Something borrowed and something…..blue. Or yellow. Or Red… – The wedding palette conundrum made a little easier.

Aside from all the admin and legal faff, the traditional wedding is a show. A massive portion of the entire event is all about what we can see. In a traditional wedding, whether it’s conventional or takes on a theme of some sort, there is one constant that links many key elements. The bridesmaid’s dresses. The usher’s cravats. The flowers. The seat dressings. The ribbon around the cake. All of these things and other minute details are linked by one thing: Colour. 

 

Setting a date for your wedding and booking all the necessaries is the first task of all. But once you’ve jumped through that hoop, It’s time to actually plan the thing. And for those longing for the perfect day (and if you’re reading this, it’s probably a safe bet this applies to you), the first obstacle is a biggie. Choosing a wedding palette may well be a piece of cake for some. But for the majority, decisions, decisions…

 

Today, we’re not so much aiming to inspire, more helping you to choose. It’s you’re wedding. Your show. Let’s try and shed a little light on the wedding palette conundrum. What colour light is entirely up to you…

 

As easy as one, two, three? Or maybe even just one, two…

Firstly, let’s fully understand the task at hand. You are deciding on, at a minimum, two colours here. The first one is your primary colour. The second is your compliment colour. With the right combination, it’s possible to create a visually stunning wedding with a 75/25 ratio of these two colours alone. In some cases though, you may find yourself looking for the tiniest cherry to put on top. This is where a third colour, an accent colour, might just set it all off. Two colours or three, understand that THERE IS NO RIGHT OR WRONG ANSWER. In fact trying to make that decision now is pointless. Until you’ve nailed the first two colours down, you can’t possibly know if you want or need a third. The key point here is, like a good, well-coordinated outfit, the magic number is THREE. Perhaps one fewer. But definitely no more.

 

It all starts with the primary colour…

Get over this hurdle and you’re well on your way. It’s a big decision as it’s going to be a big part of everything you and your guests see for the entire day. So it may as well have some meaning and be personal to you. Consider the things you love. It could be an object, or maybe a place. It could be a colour symbolic of something like the national flag of your heritage. Think of the all the little pleasures you’ve enjoyed in life. It could be the simplest or even the silliest of things. You’ve not got to tell anybody how you picked it!

If you’re having a mental block, or if the colours you’ve come up with simply don’t do it for you, think about what time of year you’re getting hitched. Perhaps seasonal colours are the answer. It may even be worth taking inspiration from the venue itself, or its surroundings. If half the wedding day décor is already in place, you could find yourself saving time and a pretty penny!

 

The colour wheel is your friend!

Once upon a time, a chap called Isaac Newton was mucking about with light. Observing light via a prism, he identified twelve distinguishable colours. Thus the colour wheel was developed. Did he have the wedding palettes of the hot couples of 2019 at the forefront of his mind at the time? Possibly not. But thanks to the colour wheel, you could end up with a complementary colour that’s the groom to your primary colour’s bride. Pictured is a fairly basic version of said colour wheel. You can easily find far more comprehensive versions online (Google is your friend too!). Identify your primary colour on the wheel. Done? Okay…the compliment to your primary is, in colour theory anyways, at the exact opposite spot on the wheel, or one of its immediate neighbours. Easy right? Well, only if the result works for you. But conventionally, the colour wheel is gospel. It should definitely be your first port of call. Give that Isaac Newton a knighthood!…oh…they did…okay, moving on…

 

All in the accent?

So at this point, you’ve got yourself a primary colour and a compliment. If you’re in love with what you’ve landed on, it’s perhaps safer to stick rather than twist. But at the end of the day, none of this is irreversible. Whether you’re sure you need just a little something more to set your palette off, or you’re just feeling adventurous and willing to risk further headache, that third colour may be the way to go. You’re almost on your own on this one. There is only one rule to follow. An accent should be a colour from somewhere on the opposite side of the wheel to your primary. This is where possibilities broaden significantly. Experimentation is key. Consider all the little visual details that you can use to spread your mood or personality throughout your wedding.

 

Whether you’ve followed this guide to the letter or not, we hope we’ve guided some worried brides and grooms-to-be through to the other side of the colour spectrum.