Once you have established the desired overall feel of the wedding, it’s time to turn your attention to the color palette. There are many, many ways to come up with a color scheme for your wedding. I’ll be discussing several of them over the course of this blog series.
The first consideration to take into account is the theme and venue, if that has been chosen already. Ideally the venue can be chosen with the theme in mind, however that’s not always possible.
For example, if the ceremony site is a family church, the colors in the sanctuary may affect the color palette of the wedding. The color of the carpet, upholstery on the pews or chairs, even the colors in the banners or seasonal décor of the church can affect the aesthetics you are going for. If you are getting married during the Christmas season, there may be garland and wreaths that the church won’t take down for the wedding. During Easter, purple banners are quite common. Regardless, these are going to affect how any color scheme will look in the end.
If your venue is more neutral, are there any colors that particularly lend themselves to this location? Perhaps there are flowers in a particular shade surrounding the outdoor venue. Perhaps the venue lends itself to a more formal event – say a cathedral or a country club. Or the reverse could be true – a converted barn definitely calls for a more casual style. A remodeled Victorian house is very likely to already have some strong colors in place. Same with a one that looks like a plantation home from Charleston or Savannah.
Finally, you also need to think about the time of day your wedding will be starting. Evening weddings are traditionally a bit more formal than ones beginning at mid-day.