Wedding and events

Colour palette for a wedding or event

This one is a biggy! I am bringing you the ultimate guide to creating a color palette for a wedding or event.

Now, this is aimed at those wanting to really dig deep into colors. It goes in-depth, we chat about color theory and phycology and working with colors from a design perspective. Head to my quick 5 step process if you just don’t have time for all the faff! If you are a geek like me then carry on reading for the deep dive!

I also share different palette options and how to use them for events. If you are a bride or groom looking for advice on color palettes or a wedding supplier, or a creative business looking to learn more this is the blog for you!

If you prefer to print/download and read later grab the printable version. Full of extra information and some templates.

I believe having an understanding of color, how they work together and the feeling they can create is a must for any designer. Most creatives in the wedding industry will have elements of design in their work. Cake makers, florists, planners, and of course stylists and designers. This guide will help those wanting to get into event design but also any creative wanting to understand color palettes and how to work with colors.

Colour terminology

So I throw some words around in this blog and it is not imperative you learn them but having an understanding will help you with your color knowledge. Like most, I am still guilty of saying what a lovely shade of blue!

Really shade? That is a tint actually!

This is not something we hear often, never in my case, so don’t get caught up with the terminology but they are useful.

Also, when working with other designers, especially stationers it is good to be able to communicate clearly. Knowing the right terms will help.

  • Hue: Pure color, primary colors, or a non-mixed color. Not black, grey, or white.
  • Tint: Adding white to the hue. Lightening the color, not brightening even though it may appear so, it is a paler version of the color.
  • Tone: Adding grey to the hue. Truetone is only adding grey, no other pigments. A pure mix of white and black. Think muted, moody colors in the wedding world!
  • Shade: Adding black to the hue.
  • Neutral: Hues that appear to be without color. The main neutrals are black, white, brown, and grey. All other neutrals have a hue undertone but are called neutrals by most.
  • Analogous: Sit next to each other on the color wheel.
  • Complimentary: opposite colors on the color wheel.
  • Split-complimentary: The two colors on either side of the opposite

What is color?

Colour is the term we use to describe every hue, tint, tone, and shade we see.

Colour is relative! An object appears colored because of the way it interacts with light. We perceive color through vision, light, and individual interpretation and understanding.

This is important to remember when working with clients or others in general. If I say to you the color blue, each one of you will picture a different color in your head, a slightly different shade or tint of what we would consider true blue. Even with added description. dusty, pale, dark blue we will all picture a different color.

With the digital world, we can create unimaginable amounts of colors. A lot can’t be recreated in the natural world so easily. That is why it is important to work with a mix of shades, tints, and tones when creating an event color palette.

Ask for pictures, and swatches, and share the colors in different formats for clients so they understand a true reflection of the color palette.

Even in digital form, a color may look different not just to someone else because of perception. Screen lighting and setting will affect the look.

A good example is that dress that went around and how people saw two different color sets! Crazy that we can look at the same colors at the same time but see them differently.

We also feel different when looking at colors, which we will discuss next in color phycology.

Color phycology

Color psychology is the study of how colors affect human emotions and behaviors. Each color has a different meaning and feeling that it is associated with.

Some examples of colors and their meanings are listed below:

Blue is often thought to be calming and soothing. It can be used to create a sense of trust and security.

Green is associated with health and nature. It can be used to create a sense of balance and harmony.

Orange is associated with happiness and vibrancy. It can be used to create a fun and festive atmosphere.

Red is associated with passion and excitement. It can be used to create a sense of energy and urgency.

Colour Theory

Primary colors & secondary colors. In the traditional sense, Red, blue and yellow are our primary colors and we use these mixed with each other to make our secondary colors and tertiary colors, and all the rest.

Tertiary colors are double colors if you like, blue-green, red-purple, etc.

In the digital world, things get more complicated. We work within RGB and CMYK and the primary colors are cyan, magenta, and yellow. This is because we are working with light and inks for printing.

Without going into too much depth here I just wanted to mention this. It is something to be aware of especially when working with different suppliers. A graphic designer over hand-painted stationer. Also, cake makers will mix their fondant colors in a traditional sense of colors.

It also affects the color wheel and how we see compliment and analogous colors. We discuss more by looking at the traditional and modern color wheels.

Colour Wheel

Traditional and modern color wheels. Digital primary colors are different from traditional colors. Because the colors are used by light rather than mixing of colors like traditionally. It is all beautiful maths but I won’t go into all that here!

I just wanted to explain as the wheel and its contrast and compliments are slightly different.

Traditional color wheel

Red, blue and yellow are the primary colors. Orange, green, and purple are the secondary colors.

The tertiary colors are double colors: red-orange, yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-green, blue-purple, and red-purple.

The color wheel can be split into warm colors (reds, oranges, and yellows) and cool colors (greens, blues, and purples). Warm colors are associated with fire and energy. Cool colors are often thought of as calming and soothing.

Colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel are called complementary colors. For example, blue and orange are complementary colors. When used together, they can create a striking contrast.

Analogous colors are colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. For example, blue, blue-green, and green are analogous colors.

When used together, they can create a harmonious and soothing effect.

The color wheel can also be divided into four quadrants: primary colors (red, yellow, and blue), secondary colors (orange, green, and purple), tertiary colors (red-orange, yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-green, blue-purple, and red-purple), and neutrals (black, white, and gray).

Primary colors are the most important colors because they cannot be created by mixing other colors together. They are the building blocks of all other colors in the traditional color wheel.

Modern color wheel

The modern color wheel is slightly different from the traditional color wheel. The primary colors are cyan, magenta, and yellow. These are the colors used by light rather than pigment.

The secondary colors are red, green, and blue. The tertiary colors are double colors: cyan-blue, magenta-red, yellow-green, etc.

As with the traditional color wheel, the modern color wheel can be divided into warm and cool colors. However, because of the difference in primary colors, the division between warm and cool is not as clear-cut as it is in the traditional color wheel.

Colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel are still called complementary colors. However, because the primary colors are different, the complementary colors are also different. For example, cyan and red are complementary colors.

Analogous colors are still colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. However, because the primary colors are different, the analogous colors are also different. For example, blue, blue-green, and green are still analogous colors.

The color wheel can still be divided into four quadrants: primary colors (cyan, magenta, and yellow), secondary colors (red, green, and blue), and tertiary colors (cyan-blue, magenta-red, yellow-green), and neutrals (black, white, and gray).

The main difference between the two wheels is that with the modern color wheel the color combinations increase and with this there is an audience of colors that can be created.

Hues, Tints, shades, and tones

Hue is the name of a color on the color wheel. For example, blue is a hue. The tint is a hue to which white has been added. For example, light blue is a tint of blue. Shade is a hue to which black has been added. For example, navy blue is a shade of blue. The tone is a hue to which both black and white have been added. This makes the color less intense and more muted. For example, pale blue is a tone of blue.

Value is the measure of how light or dark a color is. A color can be made lighter by adding white (this is called a tint) or darker by adding black (this is called a shade).

The value of a color can also be changed by making it more or less intense. This is done by adding a color that is opposite it on the color wheel (this is called a tone). For example, orange can be made more intense by adding red or less intense by adding yellow.

The value of a color is important because it affects how easy it is to see. For example, light colors are easier to see than dark colors.

Saturation is the measure of how pure a color is. A color can be made more saturated by adding another hue that is similar to it on the color wheel or less saturated by adding a neutral (black

Choosing your color palette or color scheme

So I have given so much theory and rules around color! I have done this as I do believe knowledge is power! Having a good understanding of colors and how they work together means you can experiment and be adventurous!

I also believe in throwing out the rule book and being a rebel! As mentioned before color is relative! If you love a palette, or your couple loves it and it works for the space then go for it!

I think having the underlining knowledge though can help give you the confidence to do this and also the skill to make it work and look amazing.

Here I will share popular color schemes and ways of mixing colors together. Again to give ideas and inspiration.

Contrast with colors

Again this is a big subject and we will briefly touch on it here as it is an important factor when creating a color palette. Contrast is how the color stands apart from another color or colors.

High contrast, easily stands out. Low contrast, neither stands out over the other. A too low contract can lead to a flat dull palette, while too high can lead to a harsh overwhelming color scheme.

It is not all about the color choice. You need to consider the tone of the colors, and how much grey is added. If very similar in all colors you will have no contrast. I usually always have at least one contrasting color in my wedding palettes. This may be the accent or maybe be a tint, shade, or tone within the main color scheme.

It is all about balance and depending on the overall feel on how much or little contrast you add. Playing with a mix of analogous and complementary colors and adapting and using a mix of tones, shades, and tints of the colors.

Using a complementary color scheme

This color scheme uses colors that are the opposite of each other on the color wheel. This can create a very bold and striking look for your wedding.

I would recommend using one or two complimentary colors with a base of more neutral tones. To break up the harshness you can use tints, shades, or tones of the complementary or main colors.

Head to my best complimentary color palettes blog for lots of ideas like this one!

Split complementary colour palette

If you want to use a complementary color scheme but feel it may be too harsh then this is a great alternative. You take one main color and then the two colors on either side of its complement. This gives you a softer palette while still having that wow factor.

Head over to my best split complementary color palettes blog for some inspo!

Creating an analogous color palette

Analogous colors are colors that sit next to each other on the color wheel. This can create a very harmonious and calming feel for your wedding.

You can use a mix of all colors within this scheme or pick one or two as your main colors and base the palette around these. Again using tints, shades, or tones of these colors helps break up the colors and stops them from being too ‘matchy matchy’

Using a monochromatic color scheme

All the tones, tints, and shades are within one hue color. This is usually how I work with my wedding palettes for the base and main color. You can add so much depth, interest, and even contrast using just the shades, tints, and tones of one color.

If you are new to working with colors monochromatic is the best place to start. You can then start to add contrasting tints or play with an accent color to see how it affects the overall feel and look.

Then take two colors or a tertiary color and get creative building color schemes with different shades, tints, and tones that fall within the two of them. I like to think of it as both colors merging together slowly and all the mix of tones, shades, and tints that make it up.

A good way to start is to have a play on Canva or if you have an Adobe program. Pick your main color and select the color picker box and move the picker around. Every single color in that box is a shade, tint, or tone of your color. You can see how much variety there is and how you can make a color palette full of depth, interest, and contrast just using a monochromatic color palette.

Neutral colors

For event design palettes neutrals are used slightly differently. The main reason is we are usually working with flowers and nature.

Also, certain colors can work as a neutral for the palette but may not be neutral in the true sense. i.e. certain greens. They are used in a similar way in interior design. It is neutral with a hue undertone.

I like to think of them as having no impact.

They compliment all the other colors so well and in equal measure, that it has no effect. There is no contrast provided. It works as a great base to build on. I usually pick neutral colors based on the venue or area we are setting up. As it not only needs to be neutral to your colors it also needs to work with its surrounding. Done well it can be the perfect merge of the surroundings and the chosen color palette.

My wedding and event color palette process

I follow a similar process for most weddings and events. I break my color palette up into 3 parts. I have my base-neutral color, my main color(s), and the accent color.

Even if working with a mixture of colors I will break my palettes up this way. Remember what we spoke about before, if you have the same tone in all your colors they mold well together and no contrast is created.

So in a way you can still bunch as one color when working with this method. Of course, they are not but they have no real effect on each other and any added colors neutral or accent will have the same effect on them equally.

Base color –

The base color is your neutral color. It will take up 70% to 80% of your design.

It doesn’t have to be white, black, brown, or grey. I do use grey a lot as a base though. There tends to be an overuse of bright white as a base color in weddings, it is usually in its purest form. This creates contrast from the start, which is not wanted for most designs.

Softening the hue slightly or adding a slight undertone can make all the difference to the overall feel. Think taupe, grey-white, and stone colors.

As previously mentioned neutrals don’t need to be pure neutral colors. It is about finding a color that works well with your main colors and accent to achieve the desired feel. You can take a Palette from light and airy to moody and dark with a swap of a base color. You can play with tones, shades, and tints of your chosen palette to manipulate the outcome.

Playing with your neutral against your main color can make the color pop or calm it down and neutralize.

Below are some renders. I have changed only the tablecloth color. This is in the simplest sense to show you the effect of changing or choosing your base neutral. Of course, other elements would change in the design with a real wedding.

With the white and black the colors still pop. They are the colors in their purest form. I personally would use a softer black or white and the white is toned down slightly.

With the grey, you see how the darker red pops while the toned-down reds, the pinks, are more subtle. The copper also has some contrast, more than the lighter red.

With the pink undertone neutral, ideally, I wanted less pink, this is white with a really light red undertone. Hard to achieve with this render. Again, the darker reds pop, and the toned-down lighter reds are softer on the eye.

Also, look at each picture and think about the feeling you have. The black adds a moody modern vides and with the copper contrast high adds a warm feel. The grey for me really neutralizes the whole feel and makes it feel romantic and soft. The white adds freshness and vibrancy to me. The pink I feel works similar to the grey, with a soft relaxed feel and more understated look.

These are of course digital mock-ups but I hope they help you understand the effect of your base on your main colors and the role it plays to create the overall feel for the day.

Main color

This is where monochromatic comes in. Sometimes I do this with the base also or instead but for the majority of palettes and for simplicity I will talk about it as the main colors only.

As mentioned monochromatic is all the shades, tints, and tones within a hue/color. You can really play with this depending on the color you choose, you can have a vast range. Take Burgundy, which is a mix of red, brown, and a tint of purple. If you work with burgundy as the main color and look at all the shades, tints, and tones then you will see you can range all the way from red to purple.

I also sometimes use a set of 3 analogous colors mixing their shades, tones, and tints so they melt beautifully together. I love to use just the right amount so it is as if you can’t fully tell where one color ends and another begins.

The best way to learn is to set up the picker and have a play. Here I have 4 monochromatic color palettes. No base or accent. I have done pink, blue, red, and purple. I have shown my chosen color and its code and then picked a palette using the color picker on Canva.

Have a look yourself and have a play and see what palettes you can create. Playing with colors is the best way to learn and grow your understanding.

Accent color

This is usually a metal; gold, copper, brass, or silver. It doesn’t have to be though, it can be a color also. I often use black as an accent color and it is a great modern accent that adds some wow while keeping it elegant.

Look at your colors, venue, and style, and think about what will work best. If you have a period venue and going for a timeless design then brass would work perfectly, think vintage brass candle sticks running down the tables. If you wanted it to look a little more modern then swapping to gold and simpler candlestick it would change the feel while still suiting the venue.

Wedding color palette and color schemes

Even though there is a lot of information in this blog it really does only touch the surface of colors and learning how to use them. I have repeated this but the best way is to practice, and try out color palettes. Have fun, experiment, and enjoy the learning. If you have any questions reach out to me.

terracotta and white

You’ve set the date, now it’s time to start planning the details! And one of the first decisions you’ll need to make is what colors you want to use for your wedding. If you’re undecided or just looking for some inspiration, take a look at these 11 gorgeous October wedding color combos!

From warm and cozy shades of orange and red to cool and sophisticated hues of blue and purple, there’s something for everyone planning a fall wedding. So whether you’re planning a rustic barn wedding or a glamorous ballroom affair, these combinations are sure to give your big day that perfect autumnal touch.

Choosing your wedding colors

The first step if you already have your venue should be to look at what colors will work with your venue. Then think about the season and theme of your day. If you have a favorite color or one with special meaning this can be a good base color to start with and build a palette with the points mentioned.

Head to my wedding color palette guide for everything you need to know about choosing your wedding colors.

Marrying in October

If you’re planning a wedding in October, there are a few things to keep in mind. The weather can be unpredictable, so it’s important to have a backup plan for bad weather. October is also a popular month for weddings, so be sure to book your venue and vendors well in advance.

And since Halloween falls at the end of the month, you may want to incorporate some spooky elements into your decor or menu. With a little planning, you can ensure that your October wedding is both memorable and enjoyable.

2022 must-have October wedding color schemes

1. October Autumn oranges

terracotta and white

2. Pumpkin spice latte

pumpkin spice colors

3. October rustic color palette

autumn color palette

4. Moody October vibes

black and neutral autumn color palette

5. Autumn forest greens

autumn green color palette

6. Fallen leaves

neutral autumn shades

7. October evening sky

moody teal and rust orange colors

8. Natural brown fall color palette

brown and grey colors

9. Autumn pinks

autumn pinks

10. Mustard and blue

mustard and blue

11. Fall berries

berry fall color palette

FAQs

What are the best wedding colors for October?

Some of the best wedding colors for October are warm shades of orange, red, and yellow. These colors can create a cozy and inviting atmosphere, perfect for a fall wedding. You might also consider using cool shades of blue and purple. These colors can give your wedding a sophisticated and elegant feel.

What are the most popular wedding colors for October?

Some of the most popular wedding colors for October are orange, red, and brown. Usually, people chose darker, richer, and warm tones to suit the nature around them.

moody teal and rust orange colors

September is the perfect month for a wedding! You still have long days and sunshine. The days and evenings are cooler though and this can make for the perfect wedding day weather.

The season is changing and the begging of September can look so different from the end of the month with nature. You can start to incorporate beautiful rich fall colors into your palette while also keeping some of the lighter summer colors. Making for some stunning September wedding color schemes!

Head to our Autumn color palette guide for more inspo!

Choosing your wedding colors

Marring in September

Having a September wedding means you can probably still marry outside if you wish. Do have a plan B though as you never know how the weather may change. If your reception or evening is outdoors or in a tent think about how you will keep guests warm will the chillier evenings.

Must have September wedding colors

1. Rust and teal

moody teal and rust orange colors

2. Muted rainbow

burgundy and green

3. Copper and blush

copper and blush color scheme

4. September Sunshine

burnt orange color palette

5. terracotta and white

terracotta and sage green

6. Rustic woodland walk

modern brown color palette

7. Peach and Purple

autumn colors from flowers

8. September skies

fall wedding colors

9. teal

shades of teal

10. Fallen berries

moody red colors

11. Sage green and

sage green and rust palette

12. Pumpkin Spice

sage green and tan wedding color palette

FAQs

What are good September wedding colors?

Some of the best September wedding colors are rust and teal, copper and blush, peach and purple, and sage green. Work with your venue and the natural colors that are around.

What are the colors for September 2022?

The colors for September of 2022 are rust, tan, and brown. These are the perfect colors to use for an autumn-themed wedding.

How do I choose my fall wedding colors?

The best way to choose your fall wedding colors is to look at the natural colors that are around you. Think about the leaves changing color, the pumpkins, and the autumn flowers. You can also use colors that represent the season, like rust, tan, and brown.

pumpkin spice colors

I love a fall color palette. This season brings rich, deeper warm tones that are a dream to design with! As the leaves start to brown and fall to the ground autumn brings a new feel.

People are ready to start to feel cozier, for a slower pace in life, staying in with the fire roaring. You can create a warm, cozy feeling with the right color scheme and design at your wedding.

How to choose your wedding colors

The first step if you already have your venue should be to look at what colors will work with your venue. Then think about the season and theme of your day.

If you have a favorite color or one with special meaning this can be a good base color to start with and build a palette with. Use your venue and season to add your extra colors to create a complete color scheme.

Head to my wedding color palette guide for everything you need to know about choosing your wedding colors.

Having an autumn wedding

If you are planning an autumn wedding then you have picked a great time of year! With fall flowers to work with and the stunning change in nature, I really do believe it is great to plan a wedding.

Go and visit your venue during autumn so you know how it will look on the day. This is hugely important if you are getting married outside or have lots of glass windows. The nature around will change in autumn and this should play a part in the wedding colors you chose.

Also, think about how the change in weather may affect your guests. What items can you include in your day to help your guest feel more comfortable? Offering indoor areas, blankets, and warm drinks. Guest experience should be the front of mind always so make sure you think about having a fall wedding affects them.

Fall and autumn natural colors

Fall brings warm shades and nature gives us the perfect palette to work with.

Reds, oranges, yellows, and greens will all be available from your florist. Picking a mix of these colors for your wedding is a great way to get an earthy feel. Speak to your florist about flowers available, look at their colors, and how you can use that to build your color scheme.

28 Fall wedding colors for the perfect Autumn wedding!

1. Sage green, Brown, and burnt orange

sage green and tan wedding color palette

2. Rustic Fall color palette

rustic fall wedding color palette

3. Black and Neutrals

black and neutral autumn color palette

4. bohemian autumn

bohemian autumn wedding color scheme

5. Navy

navy color palette

6. Modern fall

modern brown color palette

7. Burnt Orange

burnt orange color palette

8. Autumn Rainbow

multi colored autumn palette

9. copper and blush

copper and blush color scheme

10. Autumn berries

berry fall color palette

11. Teal

shades of teal

12. Fall Flowers

autumn colors from flowers

13. Mustard and blue

mustard and blue

14. Moody Reds

moody red colors

15. Autumn Greens

autumn green color palette

16. Burgundy and Green

burgundy and green

17. Neutral fall shades

neutral autumn shades

18. pink

autumn pinks

19. autumn grey skies

fall wedding colors

20. Pumpkin spice

pumpkin spice colors

21. Autumn beach

autumn beach wedding colors for fall

22. Minimal fall color palette

autumn color palette

23. Moody blue and oranges

moody blue and burnt orange colors

24.

25. October orange sky

terracotta and white

26. Autumn browns

autumn browns

27. Autumn Brights

Autumn brights

28. Fall leaves

fall leaves

FAQs

What color is good for a fall wedding?

There are so many great colors for a fall wedding! I love shades of orange, red, and yellow. You could also go for muted shades like grey or navy.

What is the best time to have a fall wedding?

The best time to have a fall wedding is September or October. This is when the leaves are changing color and the weather is still mild.

What are good colors for an October wedding?

October nature will have truly changed and the richer colors will be in full swing. A rich, warm, and moody palette is perfect for October. Head to our October wedding color palette blog for some ideas.

rustic wedding in a barn

Rustic wedding colors

When it comes to weddings, rustic weddings have been on trend for many years and I do not see them going anywhere soon.

If you’re planning a rustic wedding then you need a unique on-trend rustic wedding color scheme.

That’s why I’ve put together this list of 11 must-have modern rustic wedding colors.

rustic wedding in a barn

What is a rustic wedding theme?

A rustic wedding theme is a popular choice for couples who want to get married in a relaxed and natural setting.

This wedding style often takes place in the countryside or at a barn venue.

The decor for this type of wedding is usually quite simple with lots of natural elements such as wood, greenery, wildflowers and vintage pieces.

A rustic wedding aesthetic is for couples looking for a relaxed, natural wedding vibe.

How to pick your wedding colors?

The first step if you already have your venue should be to look at what colors will work with your venue. Then think about the season and theme of your day.

If you have a favorite color or one with special meaning this can be a good base color to start with and build a palette with the points mentioned.

Head to my wedding color palette guide for everything you need to know about choosing your wedding colors.

What colors are good for a rustic wedding?

There are no set colors that work for every rustic wedding but there are some key colors and color combinations that work well for this style of event.

Some popular rustic wedding colors include Neutrals like cream, ivory, taupe, and gray. Earthy tones like brown, earthy green, and terra cotta.

14 must-have modern rustic wedding color palettes for 2022

1. Rusts and greens

Rust tones and greens have to be the perfect rustic wedding color scheme. Earthy, rustic colors that pair together perfectly to give a natural woodland color palette.

rust and green rustic color scheme

2. Green and gray

Green and grey is a soft natural color palette and is perfect for a luxury rustic wedding aesthetic. The beauty of this palette is you can play with the shades and tones to suit any season or style.

3. Best for a spring wedding

Rustic spring greens, a refreshing stylish rustic spring wedding palette. This color scheme is simple but stylish and will create a fresh wedding aesthetic.

spring green rustic color palette

4. Best for a winter party

Moody rustic vibes all around with this color scheme. I just love this dark neutral color palette for a winter rustic wedding or event!

moody winter rustic wedding scheme

5. Best for a fall wedding

Green and brown just screams rustic autumn wedding to me! I adore these colors for any season though but they work so well with the natural colors of fall.

fall rustic color palette

6. Woodland romance rustic color palette

Woodland rustic vibes with this color scheme. Greens and greys all mixing together to create a fairytale woodland style.

woodland romance color palette

7. Terracotta and sage green

The color combo of 2022! Terracotta and green is the perfect modern rustic color scheme. A mix of boho and rustic and it is just so naturally beautiful.

terracotta and sage green

8. Celestial rustic greens

Celestial and rustic and are a match made in heaven! They both tie in the natural elements and the need to connect with the natural world. Using greenery blues creates a perfect palette for this mixed wedding aesthetic.

celestial rustic greens

9. rustic orange and peaches

Rust, orange, and peach is a huge 2022 wedding color ad I see it carrying on into 2023 and beyond! Playing with the tones and shades means you can create the perfect rustic color palette for any season.

rustic orange and  peaches

10. Minimal rustic color palette

Mixing aesthetics is a great way to make a wedding or event truly unique and personal! Minimal and rustic can in ways seem so far apart but with this neural simple color scheme followed through with the styling it could be a super sleek rustic wedding theme.

minimal rustic vibes

11. shades of wood

Is it even a rustic wedding without a wood slice? I must admit I try to push couples away from the typical wood slice centerpiece for a rustic vibe. Wood is a great texture though to use in interesting ways. This color palette pulls all the colors from wood making it the perfect rustic color scheme.

shades of wood

12. Peach, rust, and green

This palette is great for fall/autumn and winter weddings. It is a perfectly balanced palette with the sage green and peach lighting the moody tones.

13. Dusty blues

Possibly still my favorite color to use in events, dusty blue. Mixed with soft blues and grays and lots of lush greenery it creates a stylish rustic aesthetic.

dusty blues

14. All the shades of green

I think green has to be ‘THE’ color of rustic weddings. A room filled with greenery of all kinds is definitely what comes to my mind when I think of a rustic wedding or event.

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Those of you who follow me on insta will know by now that I am a huge lover of a well-styled cake area. In this blog I am going to share with you some of my favourite cake styling area tips. I am Zoey, a wedding designer & stylist and this is my blog that will hopefully inspire and encourage you along your wedding planning journey.

Why is styling your cake area important?

Why style the cake area? A cake for your wedding or any event can be a big investment. So, why stick it in the corner on a small round table? Well, usually because that was the done thing or because you have way too much to think about planning, and the thought of adding in styling a cake area makes you want to scream! Well don’t worry as just adding a few key elements will make all the difference!

Wedding cakes are pricey! And so they should be they are a work of art some of them. It cost a lot to learn the skills to create a beautiful cake that will still look and taste as good after a long day at your wedding. But not just that your cake maker has worked hard and I feel it deserves the right stage to showcase it.

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Also, the cake is probably the one thing that is guaranteed to be seen by everyone. Every wedding I have been to or designed I always see guests, suppliers and even staff searching out the cake for a look. If all eyes are on the cake you should really make sure it look amazing. It is also a chance to have some fun and add your personality.

If you are a cake maker, stylist or even venue reading this looking for some ideas. I would encourage you to make that extra effort and offer the couple the chance to style heir cake area. Work with local stylist or hire companies to add this an option or buy your own stock. I hire my stock out and most can be posted to other suppliers and it is a great option for cake makers.

My top tips below work for couples, cake makers or anyone looking to up their cake styling game!

Tip 1 – Design

Work with yours or the couples overall wedding design. Make it an extension of the day its self. I think this is important to mention for cake makers. If you are offering the set up and styling ask for a moodboard, speak to the stylist, florist or planner if there is one. Make sure the design works for the wedding as much as it does for your cake.

Add varying heights. Add elements to add interest like candles, vases, signs and florals. Think about textures and using a mix. Chiffon, tulle, linen and cheesecloth fabric all work great. Order an extra runner if doing the styling or if a cake maker think have a go to stock of these. The cake area is a great place to splash out and get a hand dyed silk runner.

Think about the colours and textures in the cake and how you can work with and enhance them with the styling.

Tip 2 – Think Big!

This is the space to go all out! As mentioned it is the area most guests will see. You will have photos taken here to remember for the rest of your lives together. So have fun, think big and see what you can come up with!

Try to think past the standard table. Look at plinths, swings or whatever you can imagine up. If using a table use a mixture of stands, or unique backdrops. I love Bramble sky’s collection, below are a few of my favourites. This goes for both couples and suppliers. Look at what you have and then imagine how you can take it that one step further.

Sometimes a great backdrop is enough, using plinths instead of a table. Getting a wow factor cake stand. It doesn’t take much to so even if you pick one thing and think as big as you can with that it will make all the difference.

Tip 3 – Reuse

This one I always advocate with my couple and fellow suppliers. It is harder as a DIY couple as you really won’t have the time. If you have a stylist or planner or great hands on venue then ask them about moving items for you. This goes for all of your items and spaces not just styling the cake area.

Take what you can from the ceremony to use at your cake area. Whether that be florals, candles or fabrics. The main one though I think is he best to reuse is a backdrop. I actually have most of my backdrops in two sizes, one for the ceremony and then the cake area. As it saves the time moving and frees it up for adding to another space if and when required. I suggest moving the ceremony back drop behind the cake. Then after the cake is cut, move the tables or plinths and you have a photo backdrop for your reception guests.

As I keep mentioning whether a couple, cake maker or stylist. You need to work with the other suppliers, find out what they have that can be moved and reused. Let them know, especially the florist as they can make them easily movable. Or give you instructions if needed. Have a plan of what will be reused and make sure everyone who needs to be is aware as the time frame is usually tight so planning ahead is a must!

Tip 4 – Personality

The cake area is a great place to share more of your personality or love story. This can be in little ways, like a topper or signs. You may add decorations, pictures that tells a story of the two of you. For me creating emotion is the great event design and using personal items that the guests can connect with does this. It can be so simple as grandmas cake stand! Most guests know what it is and has their own story and emotions attached to it. A small little detail that will have a huge impact.

Tip 5 – Placement

Placement! Tradition is on the dance floor or next to the top table! Who cares about tradition though! These can work well and mean the guest can see the cake easily throughout the day. But sometimes I feel not always practical.

If you are going all out and making a big feature of the cake area then a little out the way is a better choice. Make sure it is not a high traffic area. This could effect guest flow when moving throughout the day. Also, not out the way too much no one knows where it is!

lastly, look around and see what you are placing it near or in front off. Sometimes you have no choice but fire extinguishers, window with a terrible view or worse curtains! These things can have a huge impact on the final overall look. This is when you have to consider a backdrop to cover certain feature of the venue.

Styling a wedding cake area

I hope you found this useful. I am working hard on my blog to overall aspects of wedding design and styling. To help not only couples but other wedding suppliers to understand and use design. If you are looking for a designer for any type of event get in contact I would love to chat! Or if haven’t already grabbed my wedding cake styling guide free now.

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Colourful styling at the new Giraffe Shed wedding venue. I am Zoey, a wedding designer and stylist and this is my blog that will hopefully inspire and encourage you along your wedding planning journey. Today I am sharing with you an oldie but a goodie! I don’t get to do colourful too often and I must admit I am a neutral and moody lover myself. But a bright colourful wedding really does cheer me up!

The shoot was set in this gorgeous new wedding venue in South Wales, The Giraffe Shed. I headed up there in the summer with a brief of colourful, festival style, I had to add a little edge though! Which, I hope always add!

This venue was the making of Hannah and her husband, Hannah is a photographer and you can certainly tell, not just for the amazing lighting throughout the venue there are some pretty amazing photo backdrops too. I certainly fell in love with this venue, a modern blank canvas with some industrial elements, that pretty much ticks all my boxes.

Styling the Giraffe Shed

I decided to add some industrial elements to the styling to work with the venue. Then the rest was all about the colour! I used all jewel tones. It is really important when working with a colourful palette to keep to the same shade, tones or tints. It gives a well-designed feel and adds luxury.

My favourite part was the chair ribbons. I spent longer than I care to admit messing with the ribbon and deciding a way to thread them. Just tied on looks nice but I feel the weaved look just lifts the design and looks super stylish! We kept the table minimal as there was so much going on with the chairs and colours. Just some key elements to add the industrial modern feel.

If you are looking for a wedding stylist for a colourful or any wedding, then get in touch!

There were some amazing suppliers involved, go check them out!

Photographer: Jade Maguire Photography Venue: The Giraffe Shed Dress: Shikoba Bride Models: CJ Carpenter / The Unidentified RockerLeather Jacket: Ophelia Rose Cake: Cow and Cake Glitter: Luna Glitter Bar Flowers: Bizzi Lizzi Flowers Styling: Zoey Louise Design Newspaper: Photo Press Stationery: Knock Knock Penny Studio Lighting: Peter Lockwood Hair: Ypdws Elinwyn Bridal Hair Make Up: Toni Searle MUA

wedding table designer

What is a wedding designer? So I get lots of questions about what I do, how I compare to others and my packages. I call myself a wedding designer and stylist! I do still resonate with this title and will carry on offering styling services but as my skills and passion have developed I am pulled more towards the design aspects of events. You may have noticed my all-new website and branding. So my focus is moving towards designing over styling, I will still style wedding but slowly my assistants will take over this part more and more,

For most planning their wedding, everything is all new to them. They come across all these terms they just have no ideas what they mean, wedding planner, stylist, designer and venue decorator. I find a lot of couples see me as a venue dresser so get caught up on the items I am providing. Couples get to use of all my items they need though. As they are booking me to design their day and not just turn up with hired items and go before anyone arrives. My focus is not the items it is the overall style and design. My items are there to help bring the vision together but my main focus is designing a day that is perfectly you.

Why event design?

This is part of my reasoning to shift toward event design, I feel it is clearer for couples and is a truer reflection of what I do. So why event design and what does it really mean?

“Event Design is the creation, conceptual development and staging of an event using event design principles and techniques to capture and engage the audience with a positive and meaningful experience. ”

S. Brown 2013

For me, any event but especially weddings is about creating an experience. A carefully planned, well thought out wedding allows you to control the feelings and experience of your guest. Yes a focus is on the look of the day but that is to set the scene, it is then important to tie in all other elements creating a unique experience the guests will remember forever. I think of it as telling a story and walking your guest through each chapter or playing out the stage version right before their eyes.

Guest experience

One thing I hear a lot, I mean a lot! ….. is, but will the guest really remember what colour the napkin (or insert any small item) is? No, I hope not! That is not what it is about, picking all these key elements so they effortlessly marry together and not stand out is the aim. They may not notice the matching grey linen napkins and tablecloth but am sure they would notice the harsh bright white nylon ones you may pick because well, no one really notices the napkins anyway do they!

The design process starts at the beginning, from your first choice which is usually venue and photographer. Picking the right style venue that is practical but also you love is key to the whole design process. Then, making sure you choose the right photographer to capture every moment just how you envisioned it. Every choice you make big or small plays a part in the overall experience of your guests and the memories you and they will have forever. You only do this once right? Let’s make sure you look back on it in 10 years time with the same love and devotion you will feel for your other half on the day!

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Danielle Boxall Photography

Planner, designer, stylist and venue dresser differences

Wedding Planner

A planner focuses on logistics. Coordinates the whole day and all suppliers. They are super organised, checklist in hand. They make sure the day and the run-up goes with our a hitch. Or if it does you would never know about it. Planners are great for the design couples who need some help bringing it all together and keeping everyone organised.

Wedding Designer

They are in ways a design-led planner. It is not just about the pretty. They work with you to design an authentic day that is both beautiful and practical. It is about the guest experience and creating moments with a well-curated design. They work with a source all visual and create suppliers that enhance the design of the day. This is for the couples that want an experience over a wedding, their guests to not just be wowed but remember for a lifetime.

Venue Stylist

An on the day designer in ways! They are all about the pretty. Curating pieces and styling them to perfection on the day. Working with other visual suppliers on the day for a cohesive look. This is a great option if you want to handle the design yourself but need an expert eye on the day and before to make sure it all fits perfectly. Head to my what is a wedding stylist blog for a more in-depth definition.

Venue dresser

They are more a hire company. They have their stock you hire, usually includes set up also. You choose your items from their stock and they set it up or you collect. Very cookie cutter, one size fits all. Great choice if the design is not a big focus for you or you are a DIY couple.

Hiring a wedding designer

I say this a lot as I truly believe it. Yu should do you research, meet with them and make sure you really are the right fit. Okay, everyone has a budget. You need to look past this though and make sure you trust and connect with them, as they will be a big part of your day. I always do my best work when i have the freedom to get imaginative and I have trust from my clients.

If you are interested in my services or would like to chat to see how we connect, then get in touch I would love to.

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So this is a question I feel is something a lot of couples think about when they start searching through the minefield that is wedding planning. Now for most all this is new to them and can seem daunting and a little overwhelming. All these new terms to learn and figure out, traditions your being told you must follow. The must-have new items and the wedding colour choice everyone seems to ask you about. So let’s break it down and explain exactly what a wedding stylist is and why they can be a crucial part of your wedding.

A stylist firstly is not to be confused as a venue dresser! A venue dresser has a selection of stock you pick from and they set up and take away. You usually pay per item hired. As a stylist they are there to help design your wedding, working with you to help bring your vision to life. So like me, some stylists do have a collection of stock items. Their clients can pick from these, mine are included in my package price. Their fee also includes the sourcing or making of extra items to make sure our vision comes to life. This means you are not limited to their stock meaning the styling possibilities are endless.

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Kerry Lu photography

Time-saving

Stylist are usually the go-to person for all creative suppliers for your day. Taking away all the stress from you on the run-up to the wedding. It also means that you know that every little detail is going to coordinate and be styled to perfection. Your stationery, cake, florals and any extra finishing touches. For me, I supply my couples with a look book which is passed on to all suppliers to make sure their vision is understood by all. I am there from the night before or first thing in the morning through to when your guests sit for your wedding breakfast. Then of course there to supervise the clear down the next day.

I usually say think of a stylist as a design-led wedding planner you have booked for on the day. As they are there to help you make all the important decisions running up to the day. Then there to deal with any issues that may arise the morning off. For me, a wedding is about celebrating your love story with family and friends. So, styling is about getting to know you as a couple and bringing your personality out in fun quirky ways.

I have my set items to make the process as easy as possible. As we all know how stressful and time-consuming planning a wedding can be. I love to design, source or make personalised items for my clients. This can be anything from a themed table plan to a show-stopping ceremony backdrop.

Emma Boyle Photography

A wedding stylist saves you money

So I hear you, this is all amazing but weddings are expensive and I can just do all this myself can I not? Yes of course and no one is stopping you! Sourcing all your co-ordinating trusted suppliers and design item and making all your items should not be taken lightly. It is a fun process, especially for the creatives, but it is time-consuming and at times stressful. I love what I do and I know I am very fortunate but even I wouldn’t want to spend my wedding morning rushing around setting up all the items. Why would you? When you could be sat around relaxing and being pampered ready to marry the love of your life.

Also, stylist have great connections in the wedding industry. They can usually source you the best quality items at the cheapest price. Once you add up all those items you have bought, and now stuck with. The material cost for all the items you’ve made, have you really saved money not booking that stylist?

eco friendly

We all know weddings cost a lot financially! they also can have a big footprint on the planet its self. Hiring a stylist or venue dresser means that these items are being reused. For me, I try to make sure 70/80% of my stock is eco friendly. Because the items are being reused I can spend that extra for handmade, recycled items. I’ve just upgraded my glass to all recycled. These are double the price of normal glass vases so this makes it harder if you are buying for just one wedding.

I make a lot of my bigger items or source local tradesman. Consciously never buy from china and I am looking into offsetting every booking with a tree being planted. I saw the idea recently from kate at little button bakery. I also know and work with a local florist who uses local growers as much as they can. Also, clearing down and disposing of items. It may seem a silly thing but think of all the plastic from your new purchases packing alone. I make sure when binning items that what can be recycled is properly.

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Caroline Goosey Photography

Hiring a wedding stylist

For me there has to be trust when booking a wedding stylist, designer or any supplier who is a big part of your day. You need to be able to trust them to understand your vision. Truly get how you want your day to look and feel. Book a consultation, get to know them. Do your research to make sure they have the same style as you, the same values. Don’t go of price alone. Peace of mind is priceless, book a supplier you trust to deliver on your day.

If you are interested in my services or would like to book a consultation to chat and see if we are a great fit, I would love to!

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Manchester elopement styled shoot

I just loved being involved in this Manchester elopement styled shoot. I love a city-centre wedding, a cool couple and the only thing to make it better, a bike! Yes, I super gorgeous, wanted to ride off on a motorbike!!

I have decided to break my shoots down in more detail. Show you the design process and take you behind the scenes a little more. This is to help those planning shoots themselves. I struggled when I started to find information on planning and implementing a styled shoot. Or even couples as this can be adapted to designing your wedding.

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The design process

For this shoot, I was approached by Chelle, a wedding planner. She had an idea that she wanted a motorbike, it to be an elopement in Manchester. She needed help getting her ideas down as a design. The first step was a venue, once she had this sorted I could work on the design of the shoot. I suggested hotel Brooklyn as I know Chelle loves New York. In her head for the shoot, it was an American couple eloping. They said yes! So with the brief and venue, I could get to work on the design!

Manchester Elopement Story

I always start with a story when doing an editorial shoot. I sit and write about the couple, what will happen, their reason for the wedding/event. What feelings and emotions are they feeling and I want to create with the design. If you are doing a styled shoot I highly recommend sitting and thinking about the story you want to tell on the day before any planning or design. The same for a wedding or event, write down the feelings you want to create on the day. How you want the guests to feel. Also, think about the story of the couple or the reason for the event.

A young couple living in New York is looking for a place to elope! The stress of the traditions and expectations of the wedding they have planned is too much! It is not them and they want to just be together and make their love official. The traditional elope in American is Vegas, a quick drive-by style wedding! Again, just not them, even though they loved the concept.

They met while travelling Europe and always vowed to go back together one day. Then it hit them, we go to Manchester the place we met and we elope. Mixing our New York style vibes, the fun drive by feel of a Vegas wedding all together to create the ultimate elopement.

Cool, modern, fun couple. Totally in love and looking for an adventure they will remember for the rest of their lives.

A modern couple so the styling needs to be cool, minimal and modern. With the bike, I came up with the idea of driving in and out of the hotel for the drive-by feel. Then the colours of New York with the yellow and black. Again, still modern, urban and stylish!

Manchester elopement mood board

The mood board

Once I have the story and couple, if a wedding shoot, in my mind I then go and look for inspiration about them. Think ideal client work, one for the business owners reading this. The couple is cool, modern and want to be different but also want to bring a piece of them to Manchester. With this thinking, I went with the traditional new york colours, black and yellow. I softened with some grey and made sure the yellow was only in pops. Look at my colour palette guide for how I create my colour palettes in more detail.

I searched Pinterest, not for wedding photos, New York City streets, Brooklyn vibes, yellow and black patterns. Then I searched 90’s high fashion, 90s supermodel shots. I wanted paparazzi style, high fashion city street photography. Also, I looked at motorbike photography and leather jacket images and lastly modern yellow florals. Head to my Pinterest blog for more details on selecting non-wedding photos.

Selecting Pictures

I then set up my mood board template and start to build the mood board. This is the time to carefully curate your pictures to showcase your ideas. When looking and saving to Pinterest, or wherever, you can save any you like. As you are just allowing yourself to fall into the design and ideas deeper and deeper. Now you need to examine each picture. Write the keywords you want to create within the shoot. Then pic the photos that show these words. You can’t be half-hearted about this. You can’t just think that will do. A picture that screams the mood you want to create but is totally the wrong colours. A picture may have some elements but a little traditional when you want modern. These work for extra pictures but not for the mood board.

You have to remember this is going out to all the suppliers. Each person will connect and see something different in each photo. They all have to be spot on, every element, colour, detail has to work for that shoot. If not, don’t use it, get looking for another. I can spend days, usually weeks, okay I’ll admit months sometimes, working on mood boards. Head to my 5 step guide for creating a mood board for my full in-depth process.

Selecting Suppliers

This is sooooo important! Putting a call out on a group, or on your socials really isn’t the way to get the right suppliers. That’s my opinion though, others do this and have a great shoot. I suppose it depends on the reason for the shoot. When designing a certain look and feel you need to search out the right supplier for that shoot. I go into this in more depth in my styled shoot guide. I also touch on the protocol of paying for suppliers and who pays who.

You need to consider each area and what elements you need to create them. Then search for suppliers that can do this and are the same style as the look you want to achieve. For this shoot, I was just doing the design so Chelle went off and sourced the suppliers she wanted. This can be hard if you are a stylist or designer at times. If the supplier is not suited then it will show and your design can be easily lost. For me, I step away and accept that I have done the design brief and will work with what I have on the day to best style the elements. It is their vision not mine at the end of the day!

Collaborating

I will always talk through certain elements with key suppliers if styling also. I make a design brief and each element of the shoot is considered in this. Each key supplier will have a section tailored to them. Then all suppliers will receive a copy of the design brief. This is the best way to keep things cohesive and make sure all suppliers are working towards the same vision. I like to choose suppliers carefully so I can give them the creative space they need to create something that suits the design brief.

I knew a lot of the suppliers or at least knew of them so it worked out well. Chelle did a great job selecting the supplier that was the right fit on the day.

Styling

With a shoot, things are different from a wedding or event. The supplier I am always most conscious of is the florist. I spend a lot on items with a shoot as I always want it to be unique and offer something new. Because I want luxury, the best and with this comes a cost. I am more than aware though that the cost for the florist is usually a lot more. This means you need to be creative and thoughtful with the styling on the day. Reuse items and especially flowers throughout. Meaning, you need to give yourself self-time to set up each area and move elements and set up the next throughout the day.

As this shoot was an elopement it was nice that there wasn’t a lot of setups. I had a table for two and a cake area! It was a lovely chance to have free time during a shoot to network and relax!

The table

A table for two! I love doing sweetheart tables for a wedding also, going all out so this was definitely my jam! This one was a little different as they needed to face each other. Straight away I was excited to do an off angled runner. You may have noticed I do love layering of angle with my fabrics! I knew Chelle was using a stunning dipped dye Lucy can’t dance dress. So, I wanted to do something similar and created a dip-dye table runner.

I kept the table minimal with black and grey elements. The yellow only from the flowers. I used these stunning plates from Nkuku, black crockery and nice simple grey napkins. We didn’t have a stationer so I made my own with a template from Etsy.

The cake area

I love styling a cake area! This one we went for a dessert treat table for two for them to enjoy. A gorgeous black cake and cool modern treats made my styling job so much easier. I used another dip-dyed table runner and then a mix of plates and terrariums from my styling collection.

I kept this styling minimal also, let the treats do the hard work! We moved the flowers over from the table to reuse and also add some yellow. It is important to mention here about the placement of the table. I choice in front of this sign to add to the whole are styling. Picking where you set up is key with a shoot and an event. Look what is behind and speak to your photographer about lighting, background in shots and make sure it will work.

Manchester elopement

Hopefully, you can see the elements of the design within the shoot. Chelle chose not to go for the more high fashion vibe with the city street shots. I love them all though and it is totally more her style! Enjoy scrolling the pictures and let me know what you think in the comments below! If you want to see the full portfolio and hear more about the shoot its self head to here now!

Supplier Credits

Planner: MICHELLE AMY WEDDINGS, DESIGNER: ZOEY LOUISE DESIGN, PHOTOGRAPHER: MARNI V PHOTOGRAPHY, VIDEOGRAPHY: CATHERINE LUTHER WEDDINGSFLOWERS: FLOWER STUDIO MCR, CELEBRANT: CELEBRANT SJ, VENUE: HOTEL BROOKLYN MCR, DRESS: ROCK THE FROCK CHESHIRE, SUIT: GROOM WARRINGTON, HMUA: KATIE, JACKET: ROCK PAPER NIB, CAKE: GRACE EMILY CAKES, ACCESSORIES: GLORIOUS BY HEIDI, COUPLE AND BIKE: HELEN & STEVE.