Marrying in spring or summer? Love pastel shades?
Then a lemon wedding theme could be your perfect choice.Pale yellow – or lemon – is a subtle, cheerful and welcoming shade that brings a touch of spring and summer sunshine into your big day. From the moment your themed wedding invitation pops through the letterbox of your invited guests, you’ll be spreading those happy rays.
We’re not talking a super bright yellow here. Nothing loud and garish. Not at all.
Use a hint of yellow on the envelopes for your stationery. Your moodboards. (And dress your flowergirls in dresses with lemon yellow sashes or lemon coloured ballet slippers.)
We’ve talked about how you can effectively use pops of colour on your wedding day before – so why not have pale lemon wedding shoes instead of white or ivory? Or even a lemon net petticoat peeping out from beneath your skirts? (And maybe suggest to your bridegroom that he gets in on the act by wearing a lemon yellow waistcoat, or cravat or tie.)
As for your flowers – choose a pale yellow and you’ll have a garden of choices – think of yellow roses for your bouquet. Daffodils, tulips and narcissi in spring. Ranunculus and peonies in summer. Talk to your florist about what will be in season when you tie the knot and tell her that your favoured shade is yellow (and remember by choosing flowers in season you’ll be stretching your budget further, as well as being more eco-friendly).
If you’re going for a classic, cream or ivory tiered wedding cake, then brighten it up with fresh flowers (in yellow of course) or piped yellow decorations. Yellow is actually an appetising colour, so it’s going to make your wedding cake look doubly delicious.
You can choose to use yellow in big swathes of fabric – on your chair covers, your tablecloths, the inside of your marquee and your room drapes. On the other hand, if you want subtle hints, then consider contrasting the yellow with white – always a fresh and welcoming look.
You could have cream or ivory chair covers tied with lemon yellow sashes, contrasted with yellow chair covers tied with cream sashes. Talk to one of our stylists to see how you can make the most of your look.
If you’re marrying in the height of summer, you might want to use lighter fabrics to get the mood and ambience right. Think of organza ribbons tied around your chairbacks instead of chair covers.
Overhead, mix up paper lanterns in citrus lemon shades to give a golden glow as the evening draws in. Outside, use lanterns to give a golden glow and light your guests’ way along the footpaths and drives.
Choose yellow, and you’ll find that floral table centrepieces are a cinch – literally because there are so many yellow blooms around. Lemon yellow roses look fabulous balanced with cream or white roses and you can bulk out your flowers inexpensively with gypsophila, to give a cloud-like appearance.
Alternatively, you could place clear glass bowls of lemons (and maybe limes) on each table to provide a natural looking decoration and soft aroma.
If you’re fond of vintage themes, pale yellow fits the bill perfectly. Combine it with some lace trims on your vases and you’ve instantly got that vintage vibe going on, particularly if you’re using country meadow flowers like buttercups and daisies.
In warmer weather your caterer will probably suggest light dishes for the wedding breakfast – rather than heavy, rich dishes.
And when it comes to pudding, you might find that you want to offer a buffet-style dessert table. Don’t forget to tell your caterer that you’re having a lemon yellow wedding theme and ask them for some suggestions. You might like to consider lemon mousse – something with a zesty taste.
You could also have a lemonade bar serving old fashioned cloudy lemonade and soft drinks for people to help themselves. Ask your wedding stylist to add a professional touch by serving drinks with candy striped lemon straws. People will probably want to take their drinks outside and chat, so it would be quite acceptable to serve soft drinks in attractive striped paper cups with a vintage look. This again is something your stylist would source for you.
Obviously, there are all sorts of colours you could choose for your wedding day and it’s up to you what suits your personality and personal style. But give lemon yellow some thought – it’s a classic look that won’t date and it’s extremely versatile and adaptable.
Our stylists can work your lemon yellow wedding theme to perfection, so if you’d like some help, see which stylist is local to you and check out our previous real weddings to see what other brides have achieved.