What to Do When Your Venue Has a Distinct Color Palette

Posted by in Ask Imbue You, Color Advice


Kelly and Tim loved the wedding venue they choose: Cevíche, a Tapas restaurant in Orlando, Florida.

There was only one problem.

It had a very distinctive look with dark wood and red walls. And they just weren’t sure how that was going to work with their Mexican wedding theme.

This is a common issue for couples I work with through Imbue You, my custom wedding stationery studio. They want a special, personal wedding that has a pulled together look. They love their venue, but aren’t sure how to make it work with their colors and theme.

Unless your budget includes a décor line item to drape the room and overlay the floors, there are 3 ways to overcome this issue.

1. Bridge the Colors

Luckily for Kelly and Tim there are many ways to do a Mexican wedding theme.

So I suggested “Mexican Hacienda” as a way to mix the Old World traditional look of the restaurant with the culture and design of Mexico. I even wrote a theme board for how to achieve this look.

The restaurant provided a rich red, and Kelly had already chosen a navy for her bridesmaid dresses. The tableware had an antique gold look, so the color palette became red, navy and deep champagne printed on a metallic ivory cardstock.

Mexican Tile Wedding Invitation

2. Match the Colors

If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. That’s the idea here. If Kelly didn’t already chosen navy bridesmaid dresses, she could have added chocolate brown to her palette. And that would have worked nicely as well.

3. Go for Neutral Colors

Since the venue was so rich with color, another choice would have been to aim for taupe, ivory and champagne and create a neutral palette to work with the room.

Now it’s your turn. Think about your wedding venue. Does it have powerful colors that you simply can’t ignore? If so, come up with your color plan. And report back in the comments.

{photo credits: restaurant: Cevíche; invitation by Imbue You}

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