Colors play crucial role in every wedding; and in today’s world, both brides and grooms are involved in choosing their wedding colors. We are all fond of choosing our childhood favourite colors for the big day, but unfortunately most colors when combined with our partner’s do not produce stunning color co-ordination.
A common trend is couples using their wedding stationery to set the style and colour theme for their wedding. With save the date cards, day and evening invites, RSVP cards, place cards and thank you cards all required, designing and making your own stationery can save you a fortune! From simple designs to more unique ideas, your stationery is a reflection of your style and wedding day dream, so make it special keepsakes you’ll cherish for many years to come.
Setting a Color Palette
Deciding on a color palette for your wedding is a very important decision. It will help set the style and theme for the whole day, as well as help to set up guidelines for choosing other elements such as wedding favours, flowers, bridesmaids’ dresses, bridal bouquet, cake, accessories and perhaps it will even inspire the mother of the bride’s outfits. Having a color palette to work with, will help ensure your day doesn’t turn into a multi-colour rainbow.
The first time you need to use your color palette will be when you send the save the date cards, or invitations if you’re not sending out the save the date cards. It is good to decide on your color palette as early as possible so you don’t end up panicking and choosing just “hushy rushy” color at the last minute. It is really important to choose color palette and theme before designing the stationery and not the other way round.
Deciding On A Color Palette or Hue
At first choosing a color palette may seem like a huge task and one may not know where to start. This will be a lot easier when straight forward answers can be given to these questions depicting clearer indication of what you like:
- Do you have a favourite colour(s)?
- Which season are you getting married in? You should use warm and lively colors like Reds in the winter months to create a cosy ambience, and avoid using dark colours during summer wedding unless they are contrasted with light colours like tiffany blue
- If you have already selected a venue, what type of ambience does it create? Is it old and traditional or modern and formal?
- Do you have a particular theme in mind for your wedding day? Perhaps you would like to wear a vintage dress or set a theme like a garden or beach party?
- Do you have a favourite flower you are planning on using in your wedding bouquet?
Answering these questions should help to set foundations for your colour palette. You can have as little as two colors in your palette but try to avoid using more than four, as this will over-complicate the theme and make it clumsy. Choose one or two colors as the main color and use others as accents. Think about using tones in your scheme too.
Here are some color palettes to inspire your color scheme. Try using one as base and adapt it for your wedding
- Black and Pale or Bright Pink
- Black and White
- Chocolate Brown and Blue
- Chocolate Brown and Pink
- Aqua Blue and Black
- Tiffany Blue and Black
- Red and Soft Pink
- Black and Teal
Traditional Color Scheme
- Gold and Silver
- Lavender and Ivory
- Cream and Pink
- Lavender and Light Blue
- Ivory and Mint Green
- Grey and Pale Pink
- White and Cream
Setting a Wedding Theme
When you set your color scheme you will probably have an idea of the type you want to carry through your day. However you can choose a theme for your wedding based on your personalities or interests you both share to make your day more memorable.
Here is a selection of wedding theme suggestions for your special day, ranging from traditional to something more unique.
- Spring. Hold your wedding in spring to signify a new beginning. A spring wedding can be full of pastel shades such as yellow and vibrant greens.
- Summer. A glorious and hopefully sunny time to get married. From pale pinks to vibrant purples, most colours suit a summer wedding. Choose refreshing fruit punches and barbeque food for wedding breakfast to reflect the season.
- Autumn. An autumn wedding can be a vibrant affair with the world turning into hues of oranges, red and brown around you. Choose lovely bouquets of burnt orange and red flowers with twisted willow and dark berries and leaves. Groomsmen can wear orange or red ties and waistcoat to match bridesmaids’ dresses.
- Winter– Create a magical winter wonderland. Use lots of silver, gold and white throughout the day and decorate tables and topiary in fairy lights and glitter for a sparkly ambience.
Another great tip on how to choose a color scheme is to create “A One-Colour Theme” by using your favourite colour in different shades as the theme for your wedding day.