How To Pick Wedding Colors

Selecting your wedding colors can seem like quite a challenge. The colors you choose should conform to the vibe and aesthetic that you want to emulate, whilst complimenting your taste and style as a couple. You will need to think about when these colors are going to be used and where. Choosing the wrong colors is likely to lead to some disappointment. 

If you are unsure as to how you should go about picking your wedding colors, this article provides you with all of the answers. 

Do You Need a wedding color scheme?

It is generally recommended that you have a color palette as this gives you something to work with when planning the details and aesthetic of your big day.

However, you may opt for a loose color palette consisting of natural tones and linens if preferred. 

Consider the season

Whilst the season that you are getting married in does not need to have a huge influence on your color palette, it does provide a helpful starting point. Think about how the colors you choose are going to reflect the season. Typically, dark tones are opted for during colder winter months, whilst bright and vibrant colors tend to be associated with summer weddings.

For spring weddings, pastel shades are a popular choice. If desired, you can select one strong color and pair it with a few subtle shades. Remember that this is purely a guide, if you love pastel colors and are getting married during the spring, do not be afraid to use them.

Think about the setting and the venue

If you have booked your wedding venue, think about how you would like it to look when it is decorated and the colors that are going to suit your vision. If you are still searching for the perfect venue, having an idea of the colors that you are likely to choose will provide you with a useful guide. 

The venue may boost certain features that you can accentuate with your color palette. If your chosen venue is rather neutral, you essentially have a blank canvas and can choose whatever colors you like, however, if the venue has an existing color theme e.g colored/ patterned wallpaper, likely, you will want to work with that. If you find a venue but it doesn’t compliment the color scheme that you had in mind, you may want to opt for shades that are less likely to clash instead. 

Use the color wheel

The color wheel displays the relationship between primary colors and highlights which ones go together. Opposite shades complement each other well along with those that are close together as they share similar qualities.

Color harmony is a term used to describe this concept. You may choose to apply this theory when deciding on the most appropriate colors for your wedding.

Don’t be afraid to try something different

Often, it can be tempting to choose colors that are safe rather than those considered to be a little more out of the box. When it comes to choosing the perfect color scheme for your wedding don’t be afraid to explore the different shades and tones. You may discover a color that you really like but would have otherwise overlooked if you had decided to play it safe.  

Try to avoid using too many colors

Whilst a selection of colors can brighten your wedding, too many can be overwhelming and you are more likely to experience difficulties when trying to match them together. For this reason, it is recommended that you choose a maximum of 3 to 4 colors. You may choose to stick with neutral toned colors or a bold color accompanied by three less intense shades.

Alternatively, you may choose to pair a metallic color with a shade of pink such as pale blush or dusty rose. 

Select a theme 

Rather than choosing a color scheme, you may prefer to base your wedding day on a particular theme.

Your main priority then is to focus on choosing colors that go with the theme, rather than colors that coordinate with one another. For some people, this is going to make the decision making process much easier. 

Choose what you like

There are many factors that are going to influence your chosen color palette, but you must not forget that your taste and style are important too. Think about the colors that influence your attire and interior decor. Also, do not be afraid to select colors that flatter you. It is your day after all so go for colors that you feel the most comfortable and confident wearing. 

Many people choose colors that are currently in style, however, you shouldn’t feel compelled to use a color for this reason, especially, if they are not colors that complement your taste and preferences. 

Conduct research

Researching popular color schemes will provide you with plenty of inspiration for your big day. Whilst we do not recommend basing your decision on trends, rather than what you like, looking through magazines and galleries may introduce you to a color combination that you had not thought of previously.

It will also allow you to see how well certain colors can work together. 

Stick with more natural colors

Although bright colors are fun and can be used, you may have difficulties when trying to find flowers that match such a vibrant palette. Because of this, we would advise you to opt for natural hues that are more readily available.

They are also going to be more effective in complementing the rest of your wedding decor and aesthetic. 

Final Thoughts

There are several steps involved in the process of choosing the best colors for your wedding. Although it can sometimes feel overwhelming, you must remember to choose colors that you like, rather than colors that you think are going to impress others.

Think about where you are getting married and when along with how you want to use the color. This will provide you with a good guide to begin.