Everyone’s wedding day is precious to them. Of course it is.

So when you’re thinking about themes, you might like to consider the opportunities that using shades of precious stones can give you. That’s emeralds, rubies, diamonds, sapphires, garnets, amethysts, topaz… especially for weddings around this time of year.

The wonderful thing about these precious colours is that they all go together beautifully, you can mix them up (for example, putting your bridesmaids in different coloured jewel-shade dresses) or for dramatic impact stick to one or two colours.

Our stylists have created several weddings for couples who have wanted to investigate using precious shades. Let’s take a look here and see what catches your eye.

The tables here are set in beautiful sapphire shades and paired with golden charger plates. Very dramatic. By Ambience Hertfordshire.

jewel wedding theme

Here the couple had wanted a very soft and subtle vintage chic look. So votives and vases where chosen in a rose quartz colour to add a splash of colour. Ambience Buckinghamshire.

Rich coloured fabrics in your chosen jewel shade will give your wedding a super luxurious look. Adding an extra jewel detail like brooches makes an additional impact and also works well together.

ruby red chair sashes

Deep ruby red sashes work beautifully on chairs in this imposing room. Photographed at Suffolk Ickworth Hotel

diamante chair sash detail

Extra little precious touches. Photographed at Rudby Hall

Use jewellery to inspire your colour palette. You may have a favourite piece you want to feature for example to feature on your wedding bouquet. You can then carry this colour or the colours all the way through from wedding invitations, flowers, bridesmaid dresses, chair decor, table centrepieces, napkins perhaps even your wedding cake.


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Dressing your bridesmaids

This is where you can really have fun with your precious stones theme. See which colours suit each lady best before deciding on what each should be wearing. Your bridesmaids will also love the fact they can choose a colour that really brings out the best in their complexion.

You can then match the shoes or not, as you decide.

If you’re wearing traditional white or cream as the bride, you can give a nod to your colourful theme by wearing emerald green, red, purple or blue shoes. Definitely one for some serious thought. Or maybe wear bronze or silver?

Getting your flowers right

For this theme to work well, you need to choose wedding flowers in strong and vibrant colours.

Talk to your florist or venue stylist but consider flowers like irises, deep red peonies, sapphire blue and purple delphiniums or deep red roses… A lot will depend on the time of year you’re marrying so do your research before making any big decisions.

living wall at wedding

We love this living wall with jewel coloured flowers. Wonderful for photographs too. Taken at York Carlton Towers.

Spot the diamond and rose gold theme going on here. Styled by our York stylist.

If you’re going for a silver or gold theme then you can opt for softer colours however.

Here the couple had chosen to have a gold-themed wedding day. Photographed at Saltmarshe Hall, York.

Jewel shaded lighting

Remember that lighting can also help you here and add drama to your wedding reception. You can bathe certain areas in shades of turquoise or sapphire blue. Have a light curtain behind the top table that sparkles like diamonds.

wedding draping and lights

Clever lighting will enhance the decor and mood at your wedding reception

Your jewel wedding theme can also include your cake of course. We think the gold matched with the rich shades of these flowers is a real win. (Zoes Fancy Cakes, Jane Beadnell Photography)

Even if you’re wearing a traditional white or cream dress, you can still have a bouquet in dramatic shades. Photographed in the Orangery at Settrington (Jane Beadnell Photography, The Bridal Emporium, Eliza Jane Howell & Smink Makeup.)