Pastels are never out of place at wedding – they’re classic colours to work with.
First off, think about what colours really define you … Are you drawn towards blues? Greens? Pinks? Yellow? Lilacs?
Let’s take blue as a starter. In pastels, you need to be thinking of a pale baby blue. It’s a restful shade and would work beautifully at a summer wedding.
Use it for your wedding stationery to set the theme. Then on your wedding day itself, start to think a bit laterally. Maybe you could have a pale blue wedding car? Wear pale blue wedding shoes instead of white or ivory (there’s no rule that says you have to wear white wedding shoes). Your bridesmaids could wear blue dresses and of course ‘something blue’ is always recommended for brides.
At the reception you could choose blue chair sashes and chair covers, blue tablecloths and maybe have blue lanterns and balloons (helium balloons are a great way to decorate a children’s table).
If you’re thinking pink… Then all the above apply too. Pink is often a popular choice for brides but you don’t have to go for a hot pink. Tone it down a bit and go for shell pink shades. Remember you could have a pink lining to your wedding dress so that it has a soft ‘glow’ – that’s a subtle way to work in a pink theme.
Pale lemon yellow would work beautifully at a spring wedding (think of all the yellow spring flowers – delicate narcissi, daffodils in palest yellows). Lemon yellow also looks wonderful on a wedding cake – in fact if you’re having a tiered wedding cake, you could have a lemon sponge flavour.
Lilacs are sophisticated – less dramatic than deep purples and mauves but effective all the same. How amazing would lilac wedding shoes look peeping out from under your wedding dress? And as for greens, a soft apple green is wonderful at a country style wedding day and really helps to set the scene.
Pastels also work really well with metallics. Pep up your pink with a touch of gilt or gold. Maybe have a gold border put on your pale pink wedding invitations? Or ask your stylist to tie your pink wedding napkins with a bronze or gold napkin ring.
On the top table you could have gold chairs with pale pink ribbons.
Green and gold also works beautifully, as do lemon and gold.
Sugared almonds are a traditional wedding favour and these come in all pastel shades as well as silver or gold. How amazing would that look? If you don’t want to give them as wedding favours, maybe they could form part of a sweetie table?
Blue and silver shades together are sophisticated and elegant – if you’ve opted for a platinum wedding ring maybe this is a way to make your choice shine through?
Say you’re thinking pastels to your florist and he or she will be delighted. You’ll find plenty of blooms in shades of soft pink, lilac, yellow and blue. A pink rosebud wedding bouquet is always going to look wonderful. Pale blues and lilacs are the colours of flowers like delphiniums and summer stocks are wonderfully scented in many pastel shades. If you’d like to be a bit exotic consider orchids – many come in beautiful shades of pale green (and some have a touch of pink as well).
Then choose a combo of pastels you love. These shades all work together – and if you choose a colour mix then you’ll be able to let your bridesmaids choose a hue that suits their complexion. You can have fun creating table décor in different colours too.
And this is where one of our talented venue stylists come in. There’s nothing they love more than helping you get your wedding venue to look amazing. If you’re thinking about pastel shades, they’ll show you exactly how to make them work so that the ceremony and wedding reception really have the wow factor. And because they have all the props you’ll need (like lanterns, table sashes, chair covers, lanterns, table skirts, room drapes) you don’t need to worry about hiring or sourcing anything yourself – you can just focus on other aspects of wedding planning knowing that your venue will look fabulous.
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