue, you’re ready to begin thinking about your picture-perfect, wedding colour scheme – but don’t know where to start?
Here’s where we come in. Welcome to our low-down on how to pick what’s best for your special day!
Where do I begin?
Firstly, it’s not as simple as the pair of you picking your favourite colour each and matching them together. That’s not quite how it works (sorry, boys).
You should, instead begin by getting your general aesthetic on, thinking about what colours will work well with your chosen venue or whatever venue, you have in mind.
Start by visualising your setting and its surroundings.
If you’re thinking about getting married in an open warehouse with empty white walls for example, you’ll more or less be able to pick any colour you want and successfully create a burst of colour, capable of bringing the area to life.
This is the same case when it comes to locations such as a barn, marquee reception, outdoor area or any other neutral space, as these options often allow you to pick your wedding colours from scratch – without being influenced by existing features.
If you’re looking at a location of heritage on the other hand, the details that already exist in the venue should heavily impact your colour palette. For example, old-style brickwork of a castle interior can be effectively matched with subtle colours of a similar nature.
Choose a Base Colour
Once you’ve thought about the appearance of your venue, it’s time to pick a base colour.
Your base colour is what will be used throughout your wedding theme and is incorporated to influence every other colour, within your palette.
Your base colour can be anything, depending on the vibe you’re looking to create.
Between the pair of you, it should be a colour that you both love and something that can be accompanied by a few secondary/accent colours with ease. This mix and match of colours will then build-up your full palette, used across all wedding assets.
When you’re picking these secondary hues to go alongside your constant, base colour – bear in mind that they should be able to work in unison, rather than compete against each other.
Also, while it’s great to have a wedding full of colour, we suggest your accent shades should be neutral tones or delicate pastel shades to ensure they’re not contending with your prominent colour.
Consider Your Season
Obviously, we’re not saying there are any written rules for picking the colours of your wedding – but, what we will say, is some shades can naturally lend themselves to specific times of the year and these are often the most popular wedding colours and best options.
If, when attempting to pick your primary colours you find yourself struggling – you can simply look to your wedding season as a piece of inspiration.
For example, brighter colours work well in spring and summer wedding colour schemes, naturally fitting amid weather surroundings and bouncing off the radiance of light.
Colours that tend to work really well across these sun-potential seasons are shades of green, tints of yellow and other strong, vibrant colours – all capable of reflecting the mood of the weather.
In comparison, if your wedding is set to be in winter months, colder colour tones will likely best fit your theme.
Subtle hints of navy blue or metallic silver for example, tend to blend in well with cold weather surroundings, such as overcast skies, crisp evenings or white snow.
Naturally, this works in the same manner with autumn weddings as colours branded autumnal can easily lend themselves to a theme. Colours such as burnt orange, crimson red and subtle hints of brown and bronze work really well at this time of year.
All seasons can therefore be a clear starting point for your colour picking, so don’t be afraid to look to them for help when necessary.
Change Your Gradients
If at this point, you’re still completely perplexed by the idea of choosing your wedding colour theme, or can’t decide on a collection of colours that look great, together – go for a gradient.
Gradients allow you to keep it simple when choosing wedding colours. This option allows you to stick with one colour and opt for a palette of mixed shades within that single colour, and can be incredibly effective.
For example, with a base colour of navy blue – you could opt for a varying spectrum of sky blues, turquoises or midnight shades to fit in the same colour palette.
To make things even easier, rather than select one dominant shade and showcase its diverse tones, you could instead mix up the way it looks, using a different visual pattern.
This can be done easily by using a pattern of lines, horizontally or vertically for example – allowing you to get more out of your base colour by simply rearranging the way it is presented.