Colourful weddings are back in a big way! After years of subtle palettes featuring the palest shades of blush and ivory or neutral greens, people are embracing colour once again. You can see the popularity of this trend in fashion and interiors too, with bold splashes of colour and abstract palettes everywhere you look.

From the navy-blue walls of my living room to the red hair on my head, colour is a big part of my life. It’s always featured heavily in my styling work too. However, I know colour can be scary and overwhelming if you’re not used to it, so here are three quick tips to help you plan a colourful wedding… 

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Groom in pale blue suit with pastel pink buttonhole

Ramp Things Up

One of the simplest ways to embrace colour on your wedding day is to ‘ramp up’ a familiar palette and make it your own. As you can see from the images throughout this post, traditional pastels become fresh and modern when you replace pale blush and baby blue with sugary pink and splashes of turquoise and teal.  Shades of bright lilac, mint and yellow are also bang on trend right now.

Modern bride in white trouser suit with pearl headband and large pastel pink bouquet
colourful wedding pastel abstract wedding stationery

Make It Modern

The key to using colour in a modern way is to keep shapes and silhouettes clean and contemporary. Throw in splashes of colour in the form of abstract shapes or bold statement florals.

These days, there’s no need for your colour palette to include a traditional ‘neutral’. Instead, think about layering tones and hues to create a cohesive look. For example, you can combine terracotta, burgundy and navy with a pink base or go full on sunshine with shades of orange and lemon.

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Look at Your Linen

Coloured table linen is incredibly popular right now. Plain white tablecloths and neutral runners on wooden tables are no longer the top pick. Instead, couples are opting for table linen in an array of shades, layering different colours and tones to create their desired look. 

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Embrace the Rainbow

Don’t worry about picking a palette you’ve never seen before – any colour can be a wedding colour.  If traditional colour schemes aren’t your thing and you’re struggling to find a combination you love, fashion, art and interior design are a great place to look for inspiration. As I’ve said before, it’s your wedding day and anything goes!

For more advice to help you plan the wedding you really want, check out these posts from the archive:

Photo Credits:

Venue // Upton Barn & Walled Garden, Photographer // Clare Kinchin Photography, Florist // Brompton Buds, Styling & Stationery // Knots & Kisses, Bridalwear // The Own Studio, Headbands // Alice & Blair, Groomswear // Zebel Bespoke, Hair // Bridal Hair By Rose, Make Up // Emma Roberts MUA, Models // Gingersnap