Wedding Planning Step 3: Colour Palette

Before you begin planning the finer details of your wedding, you might be tempted to think that the colour palette is not as important as some of the bigger items you need to finalise as soon as possible. You might think it is something that can evolve through the process – maybe it can for you – but speaking from my personal experience, having a colour palette to guide all of your design decision will really help keep your aesthetic on track.  

Choosing a colour palette seems like a really simple and straightforward step but it is an important one! Whatever you choose, you need to try to stick to it, as it will help create a cohesive wedding. Even if you love your colour palette there will be times you are tempted to stray. I can’t tell you how many times Adam has tried to convince me to use kraft paper and I always have to be the one to say “step away from the kraft paper, it is not part of our colour palette or theme”. It’s easy to see something trendy and wanted to find a way to use it but it will likely have the opposite effect if it does not at least fit with your colour palette. Kraft would not suit our wedding and it would not make any sense for us to use it. I only won that battle because I had our colour palette as ammunition.

Settling on your palette does not need to be difficult either. In my post detailing the first four things to do when you don’t know what to do, I mention that you should use three or four colours and white. White is a staple wedding colour and can be used in combination with any of your chosen colours to balance things out.

Here is my advice on picking those three important colours:

Consider your favourite colours

Our palette features each of Adam and my favourite colours. Not only is this an obvious place to start, they are your favourite colours for a reason but it is likely that you will already have items in these colours, which you could use. When DIYing my wedding hangers I happened to have a pot of pink chalk paint at home because well, pink is my favourite colour and we had previously painted some furniture the year before. It doesn’t stop there either, think accessories which you might need for the wedding or even decor items. Also, after the big day is over, you could be left with items you might get some use out of as they will likely fit into your style.

Consider an “on trend” colour

We pulled in champagne gold, which is pretty on trend at the moment. A good reason to ensure you have one colour which is popular when you are planning your wedding will help you find items in your wedding colours. Think of bridesmaids dresses and groomsmen’s ties etc, your options will be much greater if you have a colour which these items will be readily available in to choose from. 


Nothing helps develop your inspiration quite like 30 minutes spent on Pinterest, especially if you do not know where to start. A search for wedding colour palettes will have you and your fiancé hashing out options in no time. At the very least, it will help you discover what you definitely don’t want.

And this is where my advice on all things colour ends. In the grand scheme of planning your wedding, picking your colours really should be pretty straightforward – try not let it stress you out too much. 

I would love to hear from you about the colour palette you have planned for your wedding – let me know in the comments!

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