When you’re engaged, one of the most common questions you’ll be asked is “What are your wedding colors?” There seems to be a deeply ingrained belief that weddings need a theme revolving around one or two colors.
The wedding industry supports this too. At the rental store, they’ll often plop a big swatch book filled with bright and colorful linen samples in front of you, and ask you to pick your colors.
But before you start fretting over Pantone books, we’re here with a moment of truth…you don’t need a strict palette of colors to create a beautiful wedding. Quite frankly, we feel that often the most tasteful weddings don’t have a color theme of any sort.
Don’t get us wrong – it’s completely fine to let a color inspire you, but imagining a wide color palette to support this is far more effective than simply draping everything in one or two colors.
Say your favorite color is purple. Conventional “wedding color theory” would have you select purple for anything and everything: ie, linens, napkins, flowers, bowties for the guys, dresses for the bridesmaids. Please don’t do this. Instead, choose a classic neutral linen and then let your florist create centerpieces with some vibrant purple flowers mixed in with whites, greens, and touches of supporting colors (for example, pink and burgundy). This subtle combination of colors will still give a presence of purple without being an arbitrary color you’ve gone nuts with.
The above inspiration board from Snippet & Ink is a great example. It’s inspired by yellow and pink – but rather than the actual colors, the most important part of the design is the feeling that these colors evoke. Refreshing beverages, bright greenery and shades of white add an elevated feeling to create a beautiful spring palette without drowning in an array of colors. The theme is fairly subtle while still giving the impression of a pastel-inspired color palette.
By embracing the atmosphere of your venue and determining what a timeless look means to you, there’s absolutely no reason a wedding has to have a theme to it. But maybe we’re just rebels.