Choosing the right wedding palette will be one of the easiest decisions you will have to make as a bride or one of the hardest ones.
Color speaks volumes. It can create a mood and transform the energy of a space. It can evoke a strong psychological response, which subsequently affect feelings and emotions. It can tell a story from beginning to end if the shades complement one another. #OhTheFeels!
To sum it up, color is actually an extension of you, both as a bride and as an individual.
When picking a wedding palette that’s suited for you, there are many factors to consider. Before we can start narrowing down ideas and concepts, I tend to ask the client these key preliminary questions:
- What are three words that describe your taste and your personality?
- Where is your wedding being held?
- What time of the year is the wedding?
- What mood are you wanting to evoke in your decor?
- Are there any cultural or traditional considerations you should incorporate into the color scheme?
Although these questions seem pretty generic, the answers have already given us a lot to work with. From those key questions, not only do we have an idea of your personality, the details of your venue, the season, and the type of wedding you are having, but also the base shade, tone, and hue of your palette.
Next, we can focus on your color selection. Before you start shouting out all your favorite colors, it’s important to know the difference between various color combinations to ensure that they harmonize one another in an eye-pleasing way. The main 3 combinations I want to highlight on are the following:
- Analogous Combination: Three colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. Together, they produce a harmonious and pleasing effect. For example: Green, Blue, and Indigo
- Complementary Combination: Colors that are opposite from one another on the color wheel, usually a warm and a cold. They are highly contrasting and create a vibrant feeling. For example: Red and Blue.
- Monochromatic Combination: Colors that are the shade or tint variations of the base hue. For example: Pink, Coral, and Peach
These color combinations all harmonize uniquely in their own ways and can have a drastic effect when selecting the base of your palette. I’d suggest taking a spin on the coloring wheel or picking up fabric swatches and paint color charts to see where your taste lies. Once you have a better idea, revisit the key questions above, and add on to the answers.
- Venue – What type of venue is it and what colors is its decor? Consider the basics: walls, carpets, and lighting.
- Season – What shades do you want to use to bring out the season in your color palette? What flowers are in season?
- Mood – Are you going for bold and dramatic, or soft and romantic?
- Culture – Will this be a Christian, Southeast Asian, Indian, or Jewish wedding?
By aligning your preferred color combination to these details, you now have a better vision of which colors would suit one another. Professionally speaking, I’d select 3-4 colors at most so that you aren’t overwhelming the decor and aesthetics too much. Similar to casting a movie, you can assign acting and supporting roles. Your leading colors will be the dominant color splashed throughout the majority of your wedding, whereas your supporting colors will be the neutral tones that accent and compliment everything else. A great Adobe resource that graphic designers reference and use is Kuler.
Here are some decor details that can be integrated with your colours:
Leading colors can be used in:
- Bridesmaid Dresses
- Invitations & Stationery
- Florals & Bouquets
- Speciality Cocktails
- Groomsmen wear (i.e. ties & boutonnieres)
Supporting colors can be used in:
- Invitations & Stationery
- Napkins & Tablecloths
- Florals & Bouquets
- Tablesetting (i.e. plates, cutlery)
The last thing I like to do is create a vision board. Start by browsing through different magazines and cutting and pasting elements that you are attracted to. However, don’t limit yourself to just bridal magazines! Go through fashion magazines, décor, culinary, fitness, and so on so forth to find your preferences. Focus on shades, patterns, prints, and design elements. Take time to consider other platforms too, such as Pinterest and Instagram. Depending how involved your fiancé may be, consult with them their thoughts and ideas as well! There could be a high chance they aren’t the most thrilled having a cotton candy pink wedding. As you start building your board, you will slowly realize that you are more drawn to some elements than others, thus creating your ideal wedding vision. From that vision board, you can then begin narrowing down specific elements and piecing them together for your mood board, which essentially is a mix of your vision board and your wedding palette.
Here are some GORGEOUS inspiration by One Fab Day:
And as a little wedding bonus, here are four templates I created that you can use:
Templatex1 – Templatex2 – Templatex3 – Templatex4
To sum it up:
- Consider Your Settings
- Think Seasonally
- Do Your Research
- Get Inspired By Your Bouquet
- Keep Details In Mind
- Create A Vision / Mood Board
- Look to Your Personality as a Couple and Stay True to Yourself
What’s your favorite color palette?
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