How to choose a wedding colour palette

Pick that perfect wedding colour palette, with all you need to know in our helpful guide.

It can be a daunting task, to decide on a colour theme for your wedding. Where do you start and why do you need a theme? A theme is a good idea to help to tie together all of the elements of your wedding into a coherent design. While not everything needs to match or follow this scheme, keeping it in mind will help you to narrow down choices and prevent you from feeling overwhelmed when it comes to choosing your invitations, your flowers, your bridal party attire, your table décor and everything else! Have a read of our top tips below to help to guide you on how to select a colour palette for your big day.


1. Think of the season.
There are no hard and fast rules for you to follow here, but the time of year may help to give you inspiration on the type of colours you would like to choose. If you are getting married in the Summer you may prefer brights, while a winter wedding may be better suited to richer, slightly darker tones. The season will also affect which flowers are available for decorating your venue and bouquet, so it’s important to bear this in mind when making your decision.

2. Think of your bridesmaids’ dresses.
If you’ve chosen a particular colour for your bridesmaids dresses, how will your colour palette complement these? You will want to avoid selecting a palette that clashes. If your main chosen colour is particularly bold, it may not be the most flattering for your bridal party to wear, consider opting for lighter shades of the same tone that will still work with the palette you have in mind.

3. What is your favourite flower?
If there is a type of flower you have always dreamed of having on your wedding day, and it will likely feature in your bouquet as well as your table decorations, then it’s important that you work this colour into your palette to think how to best incorporate it into your table settings, invitations and decorations.


4. Are there any venue considerations?
Depending on your choice of venue, you may have to consider choosing your colour scheme to suit. Many older buildings such as stately homes, or even newer public buildings such as registry offices, often already have carpets and curtains that follow a certain palette, or can feature heavy patterns – will you need to blend in with these? Ask your venue to show you images of weddings held there previously, so that you can get an indication of what you like and what you don’t.

5. Let 1-2 main colours take the lead.

If you pick too many bold and bright colours, they will be fighting for attention. It’s best to pick 1-2 headline colours, and add 2-3 accent colours to complete your palette. Neutrals (creams, greys, browns) are great options for this, and metallics also wor k really well to give your colours a lift.

Now that you have some pointers in mind, you can begin making the all-important decision! There are some great planning tools around to get you started. Pinterest is great for searching for ideas for décor once you’ve settled on a few options, to see whether they work. Sites like The Perfect Palette and One Fab Day are also fantastic for inspiration.

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