Wedding fireworks

Nothing adds drama to an occasion like a spectacular fireworks display, and including fireworks in your wedding day is becoming increasingly popular. Depending on the time of day and the season that you get married, you could have a firework display at the end of the ceremony, at the beginning of your reception, or as you make your grand departure.

Aren’t wedding fireworks expensive?

Although the old saying ‘you get what you pay for’ does ring true, professional wedding firework displays are more affordable than they used to be. There are various factors that will affect the price of your firework display:

The length of the display

The longer the firework display the more expensive it will be. Remember that although guests will enjoy watching a firework display, it will lose its impact after a short time and they will want to return to eating, drinking, dancing or chatting. A display of five to ten minutes will be enough to delight your guests without costing you a fortune. It’s better to have a short, high quality display, than a longer one with fewer simultaneous sequences.

The variety of effects and sequences

The more complex and spectacular the firework display the more expensive it will be. Work with your chosen pyrotechnic team to make sure they are basing the display on your favourite fireworks and effects, which may not necessarily be the most expensive ones.

The degree of customisation

Most suppliers of wedding fireworks have standard displays that come at a fixed price. Having a customised display, such as one that only uses the colours of your wedding theme, may be beautiful but it will generally be pricier.

Whether the display is set to music

Music brings a firework display to life, and having a professional fireworks display choreographed to ‘your song’ can be incredibly romantic. However, having a new display set to music will be very expensive. Using a song that the supplier has already produced a firework display for will greatly reduce your costs

Wedding fireworks – alternatives and extra surprises

Indoor fireworks

You may think that you need an outdoor venue and a dark night sky to include fireworks in your wedding, but it is possible to have limited indoor fireworks, such as silver fountains in the centre of the tables. Always check with the venue before you book these.

Low noise fireworks

If your venue has noise restrictions, or you just don’t like loud bangs it is possible to have quiet displays specially designed.

Fire writing

Either before, after, or during a firework display, it can be a lovely touch to have your and your new husband’s names or initials written in fire, either side of a flaming heart.

Surprise fireworks

Wedding firework displays are often booked as a surprise for the couple, perhaps by a close friend or relative. Most pyrotechnic companies will work with the venue to stage a surprise display, and will use unmarked vehicles and safety gear when setting up.

Wedding floating candles

Water and candle light are an incredibly romantic combination, and including floating candles in your wedding decor can add to the atmosphere of your big day. Here are ten top tips on using wedding floating candles as beautiful and original wedding decorations

Keep it simple

A simple bowl of floating candles makes as exquisite centrepiece, especially for an evening or winter wedding. Find a shallow bowl, so the water candles are the main attraction. This centrepiece has the advantage that guests can easily see and talk over it, unlike many flower arrangements.

Mix flowers and candles

Try adding extra floating decorations such as flower heads, rose petals, or blossom to your centrepieces. You could also look for silver stars that float, to add sparkle to your arrangements.

Fill your water vessel

If you fill a tall clear glass vase with water, and float some candles in the top, you can add other objects to the vase to create a beautiful centrepiece. Fruit is a fresh choice, and lemons, limes and cherries work particularly well. You could also add real or glass pebbles or flowers that will keep their shape in water.

Choose purpose made vases

Look for special vases or containers that have a dry section for ornaments and accessories, and a separate section to be filled with water for floating candles.

Combine colour and scent

Look for a variety of coloured floating candles to complement your wedding theme, and choose lightly scented candles to gently fragrance your reception. Just be sure the scent from the candles won’t clash with the fragrance of your flowers.

Vary your candle height

Give your candle arrangements a modern edge by grouping three or more glass vases of different heights and floating candles in each one. If you are having banquet style tables, vases of varying heights can be arranged in a line along the centre of the tables.

Use water candles in your ceremony

Don’t restrict your use of floating candles to the reception; a bowl of floating candles on each side of the aisle can add to the atmosphere of your wedding ceremony.

Use coloured water

If you can’t find floating candles in the right shade for your wedding colour scheme, try floating simple ivory candles in slightly coloured water instead. Food colouring is all you need to create coloured water that will give a new dimension to your wedding decorations.

Float candles on a pool

If you are having an outdoor wedding and your venue has some sort of water feature such as a pond, lake, or fountain, make sure you float some candles on it. Not only will they look stunning once the sun goes down, they will also stop your guests from falling in!

Check your venue’s candle policy

Always ask your venue before you start buying hundreds of floating candles for your wedding decorations. Some venues don’t allow candles at all for health and safety reasons, but they may be more willing to accommodate floating candles than regular candles as they will go out if they are tipped over

What is a wedding stylist and do I need one

For couples who dream of having a beautifully adorned and visually impressive wedding, but are time poor – or don’t quite have the creative knack, wedding stylists provide the perfect solution. But what are they – and what do they do?

The role of a wedding stylist may seem a little ambiguous, however, what they do is simply defined: a wedding stylist is a person who will turn your creative vision for your big day into a reality. They handle all the aesthetic components, such as choosing the decorations and flowers but also handle everything from dressing the venue to dressing the bridal party. 

Is a wedding stylist the same thing as a wedding planner?

No. While it’s true that there may be some crossover between tasks that a wedding stylist performs and those that a wedding planner would do, they are actually fundamentally different roles. A wedding planner is typically in charge of the overall organization of a wedding; from the arrival of the cake to ferrying of the guests from hither to yon, and everything in-between.

Not unlike a professional stylist to the stars, a wedding stylist has a focused scope; he or she is responsible for the aesthetics of a wedding. This can encompass anything that has to do with the overall appearance of a wedding, from choosing the colours of the decorations and assisting in selecting bridal party looks, to helping find the perfect back drops for ceremonies and photographs.

So, what exactly does a wedding stylist do?

What a wedding stylist does depends very much on what the bride and groom want.

While there are many couples who have a clear idea about what look they are trying to achieve for their wedding, there are many more who either don’t have the faintest idea, or would prefer to hand the reins over to a trusted professional.

Generally speaking, the more you are agonizing over the aesthetic details of your wedding, the more you will get out of hiring a wedding stylist. Specifically, those couples who want to turn over the stress of having to choose a theme, or those who admit to not having the slightest clue how to execute the look they desire, would benefit most from hiring a wedding stylist.

If you have a keen idea of what you like or have already decided on a few key elements for your wedding (like the colour of the bridesmaid dresses or the type of flowers you want at the event), a wedding stylist can provide a non-partisan opinion about your choices, and even offer some suggestions that might enhance your ideas!

A great example of this is colour. Often, people get stuck in a single mindset when thinking about what colours they would like at their wedding. A seasoned wedding stylist can offer suggestions as to how to make the most of your colour choices by strategically adding contrasting shades and unexpected touches

What’s the first step in hiring a wedding stylist?

The most important first step in bringing a wedding stylist on board is to get to know your tastes as a couple. It is a great idea to put together a “mood board” (a collection of images that speak to both of you) to bring with you to give a potential wedding stylist an idea of where you are coming from style-wise.

Think of hiring a wedding stylist as an interview process. Visit as many as you need, listen to what they have to say, and make sure that in turn, they listen to you. Taking your time to find the right person for the job will ensure that you are bringing aboard a person who will work well as a member of your team – an essential element in pulling-off a beautiful and memorable wedding!

Wedding chair covers

We’ve all seen that look on our fiance’s face when we’re discussing the wedding budget and we mention wedding chair covers. They’re not totally sure if we’re serious or not, and they can’t possibly understand that an item such as a chair cover will really make a difference to the big day.

Well it’s time for them to realise that wedding chair covers are becoming essential to many wedding receptions for two very important reasons.

  1. They allow you to cover rental chairs that may be in poor condition, may not all match, or may simply not be in keeping with the look you are trying to achieve with your wedding decorations.
  2. They allow you to make your wedding chairs a design feature rather than simply a functional piece of furniture. You can achieve a seamless theme throughout your wedding linen and you can add chair sashes or other colourful touches that co-ordinate with your flowers and table accessories.

Do I need to hire wedding chair covers?

Whether or not you have to hire wedding chair covers depends on the venue you are using, and whether you are using a wedding decorator. If your venue is frequently used for weddings or other high class functions, they may well have a selection of simple wedding chair covers, probably in plain white, which you can use as part of their overall service. Check the quality and condition of these, and if you are happy, you may only need to hire accessories such as wedding chair sashes to complement your colour scheme.

If you are employing a wedding decorator to arrange your linen and reception decorations, they should offer wedding chair covers and sashes as part of their package. If you are hiring chair covers yourself be sure to get the exact measurements of the wedding chairs from your venue; you don’t want your design vision to be spoilt by poorly fitting covers.

When you hire wedding chair covers independently, you will be charged an extra fee per cover if you want someone to come and actually fit them on the chairs. If you have someone to do this for you, or the venue is willing to do it, the rental cost can be significantly reduced, but you may not get such a professional end result.

When you get a quote for wedding chair cover rental, check whether fitting is included or not. Some companies ask you to hire a minimum number of chair covers before they will agree to have someone fit them for you.

Types of wedding chair covers

Most companies that hire out wedding chair covers will have a basic white cover that fits most standard stacking chairs. This is usually the most cost effective option, and chairs can be dressed up with coloured sashes in organza or taffeta to co-ordinate with your chosen colour scheme.

A more professional look can be achieved by upgrading to a heavier, patterned or textured material such as damask. This will hang better over the chair, but be careful with this type of fabric as it is less likely to stretch and so it may not fit over the particular chairs at your venue. It is usually more expensive to hire than a basic cover, but if it fits properly, it makes up for the expense in style.

For a really luxurious look to your reception, satin wrap chair covers offer the ultimate in elegance and sophistication. Although they are the most expensive option, they are more versatile as they will fit almost any chair, including high backed chairs. They tend to come in a wider range of colours, so there may be a wrap to complement your colour scheme without the need to hire separate chair sashes.

Lighting your wedding reception

Even the most beautiful wedding scheme can be ruined by the wrong lighting; especially harsh white or wedding lighting yellow overhead lights. If you are getting married during the day, the lights at your venue might be the last thing you check, but if it’s an overcast day or your reception is carrying on into the evening, you will need to pay attention to the lighting options on offer at your venue.

If you aren’t totally happy with the lights provided, or you just want to add a new dimension to your wedding decorations, here are some popular ideas for lighting your wedding reception.

Modern Lighting Ideas

Coloured mood lighting is currently in vogue, and works especially well for those hiring a modern, minimalist venue decorated with a neutral colour scheme. The idea is to light your whole venue in one colour, and then change the colour to reflect the various stages of the wedding. You could choose warm orange for the drinks reception, calming green for dinner, vibrant red for the cake cutting, and velvety purple for the dancing.

Another modern lighting concept for contemporary weddings is to light the tables from within. Simple white lights are placed under the tables, and coloured cloths are used to alter the light, or coloured lamps can be used with white cloths. If you don’t want all your tables to light up, simply use cocktail tables with lights installed for your drinks reception.

Vintage Lighting Ideas

For true vintage glamour nothing beats glass chandeliers suspended above the tables. Check with your venue whether you are allowed to temporarily install these and if your venue isn’t that large limit yourself to one chandelier in the centre of the room or above the top table.

Depending on the decade you are aiming for, you can pick up vintage lamps to reflect your theme. Lava lamps or rotaflex lampshades can give a 1960s feel, while those looking for 1970s lighting could pick up orange, yellow, and brown lamp shades in a range of geometric patterns.

Romantic Lighting Idea

Nothing adds romance to the atmosphere like the soft glow of a candle flame, and many brides choose these as a simple and low budget way to light their reception venue.

Candles can be used as stand alone table centres when grouped together in a variety of colours or shapes, or when placed in storm lanterns. They can also be wired into floral arrangements or floated on water. Using scented candles can add fragrance to your reception venue as well as providing light.

Outdoor Lighting Ideas

Lighting is essential for an outdoor wedding that will go on into the evening, and outdoor lighting can be really effective way of decorating your venue. Citronella candles will have the added benefit of keeping the bugs away, and they can be placed in hanging lanterns so that the wind doesn’t blow them out. Flaming torches on long poles can add a dramatic edge to your wedding theme, and look great at the entrance to your venue.

Your venue may not allow open flames, especially in mid summer if there are a lot of trees in the area. Outdoor fairly lights can be equally as charming, especially if they are artfully placed in trees and bushes. Use fairy lights to highlight any particular features of your venue, such as an archway.

Wedding decoration ideas

Everyone knows that they should decorate the dining tables for the wedding reception and that there should be flowers and candles for the ceremony, but how about all those other places your guests will be spending time during your wedding day? There are plenty of wedding decoration ideas for other parts of your venue. –

Make an impression with the entrance

The entrance to your venue will be the first thing your guests see, and it will make a statement about what they can expect from the rest of your wedding. Be big and bold in your entrance decorations. Use some form of lighting, whether that is dramatic flaming torches, romantic hanging lanterns, or cute fairy lights. Use potted plants or trees on either side of the entrance and add some flowers or coloured posters inside the hallway to continue the great impression.

Jazz up the bar

The chances are your guests will spend a fair amount of time in the bar so you will want to make it as attractive as possible. If the space is a little empty try hiring an old fashioned juke box, a photo booth, or any other objects that will provide interest and entertainment, and complement your theme. Make sure there is some comfortable seating in the bar for guests to relax on. Flower arrangements can work well in the bar, just make sure they don’t get in the way of the bar staff. Look for garlands or streamers that can be kept out of the way.

Check out the ceiling

If the ceiling of your venue isn’t very attractive, or it’s very high and you’d like to make the atmosphere cosier, there are various things you could try. Draping fabric across the ceiling isn’t as hard as it sounds, or you could add paper lanterns, hanging bird cages, or even hired chandeliers. Suspended flower arrangements or branch canopies can create a natural effect.

Bring the rooms together

If your wedding will take place over a number of rooms make sure the corridors or walkways that join these areas continue your wedding theme. Simple potted plants and wall posters may be enough, but if your guests are likely to get lost you could consider making some fun signs, using your wedding style and colour scheme, to make sure they know where they are headed.

Cherish your chairs

Chairs might not seem like the most important aspect of your wedding venue, but they can make a real difference to your overall look. If you’re not keen on the chairs the venue provides you may be able to find covers with decorative sashes that will match your theme. If that doesn’t work simply ask your venue to pack the chairs away and hire some that you do like. Wrought iron, or cute white wood are both popular styles of wedding chair, although your guests might need something a little more comfortable if you are planning a long wedding breakfast.

Beautify the bathroom

While your male guests are unlikely to care, the girls at your wedding will be really touched if you make a feature of the ladies bathroom. Add some scented soaps in a similar fragrance to your wedding perfume, some pretty hand lotions, and some soft fluffy guest towels, as well as a couple of miniature flower arrangements.

Add atmospheric lighting

Many couples view their wedding venues on a sunny summer day and forget to check out what the lighting is like. Atmospheric lighting can make all the difference to an indoor winter or evening wedding, so if your venue only has harsh bright lights look out for lamps, candles, fairly lights and starlit backdrops. You can also light your flower arrangements with votive candles, or with LED lit coloured gel in glass vases.

Wedding decorating ideas

If you’re trying to conjure up some original wedding decorating ideas but are stuck for inspiration, these contemporary wedding decoration tips should get the ideas flowing

If you want tall dramatic centrepieces, but still want your guests to be able to see each other, look for tall candelabras and just have a single flowered garland twisted around the stem. Alternatively have flowers arranged in giant martini glasses so guests can chat underneath them. Finally you could choose low arrangements for the tables and just have a couple of towering arrangements in the corners of the room, or either side of the top table.

Place mirrors strategically around your reception venue to maximize your decorations and make your venue appear larger. This works especially well if you have a lot of colour and are using lights, candles, or sparkly accessories such as crystals.

Make a decorative feature of the food you serve by paying attention to what it looks like and what it is served on. Choose colour co-ordinated canap?s and have them stacked on cakes stand style plates, or served on glass boxes full of rose petals or coloured pebbles. Combine large platters with tall food stands to create an impressive display.

To take your wedding colour scheme to extremes you could stipulate a coloured dress code for your guests. Black and white is a popular choice as you can guarantee your guests won’t clash with whatever colours you have chosen. You could also try dress codes such as ‘something blue’ or ‘autumn leaves’.

For simple yet effective floral centrepieces, place a bunch of roses in a vase and scatter similar coloured rose petals on the table beneath. Use low square arrangements for the dining tables and taller vases for other areas such as the bar.

Feathers are becoming a popular alternative to flowers in wedding decorations as they are soft and feminine, yet more modern and edgy than flowers. Feathers can be incorporated into your bouquet, table arrangements, and hair accessories, and can also be attached to place names or escort cards. Hang a feathered circle from the ceiling instead of a chandelier.

Coloured glass is rarely used in wedding decorations, but it can create a stunning effect whist serving a practical purpose at the same time. Look out for coloured champagne and wine glasses, and coloured vases for your flower arrangements. Place a small coloured glass with a tea light inside in each place setting for a romantic glow.

If you want to add character to your wedding venue, consider hiring or borrowing a few pieces of furniture that reflect your wedding decoration theme. These could be a few vintage tables for the bar area, or a couple of modern sofas for the lounge. You don’t have to change all of the furniture at the venue; just a few well placed pieces will give the right impression.

Accessorising your chairs is often seen as too fussy, but unless you have chair covers, the backs of chairs are crying out to be decorated. Simply attaching an ornament such as a fabric flower or butterfly on wire can be effective, or you could add ribbons in your wedding colours.

Wedding trees are an unusual choice for wedding decorations, and are made by bundling together a number of thin branches or twigs and placing them in a decorative vase. These trees can be used on the floor or as table centres and can be decorated with fairly lights, sparkling ornaments, baubles, or tiny framed photos.

Wedding decorations the latest trends

There are so many options when it comes to wedding decorations that it is often hard to know where to begin. You want your wedding venue to bring a tear to your eye when you arrive, and to really make a statement about your taste and style as a couple

To a certain extent, the possibilities for wedding decorations will be determined by your choice of venue, the number of guests and the space available, and whether you are having a lunchtime or evening wedding.

It may be that you want to employ a wedding decorator who will be able to provide all the decorations you need from the table linen to the centrepieces. On the other hand, you may want to work with the venue on the basic layout and table dressing, and then add personal touches of your own, working with your florist.

However you choose to arrange your wedding decorations, there are a number of trends you should be aware of if you want to keep your reception up to date and contemporary.

What colour schemes are currently in style for wedding decorations?

Whilst the traditional white has been noticeably absent for the last few years, it is now making a comeback as the perfect colour for your wedding decorations. Imagine tall gleaming vases of fresh white orchids, and you should be on the right track. White is being teamed with earthy tones such as metallic rose to provide depth and texture.

If you prefer the traditional wedding colours of cream and pale pink, these are still popular, but are often combined with silver grey or sage green for a more contemporary look.

Bold patterns and textures are currently very fashionable, especially when it comes to wedding table linen. Layering table cloths of different fabrics and using bright runners to add a splash of colour can be very effective.

Trends in wedding centrepieces

There are two popular trends in wedding centre pieces at the moment. One is to keep it simple, with tall stemmed single flowers arranged in groups, or across the length of the table. As well as a recent design trend, this is also a cost effective alternative to large arrangements.

The other trend is for large, lavish centrepieces, incorporating flowers, candles, and even feathers. Many wedding decorators are taking the philosophy ‘the bigger the better’ when it comes to table arrangements. Because of this trend, some wedding designers are looking to suspend centrepieces from the ceiling rather than place them on the table as this allows guests to talk to each other across the table without towering flower arrangements getting in the way.

Decorating the ceiling as well as the table doesn’t just stop at flowers. Many decorators are becoming creative with the use of coloured paper lanterns, pearlescent balloon canopies, delicate chandeliers, and natural touches such as trailing ivy.

Lighting can make or break your design

Whilst lighting may have little impact at a lunchtime wedding, it can completely alter the ambience of an evening occasion. Make sure you set aside some of your wedding decorations budget for professional lighting to really make the most of your flowers and other decorations. Lighting can be as simple as candles or lanterns, and as complex as professional light boxes, spotlights or fairly lights.

Plan ahead and confirm your arrangements

Meeting with your wedding decorators or florist to discuss your ideas should take place six to eight months before your wedding date to allow time to coordinate all aspects of your design. Call both the venue and decorators to confirm details the week before your wedding; you don’t want your dream venue to be ruined by a little misunderstanding.

Dos and don’ts for wedding flowers

Flowers are one of the most beautiful and visually appealing part of any wedding. From bouquets to centrepieces and beyond, they bring a sense of style, scent and sophistication to a theme and colour scheme. That said, they can be tricky to pull off. So with this in mind, we’ve compiled a handy list of dos and don’ts to help you plan a blooming lovely celebration.

DO…

Give your florist a colour palette to work with, rather than insisting on specific flowers. This will allow them to create a stunning design that falls within your budget, since they know how to work around factors such as the time of year and the season, both of which play a key role in the availability, and thus price, of certain blooms.

DON’T…

Use floral displays to cover up less polished-looking parts of the venue, such as the fire exit. All you’ll really do is make sure they draw the eye of your guests. Instead, use your flowers to draw attention to the breathtaking parts of the room, such as the tables, the cake or even the dance floor.

DO…

Make sure your bouquet is manageable. Larger bouquets look absolutely stunning in photos, but so do smaller ones. So be realistic about your capabilities. If you don’t have the upper arm strength to go heavy, go petite, and remember – all eyes will be on you anyway.

DON’T…

DIY your flowers if you can help it. Thinking practically, your blooms will need to be purchased and arranged the morning of the big day, which is a big job all on its own. And honestly, it’s the last thing you need to be worried about when there’s thing like hair and make-up going on. So leave it to a pro and focus on getting ready yourself.

DO…

Incorporate non-floral elements in your ceremony and reception displays. Everything from your bouquets to your reception table centrepieces can be jazzed up with non-floral elements such as lights, candles, jewellery, candy and even grasses. Alternatively, use your flowers in unexpected ways, such as to decorate a gorgeous getaway car.

DON’T…

Choose flowers that are sensitive to heat if you are having a summer wedding. We all know how warm Aussie days can get, and there’s a chance they will start to wilt and lose appeal before your ceremony is even over.

DO…

Invite your florist – if they’re not already familiar with them – to make a personal inspection of your wedding venues. This will give them a better idea of what you need to bring your vision to life and will greatly aid their creative process by giving a sense of scope, dimension, ceiling heights and more.

DON’T…

Choose flowers with a strong perfume for your table centrepieces as the scent will overpower your food. And with the care – and dollars! – that went into picking your menu, you don’t want attention turning anywhere else.

DO…

Tell your florist if there are any particular flowers that mean something to you. For example, if your dad grew roses or your grandmother wore gardenia scent, they may be able to incorporate them in your blooms for a lovely sentimental tribute.

DON’T…

Be obvious. Brides can sometimes feel hemmed in by tradition and the need to go with what’s in fashion or on trend. But it’s better to think outside the box and ask for what you really want, rather than what you think you should want. Remember the golden rule of wedding planning – it’s your day so plan it your way.

Wedding colour themes

The colour scheme of your wedding will be one of the earliest decisions you make as it will influence the overall feel of your big day. Bold colours have been a key wedding trend in recent years and making sure you select the right combination is crucial to the overall look of your wedding. Many brides already have a couple of possible wedding colour themes in mind.

Here are a few of the ways to choose your wedding colours:

Check out your wedding venue

If you have a dream wedding venue in mind, the decor might influence your choice of colour. If the venue is decorated in bright strong colours, you might want to choose very simple colours such as white or cream to tone it down, or you may want to pick lighter shades of the venue colours. If, on the other hand, you know you want bold bright wedding colours, you should consider a plain and simple venue such as a pure white marquee.

The style of your venue might also influence the wedding colour scheme. If you have chosen a rural setting with garden views, fresh floral wedding colours would be an obvious choice. If, however, your venue is a chic hotel in the city centre, a dramatic black and white scheme, or urban colours like pewter or taupe can be very elegant.

Start with one wedding element

If you don’t have a particular colour scheme in mind, just start with one element of your wedding and take it from there. Are there any flowers you really love, and if so what colours can you order them in? Take your chief bridesmaid shopping and see what dresses look good on her and use that colour in your wedding scheme. Take a look at a few wedding cake designs, and if you find one you love take your colour scheme from that.

Browse through wedding magazines and see if any particular items or themes stand out; what colour are they? Your invitation is the first impression your guests will get of your wedding so if you are having a definite colour scheme, this should be incorporated into your invites.

Be inspired by the season

When are you getting married? Colour schemes that work well for a spring wedding could look entirely out of place in mid winter. If you are having a spring wedding consider fresh greens and yellows, and perhaps look at pinks and pastels for a summer occasion. Warm earthy tones such as chocolate brown or burnt orange are perfect for an autumn wedding. Sparkling white with blue or silver can help you create a winter wonderland, or red and gold can add a touch of warmth to the winter chill.

Choose more than one colour

You may love hot pink, but if you use this colour for your bridesmaids’ dresses, your flowers, your bomboniere, your car, your linen, your candles and your invitations, it might be a little overpowering. Deciding on an accent colour, and then combining it with another milder colour can be very effective. Metallics are very fashionable at the moment, and most accent colours work well with gold, silver or even bronze. You could also combine a bold colour with grey, white, cream, or a pale shade of the same colour.

Alternatively, look for a colour that complements your accent colour. Aqua or lime green can be effective with pink. If you choose purple as your accent colour various shades of yellow or lemon can set if off beautifully. Yellow can also complement blues, but for a warmer effect try peach or subtle oranges.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with colour. Although classic white is making a comeback you can have absolutely any colour combination you like for your wedding scheme.

Creating a mood board incorporating photos of your venue, pictures of flowers you like, material samples from the bridesmaids’ dresses, and card samples from your invitations will give you an overall feel for your colour scheme and will help you to see how your colours will work together.