When planning a wedding, things as mundane as a shade of blue can totally drive you crazy. However, the trend in recent years shows that the color palette is not as important as it once was, and the focus shifted and finding the right elements that help you to create your dream wedding. While we dive into some key points, head over to a wedding registry to get some help with your gift planning.
The difference between a color palette and a theme
A color palette consists of the main colors that the wedding elements will be based on, such as decor and the bridal party’s dresses.
Thematic weddings, for example, “romantic” or “rustic”, are not usually based on colors first, and rather thru focus on materials, textures, and flowers. Even when colors are brought up, they tend to be referred to more in descriptive words such as “pastels” or “neutrals”.
Of course, this does not mean you cannot choose both, but sometimes the feel of the wedding is what dictates the colors, as opposed to the other way around.
Difference between main color and accent color
If you do choose to create a color scene, you would normally start by selecting your base color. This will be the one that is used most prominently throughout all of the elements at the wedding, and it is essential to building your full-color palette.
The base color can be anything – from peach to royal blue, or even dramatic red, depending on the vibe you want to create. It is important that you choose a color you truly love, as you will see a lot of it during the wedding. This is traditionally also the color your bridal party will wear.
Once the main color has been chosen, the next wise step is picking a couple of complementary “accent” colors, usually not more than three. These accent shades will define your wedding palette, adding variation to the decor and preventing the colors from being too out there. These accompanying colors could be different shades of your main color, contrasting hues of the opposite color, neutral tones, or even bold colors.
How to incorporate other colors if you already have a palette?
Let’s say your mother insists that a family heirloom must be somehow included in the wedding. Or, you’ve fallen in love with one specific tablecloth that only comes in limited colors, none of which are on your palette. In any similar instance, you should not panic too much. Choosing a wide palette gives you the freedom to find ways to incorporate other elements as well. Try to go for similar undertones of color on your palette, or surround your new color with a big contrasting element from the existing range.
At the end of the day, a pop of mismatched color never hurt anybody. The important part of your wedding is the fact you are spending one of the happiest days of your life with your chosen life partner, so try not to be too caught up in deciding between virtually identical shades.