Consider the Season
There are no written rules that say you can’t use hot pink and coral in the fall, however, there are certain colors that lend them selves naturally to certain seasons. For, a Spring wedding, think pastels and color combos like lemon yellow and peach or monochromatic shades of purple. For fall, consider dusty shades, terracotta or vibrant jewel tones. We love an all white winter wedding or neutrals with a string accent color like gold, ivory, and an emerald green or cobalt blue accent!
Consider your Venue
If you’ve already found the perfect venue, consider space when deciding your color palette. While an industrial building with exposed brick or white walls may be a blank slate, trying to bring the Great Gatsby into a barn or rustic building may not works so well. Or, at the very least, you will spend more money trying to hide the fact that your theme and space don’t match.
Decide on your Wedding “Theme”
Your wedding colors can set the vibe for your entire wedding day. If you are going for a garden theme, colors found in nature like greens, cream, pinks and yellows will be a better choice than black and gold which would be a better fit for a moody theme.
Get Inspired by your Surroundings
When thinking about your color pallet, think about the things you love and use those to inspire you. Whether that is their dream travel destination (Hawaiian tropics anyone?), a hot pink dress in your closet that makes you feel like you could conquer the world, or your favorite home décor pieces, like your brown leather couch or your most loved painting.
Consult the Color Wheel
Once you’ve considered all of the above, consult the color wheel!
First, choose two main colors that:
1. Are either opposite one another for a primary and complementary color (there is a reason red and green look so good together at Christmas), or
2. Colors that are one to two shades from each other for a more monochrome look.
Then, to add interest and not have your wedding look like a Crayola box, explore variations of the colors that you like.
1. Bright color - full expression of the color
2. Pastels - lighter, has white added
3. Tone or tint - has grey or black added to create those dusty or moody colors that we all love so much right now.
With all of that said, it’s easy to get caught up in the idea that you have to have a strict color palette. Let your pallet be a guide to making your wedding decisions like your florals, linens and bridesmaid dresses, not everything has to match perfectly and that’s okay! No one will notice that the font on your invitation is not the exact shade as your groomsmen’s bow tie. Just roll with it and know that it will all work together fabulously!