Everything you need to know about finding a wedding color palette that is uniquely you.
Are you asking how do I:
Choose the color scheme for my wedding?
Coordinate my wedding colors?
Create a custom palette that feels like me?
If you are finding yourself lost in a sea of Pinterest boards, paint swatches, and suggestions, take a breath and follow these tips.
Color is one of the most impactful ways to trigger emotion.
It’s the unifying factor among all your wedding elements and holds the most punch in creating a cohesive experience. It’s used all across your entire event from the first encounter of the invitations til lights out.
The color palette you choose will significantly contribute to the feeling and mood of your event. Therefore, it is wise to come up with a few color combinations and review your options before finalizing them.
But there are so many colors and even more combinations, how do you choose?
Well, for starters, don’t just look up wedding palettes for inspiration.
You can look those up later, but let’s not start there. Wouldn’t want you to get prematurely stuck on someone else’s palette. Or choose a palette just because you see the same colors and trends over and over again. This is about you guys, right?
Let’s spice it up a little and be intentional about choosing colors that are unique to your story.
These 7 tips will help you on your way.
1. Keep your priorities in mind
Think about what’s most essential and how you want to feel on your day.
- are there details that you have already chosen
- things that are must-haves for your big day
- think of those unique elements that you don’t want to get lost in the sauce.
2. What is your wedding vision?
Think about the style and atmosphere you want to have.
- What image do you want to portray?
- Are there any places that remind of you want your wedding to feel like?
- What vibe do you want your guests to experience or remember?
relaxed, energized, inspired, romantic
3. What aesthetic do you want your wedding to have?
Serene or vibrant, modern or traditional, edgy or classic, minimal or ornate, playful, or calming? Do you have an event theme to play off of?
Pick 3-5 words you would like to be used to describe your wedding. What words do you want to be left in the minds of your guests?
It was…, it made me feel…., it reminded me of…
4. Take inspiration from your venue
If you already found the perfect venue, let it inform your color palette.
Take note of the patterns, colors, wall treatments, flooring, and furniture style.
For outdoor events, try to visit the venue at the same time of year that the wedding will be. See what flowers are in bloom or the color of the leaves in that season.
You may want to incorporate some of these colors, but either way, you’ll want to choose colors that compliment your space. That way, you won’t have to work against a clashing color palette, and your colors can enhance what you love about your venue.
If you don’t have a location yet, look for ones that would go well with your color palette. Studios, loft spaces, and warehouses tend to have a blank slate to work on top of. Keeping your color palette and overall vibe in mind when choosing a venue will save you money. It will keep you from spending significant portions of your budget to cover eyesores just trying to make it work.
5. Take note of what you already love
- Find inspiration in the colors you like to surround yourself with.
- What are the colors of your home decor or colors that you like to wear often?
What sorts of colors and things do you find yourself always gravitating to?
6. Start a Pinterest inspiration board
Let the fun begin with inspiration research
Doing some research will be fun and will help you see the colors you already love in a new way.
Pinterest is going to be your best friend for finding inspiration.
- To start- create a new Pinterest board and name it something like wedding color palette inspiration.
This board will primarily be for the use of gathering color and overall event feel inspiration and not necessarily the nuanced details of guestbooks and favor options.
- Now search the list of adjectives you came up with in step 2. By doing it this way, Pinterest will pull up all types of images that are associated with your vibe words. This is good because you don’t want to be limited by just looking at pictures of other people’s weddings.
- Start to choose photos that evoke the feeling that you want your event to have. Again don’t focus too much on the details. These can be images of artwork, room interiors, fashion, and even architecture.
Images of interiors can help you see how colors look in a space and work together. Artwork and fashion can also be a wellspring of inspiration as they can have exciting color and texture combinations.
- Now try searching for images using one of your focal colors. You will get to see how it works well in conjunction with other colors
Take note of the types of things you are drawn to. Is there an underlying theme? Are your images mostly bright and airy, bold and colorful, or a neutral hazy?
Keep in mind the feeling that light, bright palettes, will evoke as opposed to ones that have dark, more intense tones.
Now that you’ve had the opportunity to gather 20 to 30 inspiration images let’s work on a few palette options.
7. Assembling your color palette
Look through the images you chose and pick 2-4 that you feel resonate the most with the vibe/ color of your event.
A good rule of thumb is to have 3- 6 colors for your palette. You don’t need to go crazy, but a variety will help balance the colors leaving room for accents and neutrals.
The anatomy of a color palette
1-2 focal colors 2-3 neutral colors 1-2 accent colors
Focal colors: If one color could speak to the story of your event, this would be IT! These will be the most prominent.
Neutrals: Add balance to everything. Everything can’t be supercharged, or it will be hard on the eyes.
Accents: Are usually playful colors that pack a punch. They add dimension and depth to the color palette but should be used sparingly. They are meant to compliment your focal colors.
* metallics count as colors too
Color picker resource
Adobe color is a free, simple, and easy to use site that allows you to explore color palettes by others, create your own and save them. And even upload images and pull colors directly from your photos.
Canva’s color palette generator is also a great resource that similar functionality to Adobe Color.
8. REMEMBER TO HAVE FUN and don’t overthink it
These are just guidelines and ideas to get your juices flowing. Your color palette is also a guide that informs a lot of your wedding decisions, like your invitations, bridesmaids dresses, flowers. You should use it as a guide instead of a strict rule.
Items don’t have to match perfectly, and things don’t have to be swatched and color-coded just right. That’s when things start to lean towards the cheese factory. Varying hues of color can add beautiful dimension.
Just a note: You don’t necessarily have to use fall colors just because your wedding is in the fall. Or pastels just because it is in spring. Linens, decor, and flowers are available in all the colors year-round.
For more inspo check out The Knot’s post 15 Wedding Color Combos You’ve Never Seen.
Have something you would like to add or want to share your findings? I would love to hear your thoughts below.