Bright, welcoming, cheerful, sunny … choose orange as one of your key wedding colours and your big day will look HAPPY!
Orange isn’t a colour you might initially associate with weddings (although maybe you’ve had enough of pinks and pastels) but it works for all sorts of different reasons.
What Season Are You Marrying In?
First off, it’s a great colour to use through the seasons – in spring, summer, and autumn.
In springtime, think of the colours of daffodils and tulips – it’s always best (and most cost-effective) to choose flowers that are in season so you’ll be bang on budget if you choose orange-coloured spring flowers. You’ll bring all the vibrancy and frangrance of spring into your venue.
For a summer wedding talk to your florist and see what’s available and if you’re choosing an orange wedding theme you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to your blooms.
In autumn you can think a little differently – maybe decorate your venue with seasonal fruits – perhaps have orange pumpkins and squash lining your walkways.
There are many different shades of orange – from a deep burnished shade through to a delicate pastel – you choose what suits your style of wedding and the month you’re marrying in.
Dressing The Look
Confetti is a must at weddings – so research confetti in shades of oranges and give your guests confetti cones when they leave the wedding ceremony so they can scatter colours over you and the groom.
Maybe dress your bridesmaids in ombre shades of orange (that’s when you graduate the same colour through from a dark shade through to a light)?
For your venue décor, talk to one of our stylists to see what amazing ideas they have to give your reception room the wow factor.
You might like to consider room draping for your venue – and maybe a light curtain behind the top table?
Our stylists may suggest something you haven’t thought of – perhaps oversize orange ostrich feather plumes as table centrepieces instead of flowers and candles (because you don’t need candles if you’re seated at a summer afternoon wedding).
The ceiling is often an area people forget to decorate – not something that would slip the minds of our stylists however. At the moment it’s very popular to hang inexpensive paper lanterns in coloured shades from the roof of a marquee or reception room ceiling. You’ll give height to the room and be right on trend.
As for your chairs and tables then think of slip covers in orange (maybe go for an ombre effect here if you like) and contrasting chair sashes. You don’t have to go for white tablecloths and napkins either – talk to one of our stylists to see what they suggest.
Think through what you could offer as favours that would fit your orange theme. It could be something as simple as an orange flower tucked into the napkins. Or a packet of orange flower seeds. Orange sweeties in a candy striped orange paper wrap.
And Your Food?
Your wedding cake is going to be a focal point at your wedding reception so talk through your ideas with your cake maker and see how they can work the theme into the look. We’re not saying you have to have a cake with orange icing (although that could look wonderful) but you could decorate it with fresh orange flowers or delicate orange icing in different shades.
Perhaps you could have an orange themed starter – smoked salmon would fit the bill here. Maybe an orange sorbet in summer between courses.
You could serve cocktails to guests on arrival – Pina Coladas are a perennial favourite and come in an attractive orange hue. And this is certainly the time to have a dessert and/or sweetie table with orange flavoured and orange coloured desserts like mandarin mousse, jellies, macaroons…
You’ll find our wedding stylists are very imaginative in putting together a theme. Check out which one is local to you (we have stylists up and down the UK) and chat to them about what you’d like to achieve. Remember that they have a host of props at their disposal to ‘style’ the entire look so you won’t have to worry about buying anything, they’ll source it all for you.