As you begin to think about your wedding and reception colors, keep in these tricks of the stylist trade to coordinate a beautiful and cohesive color palette.
- DON’T TOO MANY COLORS – With a few exceptions, you should pick two to four colors that go well altogether and stick to them. Using the same colors throughout your wedding décor will help create a cohesive flow, so every detail looks like it belongs. Narrowing your palette to a few colors will also keep elements like your centerpieces from looking too messy. If you prefer an undone look, opt for a few slightly varied shades of the same color. This will add depth without looking too chaotic. Or, for an especially striking style, go monochromatic with a bold shade, like vivid purple or creamy white.
- INCORPORATE TEXTURES – Two colors that go together may not look right when put side by side if they’re different textures. A burlap table runner with red satin linens doesn’t work as well as wood planters on maroon cotton tablecloths, even though the colors are similar. Because your linens will cover so much of your wedding reception, they’ll play a huge role in your color and texture decisions. Mixing textures in the same hue can also add more drama and depth to your wedding than simply combining multiple colors. Patterns like stripes or florals can help break up bold colors, so a hue like bright yellow or black doesn’t overwhelm your tables.
- INCLUDE THE VENUE SURROUNDINGS – As you’re venue hunting, it helps to have a color scheme in mind while you look at details like the wall coverings, art and carpeting. The other way to approach it is to keep your color options open until you find a venue you love. Think about what hues you may want to use, and whether you’d want to prioritize finding the perfect venue or having your perfect palette. In a country club with navy and maroon carpets, a color scheme of lime green and hot pink will clash, and there’s really no way around it. That’s not to say you have to choose a venue where your colors perfectly match the floors, but you should use the venue’s décor as a guide when picking out tones and hues.
- ADD A SPLASH OF COLORS – It’s time to forget about outdated seasonal color rules, like pastels are only for spring and the idea that you can’t have an orange and yellow hued wedding unless it’s fall. You should pick a color palette you love and then tailor it to the particular season with accent colors, texture and décor as well as changing up the shade. The way to pull off a pastel winter wedding is to swap out rosy pink for a more muted blush and use dusty sage instead of seafoam or mint green. Pairing your color palette with seasonal flowers and seasonally inspired décor elements, like evergreens and faux-fur chairbacks, will actually make your wedding style complement the season without seeming overly themed.
We hope these tips can help you pull your vision together…and if you cannot, you can always hire an amazing planner!
Best wishes & happy planning –
Melissa @ Events by Missy & Company