Looking at our colour palette for our website got me
thinking and I thought for this blog, why don’t I talk a little bit about
choosing colour schemes for your wedding.
It’s different for everyone. Of course, there are always the
brides who have been fantasising about their big day since the moment they were
born and have planned every aspect down to the most minute detail. That’s not a
bad thing. If you’re clear on what you want and can picture it all then crack
on! However, I have to say, more often than not colour schemes and styling can
be a bit of a stumbling block for a lot of couples. In many ways, there is just
too much choice! Especially now with amazing sites like Pinterest and all the
fabulous stylists on Instagram that you can follow, it’s so hard to refine down
your ideas and stick to one stream of thought! I remember for my own wedding, I
had not one, but multiple Pinterest boards and they were epic! I mean, maybe
borderline obsessive, but epic none the less!
So where do you start
with choosing a colour scheme?
Rather than just simply picking the first colour that comes
to your head, I would always think about what kind of atmosphere or feel you
would like your wedding to have and what would you like the lasting impression
to be for your guests. For example, do you want a really elegant and
sophisticated affair or is it more important that the whole day feels fun and
exciting? If you can capture the atmosphere in one word, what would it be? Once
you’ve done this, you can think about what colours might coincide and help to make
it an actuality. Pastel shades like blush pink, peach, lilac and mint always
look stunning when teamed with ivory and can create a fresh, elegant look easily.
The great thing about those shades as well is that they will never go out of
fashion or look dated (so long as they’re done subtly!! Don’t go crazy with
huge peach meringue bridesmaid dresses!). On the other hand, rich shades of red,
orange, pink and purple will give a more opulent and warming effect whilst
primary colours can be more fun and exuberant and perfect for a festival feel.
Whatever atmosphere you are looking to create, my one rule
would be: ALWAYS have a colour palette of more than just one colour. Two to
three shades are ideal for making your colour scheme look thought out and multi-dimensional.
It gives you more possibilities for all your décor items and makes everything
look that bit more coordinated. When only using one colour, you run the risk of
everything looking a little bit ‘overkill’. Like here’s my colour scheme, I’m
going to make damn sure you don’t miss it! You may also look back on your
photos in years to come and think, “Why did I pick that colour, I hate it!”.
To help you think about your colour choices, I’ve included
some colour harmony definitions and colour wheels below. Any qualified florist
will know ALL about these colour harmonies as they were probably the bane of
their life at one point! I know I spent many an hour having to study these, sigh!
How chuffed am I that they’re actually being put to good use in this blog then!
Hurrah! Anyway, these are principles that most florists go by and really help
you pick combinations that are not always obvious but will look stunning.
An analogous colour harmony is based on using several colours that lay directly next to each other on the colour wheel. They normally match well and are extremely pleasing to the eye.
A complementary colour harmony makes use of two
colours that lay directly across from each other on the colour wheel. Examples
of complementary colour harmonies are red and green or blue and orange. Be careful
with these as they can be a bit garish if you’re using primary colours
A split complementary colour harmony is similar to a complementary colour harmony but with a slight twist. A base colour is chosen and then the two colours opposite on the colour wheel are used as its complement. By doing this it results in a less harsh effect than the complementary harmony.
A near complementary colour harmony makes use of
a main colour and then another colour that lays directly next to it. The effect
is subtle and provides interest to a design rather than just one colour.
Think about materials
If the thought of several colour shades scares you or those
colour harmonies have put you off, a clever way to make your styling more interesting
is to include different textures and materials. Often these aspects are
overlooked when really, they’re the key! For example, think about whether you
want to use lots of rustic wood or hessian to help you get your natural, pared back
look. Wood alone has a million different shades depending on if you’re using
oak or mahogany or white-washed timber etc. Another texture that’s really
popular at the moment and is having a bit of a come-back is velvet! Velvet tablecloths
or soft velvet ribbons tied around your napkins can help make your wedding so
opulent and like you’re really considered every aspect.
Your florist is
Lastly, it might sound like I’m just saying this, seeing as
I am in fact a florist – but your florist is your main ally! They can help you
coordinate your colour scheme and with hundreds, if not thousands of bloom
varieties, they will know exactly the right flowers and shades to choose to
help capture your look! Flowers can be used anywhere and everywhere – in your
centrepieces, on your cake, round the doorways – so in that sense they are
great for bringing everything together and making sure your colour scheme is
reflected in all the nooks and crannies of your venue space.
Someone said to me once and I found it to be so true, that
flowers are the one thing at your wedding that are completely and absolutely
YOU and individual! Noone else will have flowers exactly like you did with the
exact same combination of shades, flower types, sizes etc because flowers change
season to season and from supplier to supplier. There are also flowers to represent
different times of the year, different birth months, different qualities such
as prosperity, happiness etc. So in many respects, they are the easiest way of
showing your personality and likes/dislikes. I know one of the main arguments against
spending money on flowers is that they are a waste and will die. Of course,
they will die, that’s true (although you could give them to your guests to take
home or dry-press your bouquet as a souvenir?). But in my opinion, if you spend
the money anywhere, I would say flowers are the way to go. It’s one of the only
true bespoke aspects of your day and let’s face it – are beautiful and smell