Can we talk about wedding colours? Specifically how to choose (or not) a colour theme for your wedding? Who remembers the movie ‘Steel Magnolias’ (serious chick flick requiring serious kleenex, if you haven’t seen it) where the wedding hairdresser played by Dolly Parton, asks the bride played by Julia Roberts, what are her wedding colours? And the bride replies ‘my colours are blush and bashful’ only for the MOB played by Sally Field, to say crushingly ‘the sanctuary looks like it’s been hosed down in Pepto Bismol’. Oh dear. See that segment here, it’s pretty funny.

But from this we learn a lesson – choosing a colour theme and palette for your wedding is no light task. It requires careful thought and consideration. We have two words for you, and those words are ‘colour wheel’. If you don’t want seriously clashing colours that give your guests a headache, we advise keeping colours monochromatic and within the same colour family, and for this the colour wheel is your friend. Or, by all means colour outside the lines and choose contrasting colours, but keep them in the ‘warm’ or ‘cold’ family. Believe it or not, paint chips can help guide you here as those little colour strips have a handy icon which show if they are warm or cold.

Remember to take your venue into consideration. The light and space of the venue can have a definite effect for good or ill, on your colours. Seasons count too – in Summer you can get away with the bright, playful colours of a summer carnival, but would those look garish and wrong against a snowy Winter backdrop? How many colours to choose is a good one, it’s so easy to go overboard and end up with a confusing mess. Our experience is that 2 or 3 colours work well, but if you must have more, stick to 5 as a maximum.

We assembled a gallery of Real Life wedding images from our album, with lots of lovely colour inspo. Have a browse and see if you can guess, from the colours, which season they belong to!