Monday, January 11, 2021

How to Choose Your Wedding Color Palette

Photography by Joy + Everette

Choosing our wedding color palette was probably one of my favorite parts about the planning process! I went back and forth for quite some time, but in the end everything came together even better than I could've imagined. We had a year-long engagement, so there was a few things I had to keep in mind when deciding on all of the details.

Define Your Base Color

I had a general idea of the vibe that I was going for by looking at wedding inspo on Pinterest and photographer portfolios, but you should also look to your everyday life for inspiration! Check out your IG feed, how you like to personally edit your images, colors you tend gravitate to (in your closet, home or design) and build around it! I always prefer warmer tones, so natural wood and tan became my base colors to build around. This will also make things easier when designing your floral! Try creating a mood board with all colors you’re considering to make sure it looks good together.

Pick Colors that are Flattering and Feel Like You

It's easy to get caught up in the "trendy" colors happening right now. Keep in mind that you'll be looking at your wedding photos for the rest of your life, so make sure the color scheme feels like YOU. It's okay to be a little selfish when making decisions for your wedding! But, you'll want to consider all of the details of the day from your accessories to the wedding party's attire. Not only will you be standing with your party (and taking photos with them most of the day), but chances are that there's a variety of skin tones and hair colors to consider. I highly recommend going shopping with your maid of honor or all of your bridesmaids to try on different colors together. Don't forget - you can always try mixing and matching different shades so that everyone looks their best! 

Consider Your Wedding Venue and the Season

I built our entire wedding scheme around our venue. Stalk photos of other weddings there to see where the photo-worthy places usually are and plan ahead. Are you getting married indoors or outdoors? A bright space or moody lighting? Are there accent walls or natural elements you love? Is it an evening wedding? The season you are getting married is vital for bridesmaid dresses! Chances are that your girls will have to order their dresses well in advance to allow time for alterations or delivery (some bridesmaid dresses can take up to 2 months to be delivered). With that in mind, you'll need to make sure that the colors in your palette will be easy to find and in stock during the time of year they need to order it. To be honest, I changed my mind on bridesmaid dress colors three separate times before landing on the perfect shade. Swatches are your best friend! Be sure to order them so you can see colors in real life and take them with you during your fitting, floral design meetings and more.

Accent Colors Can Make All the Difference

When it doubt, make it simple and play up with accent colors! You can do this with floral, linens, chargers, signage, stationery and more. For all my modern minimalists out there, this is for you. Neutral weddings are growing in popularity, and are making it fun to play up floral designs and room accents. In our case, I chose a rich green as an accent color. Since most aspects of our venue were neutral, we added in shades of green - my jewelry box for imagery, eucalyptus garlands in the chandeliers, boxwood backdrops for signage, floral arrangements of mixed greenery with touches of white flowers and pampas grass (full floral recap to come soon!). Don't be afraid to add pops of color and add interest throughout your wedding design.


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