Set Your Eyes on Your Site
When deciding on a wedding colour palette, play up the prominent colours of your site or setting.
Get Inspired by the Season
Let Mother Nature be your guide they say she never makes a mistake. Pink may work year-round, but light pastels and barely there hues like buff can look washed out for a autumn or winter wedding. In the summer, reserve dark colours like burgundy only for accents.
Do Your Research
Become aware of colour combinations that you like, whether browsing art galleries or flipping through a stack of home or fashion or interior design magazines for the must-have colours for the new season.
Scout it Out
To choose an exact hue, visit a fabric store or paint shop and collect swatches or chips of colours you might want to use. This will help you get specific, so that when you decide on green you’ll know if it’s lime green, Kelly green, sage green, or forest green.
Choose a Dominant Hue
Pick one general colour first say, blue and then start thinking about shades and tints (aqua, tiffany blue, navy) or other colours to accent it with.
Play with Paint Websites
From seeing colours in action (by virtual room painting) to recommendations for popular colour combos, paint companies know a lot about colour. Visit sites like Dulux.com.au and Bristol.com.au.
Stick to wedding colours of the same intensity, such as lavender and baby blue rather than royal blue with light brown.
Set the Mood
Figure out what emotions you want your celebration to evoke. A peaceful, Zen-like retreat? A regal, romantic affair? A jumping, high-energy party? For instance, a vibrant summer yellow mixed with chocolate-brown (think sunflowers and bees) is perfect for a country-chic wedding — add gold to the mix, and the combination becomes more reminiscent of regal France.
Get it on Paper
Spend time looking for wedding stationery in colour combos that inspire you and express your style and fit with the feel of the reception — rich violets, oranges, and teals for a Mediterranean or Near East flair, or pink and green for a summer garden affair.
Vary it Up
Can’t settle on one scheme? If your wedding takes place in multiple rooms, each can have its own palette. But choose one consistent colour to keep it from looking like a kaleidoscope.
Take Flower Notes
The most obvious way to add colour is with your wedding flowers. But first, get familiar with the different types of flowers – especially your favourites and the colours they come in. Secondly find a florist this able to understand your vision.
Don’t Forget Your Linens
Look through party rental catalogues for colourful cloths like napkins and overlays that you love. Use them on guest, cake and buffet tables, underneath the place cards, and more. Or, focus on the table accessories. Maybe a beloved china pattern could set the palette for your reception tables.
Light it Up
Lighting can make or break a space. Talk to your event designer/wedding planer or lighting expert about colours you can use to wash bare white walls (especially important for large spaces). Pink and amber tints will soften the room without overpowering it. Blue is tricky, but can work well if you’re looking to showcase cool crisp angles.
Drive Home Colour
Don’t forget about the impact of repetition — trimming doorways, tables, centrepieces, and the bar with the same simple ribbon in your signature hue will give more oomph than one large, ornate display in the same colour.
Consider All of Your Elements
The last, but most important, thing to remember when making your final choice: Not all colours are easy to wear, and you’ve got bridesmaids to dress.
Happy colour planning…….Natalie xx