For some of us choosing your wedding colour is a highlight of the planning process, for others it's a frustrating and stressful experience. We share some simple steps to help you decide on what colours if any are right for your wedding.

1. Find the venue first

It's better to book your wedding venue then choose your colours.  You don't want your colour choice to clash with the venues decor and you might find that the shades of your venue become the colour theme for your wedding.

luxury wedding reception decor

Vicki Grafton Photography

2. Think about location and season

Think about the season and location of your wedding - what colours will be dominating. For example a summer beach wedding where blue prevails, an autumn wedding surrounded by yellows and burnt oranges, or perhaps a winter wedding where rich reds or all white wouldn't look out of place.

Autumn wedding colour

3. Multi colour

If you are choosing to have more than one colour combination, then you need to decide on which will be your dominant colour and which colours will be your accent colours. Accent colours are usually bolder and more vivid and are there to enhance and contrast well with your dominant colour choice.


4. 50 shades of grey

If you choose to stick with just the one colour, you might choose to use 3 or 4 varying shades of that hue in your wedding elements rather than the same shade throughout. Varying shades of the one colour work well when dressing your bridesmaids or in your bouquets.


5. Sources of inspiration

The paint section of a hardware store is a great place to mix and match different colours together. Many paint manufacturers release their annual colour palettes brochure highlighting all the fashionable colour palettes for the season.

If the hardware sales assistant looks at you suspiciously as you browse the paint swatches, then head online to the manufacturers website and see what you can print off from there.

Paint swatches are great as you can carry them around with you when you visit your florist or are shopping for bridesmaids dresses.

Fabric and craft stores are also good sources. Collect fabric swatches to keep in your bridal file.

Wedding fabric and paint swatchesWedding fabric and paint swatches

Another great source for colour mixing inspiration is at the counter of your favourite cosmetics.  Check out the palettes and see how they mix and match all the latest shades.

If you can get your hands on one a Pantone Colour chart will help you identify exactly the colour you want. Cake decorators and wedding stationers usually have a chart handy.

One clever colour tool we found will generate a colour palette from an image,

Adding Pattern To Your Theme

zig zag wedding theme ideas

via Mrs Freund & Co

When considering colours also look out for interesting patterns that can be incorporated into your wedding decoration such as zig zag table runners, striped ribbon on the bouquets or patterned paper backing to your wedding invitations.

Fabric, wallpaper, wrapping paper and ribbons are a great source of inspiration when looking at patterns.

Happy Planning!!

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