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With so many decisions to be made for your wedding, it’s no surprise that planning can feel overwhelming at first. But we’re here to let you in on a little secret: The reason it’s often hard to move forward with your decisions is because you haven’t finalised your wedding’s colour scheme or overall look. It’s easy to be attracted to more than one colour palette or theme, but narrowing down your vision—and doing so early—is crucial. With so many great ideas out there, how do you choose the one that works for your day? We share some planners tips, tricks, and insights that will help you lock down the colours and theme of your big day.

Consider the venue.

Use your venue as a source of inspiration. Your wedding venue plays a huge role in helping you select colours or a theme. The venue sets the tone and overall aesthetic and should align. Love the outdoors? Go bright, bold, or down to earth. Dreaming of modern? Then try pastels and neutrals.

Get personal.

Your personality, sense of style, and home can give you great insight in which colour palettes you’re most attracted to. What colours do you see most in your closet? What colour nail polish do you usually wear? Is it a certain shade of lipstick? Taking your creativity from everyday life is a great way to spotlight your personality in your wedding colour choices.

Let go of obvious colour combos.

No need to go with the status quo. When selecting colours to complement a theme, let go of the obvious colour combinations. We recommend keeping the colours light and summery, but consider selecting colours such as greens, oranges, and browns instead.

Don’t feel like you have to stick with the obvious colours of each season. A summer wedding we recently attended, our bride was excited to use rich and bold colours like cranberry and navy. We typically see light, airy colours like blush, ivory, and green during the summer, but it’s okay to step outside of the box and focus on what you’re drawn to instead.

Stay away from trends (if you want to!).

If you’re hoping for a unique wedding, know that you can break away from the current trends. As a nontraditional wedding planner, we believe there is no need to follow the trend or the season. Think of the wedding venue, location, your favorite flowers, colours, hobbies, favorite movie, designer, formality, and time of day your wedding will take place. Then begin incorporating your colour or theme from the very beginning, starting with your invitation.

Staying away from trends entirely. The trendier your wedding is, the sooner you’ll date yourself. No one wants to look back on their wedding in a year or two and find they already wish they had gone a different route. We’d recommend staying classic and timeless with your look, but pulling in small, fun, whimsical details of you into your paper.

You can pick more than two.

If you’re attracted to multiple colours and hues, no need to pick just one or two. We pick a palette of two or three focal colours and three or four supporting colours and tones. If you do this, just keep in mind the types of materials, textures, and metallics that you may want to consider as a part of your palette. In turn, you’ll have a multi-dimensional and textured design.

Choose what makes you happy.

At the end of the day, choosing your wedding colours all comes down to what makes you happy. You are planning a celebration, after all, so be sure to make it something you and your fiancé will love and means something to you both. If you love colour, then don’t be afraid to use colour—your wedding theme is always best when your guests can tell that it is a personal reflection of the two of you.

We believe that the way you choose to incorporate your personalities and stories are what really makes a wedding timeless and unique. The more you showcase the details of yourselves as individuals and as a couple, the more included and celebratory your guests will feel. No matter what styles you love, colours you choose, songs you dance to, if they reflect you and your love story, they’ll be remembered fondly and stand the test of time.