Picking your wedding colours

Anything is possible these days and I encourage couples to add some spirit and personality into their day to really make it their own. Your colour palette is often one of the first things that you will be considering before you delve deeper into those finer details. It sets the tone and mood for your whole day and it needs to reflect your style and personality.

With so much choice out there, how do you go about picking the right wedding colours for you? There are a number areas that you should be thinking about to help you with this process:


Your venue as a source of Inspiration

As we looked at in my previous blog post, your venue sets the overall tone and the aesthetic for your day. It plays a significant part in your source of inspiration and it also will help you choose your colour palette. Maybe you already have a colour palette in mind before you start your venue search. Think of those colours and decide if your venue is the priority or if you absolutely have to have that particular colour palette.  

Think of the venues location and what surrounds the venue. You may need to change the hue a little. Maybe look at lighter colours or more neutrals but take a good look at the colours that are already there at your venue. Venues such as barns or marquees are all blank canvas spaces where you are able to add as much or as little colour as you wish.  Here at Hummingbird, I always like to look at the reception space and the outside surroundings to help come up with a suitable colour scheme to enhance the venue space. Look at your backdrop and nature and pull in the hues from that, then add in a few of your favourite colours.

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Start to get Personal

Have a look at your home and your sense of style as this will give you an insight into the colour palettes that you are drawn to. What colours feature the most? Do you have particular colour nail polish, lipsticks, fabric colours or clothes that are more dominate around you? Take your creativity from everyday objects, fashion magazines, interior design, graphic design, nature etc and you will start to inject that personality into your wedding colour choices.

Look at seasonal colours

Your colour scheme could be influenced by the seasons. You’ll need to think about the shades to enhance that season. Light, bright and clear signifies spring such as bright oranges, yellows and even turquoise. Muted colours such as blush pink, English rose, neutral greys are perfect for summer. For autumn, a cozy warmer and rich palette works well such as burnt oranges, rich reds, browns, or even burgundy with tones of green. If in winter, you could combine some sparkling metallic tones, with icy blue.

However, don’t disregard colours you love just because of the seasons. Light neutrals can equally work well for an autumn wedding with some stronger accent colour of your choice. Don’t feel you need to select obvious colours for the sake of it. Dare to be different and think outside the box. The key is to pick whatever you feel comfortable with

The tone and mood of your day

The colours you pick can also help you create the ambiance and vibe of your day. If you want to add a strong dramatic effect then dare to be different and go with black and white or even dark red for something more incensed and sophisticated . If you want a more muted, relaxed feel then light pastels could be your colours of choice. Think about the atmosphere and what impression you would like to leave on your guests. Write down some key words around this and then pick some colours that evoke those kind of emotions

The Colour Palette/Colour Wheel

 Whilst picking your colour palette, there are a couple of details to bear in mind. Its great if you are drawn to multiple colours and certain hues, and its fine to pick one or two colours. Keep with that an open mind. Pick a palette of say 1 or 2 focal colour points and then add in 2 or 3 supporting colours and tones. Be aware of all of the materials that you are going to be using as well as the textures.

Have a look at a colour wheel as some colours go better together than others eg some are neighbours in that they are similar and share the same primary colour or could be opposites with cool and warm tones. 

Have fun

Your colours should evoke lots of emotions for you, so have fun choosing them. Its something that I encourage you to enjoy. Make sure it comes from the heart and it is something that you are both going to be entirely happy with. It needs to have meaning behind it. Don’t be afraid to experiment and use colour. Your wedding style, formality, the mood are all important and colour is just one way to help accentuate all this and add in depth and dimension.

 If you are some of the way through your planning and you are feeling a little lost with this kind of design element, then why not take a look at my partial planning services where I can assist you pull all of these elements together for a cohesively planned wedding day.


There are lots of ways to incorporate colour into your day; through your florals, tableware, your prop hire and décor, your furniture, bridesmaid dresses and even in your food and drink. Use it as a guideline and don’t forget, it’s ok to have some perfectly mis-matched items too.

Below I have given you an example of a sage green and blush pink colour palette with the colours blending in quite nicely together and adding in a slightly dark toned green. The subtle pink works in harmony with the darker greens.

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If you are some of the way through your planning and you are feeling a little lost with this kind of design element, then why not take a look at my partial planning services where I can assist you pull all of these elements together for a cohesively planned wedding day.

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Jo Barnetson