Introduction: How to Pick My Wedding Colors
Is there a wedding somewhere in your near future? If so, then congratulations! If it’s your own wedding, — or you’re helping a close friend or family member with their wedding plans — this is a happy, exciting time.
Planning a wedding though is no small task.
There are venues to scout, vendors to book, dresses to buy, meals to sample, and cakes to taste. And of course, all the decor needs to be arranged. Decorating for a wedding isn’t as simple as just “making things look nice” — although that’s certainly part of it. You must decide on the specific look and feel you want to achieve in your decor. Do you want a rustic, country vibe? Maybe you’d prefer a classic, elegant feeling. What about vintage charm?
No matter what theme you choose, all the elements of your decorating need to work together and coordinate to help achieve this feeling. This includes the table centerpieces, the flowers, surrounding decor, the cake, and even the bride’s gown and the bridesmaids’ dresses. As you pull all these pieces together early on to create a cohesive theme or mood, you’ll make a lot of decisions in the process that dictate many of your decorating choices later.
One of the most crucial decorating decisions is your color scheme. By necessity, this is one of the first decisions you make. It’s difficult to start planning other decorations or specifics until you have your wedding color palette picked.
Choosing wedding colors can be difficult because there are many fantastic options and combinations to choose from. Can you go with your favorite colors? What about shades of those colors? Are you picking a color combination based on a bride or groom preference, or trying to achieve a consensus? Think about what season it will be when the wedding occurs. What type of flowers look nice with different color options? Your goal is to consider how colors create an overall mood and feel for the wedding.
Here at Jamali Garden, we have over 20 years of experience in helping you decorate for your big event or celebration — anniversaries, holidays, parties. Our specialty is weddings, and we can’t wait to help as you plan this upcoming wedding.
If you’re not sure what colors to choose or how to choose your wedding colors and need a little inspiration, our guide offers you tips and tricks — like what works well in different seasons and popular colors for weddings. By the time you’re finished here, you’ll feel like a pro at this. And if you’re a professional wedding planner, you’ll get some new, fresh ideas below to spark your next wedding design!
Chapter 1: How to Choose Color Palettes for Spring
Spring is one of the most popular seasons for weddings, and it’s no wonder. The weather is often beautiful, and nature is in full flower, providing a stunning backdrop for all your outdoor wedding photos. After a long, cold winter, most people feel cheerful and eager to celebrate a joyous occasion like a spring wedding.
So how can you draw inspiration from the spring season and incorporate it into your wedding color scheme?
Draw Inspiration From Nature
Spring provides a fresh color palette ripe for creativity. Everywhere you look, you will find colors bursting and flowers that could look perfect when incorporated into your spring wedding.
1. Spring Flowers
It’s almost impossible to think spring without talking about all the gorgeous flowers that accompany this season. You can incorporate any number of lovely blossoms into your bouquet, table centerpieces and more, and you can also draw inspiration from their colors.
Consider these flowers:
There are countless more flowers to choose from. Even among these blossoms alone, we can find a gorgeous array of colors and shades — from sunny yellow to deep blue, blush pink, and creamy reds. If your bouquet includes daffodils and forget-me-nots, your color scheme can easily be a shade of yellow and pale blue.
If you’re feeling stumped for inspiration when it comes to wedding color combinations for spring, take a tip from Mother Nature and look at what’s blooming around you.
Leaves in springtime have shades of green that can make a delightful addition to many wedding color schemes. In some plants, this is a mint green, while in others it’s more of a light green tinged with yellow.
This wide-ranging hue could make the perfect addition to your colors for a spring wedding. Maybe the ideal color scheme for you includes blush pink and a soft mint green, inspired by the color of peonies against early spring leaves.
Pastels are a popular spring choice. Combinations of these lightly-saturated colors often make beautiful wedding colors for spring:
- Blush Pinks
- Periwinkle Blues
- Mint or Sea Green
- Pale Yellow
Mix and Match Your Pastel Palette Based on the Color Wheel
A quick glance into the world of color theory shows us that there are many different ways to mix and match colors so they’re pleasing and exciting to the eye. The color wheel is a popular tool used to better understand the color spectrum. Most wheels consist of 12 color wedges, which are categorized into primary, secondary, and tertiary colors. There are three primary and secondary colors, and six tertiaries.
Let’s look at a few ways pastel hues can create a color combination:
This way of combining colors seeks to achieve maximum contrast by matching colors that rest on directly opposing sides of the color wheel. For example, purple and yellow are direct opposites. If you’re looking to create a contrasting and eye-popping combination, you might try mixing lavender and yellow together.
A monochromatic color scheme is one that repeatedly uses the same color in varying shades. Your colors are only taken from one slice of the color wheel, but that color is then saturated and de-saturated to achieve a range of different shades stemming from the same base color. For example, you might choose a specific pastel blue, and then mix this up by using a fainter pastel blue. Or, pair with a rich blue and a deep navy blue.
Analogous color schemes use three colors that all sit directly next to one another on the color wheel, creating a mix of colors that all blend well and fade nicely in and out of one another. An example of such a color scheme might be a palette that uses golden yellow, light orange, and soft red.
What Are the Best Spring Wedding Colors?
Just because pastels are popular for spring weddings, don’t feel that you’re bound and constrained to do the same. Be daring! Nature offers us plenty of bright colors to be inspired by in the springtime — and you can draw inspiration from any of them.
Consider shaking up a pastel color palette by throwing a bright color into the mix, especially if you’re going with a monochromatic look. Perhaps you’re excited by blush pink — combine that with fuchsia. What about pale sea green paired with a rich and vibrant green? By mixing up a pastel palette, you can put a fresh spin on a traditional choice.Chapter 2: How to Choose Color Palettes for Summer