Let’s face it: all of us have dreamt of wispy, Cinderella like weddings that take place in either beautiful, mural-like landscapes of sunny meadows, gardens and floral lawns, or in extravagant, lavish ballrooms that have guests going oooh and aaah at every turn of their head! And yes, we also know that when it comes to securing the perfect wedding, people go all out, and by all out, we mean all out, in procuring everything they think necessary to put together the dream event.
However, (and because we have attended a wedding or two), it hasn’t gone unnoticed by us that many a couple struggles to establish what we like to call ‘colour cohesion’ in their wedding theme. They might have the best of décor, the best of every embellishment possible, but what most brides and grooms tend to overlook when assembling their wedding event is the basest of all basics: colour.
And what does this result in? You guessed it: an eyesore of clashing colours nobody really wants to look at.
That is why at Bride & Groom we decided it was high time to get our research gear on and head out into the industry to learn some of the neatest tricks to choosing the right colours for the big day and achieving flawless cohesion. Read on, and do make a note of these little tips. Heaven knows we wouldn’t want any of you to have a colour catastrophe like we’ve witnessed in innumerable weddings; some being our very own!
1) Location Education
Studying your venue before finalising it is the key to picking out the right colours for your wedding. If you’re the type who loves indoor events held in halls or ballrooms, choosing colours is child’s play since you only have to pay attention to the space available and the colours it already adorns to decide on the ones you want. It could be the beautiful Persian rug that spreads across the banquet floor, or the gold wrought banisters of the staircase or even the view of the ocean from the large French windows that inspires you to select the tones you want, in the hues that will work perfectly with the setting.
Venues like converted warehouses, lofts and tents are all blank slates, meaning you can really add as much or as little as you want to carry out your vision for colour and style! Remember to always have a colour palette in mind as you go venue hunting because this was help you finalise not just your location, but your colour theme as well.
2) Prioritise, & Prioritise Some More!
Choosing the right colours does not mean you have to go against the ones you’ve always dreamt of having; on the contrary, it’s about choosing the right hues of the tones you want so that they complement your venue as well as the overall theme and setting. If you’ve wanted to have a wedding that was overflowing with pink chrysanthemums then by all means, develop your colour palette around the colour pink and understand how you will fit it in with other things. It doesn’t do to stick to the colour that you want without paying attention to your other must-haves that may look out of place or clash violently. Prioritise early on in your wedding planning on the shades you want so that they harmonise with all your other indispensables.
3) Think Seasonally
Just like your wardrobe, your wedding colour scheme can be inspired by the very season you choose to exchange your nuptial vows in! Think about the shade you want to use to bring out the season in your colour palette. Rosy pink is perfect for spring, while a brighter coral is a summer essential. For fall, a rich fuchsia pairs well with other jewel tones, and blush and silver are a pretty wintry combo. Don’t shy away from colours you love just because of seasonal colour rules, because as we put, any colour can work in any season, it’s just got to be the right tone! The trick always lies in concentrating on texture and pattern, as well as investing in a stronger accent colour to keep things interesting.
4) Turn to Staples
Consider the décor around your home and the colours you use to bring life to your walls: in them lies the very secret to the colours you should be choosing for your wedding. Pay attention to the colours you wear, or the ones you turn to when buying a new item. Use that as the starting point to choosing your hues!
5) Remember your Bouquet
This becomes important if you’ve already had a thought of your ideal wedding bouquet and the flowers it will feature. Think of the colours that will feature in the blooms and use them as an added vantage point in making a decision about your colour scheme.
Friends’ weddings, relatives’ weddings, magazines, art galleries, internet posts, and that devious Instagram snap are all great sources of inspiration for picking the colours you want. While you wouldn’t want to choose a colour combination just because it’s in vogue, looking towards art and design may help you see colours you already love in a new way.
Get a small colour wheel to understand which colours pair best and which do not. Opposites go great together because they feature a warm and a cool, for example orange and sky blue or turquoise and coral. Other colour pairings that work are neighbours — they’re similar to each other and share a primary colour (think: sunshine yellow and melon orange or fuchsia and blush). A classic way to build your colour palette is by pairing a bright, saturated colour with a neutral, like violet and grey or blush and gold.
Keep in mind to not overthink when it comes to choosing your colour scheme. Not every part of your wedding has to match perfectly, so don’t stress on having details colour-coded just right. As it goes, the best perfection is always found in a little imperfection!