Your color palette plays a big role in setting the ambiance of your wedding. It’s actually one of the very first decisions you can make when you start planning. And, once the palette is set it’s easy to plan everything around it. Here are a few ways you can use color to set mood at your wedding:

Choose your color palette

Pick 2-3 colors that complement each other and reflect the mood you want to set. For example, a pastel colors create a romantic and whimsical ambiance, while a bold and bright colors convey a fun and energetic vibe. Then, incorporate your chosen color palette into the rest of your wedding décor: You can use your chosen colors in your flowers, table runners, lighting, and even your bridesmaid dresses. This ties the entire event together and create a cohesive look.

Use lighting to enhance the colors

Strategic lighting can enhance or change the look of the colors you have chosen. For instance, soft up-lighting in a romantic color palette can create a warm and intimate feel. Conversely, bright lighting can give a bold and energetic vibe. Lighting can be as simple as candles on the tables or as intricate as strategically placed up and down lighting in complementary colors.

Consider the season

The season of your wedding can also influence the colors you choose. For example, warm colors like reds, oranges, and yellows work well for fall weddings, while muted colors like pastel pink, pale yellow, and soft blue work well for spring weddings. Also, farmers only grow certain flower varieties in dark colors, such as burgundy, in the fall and winter seasons.

Be mindful of cultural traditions

In some cultures specific colors are associated with weddings. It may be important to you to consider these traditions when selecting your colors. Your parents or grandparents, especially if they’re first generation Americans, can help guide your selection. For example, in many Chinese cultures, red is a popular color for weddings as it symbolizes happiness and good luck. White, while extremely popular in western weddings, is used for mourning in traditional Chinese and Indian heritage.

Remember, the most important thing is to choose colors that reflect your personality as a couple and the mood you want to create on your special day. Your goal is to not only create an ambiance, but to choose a colors you’ll still like when you look at your photos in the future. Whether you opt for a classic, romantic, or bold look, the right color palette can help to create the ambiance to celebrate your new life together.

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Vendor dream team and featured image photo credits:

Photographer - The Bird and the Bear

Florist - Flor Amor 

Venue - Hummingbird House

Fashion - Revelry

Beauty - Lola Beauty

Jewelry - Ellen Hoffman Designs

Catering, bar - Royal Fig

Entertainment - DJ the Mood