Your Guide To Wedding Themes And Colour Schemes

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Themed weddings have been increasing in popularity, but it isn’t for everyone. As with everything else at your wedding, the decision on whether to have a theme or not is entirely yours as a couple.

However, what some people misunderstand is that a theme doesn’t mean that everyone including the guests having to dress up, but it can be as simple as having a set colour that runs throughout the day, from the choice of bridesmaid dresses, flowers to the layout of the reception tables.

However, if you’re passionate about something in particular, having a theme is a great way of showing your individuality and personality.

Here is your guide to wedding themes and colour schemes:

Wedding Themes: Vintage Vs Rustic

You’ve probably heard the words vintage and rustic thrown about a lot when planning the wedding with your partner, and they tend to crop up everywhere when looking for ideas or seeking advice. While the two terms might seem similar and have been used by some interchangeably, they are in fact different. Don’t be embarrassed to have confused them, when there is so much new information to consider and tiny details that might seem minor but somehow lead to huge conversations it can be important to know the difference in the terms.

A vintage wedding looks to the past and the beauty trends of past eras, this can be inspired by the 50s and 60s, the Victorian era, steampunk or even Medieval. It can influence the dress code of the guests, the dress style of the wedding party, the choice of venue and even the menu. For some, it’s a visual way of saying their love is timeless and evokes nostalgia and themes of classical romance. Some ideal colour schemes for a vintage wedding are:

· Bronze + Forest Green + Black

· Rust + Copper + Aqua

· Wine + Mauve + Blush

A rustic wedding doesn’t need to be inspired by a particular historical era (but it can be, which would make it both vintage and rustic) put simply, rustic themes evoke ideas of being outdoors and the country life. Imagine a barn dance with country and western music, add the wedding party and you’ve got the idea.

· Cantaloupe + Honeydew + Pistachio

· Navy + Olive + Peach

· Caramel + Pecan + Cream

Colour Schemes – Traditional Vs non-traditional

Your wedding theme and colour choice will set the tone for your whole day, so it is important to get it right and to match the two. If you want to have a set theme, your colour scheme should complement it. When it comes to the traditional colour schemes the first colours that spring to mind are white, cream and ivory. While these colours compliment a singular bold striking colour such as Magenta, many traditional style colours avoid bright, bold colours and go for a simpler scheme. For a traditional wedding colour scheme, less is more, for example:

· Cream + Gray

· White + Silver/Gold

· Ivory + Silver

If you want your wedding to stand out then a non-traditional colour scheme is ideal. Consider the venue and the season your wedding will be held in for inspiration starting points. Your choice of colours can create a vibrant, bold and fun theme or a lavish, intimate and moody theme. When selecting colours it is important to remember that these filter in to various other aspects of the wedding such as the bridesmaids, groomsmen, flowers and even the napkins on the receptions tables.

colour schemes

Stand out colour schemes include:

· Aqua + Cherry Red + Khaki

· Navy + Eggplant + Gold

· Sage + Gold + Ivory

Regardless of what theme and colour scheme you choose, make sure it is something you are happy with, while having the odd doubt and second thoughts about a colour scheme are natural, there is nothing worse than changing your mind when you’ve already started organising and planning the wedding to that theme. Take time to consider your theme and colour, it’s your big day so you’ll want to be happy with it, and taking the time now can save you money later.

By Felicity McKee, Excalibur Press