Today I’m talking about how to choose your wedding colors. If you’re like me, coming up with colors or a theme for anything is a well thought out decision. I know that for my own wedding, I needed a lot of help nailing down the palette. Thankfully my planner, Amorology, was instrumental in aiding me in this process after seeing my inspiration board. If you are currently trying to figure out your color palette, these tips will ensure you’re off to a great start!
1. Choose (and Book) Your Venue
You might be saying, “Wait, I thought we were talking about how to choose your wedding colors!” Well, we are! Choosing your venue is a great first step for choosing your colors. You could end up booking a venue, only to learn that all of your colors completely clash with the decor! Your colors should complement or enhance your venue so as not to have clashing tones.
2. Choose Your Wedding Style
Now that you’ve gotten your venue, you’ll need to choose your wedding style. Consider the season of the year, or don’t! That’s completely up to you. Ultimately, you want a cohesive theme and style running through your invitations, venue, bridal party attire, and decorations. Are you looking for a modern, contemporary wedding? Or a whimsical and romantic celebration? Deciding on an overall theme and style will help you ensure your colors fit the overall aesthetic of the wedding. For example, if you want a dreamy fine art wedding inspired by Europe, French blues, neutrals, and soft pastels would be a much better choice than red, black, and other dark or strong warm tones.
3. Brainstorm Colors
For this stage, you can either brainstorm full palette combinations or you can choose several separate color options to narrow down later. You might find it easiest to pull these colors from your cohesive inspiration board. You can use Pinterest to start building a board of images with styles and color tones you adore.
Before you pull colors from Pinterest, do make sure that you’ve culled any distracting images from your board. You’ll want to make sure you are intentional with the images that make the final cut. Otherwise, you might end up with competing colors that don’t quite work together.
4. Hire a Planner
Of course, working with a seasoned and talented wedding planner will make this process even easier. It’s great to know how to choose your wedding colors either way, but I find that the experts are so good at creating a palette that will give you a cohesive wedding design. Once you’ve chosen your final palette, you can start selecting bridal party attire, decorations, and invitations. Be sure to send all of your vendors the same swatches to ensure color consistency.