Happy St. Patty’s Day!
Are you a fan of luxurious jewel tones as much as I am? Unsure of how to incorporate bold colors into your wedding palette without it looking tacky or over-done?
Fear not, friends!
Read through to see RLP’s 7 tips and tricks for incorporating bold color seamlessly into your wedding color palette.
- Stationery & Paper Goods
Your stationery sets the tone of your wedding festivities. It is an opportunity to get creative, play around with unique ideas/trends and also gives your guests a sneak peek at what’s to come.
**Tip: Find a unique element that will tie your wedding design & decor together. Get inspired and think outside the box! Something as simple as a pattern from your venue, a shared interest or the destination of your wedding can all be used in a monogram, custom crest or unique illustration. These kinds of elements can be used in all your paper goods (ceremony programs, dinner menu, napkins, signage and even favors).
This suite from Layers of Loveliness is simple yet elegant. The envelope liner gives the suite a nice pop of color while the custom initialing and floral flourish tie everything together.
**Tip: Calligraphy & watercolor paper goods are increasingly popular as more couples are opting for a more personalized look in 2016.
**Tip: Sourcing unique stamps is another way to give your stationery suite some pizzazz. You could do several different ones that match your color palette or find some that match the theme of your event.
Gemstone accessories are a fantastic way to add bits of color into your bridal look. For this shoot, we utilized jewelry & accessories in emerald, silver & black.
**Tip: If you are in the Chicago area, I highly recommend The Left Bank. Susan has a wonderful selection of baubles and bling.
This is definitely the boldest way to incorporate color into your wedding. This gorgeous gown by Migonette Bridal absolutely makes a statement.
Who says you need to wear traditional white? Today’s bride is more open to breaking with tradition and expressing her personality in a unique way.
**Tip: Colored gowns are often more affordable than bridal gowns. Something to think about.
If wearing a colored gown isn’t your thing, why not have your groom mix it up?
This velvet tuxedo jacket from Nicolas Joseph is a lovely mix of modern and traditional.
Utilizing such a rich color palette can be tricky when it comes to floral and decor. It is important to find vendors who you trust that can effectively collaborate with one another and incorporate bold color in a creative and unique way. Too much of something is never good.
For this inspiration shoot, Casey from Veil Event Design stuck to white, grey and green flowers/foliage to offset and highlight the bolder table decor.
**Tip: If I was designing a shoot with a different jewel tone, (amethyst or lapis for example) I might decide to incorporate more of that color (and complimentary colors) into the floral design and table decor. Since I wanted to utilize a blue toned shade of forest green for this shoot, it was challenging to match decor and floral. This is another reason to be thoughtful about color selection and work with experienced vendors who have a keen eye for styling and design! Picking a random, beautiful color may be ideal in theory but matching it to actual linens, glassware and decor items can prove challenging during the design process.
When you are going through the planning process, it will be helpful to you and your vendors to have exact colors to work from, as I mentioned above. You would be surprised how much of a difference this can make. Check out this website to get you started. If you can get fabric swatches of the linens you will be using, great! This will help your florist, event planner and stationer during their design process.
Table and event decor is the easiest way to incorporate color into your wedding.
Linens come in a variety of different colors, textures and patterns. Don’t be afraid to mix it up! Candles, centerpieces and table decor are all ways you can showcase color as well. Here we decided to keep the candles silver and forest green because of the deep color of the table linen. We found the green to be a bit too much so we added a silver runner to tone it down a bit.
Two options here:
-Incorporate color into the sweets themselves (how about this amazing Elysia Root Cake?)
-Utilize colored dessert stands, floral arrangements, decor or linens on your sweets table
**Here we alternated between emerald glass, silver and while milk glass stands
7. Signature Cocktails
I am a HUGE fan of signature cocktails. For one, if you are trying to save a bit on your bar bill, having 1-2 custom cocktails in addition to beer and wine will save you a ton of money as opposed to a top shelf open bar.
To add color, I suggest:
-Colored cocktails (though I’m not sure how appealing a green drink would be. This would probably work for more muted color palettes)
-Custom drink stirrers
-Custom napkins (don’t forget to incorporate that unique element from your stationery!)
I hope you found this helpful!
Do you have any wedding trends or color palettes you would like to see in action? Drop me a note in the comments section!
Concept & Coordination, Roots of Life Photography | Day of Coordination, Dare to Dream Weddings | Gowns, Mignonette Bridal | Menswear, Nicholas Joseph | Hair/MUA, Debra Petrielli | Plates, Kate Spade | Glassware, serving platters, tableware, Nimble Well | Linens, BBJ Linens | Flowers, Veil Event Design| Cake/Sweets, Elysia Root Cakes | Invitations/paper goods, Layers of Loveliness | Rings, Trumpet & Horn | Ring box, The Mrs. Box | Accessories, The Left Bank | Venue, The Women’s Club of Evanston | Venue styling, Caroline Borucki