How to Choose your Wedding Colour Scheme

colour schemeOnce the decision has been made to get married, the theme and colours that go along with the wedding are very important to any couple.

There are many reasons why they might want to choose a particular colour to work with and it is not a decision to be taken lightly. Whatever colour you decide on will set the whole tone for your special day. The colour or shades will be included in almost every aspect from the bride's dress, the groom's waistcoat and tie, the car, the cake, the favours, the invitations, the table decorations and of course your flowers and buttonholes.

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Factors to Consider with your Wedding Colour Scheme

  • Are you adamant about the flowers you want in your bouquet, perhaps you could make that a start for your colour scheme and work up from there?
  • Are you trying to create a particular mood for your wedding? Everything draped in white will seem more romantic for instance.
  • Consider a few colours before you decide on your final choice and try swabs of them against each other. Everyone has a different skin tone and some colours may not suit you (or your bridesmaids and groomsmen).
  • If you really love black, try not to incorporate it too much into the wedding, choose a contrasting colour to go with it to balance it out slightly. Black and white weddings are becoming increasingly popular and there is a wide range of colour accessories to match the theme.
  • Limit the colour(s) you use, unless you are going for the rainbow look.
  • One of you may have a favourite colour that you want to work with but you should both be in agreement. Try not to go for any colours that do not reflect your personality however, if you never wear pastel shades in your every day life then it is probably not a good idea to pick that scheme for your wedding day.
  • Think about where your reception is being held. A castle wedding for instance will come alive with rich colours such as emerald green or burgundy and gold.
  • What decor does your venue have? You certainly don't want to pick a theme that will clash terribly with the wall paper within your reception room, what you want is for your colour scheme to compliment the room.
  • When are you getting married? Colours play an integral part to the changing seasons so while a red and white wedding may look beautiful in the Autumn it would be even more stunning set over the Winter months. As a guide, colours which compliment the seasons include: bright or pastel colours for Spring and Summer; oranges, reds, browns and yellows for the Autumn season and red, purples, greens and silver for the winter.

In an effort to agree on a colour, perhaps you could both draw up a list of your favourite colours and then whittle them down together until you are left with only a couple to choose from. You never know, between you there might already be the co-ordinating colours you can use for your day.

Where to Obtain Wedding Colour Scheme Advice

In order to research as much as you can about what colour goes with which other colour, try using any of the following advice tools:

  • Colour wheel: a circular pattern showing the different colours and hues that can rotate in order for you to match colours together. This will enable you to choose colours that are opposite each other, for instance green and red or even to pick colours close together in order to have different shades throughout.
  • Designers or consultants: obtain some great advice about colours, although this might cost you money that you don't want to spend.
  • DIY colour charts: found at your local DIY store these colour charts can be extremely useful when matching up shades and corresponding colours.
  • Home décor: your home says a lot about you and the colour you paint your walls is no different. You might like a room in your house so much that you want to replicate it in your wedding somehow.
  • Magazines: flick through the pages and find examples of previous weddings or even general parties that have a coloured theme, they will give you some great ideas.

If you are really stuck and you can't agree between you then why not ask your family and friends for any suggestions.

Wedding Colours

Apparently most colours represent a feeling or a mood that change throughout the years. Following are just a few meanings to help you decide if you want your guests, as well as yourselves, to feel a particular mood on the day:

  • Black: represents power and authority but can also imply submission.
  • Blue: when you look at the colour blue you feel calm and tranquil and light blue can represent happiness and patience.
  • Brown: considered a favourite more amongst men this can be a wistful and sad colour.
  • Gold: corresponds to positivity, extravagance and richness.
  • Green: symbolising nature this colour can feel calming as well as refreshing and it signified fertility and harmony.
  • Orange: this autumn colour characterises knowledge and energy.
  • Pink: denoting friendship and love.
  • Purple: romantic and royal this can also signify spirituality and mystery.
  • Red: the colour of romance and love indication passion, beauty and celebration.
  • White: the most innocent of colours reflects purity and peace.
  • Yellow: believed to be an overpowering colour it also represents friendship and intellect.

Every wedding is different and yours will be personal to you and your partner. There is no right or wrong as far as colour schemes are concerned and if a colour makes you feel good when you look at it then why not choose it, it is your day after all!