Choosing the right colour scheme for your wedding

When planning the biggest and most important day of your life, choosing the right colour scheme is not often very high up on the agenda. Couples tend to dedicate time to organising the bigger things first, but getting an idea of your desired colour scheme early on is important, as it can affect everything from bridesmaids dresses and decorations to what colour wedding car you decide to hire. But how to decide which colour scheme is right for you?

Many couples choose a seasonal theme to match the date of their wedding. Planning a spring celebration? Why not take inspiration from seasonal flowers such as daffodils or bluebells? They will be easy and inexpensive to incorporate into your flower arrangements, bouquets and buttonholes, and accents of yellow or blue can be easily incorporated into different elements of your special day. Getting married in winter? Traditional Christmas colours like red and gold go perfectly with white to create a magical, festive feel, while purple tones look set to be a big trend in winter 2014.

Or perhaps you have a favourite colour that you would like to incorporate into your colour scheme? Almost any shade can work - for bright, bold colours, combine them with muted complimentary shades to ensure the effect isn't too overwhelming, or for paler colours accent them with deep shades or metallic colours to avoid making everything look washed-out. You can also pick a broader theme rather than a specific colour scheme: for example, a peacock feather theme allows for a variety of blue, purple and gold tones, and is easy to bring together through feathers in bouquets, on tables and on invitations, while an Autumnal theme is great for weddings later in the year and gives you a broad palette of complimentary colours to choose from.

Once you've decided on your colour scheme, you can have lots of fun finding ways to incorporate it into your wedding, from subtle touches such as blue invitations and yellow buttonholes to a striking bright red wedding car!

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