There are endless colour scheme possibilities for your big day, and its sometimes hard to narrow it down to one! Along with sharing some tips on choosing your colour scheme, I’m also revealing the colour scheme we’ve chosen, how we reached our decision and what colour schemes were close contenders!
When it comes to colour selection, Pinterest is your best friend! There are so many photos and colour swatches to help inspire you and create your theme and vision. When Kyle proposed 11 months ago (oh wow has it already been nearly a year?), I took to the internet straight away. Choosing colours is one of the most enjoyable part of planning in my opinion. Its when your mind can get creative and you can explore so many flower options and decoration ideas solely based on the colours you choose!
When beginning to choose colour schemes, there are a few things you should consider:
- Colour Theory: choose whether you want a monochromatic theme (a single hue in various shades), a complementary theme (colours from opposite sides), or a analogous theme (colours side by side). Knowing what you imagine will help choose the proper colours.
- Consider the seasons: be seasonally appropriate. A peach, mint and light blue theme isn’t exactly the perfect shades for a winter wedding! No colour is off limits for a particular season, but how you pair those colours make all the difference.
- Choose a Neutral: you need a neutral shade to ground your palette. Using a neutral shade in your scheme will help draw all eyes on the pops of colour and detail you’ve put such thought into.
- Research: As I said before, take to the internet and find inspiration! Seeing how colours have worked for other weddings and how people have paired certain colours successfully will help you.
There were a lot of different schemes I was thinking about, but couldn’t really nail down a true vision of what I wanted. I knew I wanted it to be laid-back, rustic, and even a little bohemian, maybe. Some of the top contenders are as follows:
The common colours I returned to over and over again were the blue shades and red shades. I loved the combo together and wanted to find the perfect way to mesh them together. So, when Kyle was accepted into the RCMP academy, my thought process changed slightly. I wasn’t sure how Kyle felt, and given that it was a six-month academy he had to first graduate from before getting carried away with the idea, in the back of my mind all I could think of was “he’ll probably wear his red serge!” Which is an honour that he worked very hard to achieve. So, when graduation was approaching we had the conversation (albeit over FaceTime) about whether or not he wanted to wear his uniform on our wedding day! After some deliberation, we decided that DUH! He’ll be dressed in his red serge for the ceremony! And, because it isn’t the most comfortable of outfits, he’ll change into something more casual for the reception.
So, its hard to incorporate a bohemian style when your handsome husband-to-be is sporting one of the most recognized, prestigious, most formal uniforms in the world. That was fine by me. I knew we could still have a laid-back feel, and the only formal aspect of this wedding would in fact be the serge.
This made colour selection immediately easier. You have to be careful when pairing colours with cherry red. One colour I knew worked perfectly with this particular shade of red was of course navy! Which happens to be one of my favourite shades. There are some beautiful options for bridesmaids dresses and floral arrangements with this colour scheme and I’ve found some inspiration online that I’m kind of in love with!
Now, in effort to keep some of my wedding plans a surprise for my family and friends, I won’t be going into detail about specific decorations and arrangements. I will say however that the official colour scheme is Red, Navy, Ivory and a hint of Gold peppered throughout. We are having a backyard wedding, which will feel really laid-back and intimate, and I will be finding a dress that is flowy and beautiful. My bridesmaids already know they are going to in navy dresses with the style of their choice and the men will be in a deep grey. Our decorations and floral arrangements will be made to suit the theme. I think the colours will contrast nicely with each other and I know my man is going to look sharp in the uniform he worked so hard to earn!
Now that the colours have been officially chosen, the rest of the planning will come easier. I am now able to perfectly visualize the decor and the arrangements and can make decisions on what I like and don’t like. Because most (actually all) of the decor will be DIY, I can make everything just the way I want it.
Choosing our colours was one of the most enjoyable parts of planning thus far. I’m extremely happy with the scheme we’ve come up with and I can’t wait to begin working on the decorations and incorporating our scheme into the small details of our big day! I hope this helped you choose your colours and gave you inspiration! Let me know in the comments below what colours you’ve chosen for your wedding.
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