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Creating a Colour Palette

I think one of the most challenging things to do at the beginning of designing your wedding is choosing your colour palette and sticking with it. Sure, it’s easy to find a colour scheme you like, but will you still be in love with it a week later? My advice pick something that is true to you and try not to be influenced by the current trends. Choosing a palette that really speaks to who you are, will always remain timeless in your eyes – and that’s all that matters in my opinion!

We all know that Pinterest can be an amazing tool when trying to narrow down your style for your wedding, but it can also be incredibly overwhelming, especially when there are endless amounts of options. And just when you think you’ve found “the one” you keep scrolling and find something that might be even better! As a planner, I am all too familiar with the fear of having to commit to one colour palette and calling it a day. So, I have decided to compile a list that can simplify the process and help you find something that will never go out of style in your eyes.

1. Ignore the trends

  • Although it is tempting to go ahead and follow every wedding trend out there, it is highly likely that in a year from now you won’t be as excited about these design choices as you once were. Especially when they start popping up in every wedding blog post you see (remember burlap?). I think it is extremely important not to lose your own personal style when designing your wedding. Try to stay true to who you are and that will never lose its style.

2. Keep it simple

  • If you are getting overwhelmed with all of the options and combinations, try keeping it simple and stick to 3-4 colours only. This will help you realize what your favourite, must have colours are and really narrow down your options. Following the rule of three never disappoints!

3. Add a neutral colour

  • Add one neutral colour to your palette. This will help bring everything together and help accentuate the other colours. For example, a nice soft, dove grey can help warm or cool the other tones in your palette. Most neutrals pair nicely with pastels, fluorescents, and everything in between.


4. Choose a guide and use the colour wheel

  • Don’t be afraid to break out the colour wheel! It can show what colours are complimentary and what colours are contrasting. Below are a few guidelines that the colour wheel can help with when creating your palette.

  1. Monochromatic: Choosing different hues of the same colour

  2. Contrasting: Mixing warm and cool tones

  3. Complimentary: Choosing colours that sit opposite on the colour wheel

5. Use nature as inspiration

  • If you are feeling stuck and aren’t quite sure what your personal style is, try looking at nature for some inspiration. Everywhere you look there are amazing palettes, whether it’s a field of yellow canola paired with a soft pink sunrise or the mysterious monochromatic hues you find in a dark forest.

I have created 3 different colour schemes using the advice listed above. I stayed true to my personal style, tried to keep it simple, and used a neutral colour in every palette. I hope this helps, good luck creating your own personal wedding palette!










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