Need help choosing the ideal wedding colour scheme for your special day? These tips from Datacolor could make things a little easier…
It goes without saying that the colour scheme for your wedding sets out the tone for the entire day. For brides-and-grooms-to-be who are already stressed out and searching for the perfect wedding colour scheme, we have some tips to make the process easier.
A history lesson
During the feudal era, it was very common for prominent families to honour their children’s unions with a show of bounty by gifting wedding favours to the church and the poor .In these times, favours and gifts were decorated in the family’s colours so that even the illiterate knew the source of the gift. As the middle class surfaced, there began a mimicking of this tradition and they began to choose their own colour schemes. And in today’s world, the wedding colours are essentially the most important part of the wedding for many couples.
How to choose your colour scheme
When choosing your colour scheme, it is impossible to begin the selection process without having these five things in mind; venue and location, theme, season, and colour consistency.
Get inspired by your venue
The venue is the focal point of the entire wedding, with every single detail revolves around it. If the venue is outdoors, it changes the style of your chosen decor. If it is a dark indoor venue, you might want to choose colours that accentuate the lighting or make the venue brighter. For a colour scheme to work, the venue needs to complement it.
Keep your theme/motif
Having a theme or motif is a great way to narrow down your colour scheme, giving you a great starting point. For example, if you are going for a rustic wedding you could start by looking at some earth tones and get a feel of what colours it takes to achieve the theme – greens and browns are a staple choice. However, don’t be afraid to build on staple colours. You can use them as inspiration but feel free to switch it up a little.
Seasons often give colour inspiration to couples, giving some sort of colour association. Winter inspires darker blue and silver hues, Spring inspires bright ‘new life’ colours such as green and yellow, Summer inspires lively pastel colours, while Autumn inspires deep and sharp colours in the red and orange family.
Make sure colours are consistent
Making sure the selected colours are the correct shade is one of the biggest issues couples with specific themes can face. A bride’s worst nightmare is selecting a teal green wedding theme and finding out that some of the decorations are actually jade green. Thanks to the genius of technology, there are some ways around that now! Products such as Datacolor’s ColorReader, have clever colour coding allowing to match colours perfectly, as well as helping you to develop complementary colour palettes.
Looking for inspiration? Here are some colour schemes to try…
Aubergine + Gold + Navy
Aubergine and navy colours – you can never make out why they work but they do. They are so dark and so bold but they still pop, with the gold adding that little factor that ties it all together and brightens it up ever so slightly.
Theme: They can be used for a more art deco or a soft gothic wedding theme.
Ideal Season: Winter.
Hunter Green + Blush + Ivory
This colour scheme is such a clean combination because it is so soft and allows so much room for creativity. The combination seems almost obvious when you see it come to life because it is just that elegant.
Theme: Classic outdoor countryside.
Ideal season: Spring/summer.
Yellow + Grey
Yellow and Grey as a wedding combination doesn’t make sense until you see it. It may not be the combination you dream about when you are planning your dream wedding but when you see it come alive it all makes sense. It is the right mixture of colour and texture.
Theme: Modern/quirky wedding.
Ideal season: Late summer/Autumn.
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