There’s a good reason why white, cream, nude and pastel shades are so popular at weddings. It’s because they’re classic and timeless.
Soft colours look romantic and dreamy in wedding photographs and they’re not going to date anytime soon. Which is something that Meghan Markle realised when she styled her own wedding day, which had an all-white and pastel theme.
Match nude and pastel wedding flower shades with soft shimmering golds, silver and bronzes and you have added an extra dimension that will take your wedding reception look from day to evening, as these images from our stylists show.
So what types of flowers come in blush and pastel shades?
As ever talk to your florist because a lot will depend on the time of year in which you’re marrying. However roses are always in season and of course come in a variety of soft cream, pink, yellow, and blush colours. Peonies are also popular and look spectacular in wedding bouquets but they are available at more limited months of the year.
Hydrangeas come in soft pink, blues and whites too. Stocks and sweet peas are another choice. Again, these are only available in the spring and summer months.
Think about all aspects of your wedding. You may want to create or have made flower crowns for your bridesmaids and flower girls (and a lot of brides are wearing them now too). For this you’ll need to choose types of flowers that won’t wilt or crush easily. Take some advice on it.
Thinking about having a wedding bouquet with posies? How about considering having nude, blush, pastel and white petals for your confetti as well to keep with the theme.
And if you’re anything like the recent royal brides then you might be considering floral arches and decorated banisters. Remember that making an entrance is all part of creating a really impressive look to your big day and flowers in pastel, nude and blush will add that air of romance you’re after.
Will blush and pastel colours suit where I’m marrying?
It depends. This is something that’s worth talking to a venue stylist about. If you’re having a rustic wedding then yes, certainly. If you’re getting married in a hotel then it’s worth considering the interior. If the backdrop features very rich, dark colours then some soft shades might clash although white always works.
If you’re getting married in a venue that’s ultra-modern you might want to go for brighter shades, say a purple, red or orange colour palette.
What about the time of year in which I’m marrying?
White looks wonderful at a winter wedding but if you’re marrying in the depths of January or February then you might want to introduce some more vibrant colours. And if you’re marrying around Christmas time then you might want a more festive feel to your big day.
The same applies to an autumn wedding. Princess Eugenie got it just right by using orange and burnt russet colours to decorate the outside of Windsor Chapel in October.
However for a spring or summer wedding then white, nude, pastel and blush shades are completely perfect.
Don’t forget your cake table. Wedding cakes often lend themselves beautifully to being decorated with flowers. It’s traditional to put your bouquet and those of your bridesmaids by the wedding cake so that they can be admired and your wedding cake is going to feature in a fair few photographs.