After setting a date and securing your wedding venue, choosing your colour scheme will often be the next big decision you’ll face. Choosing colours that not only complement your venue but also reflect the season is key and can make a big impact on the overall look and feel of your day.
Get a head start with your summer wedding palette with our favourite colour combinations and top palette tips.
Pretty in pink
If you’ve got a soft spot for pretty shades of pink you’ll have lots of choice when it comes to your big day palette.
We recommend you either opt for nearly nude pinks – as Lauren Conrad did for her summer wedding – or you choose a variety of brighter, complementary shades, from brighter pinks to coral and even peach tones. Soft, pale tones will always look great and give a elegant, beautiful feel to all weddings; multi-tones are also a great look, especially if you like the mismatched trend. Multiple shades of pink also allow you to add a touch of vibrancy to your sun-soaked celebrations.
Image © Lauren Conrad
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Purple works well for weddings in all seasons and the depth of the colour helps to add a more formal touch to your occasion. In summer, you’re best off choosing mauves, lilacs, lavenders and dusty shades rather than deep plums and burgundy.
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Celebrity-bride Ashley Tisdale got the colour combination spot on, creating an elegant French-inspired look.
Complementary colours include grey, blush and dusty blue. Choose all four and you’ll find yourself in pretty pastel heaven!
Sweetpea and blossom
To add a sweet and whimsical touch to your day opt for dusky and sweetpea blues, combined with blossom pinks. Summery and bright, yet still feminine, this colour combination will complement the white of your dress and add some real interest to your style and décor. It’s particularly well suited to shabby chic or vintage affairs, or any bride who wants to create a sense of charming romance.
White Wedding Cake with Blue Floral: Lane Dittoe | Bouquet: Caroline Tran via Style Me Pretty | Blue Dress: Angelworx Angelie Hafzullah via Burnetts Boards | Anastasiya Belik via Burnetts Boards | Peach and Blue Table Setting: Troy Grover via Grey Likes Weddings | Peach Table Six Card: Anastasiya Belik via Magnolia Rouge
If you’d rather steer away from pinks, peach tones also work well and give a slightly more muted and sophisticated feel.
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Contemporary and unassuming, whites combined with subtle earthy tones like sage are a great choice for brides who prefer the simple look.
Image © Eva Longoria
You could either make sage your primary colour – donning your bridemaids in gowns like the one Eva Longoria wore at her friend’s recent nuptials – or you could make white your primary colour, with earthy touches reflected in your bouquet and highlighted in just some of your décor. Some brides who nailed this look include Poppy Delevinge and Ashlee Simpson at their 2014 summer weddings, and prior to that Kate Moss.
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Think pinks, yellows and greens, bold and bright. Rather than opting for softer hues, this colour palette is all about summer brights for a unique and memorable wedding. From fuchsia to flamingo, lemon to canary and lime to turquoise, you can have a whole lot of fun creating your very own wedding palette. Remember to team these vibrant shades with a clean backdrop – for example white linen – to really make sure the colours pop!
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5 top tips for your summer wedding colour palette
1. Do your research
When deciding on a particular shade of any colour, do make sure that wedding décor and flowers are readily available in that shade. There’s nothing worse than having slightly different variants of the same shade because you’d picked such a specialist colour.
2. Follow the colour palette rules
Choose 2-3 primary colours and 1-2 accent colours to create your summer wedding palette.
3. Avoid winter shades
Berry tones, deep purple hues and ice blue shades are all best left to the winter season. Similarly, too many earthy tones with browns and greys can dull a summer’s day. Keep things pastel or pale, or opt for something crisp and bright or bold and bright to create a summer look that really works.
4. Design a palette with real impact
Team neutral palettes with feature colours and bold palettes with neutral shades for optimum impact and to really emphasise your overall colour scheme.
5. Get some help from the experts
If you know the sorts of colours you’d like but you’re still struggling to put those together, head over to The Perfect Palette. Here you can find lots of ready-made colour schemes waiting to be picked for your special day. Remember to email your chosen palettes to your suppliers too!