Anyone who’s familiar with my work knows I love colour. I’ve talked about styling colourful weddings on the blog before and I’m constantly sharing colourful inspiration on Instagram. However, I’ve never shared my tips for choosing your wedding colours in the first place. Until now…  

Bride and groom cuddling on rattan sofa outside
groom wearing sunglasses beige suit and lavender tie on wedding vespa

Start With Your Venue

The first thing to consider is your wedding venue. This will be the backdrop for your day, the context within which everything else will be placed. You want to work with, not against, the existing décor, so you either need to pick your venue with a colour scheme in mind or choose your wedding colours after you’ve locked it in.

Consult a Colour Wheel

If you don’t have a favourite colour or you’re not sure where to start with building a palette, consulting a colour wheel might help. It’s a really useful tool for figuring out which colours work well together. Generally, colours on opposite sides of the colour wheel will compliment each other. I’d also recommend looking at interior design to discover complimentary colour combinations. Your own home could even inspire you!

lilac and orange sunset Mediterranean wedding styling tablescape
lavender and orange floral arrangement in stone urn on lilac table linen

Create a Palette

I always recommend picking a base palette of two or three neutral shades and then adding two or three accent colours. Remember, neutrals don’t have to be beige or white. If you prefer a darker colour scheme, navy and dark green can be classed as neutrals.

Never, ever pick just one colour in the hope you’ll be able to get your entire wedding to match. It will never work! Your colour scheme will look flat, and you’ll be pulling your hair out trying to find the perfect bridesmaids dresses or ribbon for bouquets! A broader palette not only adds depth and interest, but it also gives you options.

Think Outside the Box

Don’t rule out unexpected colour combinations. For the Mediterranean Sunset shoot featured throughout this post, I wanted to use an on-trend shade of lilac/lavender. I decided to pair it with a beautiful burnt orange for a real accent pop. It shouldn’t work, but it does! Don’t be afraid to break the rules. They’re only there as a guide.

Having said that, the one thing to bear in mind is whether you want a cool or warm feel to your colour scheme. This will help you pick the right shade of each colour. Even if the colours you’re using are very different from one another, making sure your tones are the same throughout will keep things looking cohesive.

white tiered wedding cake decorated with lilac and burnt orange sugarpaste flowers

Further Reading

If you’re in the process of choosing your wedding colours or trying to settle on an overall look, you may find these links useful:

And if you decide you need some expert help, please get in touch.

Photo Credits:

Styling, Stationery, Design & Co-Ordination // Knots & Kisses, Venue // Brickhouse Vineyard, Photographer // Nova Wedding Photography, Videographer // Capture Weddings, Florist From The Wild, Cake // Claire Arscott Cake Design, Hair Stylist // The Up Do Girl, Makeup //  Makeup By Zoe L, Bridalwear // Dandelions & Pearls, Veils & Bows // Rebecca Anne Designs, Pearl Halo & Earrings // The Lucky Sixpence, Satin hairband // The Lucky Sixpence with Ness Bridal, Groomswear // ASOS, Lounge furniture and Vespa // Virginias Vintage Hire, Linen // 88 Events, Crockery // Prestige Event Hire, Tableware // Amor Décor,  Rings & Necklaces // Erin Cox Jewellery  & Molten Ring Co, Models // Liv & Tom at Mustard Models