How to Use Your Color Palette on Your Wedding Invitations

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

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It’s not uncommon for weddings to feature 4 to 6 colors in a wedding palette. So I often get the question: “How do I take all of these colors and use them on my wedding invitation.”

And more often than not, my answer is you don’t.

Having a rich color palette is perfect for your wedding day. You have a ceremony site, reception venue, dresses, suits, shoes, flowers, stationery …so many items to take the various parts of your color palette and bring it life.

But invitations are one item (or a small collection of items). And using all of your colors in a small space may not set the mood you want.

This is the fourth in a five article series: How to Choose the Right Wedding Invitations for Your Wedding Theme.

1. How to Choose a Wedding Theme That’s Meaningful to You
2. How to Show Your Personality With Your Invitations
3. How to Blend Cultures on Your Wedding Invitations
4. How to Use Your Color Palette on Your Wedding Invitations
5. How to Match Your Invitation Wording to Your Wedding

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Find Your Wedding Mood, Find Your Invitation Colors

Instead I recommend choosing 2 to 3 colors from your palette and concentrating on using those. Often palettes have core colors that you can choose.

Another idea is to think about the mood you want to create for your wedding day. Is it bold, is it romantic, is it fun, is it elegant? Thinking about that mood, what colors from your palette communicate it?

For example “romantic” can be shown by soft colors that don’t contrast each other much. On the other hand, a “bold” and “exciting” mood is set by highly contrasting or vibrant colors. “Elegant” can be richer colors or metallics.

And never say never. There are also times when you can include your entire palette for a beautiful explosion of color. If you can find a pattern or print that can handle a lot of color, that would be perfect. Often interior designers get room palette inspiration from a fabric or wallpaper print, so this is the opposite idea.

Also if your wedding theme, mood or personality calls for lots of colors on your invitation, I say go for it. Whimsical wedding themes are great examples of this, and the use of color becomes part of the theme.

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Places for Color on Your Wedding Invitation

Once you know what colors you want to use, there are a number of ways to apply those colors to your wedding invitation stationery.

Ink: This is what most people think about for invitation colors.

Invitation paper: Your invitation paper or cardstock adds another dimension to your ink colors. Ivory and off white can communicate the mood of your wedding. They also tend to make the ink colors printed on them darker and more muted. In general, the brighter the white the more vibrant your ink colors will be.

Layers: Backers, pocketfolders, wraps and ribbon can be a great way to introduce additional color to your wedding invitation set. They also can add unexpected texture to your suite.

Envelopes: A color envelope introduces your guests to your color palette instantly. You can have fun with 2 different color envelopes if you are doing an RSVP card with your invitation, and if your wedding mood and personality go along.

Next you’ll learn how to match your invitation wording to the type of wedding you’re having.

For more information and step by step advice on getting your personality in your invitations, download our free styleguide: 7 Designer Secrets for Meaningful and Memorable Wedding Invitations.

{Written by, the blog of Imbue You. Photos by Imbue You Wedding. Thanks for reading!}


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