Sage green and terracotta, I just love this color combo! It seems yous do too!
So I get asked a lot to break down how I would style a certain color palette or color scheme.
I totally get it, finding the right colors to use and how to use them for a wedding can be hard.
I always held off on these sorts of blogs as annoying as it is to hear it really depends on so many factors.
I will style every wedding with this color scheme completely differently. But there would be some overall similarities.
So, here goes! Hopefully, this blog can answer this question and give you ideas and guides on styling a terracotta and sage green wedding.
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Depending on your venue, wedding season, and overall style you can add other colors to adapt the look.
Most metals will work for an accent color, you can even use black for a modern feel.
The more white you use in your overall design the fresher and brighter the look will be.
You could use a darker sage green as your base and create a moody wedding color palette.
If you are designing and creating your own wedding stationery then there can be a lot to consider.
You can see in this design board I went for a modern feel with a slight Scandi, boho vibe. I have this template set for sale in my Etsy store if this is your style.
Here are some more different ideas for terracotta and sage green wedding stationery.
Dried flowers lend themselves really well to this color palette. Using pampas and other dried grasses for the whites.
Greenery to add in the sage. You can then get some gorgeous terracotta-colored roses in fresh or silk.
Here are some ideas for different flowers you will need to consider for your wedding day
For the design above, I would go for linen tablecloths to add a little natural texture.
I would use a mix of sage green and terracotta cheesecloth table runners.
Terracotta pieces as place names, copper cutlery, and a sage green menu.
You could use sage green tablecloths and white runners for a really fresh look.
Or if you want to make the look a little moodier or richer you could use terracotta tablecloths, velvet would be amazing for an autumn wedding.
Terracotta is a fall wedding color favorite and don’t get me wrong it is the perfect fall wedding color.
But it definitely isn’t just for fall!
In this post, I am going to show how you can have a terracotta color palette for any season and wedding style.
Because again, it isn’t just for a boho wedding!
Terracotta is a warm and earthy color that takes its inspiration from the natural hues of fired clay.
It is named after the Italian word “terra cotta,” which translates to “baked earth.”
Terracotta is commonly described as a reddish-brown or orange-brown color, reminiscent of sunsets, desert landscapes, and rustic pottery.
As you can see above, with most colors terracotta comes in a wide range of shades. This is important to remember when talking to different suppliers, send them the shades you are using so you are all working from the same palette.Top Tip – Zoey Louise
Depending on the overall style you want to achieve there are so many colors that pair well with terracotta’s rich, natural tones.
Here are some colors that work well with terracotta for a wedding:
The best way to use terracotta for a spring or summer wedding is to pair it with softer and neutral colors.
Whites, creams, and champagne for a neutral base.
Then you can add in dusty pinks, greens, and even blues.
I have included on bright colorful wedding palette option which is perfect for a summer or spring wedding.
A timeless color palette choice. It can work with any wedding style.
Even though I am showing it as a spring/summer color it can work for any season.
This palette lends itself to many different wedding styles. You can go boho with lots of pampas and white flowers.
You can go more minimal with crisp white tablecloths so key terracotta pieces, everything considered and paired back.
Adding a soft blush color to your wedding color scheme is the perfect way to add a fresh spring or summer twist.
I would keep things simple with the palette and go for an elegant wedding style.
Blush tablecloths and flowers. Lots of glass and candles, some terracotta decor pieces.
How fun and modern are these colors together?
When I get a chance to style a colorful wedding I do get excited.
I am a minimal girl at heart but the fun you can have with color can’t be beaten.
I would break the colors up and pick your base color or colors. Then which color(s) will be your main and then which will be used as an accent?
It stops you from just throwing all the colors everywhere and gives a cleaner modern look.
A match made in heaven! The shiny, smooth look of champagne really softens the earthy, rich tone of the terracotta.
This color scheme can work in any season, for spring and summer use more champagne and a lighter terracotta.
For a spring or summer wedding, I would use terracotta more as an accent color.
Use a mix of champagne tones to build your base and maid colors and then pops of terracotta throughout.
Now this may be one of my fave terracotta color schemes for a wedding.
I just think monochrome works with any main color for a clean modern look.
I would have linen white tablecloths and softer terracotta linens and decor items.
Then black accents with the cutlery, decor items, and on the day stationery.
Fall and winter are the time to have some fun and create some unique rich terracotta color schemes.
Any of the above colors will work but for a real moody, rich feel go for more earthy colors.
You can still create any style of wedding just play around with the colors and accents.
A melting pot of terracotta sunshine!
The best way to think about his palette is all the shades mixing and melting together to create all the golden sunset colors.
This would work well in a rustic barn venue. Lots of wood, natural elements, and textures.
You can play with the amount of each shade to create a darker or lighter overall feel. I would say lots of candlelight and warm fairy lights.
I love this color mix for an autumn wedding! Rich, earthy, and with the right lighting so romantic!
Candles and fairy lights are your best friend with this palette.
You want to only use warm lighting, the fairy lights will add some romantic twinkle.
I love that you can go really regal and a little vintage with this palette or really fun and modern.
This definitely the perfect way to use terracotta for a winter wedding!
I would have rich, luxurious velvet navy tablecloths.
Lots of terracotta and rust and even maybe copper decor pieces. Of course lots of candlelight.
Two of the most ‘it’ wedding colors right now!
I just love the romantic, rich earthy feel they give, It is definitely a more moody color palette, which I love!
Lots of texture, when working with moody palettes I like to layer a lot and texture to soften the blocks of darker colors.
I just love this palette, I mean how gorgeous are these colors together?
Please if you do your wedding in these colors send the pics over, dreamy!
If you want to soften this moody palette a little add some blush in there also.
I love this palette though how it is for an autumn or winter wedding. Again, lots of textures, and different shades of each color.
Did I just save the best to last? Possibly, this palette can work in any season.
I love the earthy tones while still being modern and fresh.
This one I love so much it has its own design board and detailed bog on how to create this look.
I would use lots of natural elements like linen, wood, and of course real terracotta.
Keep things clean and fresh with some small rustic elements.
Head to my terracotta and sage green wedding styling blog for the full breakdown.
There is just something so romantic and dreamy about organic wildflowers.
Whether you are having an indoor or outdoor wedding and no matter the season the is a way to have a wildflower wedding theme.
So of course the easiest way to have a wildflower theme wedding is to use wild-grown flowers as your wedding flowers and bouquet.
If you want to fully embrace the wildflower wedding theme throughout your wedding design then there are lots of fun unique ways.
You can really take the wildflower theme and adapt it to any wedding aesthetic.
I think of a spring wedding when I first think of a wildflower design. Maybe as all the flowers are starting to blossom and the colors are finally coming through. It can easily work as well for a summer wedding.
I think people might think this theme can’t work in the winter months, but they would be so wrong! Think moody autumn garden vibes. Use darker colors and seasonal wildflowers.
Having wildflowers growing from the bottom of the invites looks so pretty.
There are lots of designers who can hand draw this, and digitally design them.
Depending on your budget you can get some great templates on Etsy to edit and print yourself.
Another option is to have the invites printed on wildflower seeding paper.
You can then go for any design or style and it adds a touch of the wildflower theme. Your guest can then plant the paper and grow their own flowers!
If you want local wildflowers used in your bouquet then it is important to speak to your florist and make sure that is an option they offer. There are a lot of florists that grow their own or work with local smaller flower farmers so there will definitely be someone near you.
Faux and preserved flowers have come such a long way in the last few years. You can source all the flowers and make them yourselves as a fun DIY project. There are lots of premade and made to order options on Etsy and elsewhere to choose from that are so stunning and well-made.
You can go for dried flowers which will have a crispier feel and muted colors. Preserved flowers look and feel like fresh flowers. Also, real touch and high quality faux flowers are very realistic these days.
I think the number one way to have a wildflower wedding ceremony theme is a growing meadow aisle. Low level flowers with no base showing full of dreamy wildflowers. This isn’t cheap though, and if it isn’t in your budget there are other ways to create a similar style for less.
A good way is to have low level centerpiece florals and use them on the aisle also. Another way is lots of vases filled with wildflowers. You can add lanterns so fewer flowers are needed.
If you are wanting something more low key then a nice arch with a wildflower display always looks stunning. Or keep it super simple with just some vases or flower displays on the ceremony table.
I think bud vases filled with flowers and taper candles are always a winner! You can do a nice wildflower display with a few candles. Or I am in love with these lanterns with pressed flowers attached, how dreamy!
Again I think one cake always comes to mind when I think about wildflower cake ideas! A pressed flower cake is so on trend right now and swoon every time I see one! Or you can keep it simple, all white and some sugar flowers.
So giving your guest wildflower seeds in a cute way is definitely a great way to carry on the wildflower theme. You can do candles, biscuits, or many different things with a wildflower touch.
Or make the place names or menus out of plantable paper and then they can take them home and plant their own wildflowers.
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Burnt orange is the new kid on the block and taking the wedding world by storm!
Even just a few years ago if you told someone you were having an orange wedding, the looks you would get!
Burnt orange when done right is one of the best wedding colors for an autumn wedding.
What I love about burnt orange is you can pair it with creams, and softer oranges for a romantic look.
Or go all out with an autumnal mixed color palette with dark green, mustard, and deep berry reds.
Depending on your wedding style you have lots of color choices to pair with burnt orange. You can use a complementary color like blue, a deep dark blue works well for a moody palette, a dusty blue for a lighter feel, or a vibrant stand-out palette with a light bright blue.
Here are some of my favorite color schemes for a burnt orange wedding theme in 2023.
The terracotta and white pair so well with burnt orange and give a fresher feel. You could add some pops of black for a modern feel.
Burnt orange is always great in autumn but with the creams this palette with work well in all months even summer.
This palette lends itself to a modern scandi boho style wedding. Lots of natural textures and materials. Use Terracotta, clay, and other natural stones. I would use dried white and cream flowers and grasses.
Think bohemian desert vibes. Dried grasses, texture, and mixed creams.
Burnt orange, mustard yellow, dark green, and deep berry reds. The perfect autumn or winter color palette. I feel like it is celebrating all the beautiful autumn colors that come out in the fall.
I would go bold with dark green tablecloths, and velvet for that extra luxury. Then have the burnt orange and yellow come through in the flowers and decor. Copper would make a great accent color for extra decor pieces and cutlery.
A rich combination made in autumn heaven. Both colors are bold and it might seem scary to pair them but when done right it is stunning.
I would use copper accents to add even more richness. I would use teal in fabrics and decor and then burnt orange mainly in the flowers. Then finish it off with pops of copper with cutlery, votives, and even charger plates.
Now, this color palette is a bit of me! It has to be matt black or charcoal black. Think very urban, edgy making a bold statement.
I would go with mainly matt black, for everything. Use it for tablecloths, crockery, and cutlery but layer and add texture where needed. The small pops of rust and burnt orange in the flowers and finishing touches.
I love dusty blue and apart from navy blue, it is the best blue to pair with burnt orange.
I would have rustic wooden tables and dusty blue chiffon runners. Then burnt orange in the flowers and lots of copper finishing touches.
For me, I am thinking of very earthy, natural vibes with these colors.
Now I actually wouldn’t go boho with this color palette. I think you can pull off a very high natural feel here. The base color is tan and used throughout, with black as an accent but used minimal. Keep everything minimal and carefully curated. Dried flowers in a mix of all colors, textured rust decor, and candle holders.
Using burnt orange is a unique way to use the ever so popular sage green. Sage green is usually also a summer or spring color so it is a good way to make it more suited to autumn or winter.
As always I would mix the shades used but I would really focus on this here. Adding in darker shaded of green and lighter shades of orange. You can have lots of fun here and use more light or dark depending on the season.
Love these two together and they work so well with lots of different colors depending on the style you want to achieve. Add in some soft neutral whites and cream to soften the palette or go even bolder with emerald green.
Sage green was definitely the color of 2022 and I see it being just as popular in 2023 and beyond. It is a lovely grey-green color. It pairs perfectly with burnt orange and rich orange for a moody color palette.
I would do burnt and dark orange in the fabrics and flowers, lighter soft greenery, and then some pops of sage green in the candles, maybe glassware and stationery.
Why not just go all out and have all the rich, deep, and dark sunset oranges you can? The beauty of this palette is you can go lighter or darker depending on the style or season of the wedding.
There is just something fun about ink and orange together. If yu are looking for a fun, colorful palette for a bright and bold wedding, this is for you!
A match made in heaven! The two hottest autumn wedding colors mixed into one scrumptious autumn color palette.
Love emerald green? Head here for the best emerald green color palette ideas.
This one is giving me all the fallen autumn leave vibes! A melting pot of all he beautiful colors that come to mind when you think of fall.
This can be a really overwhelming part of wedding planning for some couples.
I think we are sold on the idea that we have to have all the new shiny wedding trends by the wedding world.
For me though the perfect style for any wedding aesthetic is your own personal style.
The day is about celebrating you both as a couple and I think the design should tell your love story.
So through away those wedding mags, stop pinning away on Pinterest and spend some time asking yourself the question below.
If you commit to really thinking about what I say in this blog I guarantee you will have a clear idea of your wedding style by the end of this blog. Grab your partner, get a pad and pen, and really dig deep!
Aesthetic is a bit of a trendy word at the moment. It is used to say something looks good or is pretty.
Really though in wedding styling it just means your style or a particular style. which is routed in the true meaning and use of the word aesthetic. Creating a minimal, timeless, or rustic aesthetic.
If you have picked your venue then this definitely the first place to help you decide your overall wedding style.
Ask yourself what it is you love about your wedding venue, the architecture, decor, and unique features. Also, the rooms you are using, their style, and the colors in the room will all play a huge part in what will work well for your wedding.
You don’t want to be clashing your tablecloth with the curtains!
I think most couples get lost in looking at images to see how they want their wedding to look. But to truly find your personal style for an aesthetic you will love, you need to get writing!
Write down how you want your day to feel, how you want to feel, and how you want your guest to feel. Do you want a relaxed day or formal, fun, or moody?
If you have a home together or you’ve been planning your new home then this will be the biggest clue to what you like. If not and you are really struggling then do some research and see what style of home interiors you are drawn to.
Find what colors you’re drawn to, and what the styles are called that you like. Then from there, you can start looking at an event design that is similar.
Again, as I always say the best wedding styling is your authentic style. Have a look at how you dress, what clothes you like, and what style are you trying to achieve.
I get a lot of couples that say I dress comfy and casually I don’t have a style. Erm, that is a style! You are not going to want a formal black-tie event if that is not you. You are going to want your guests to feel welcome and relaxed, paired back luxury is for you!
You may be seeing the theme here. Finding out what you both love and tying them together to then create your design is the perfect aesthetic.
What do you love to do together? Travel, eat, watch movies, and go for walks. What are the most important things in your life? What made you fall in love with each other? What do you love about each other?
So this one can work well depending on your hobbies. Remember though it is about taking small elements from this and using them to inspire your wedding style.
You love to cycle together so you name your tables after your favorite routes. If you have or plan to travel the world together you add some travel elements. It is about small unique details, not one theme that takes over every element of the wedding.
Do you have a country you always go to? Or maybe one you both fell in love with. Or just somewhere you love the vibe off.
Think about what it is you, love, how it makes you feel, and why. You can then use these to build your wedding style.
This is a great start to getting to grips with creating your wedding style. Answering these questions will help start to really understand what style and feel you want for your wedding aesthetic.
Once you are done head to my color palette blog to help choose your wedding colors. Or my 5 steps to creating your wedding mood board blog.
Looking for wedding ceremony decoration ideas?
Styling your ceremony can be overlooked at times as it is a smaller part of the day time-wise. I believe however it is the most important time of the day. It’s the whole point of the day, right?
You can make your ceremony look amazing with some key decor pieces. You can also go all out and if so I suggest reusing the items for the breakfast and reception after.
Don’t forget to grab the free wedding decor checklist.
I have put together this free ceremony decor checklist. It includes all the items you may need and is a great way to keep organized and not miss an item.
It doesn’t mean you need all these items, only include what feels right for you and your wedding style.
Grab a free Editable version of the checklist on Canva
Grab a free Editable version of the checklist on Canva
I have gathered some of my favorite ideas for wedding ceremony decorations.
These are ideas from past weddings I’ve styled and some that I’ve seen while researching and I just love!
A key thing to consider with your wedding aisle is how wide it is the size of your dress, and who is walking down it with you.
Too many decorations on an already tight aisle can lead to things falling or dress accidents.
Some aisles are really wide so having flowers or lanterns down the aisle is perfect to look less empty.
You can decorate the chairs or just go with a backdrop or arch if concerned.
Head to my wedding aisle decor blog for all my favorite ideas for 2023 weddings!
If your ceremony room is darker or you have an evening ceremony then fairy lights are a great way to add a romantic twinkle.
Low florals shooting from the ground are the perfect ceremony flower option in my opinion.
These make great centerpieces also, so the perfect budget-friendly wedding ceremony decor.
As mentioned above decoration chairs are a great way to style your wedding ceremony when the aisle doesn’t allow for items.
I love keeping it simple with some flowers on the side of the chairs down the middle of the aisle.
If reusing the chairs later then decorating all the chairs can have a huge impact.
Check out my wedding chair decoration ideas for lots of ideas and some DIY options too.
The easiest way to add the wow factor to your ceremony is to add an arch or backdrop.
It is great for photos and remember everyone is looking at you saying your vows so decorating that area will have the most impact.
I have a full blog on all the different wedding backdrop ideas and how to DIY your own.
I thought these may have gone out of style by now, but no! I think they will stand the test of time and become just as used as an arch or circle backdrop.
Here I decided to use the frame of the geodome itself. I do have triangle arches though and they are a great choice for a boho wedding theme.
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You don’t have to have fresh flowers for your ceremony if it is not in your budget.
If it is though, flowers add so much organic beauty to a wedding ceremony.
A top tip is to ask for all the flowers to be easily movable. Being able to reuse them during the wedding breakfast or reception not only save money it is better for the environment.
Signage has become a trend within itself at weddings. I do think they can be important to help also to help keep guests informed and guide the flow of the day. The fact they add an extra design detail is an added bonus!
I put together a list of every sign you may need on your wedding day. Grab it now!
Yes! You can have decorations at any type of wedding including a courthouse one. The most important thing is that you talk to the staff there to make sure they are okay with it and that you won’t be damaging anything.
It really depends on what decorations you want and how many. A simple ceremony with some DIY aisle markers could cost around £/$50-£/$100. If you want a more elaborate arch or backdrop, it could be a couple of hundred dollars. Depending on your budget though this can go into the tens of thousands.
The most popular ceremony decoration is probably flowers. This could be for an arch, aisle markers, or just general decor around the ceremony space.
No, you don’t need to decorate your ceremony space if you don’t want to. It is entirely up to you and your budget. I do think it is an important part of the day so try and do at least a little decor.
Emerald green is the perfect wedding color. With the right palette, it can work for any season but especially lends itself to a winter or autumn wedding.
If you are looking for a rich wedding color that is versatile, emerald green is for you.
It works with so many colors to create a palette for any wedding style or season.
Stick around as I have put together the most must-have 2023 emerald green wedding color palettes.
Or head to the bottom of the blog for all my favorite emerald green wedding ideas.
So many! This is probably not the answer you were looking for but so many colors really do.
Head to my emerald green color blog for the full breakdown of the color and its compliments, analogous, and triad.
Here though are some of the best color combos that go with emerald green for a wedding or event.
This is an autumn wedding color palette of dreams. The deep rich colors of both emerald and burnt orange add so much depth and drama.
Here I’ve used copper as an accent color to keep with the rich palette. You can easily swap this with another metal, also consider black for a stylish twist or white to add some freshness and make it work for warmer months.
Have emerald green tablecloths for a dramatic look. Bring in the burnt orange through the florals, mixed in green foliage.
Then the copper can be mixed in with your cutlery, candle sticks, and votives. Use emerald candles to finish the look.
I just love this fun color palette! It is a modern take on a pink wedding. The darker rich green gives a stylish modern feel while the muted pink adds a fun pop of color.
This palette will work in any season, for summer weddings add more light greens and a higher ratio of pinks.
Depending on the overall feel you want to achieve I would mix up the ratios of pink to green. Green tablecloths with pops of pink in the florals and candles would look so modern and fun!
You could also go for soft pink tablecloths for a summer wedding and add pops of green and pink with the flowers, candles, and glassware.
This color scheme is so elegant and timeless. It works in all seasons but is the perfect winter wedding color palette. You can add in some shades of dusty pink or blue for a summer or spring wedding.
I feel this palette works well with a simple, elegant wedding style. Keep the design paired back but include simple but beautiful carefully selected pieces.
White line tablecloths with emerald green runners, I would use velvet in the winter and soft gauze in the summer. Clean modern gold candle sticks and holders, for some luxury use gold cutlery and gold rim glassware. Adds some glass items also to reflect and add a little romantic twinkle.
If like me you love a moody palette then this is the emerald green wedding color scheme for you! Perfect for a winter wedding for a moody modern feel.
Darker color palettes can be harder to achieve with weddings, work with your venue carefully. Dark green tablecloths, lots of glassware, and black and emerald green candles. When going for a darker palette you need to also include lighting options. Lighting can change it from dark and dingy to warm and romantic. Lots of fairy lights, candlelight, and Edison bulbs for a vintage feel.
Green and rust colors just make me think of aging copper, the colors beautifully mixing together. I wanted to keep this palette fresh, normally rust emerald green schemes would be richer. This palette will work for any season.
If you are looking for a colorful winter or fall color scheme then jewel tones are the way to go! Add an accent of copper and you have a colorful yet stylish wedding.
Keep to 5/6 colors max, with all the colors a jewel tone. Pick a base color like emerald green to use throughout and then add the others in pops through the flowers or candles.
I love mustard and dark blue, but I think I may just love it with emerald green more! What a color combo, it is a great modern take on blue and yellow palettes.
Depending on your wedding season you will want to go darker or lighter with your shades. Just because I am in love with emerald velvet I would use these as tablecloths. Then I would have yellow and warm-tone flowers, and a few candles but keep it really clean and minimal as the colors will be doing enough. If you wanted to soften the green you could include a dark cream/brown gauze runner.
Adding some lighter greens like mint to the emerald green gives you a fun light all-green color palette. You can easily add some pinks, blues, or purples to this palette for a fresh colorful wedding scheme.
I would have lots of greenery, all the different shades I could find! Green tablecloths, in a lighter shade. Then lots of glass and mixed green tone candles. Layer the colors and texture to add interest. You could have a few different textured runners. I would use apples, limes, succulents, and even moss. Adding interest and detail really helps when styling a monochromatic color scheme.
Maybe not two colors you would put together at first thought. I think they work beautifully together though. The navy brings out the blue tones in the emerald and helps the green pop more. Adding in some lighter blues makes it adaptable to an all-year-round color palette.
The green with the grey is so clean and fresh feeling. It is a timeless color palette and perfect for a minimal or modern wedding vibe.
Keep to simply clean lines, and keep styling minimal. Use texture in the fabrics to soften and merge the colors but the contrast is the beauty of the palette so play on it.
I just love the muted purple mix with the rich emerald. I do keep saying but the perfect winter color palette.
Go full-on decedent with this color palette! I love a minimal look but you can go all-out maximalist with this palette. Grapes, berries, and figs added to an audience of flowers. Deep dark tablecloths with an emerald runner. Layers and texture or if bold enough a patterned floral tablecloth with all the beautiful colors used.
So I am a big lover of dusty blue, dusty blue and copper is one of my top color combos. Mixing it with emerald green though is a must! With the blue tones of emerald green, it looks like a melting pot of gorgeousness.
This palette plays perfectly for a romantic whimsical wedding. Lots of soft fabrics, layers, and glass, used in the decor. Depending on the season use more of one color, emerald for the colder months and dusty blue for summer.
The deep rich reds of this palette make me think of mulled wine. I think this is the perfect festive color plate for a modern take on festive colors.
Choose your greenery carefully, even if getting married around Christmas you don’t want your wedding to look like a Christmas party. Stick with non-Christmas greens, Ruscus and eucalyptus or olive branches are a perfect choice. Lots of lush greenery, bring the burgundy in through candles and decor.
Depending on your wedding theme you can include emerald green in so many ways to your wedding.
I hope this blog has helped you find your perfect emerald-green color palette. First, think about your season, and how you want your day to feel and look, then pick a palette that works with these answers and your venue. Any questions leave a comment below!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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!
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’
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fall is one of the most popular seasons for weddings, and it’s easy to see why. The cooler temperatures make for more comfortable guests, and the rich colors of the season provide a beautiful backdrop for photos.
If you’re planning a November wedding, you might be wondering what color palette to choose. To help you out, we’ve put together a list of 9 color palettes perfect for a November autumn wedding. From rich jewel tones to muted earth tones, there’s sure to be a palette that will fit your vision.
So whether you’re looking for something dramatic or something more subdued, read on for our top 9 picks for a cozy November wedding.
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.
If you’re planning a November wedding, there are a few things to keep in mind. The weather is likely to be cool, so you’ll need to make sure your venue is comfortable for guests. You may also need to plan for some rain, so have umbrellas on hand and consider renting a tent in case of bad weather.
Fall leaves can be beautiful, but they can also be messy, so keep that in mind when choosing your location.
And finally, remember that November is a popular time for holidays like Thanksgiving, so try to avoid scheduling your wedding on or around those days. With a little planning, you can ensure that your November wedding is beautiful and memorable.
First, start with a nice warm color palette, then lots of fairy lights and candles. For later in the evening think about warm drinks and blankets for the guests. Keep the lighting low and warm tones to give a cozy warm glow all evening.
There are a lot of great fall colors that work well for November weddings. Some of our favorites are burgundy, hunter green, navy, and gray. It is a great time to get bold and think about using darker colors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.