Top tips on choosing your wedding colour scheme

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Colour wheel
Colour wheel

To truly personalise a wedding and make it special, you need to spend some time working on the colour scheme and decoration plan. Colours are often determined by wedding attire or themes. An important factor to keep in mind is the colour scheme already present at your venue. The walls, the carpet and the linen will all dictate which colours can be used. The simplest way to decide on a fabulous colour scheme (if you don’t already have one) is to get out the colour wheel and use one of these five tricks. You don’t have to be a designer to build a pleasing colour palette!

Neutral Colours: There are three neutral colours that provide a base for all other colours. These are black, brown and white. Black is anything from the deepest black to pale grey, brown is rich brown to pale beige and white is stark white to creamy whites. These three colours look great with all other colours and together the three of them create an elegant and sophisticated look.

Monochromatic: Using different shades of the same colour. Example: navy blue, royal blue and cloud blue. The monochromatic scheme creates a very beautiful colour palette.

Adjacent Colours (aka Analogous): Colours next to each other on the colour wheel. For example blue, purple, and lilac. If you choose the adjacent colour scheme, you should select one colour to be dominant, one to be secondary and one to be used sparingly as an accent colour.

Complementary Colours: Colours opposite of each other on the colour wheel go well together and provide a bold statement. For example, blue and melon orange or lilac and canary yellow. As with the adjacent colour scheme, you should select one colour to be dominant and use the other as an accent.

Triadic Colours: A complicated colour scheme but one that creates beautiful, vibrant colours is called the triadic scheme. This uses colours that are evenly spaced around the colour wheel. 3 colours will be used in this scheme. Pick your colour then move three or four spaces to your left then three or four spaces to your right to find your matching colours. For example, if you want to use dark purple, count three spaces to the left on the colour wheel from the purple and three on the right. If you don’t like that colour scheme, then try counting 4 spaces each, or try 2 spaces each. Play around with it. The only rule is they must be evenly balanced.

Seasons: Another method is to let the seasons guide the colour palette. Spring weddings call for fresh palettes of cool greens and pastels while summer weddings call for vibrant colours. Fall weddings are good for warm tones such as burnt orange, amber, roan red, chocolate brown and golden yellow. Jewel tones such as emerald green, sapphire blue and ruby red are exceptional at autumn weddings. Winter weddings mix stark white purple, silver, red and gold.

“Dominant” colours might include the table coverings, chair coverings, place setting and wall covering. “Secondary” might include the floral arrangements, napkins, candles, table cards, cake, guest book and table plan. “Accent” colours can be incorporated in many ways from the colour of the menus to the napkin rings.

The following colours have been used at many wedding with great success:

  • Bright pink and pale pink
  • Cocoa brown and gold
  • Silver and black
  • Light pink and champagne
  • Light pink and brown
  • Cream and gold
  • Silver and red
  • Red and gold
  • Cloud blue and champagne
  • Red and chocolate brown
  • Red and black
  • Red and white
  • Navy blue and silver
  • White and silver
  • Tangerine orange and turquoise
  • Turquoise and chocolate brown
  • Red and lime green
  • Bright pink and navy blue
  • Lavender and chocolate brown
  • Lilac and leaf green
  • Fuchsia pink and lime green
  • Fuchsia pink and orange
  • Chocolate brown and white
  • Celadon green and turquoise
  • Cranberry and pale blue
  • Cranberry and cream
  • Baby blue and white
  • Copper and brown
  • Cantaloupe orange and chocolate brown
  • Cantaloupe orange and leaf green
  • Golden yellow and brown
  • Blush pink and mauve