So next on the to-do list for this month was choosing wedding colors! I’m a girl that loves colors so picking just a palette seemed a little impossible. But it turned out not to be too hard at all! Me and my fiancee were able to figure out the the wedding color palette we wanted within a couple days.
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So to narrow down the choices, we had to take a few things into consideration. A few of the questions we asked ourselves were:
- Where is the ceremony and the reception held?
- What colors that complement the setting? Considering carpets, lighting, curtains, décor, etc.
- What time of year is the wedding? Seasons definitely influence a color scheme.
- What kind of mood did we want to create? Romantic, classic, contemporary, etc.
- How does the color palette look in terms of attire and decor?
Location & Setting
For our Vancouver wedding, our ceremony/reception was being held in a Victorian style mansion, and for our Toronto wedding it was being held in industrial building turned charming restaurant. Both our locations have a vintage feel with outdoor areas, predominately in fairly neutral colors. So we were pretty free to play with colors. The only area we were a little worried about was the ballroom in Vancouver, the walls were a pale yellow. So we just had to keep that in mind while we narrowed down our color choices. The decor for both locations were pretty neutral as well, so we were lucky to pretty good range of colors to choose from.
Since our wedding will be held in the summer, we were looking towards lighter, fresher colors. At one point I had my heart set on navy blue, but it felt too dark for an August garden wedding. While it’s not a rule that’s totally set in stone, more often than not darker hues tend to work best in the Fall and Winter, whereas the softer shades work best for Spring and Summer.
The mood of the wedding is somewhat also dependent on the location and season. Vibrant colors tend to evoke a sense of drama whereas softer colors create more of a romantic feel. We knew wanted to go for a romantic, yet timeless mood.
Attire and Decor
Don’t forget that your wedding party needs to actually wear the colors you choose. Not all colors are flattering on everyone, so keep them in mind too. Also, some colors look pretty in swatches, but once a whole room is decorated, it may not have the same effect!
This was a great infographic I found as a helpful guideline for choosing wedding colors:
Infographic from HomeAway
After taking all this into consideration, we head to Pinterest to get inspired and to pick a few of our favorite palettes. These are a few of our runners up:
And the winning choice for our wedding color palette is….
A palette of peach and grey tones met all our requirements. It’s romantic and pretty, without being overly girly. It matched the vintage look of both our venues, was perfect for our mid-summer wedding, and help set the right mood for a romantic, yet classic look.
At the end of the day, when it comes to choosing colors don’t forget to keep the big picture in mind. Location, setting, season, mood and decor are all things that are you should take into consideration, but I think it’s most important to choose colors that you both love, after all it’s your wedding!
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jewelry storesApril 18, 2022
This wedding color ideas are awesome, Keep posting.
EileenApril 24, 2022
Peggy und ChrisAugust 18, 2020
Really great to read for choosing the right complementary wedding colors. But as explained also the mood, the location and the season is important for choosing good looking colors.
Suzanne Rudge (MapleMouseMama)November 16, 2014
I agree that choosing your colours is a fun part of the whole wedding planning process. I had a dark hunter green and yellow for my wedding 16 years ago and still love the contrast!
EileenNovember 18, 2014
Thanks Suzanne! Those sounds like beautiful colors!
Motivating MommyNovember 15, 2014
All of these pictures make me want to get married and I don’t even have a boyfriend. I love the pictures of the cake.
EileenNovember 15, 2014
Thanks dear! Cakes are one of my fave parts of weddings 🙂
RattlesandHeelsNovember 14, 2014
I’m really loving this palette. The color and textures are gorgeous and warm.
EileenNovember 15, 2014
Aw thanks! I think it would be perfect for summer.
House of FaucisNovember 14, 2014
A Sea of Lavender is beautiful! We chose ‘ugly’ colors.. Such a hard choice to make.
EileenNovember 14, 2014
I’m starting to think we chose ‘ugly’ colors too. lol Now that I see the colors in real life, it’s pretty different from the perfectly lit photography images!
RobynNovember 14, 2014
Love the palette you chose! SO beautiful <3
EileenNovember 14, 2014
Thanks Robyn! 🙂
HanhOctober 6, 2014
Choosing a colour theme really sets the tone of the wedding, peach and grey together look really soft and pretty! We’ve chosen blush and navy for ours , I can’t resist a guy in a navy suit 😉
Hanh x | hanhabelle
EileenOctober 6, 2014
It sounds beautiful! Navy suits do have a certain charm to them!