Tips for a Colorful, Not Crazy, Wedding Palette

Posted by in Ask Imbue You, Color Advice, Design Secrets

colorful ribbon wedding backdrop

This week I’ve been talking to a bride who wants to have a “colorful” wedding, but didn’t know where to start. Many of our wedding invitation designs have a lot of place to put color. But she wasn’t sure where to start defining her own palette.

My advice for her would also help other couples wanting to create a fun wedding that’s still pulled together and elegant. Mexican weddings and Moroccan themes, come to mind, but also subtler palettes, such as a quirky vintage or homespun wedding.

{photo by Love Ala via 100 Layer Cake}

 

muted rainbow wedding bunting

1. Pick a Mood

Sure a colorful wedding can be a bright, fun fiesta. But it can also be a soft vintage or romantic affair. Knowing how you want the wedding to feel will help you choose the right colors and the right hues (muted  or bright) for your palette.

The bride who contacted me this week wants a bright, happy Mexico wedding. So her colors will be full of saturation.

{photo by Tim Coulson via Green Wedding Shoes}

 

Moroccan wedding shower decor

2. Have a Core Palette

In order for your colorful wedding to look deliberate, you’ll need colors that look good together and share a similar vibrancy. So, first choose 2 colors that work well together. These will be your core colors that you use in most of your designs and stationery.

For the bride I was talking to, her favorite color is purple and her fiancé’s favorite is green. So for the purpose of the core palette, I suggested purple and chartreuse green.  Each of those colors can work well with a variety of other strong colors that would also complement the other core color.

{photo via our customer Jessica. See original post here.}

 

color chips

3. Choose 2 to 3 colors that work best with the core

A typical wedding palette will have 2 to 3 strong colors and 2 to 3 neutrals (like gray, ivory, tan, champagne or white).  For a colorful look, more of the palette will be in the strong area. Look for colors that will work well with each core color. That will give you more variety for mixing and matching, and provide the colorful look you are going for.

In the example above, of the purple and chartreuse, orange, red, teal and even yellow would fill out the palette nicely. White or ivory can be added to allow the colors to breathe on stationery. With stationery white will allow more of the vibrancy to show, while ivory will mute the colors a bit, and possibly provide more blend.

{photo via Chic Cheap Nursery}

colorful wedding desserts rainbow pastel

4. Have Fun

With a color palette full of strong colors, there’s a lot you can do to add variety to your wedding designs. Different colors can take the lead on different items for a rich, colorful look. Just make sure at least one of the core is present and your wedding will still look polished.

{photos: left photo via That Inspirational Girl; right photo via Belle the Magazine}

{Written by imbueyouido.com, the blog of Imbue You and Imbue You Wedding}

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