White, ivory, cream. These are the colours of a wedding day. That’s tradition. But do you have to follow it? Really?
We don’t think so.Maybe you’re a little bit of a boho bride and you really, really want a coloured wedding gown. And why not? If you’re buying the dress of your dreams it’s a good idea to choose something that you’re likely to be able to wear again and again. (Which is exactly what Keira Knightley did.)
You could go down the brights route – and have a dazzling scarlet, turquoise, emerald green or purple gown or you could opt for something a little more subdued in pastels.
Showing off a little
One way of introducing a flash of colour is by having a coloured tulle petticoat peeping out from underneath your dress. It’s a touch that can be as subtle or flamboyant as you want it to be. Anything from a classic rose pink through to a deep purple.
Another subtle touch is to have coloured wedding shoes, rather than a classic white or ivory. Or you could opt for metallics. One thing is for sure – if you opt for a non-traditional bridal colour then you’re more likely to get more wear out of your shoes. So if you’ve always hankered after a pair of Jimmy Choos then now might be the time. Just work it out on a cost per wear basis and the Jimmy Choos could well work out as being less expensive than a one-off bridal pair.
How about your bridegroom? To be fair, it’s really up to him to choose what he and his grooms men wear – although he should try and follow the colours you’ve chosen for accessories like waistcoats, cravats and ties.
But if you want a subtle splash of colour, how about suggesting to him that he wears coloured socks to match your theme – that’s a low key but fun way of keeping the colour thing together.
As for your bridesmaids, how about having their nails manicured in a shade to match your wedding theme?
And for wedding favours, a packet of seeds for all your guests with a flower that matches your chosen shade – so if it’s blue then you could give nigella seeds; oranges and purples could be snapdragons; pastels could be sweet peas …
Arriving in style
Then there are the cars you arrive at the ceremony in. Traditionally these are always tied with white or cream ribbons. But why? If you’ve a colour theme going on, then have a word with your wedding car people and supply them with a ribbon in the colour that you’ve chosen. They won’t mind and you’ll be arriving as you mean to go on!
Are you offering confetti to your guests? In which case, choose confetti from a supplier like Shropshire Petals which comes in various different colourways. Having a purple wedding theme? No problem – just ask for their delphinium mix. Same goes for yellows, pinks and blues – even greens. Don’t just default to having white or pink confetti – this is something to give a bit of thought to.
Oh and if you have flower girls, don’t forget to put a ribbon on their baskets in your chosen shade.
Putting it all together
And then of course, there’s your wedding reception. If you don’t want to go completely overboard on colour (and we’re not suggesting you have green or purple food) then again, just consider the little touches that really count. Stuff like coloured napkins. In fact, there’s no rule that says all the napkins have to be the same colour. You can go for two different shades or even three, as long as it ties in with your theme. Make sure your venue alternates the colour from guest to guest when they’re laying the tables so you get the full effect.
This is where one of our stylists could really help you along. They’ll make sure that the venue looks exactly as you want it. So maybe tablecloths in different colours with contrasting napkins. And because they will bring everything along that you need – tablecloths, sashes, chair covers – you don’t need to invest your time and money in doing it yourself. It’s a bit like having a wedding planner but still keeping things just the way you want them.
We’ve stylists all over the UK – so find out where your nearest advisor is.
Image of blue petticoat via Massachusetts Wedding Guide