While I always love a timeless neutral color palette, I’m currently obsessed with the vibrant wedding color palettes my clients are gravitating towards. From colorful wedding dresses to eclectic floral design, there’s something about a bright color palette that adds such a unique and cheerful touch to your wedding day. And that was exactly the vibe at Lee and Arthur’s intimate wedding at Stein Lodge in Park City, Utah. Just scroll through the gallery and you’ll see exactly what I mean. This wedding proves that a vibrant color palette can be just as timeless and elegant as its black and white counterparts. As long as it speaks to who you and your partner are as a couple, you really can’t go wrong. In this post, I’ll be covering all things colorful wedding inspiration. From how to choose your color palette, to incorporating color into your wedding day attire and more. Stay tuned for all the colorful wedding design ideas you need to create an aesthetic all your own.
Step one, don’t be afraid to get bold with your color palette. Choose a few bright colors that pair well together to start. Not sure which ones to choose? Start by deciding how you want your wedding day to feel. Colors evoke memories and emotion, so choose hues that resonate with the atmosphere you want to create. Pops of bright blue, cheerful orange and sunny yellow completely reflected Lee and Arthur’s joyful and fun personalities and were perfect for their late summer celebration.
Next, you want to choose a few neutral tones in order to create a cohesive color palette. Crisp white, muted blush and pops of greenery are always gorgeous options and will pair well with just about any colors. A few neutral colors is also a great way to add a romantic and ethereal feel to your wedding and help your bold colors choices stand out even more. Just like anything else, it’s all about balance.
My favorite part about a colorful wedding palette is that it makes for a completely unique design and aesthetic every time. No matter how many brides choose an eclectic color scheme, you’re never going to see another wedding with the same palette. Plus, it really allows you to get creative and have fun with your decor choices. The first and easiest way to translate a colorful wedding palette is through floral design. The oh -so talented Orchid Dynasty designed the florals for Lee and Arthur’s wedding and is a stunning example of how florals can tie your decor together. The ceremony florals were reminiscent of a field of vibrant wildflowers growing organically along the ethereal aisle. For the reception, vibrant pops of oranges and pinks were the perfect compliment to the bold blue design elements.
Speaking of which, choosing a main color to compliment your floral design is a great way to make everything cohesive. Lee and Arthur chose beautiful tones of blue that tied their reception decor together- from the welcome sign to the table runners and napkins and even the bride’s adorable Jimmy Choo shoes. You can still keep that eclectic vibe, but having a color that resonates throughout your design scheme can help everything feel stylish and polished.
Choosing Your Venue: Choose a venue that compliments your bold design. In my experience, going with a blank slate venue like River Bottoms Ranch or Washington School House Hotel here in Park City will make a beautiful backdrop for whatever bright colors you choose. A venue with neutral colors and natural beauty will make your decor stand out even more.
The Wedding Party: A major trend this year is vibrant mismatched wedding party outfits and it’s another great way to integrate your colorful wedding palette. It’s also a great way to take the stress out of picking bridesmaids dresses and allow your wedding party to express their individual styles. One piece of advice though, make sure the dresses go together! I know that probably sounds like the opposite of what this trend is supposed to be, but you want to make sure the colors they choose are harmonious and not conflicting.
Don’t Go Overboard: The best part about a colorful wedding palette is that it allows you to get creative and offers so many possibilities. But there is a point where it can start to look cluttered. An easy way to avoid this is to create a palette and moodboard that you can reference and try not to stray too far from it. While adding a few more colors here and there will look great, trying to incorporate every color out there may ultimately lead to a chaotic look instead of a chic one.
A colorful wedding palette can be a little harder to pull off than a neutral wedding style, but as you can see from Lee and Arthur’s wedding design, it’s well worth it. If you’re dreaming of this vibrant and fun style, I highly recommend finding vendors that specialize in the look you want to achieve, from your wedding planner to your floral designer. And that goes for your photographer too! You’ll want all those details documented in a way that feels just as vibrant and joyful as your colorful palette and reflects the tones of your wedding authentically.