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Wedding Colour Schemes

Five steps to choosing the perfect colour scheme for your dream wedding

You’ve set the date and you’re reading to start planning your wedding. One of the first things you’ll need to determine are your wedding colours. After all, they’re the common thread that ties your wedding theme together.

Although it might seem a simple task, once you start trying to pick the perfect shade, it can be easy to get caught up in the details. Choosing the perfect blend of colours can seem like an impossible task at times. That’s why we’ve put together our simple five step guide to selecting the perfect colour combination to create an unforgettable day.

1.  What’s your favourite colour?

The simplest place to start is for you and your partner to both pick a favourite colour. However, the problem comes when your two choices clash. If your partner loves turquoise while your favourite shade is fuchsia, the resulting effect may not be what you want.

However, before you forget the idea completely, try experimenting with lighter or darker shades. It might be that you can find a complementary blend of the two if you go for slightly muted shades or something a little darker.

If you really can’t come up with a way of making your favourite colours work, then it’s time to move on to step two.

2.  Paint samples

Go to your local DIY shop. We’re serious! Although it might not be the first place you think of when planning a wedding, those little strips of different paint shades that are meant to help you plan your décor colour scheme are also really useful when it comes to visualising the effect of different shades together at your wedding.

Pick up all the cards that speak to you and take them home and start pairing them up to see what colour combinations work. Since each card usually has 3-5 different shades on them, you can experiment with subtle changes to find the best combination of colours. This is an especially useful exercise if you’re one of those people that really needs to see colours to be able to decide which ones you like.

3.  What colour is your relationship?

If you want a colour that has a personal meaning to you, then have a think about the kind of things you like doing together. Do you go to salsa classes? Then maybe you’d like a bright red in your theme. Are you having a lakeside wedding at Avon Rί? Then perhaps you’d like sea greens or cool blues. Perhaps you’d like colours that reflect the Wicklow Mountains? Greys and silvers could work well for you.

If you can select a base colour to reflect your relationship, finding a second shade that complements it becomes a much easier task.

4.  When’s your birthday?

Why not use your birthstones as the inspiration for your colour scheme? This is an unusual way of choosing colours which have personal significance. There are a number of different systems for figuring out which gemstone to use, e.g. the birthstone for January is garnet, while the birthstone for Capricorn is ruby. There are even stones associated with the day of the week you were born on.

If your two stones don’t seem to work well together, experiment with shades to find a combination that works or choose stones from different systems to give you more choice. You may be surprised at how well the combination reflects your personalities!

5.  Look at other weddings

If all else fails, browse through wedding magazines and websites to find photos of other weddings you like the look of. With thousands of wedding photos available, you’re spoilt for choice.

Choose three wedding schemes you like and show them to your partner to see which ones they prefer. There’s a good chance that there’ll be one you both love and you can use that as inspiration for putting your own twist on it.

Whichever colours you choose, make sure you pick colours that hold meaning for both of you. It’ll make the day even more special to know that your colours symbolise something personal and unique.