Choosing your wedding color palette might seem a bit overwhelming at first. You have all the colors of the rainbow, afterall. But when you get focused and keep these 7 simple tips in mind, picking the perfect palette will be a breeze.
Start with your favorite color.Is there one color that really stands out? One that you’ve always loved? Start with that color, then mix and match complementary colors (opposite on the color wheel) to find the best combination. Don’t be afraid to play around and come up with several palettes that you and your fiance like. Once you have a few, set them out and see which one makes your heart sing.
Use your venue/surroundings as inspiration. For the best results, know your venue before you choose your colors. Your ceremony and reception space will help you narrow your choices down to the colors that will look best within the area. For example, if the ceremony space is already decorated with burgundy curtains, you wouldn’t want to add neon pink to the mix. Walk around your venue, take photos, and see which colors are already a part of the scenery.
Turn to nature for inspiration. Nature can be one of your greatest inspirations. Look at flowers and the mix of colors they produce. Notice the colors that complement each other (pink on green, purple and cream) and make notes of those you love. You can also think about what season it will be when you get married. Pastels and light colors are perfect for spring, bold and bright colors are great for summer, and darker jewel tones look lovely in winter.
Set a mood. Ask yourself what mood you’d like to evoke. Romantic? Cheerful and fun? Dark and dramatic? Colors play a significant part in creating certain feelings, so whereas a palette involving sunny yellow will evoke a light and cheerful mood, a palette of glittering rose gold might evoke romance and glamour. For an extra bit of fun, look into the meanings of colorsto help you set a mood.
Peruse your home. A great place to start color hunting is your own home. Is there a dominant palette? Which colors have you decorated your personal spaces with? The added bonus of creating a wedding color palette that matches your home decor is that you might be able to use some of your wedding decor after the actual celebration.
Create a theme. If you have a wedding theme, think about which colors bring out that theme. Red, black, and white might complement an Alice in Wonderland-inspired wedding. Navy blue and white is perfect for a nautical wedding. Do an internet search on your theme and see what other’s have done to help you get an idea of what does and doesn’t work for you.
Design a mood board. Creating a mood board isn’t only productive, it’s fun! Hop on Pinterest or get out that stack of magazines and choose photos that appeal to you. Don’t think about why, just cut and paste or pin it to your wedding mood board. Once you have a decent amount of pictures, stand back and look at the colors. Does one stand out? Which colors come up the most? Designing a mood board is kind of like unlocking your subconscious and hidden desires. And what better place to find the perfect palette?