Got those wedding hue blues?

Complementary blue palette - blues and blush

Complementary blue palette - blues and blush

No, it’s not about feeling down – it’s all about the wonderful blue hues we’re working with this week:  from pale powder puff through to deep navy.  We absolutely love the creative process of beginning to create a wedding - starting with colour, moving to mood boards, and finally to styling it all.  But our starting point is always the exploration of colour, how it fits in with the brides personality, and the theme of her wedding.  

So here's a few of our tips for developing your wedding colour scheme. First thing – be sure to be adventurous when starting out and experiment with a range of palettes. There are so many wonderful resources for building wedding colour schemes – we highly recommend having some fun with this until you lock in your palette. 

CHOOSE YOUR HUE

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When you begin to build your wedding palette the starting point is having a good idea of what your main colour is going to be (a hue is really just another name for colour). This will set the scene for the various options you have.

Monochromatic or Complementary

Yup, it sounds confusing but actually it’s a lot of fun once you get started. You have your basic colour, next decide whether to go with a monochromatic scheme – different shades, tints and tones of the main colour; or whether you use a complementary scheme – bringing in the hues that are opposite your main colour on the colour wheel. 

SOFT AS FEATHERS

Soft as feathers - flowers, ribbons and shades of palest blues

Soft as feathers - flowers, ribbons and shades of palest blues

For our monochromatic blue palette we started with delicate baby blue as our main hue, and combined it with blue grotto, aquamarine and navy.  Using the various shades and tones of the main hue resulted in a chic combination.   This palette has both masculine and feminine appeal – think bringing variations of the hue into both the bride and groom’s outfits, and blending them into a beautiful creative composition for your wedding ceremony, reception and florals.  Bringing in touches of greenery, white and black will accentuate your palette very well.  Perhaps your dress is pale blue, your groom’s outfit is navy blue, and your bouquet flowers range all the way in between.  Accented by white and oodles of greenery – we just love the softness of this elegant scheme.

Glacial greys

Or we could have used icy blues and greys, contrasting warm greys with cool glacial blues making for a dynamic colour scheme that’s very visually interesting.  Using shades of warm grey, ice and glacier blue, think icebergs and blue sea, and soft puffs of grey clouds.  Groomsmen in warm grey outfits, bridesmaids in glacial blue, and the bride in icy white with accents of soft grey tulle overlays.  Again a sleek and elegant look.

COSMOPOLITAN

Who knew this would be the result when starting with blue!  A peak at our Cosmopolitan palette

Who knew this would be the result when starting with blue!  A peak at our Cosmopolitan palette

Our complementary blue palette is altogether different.  Starting with blue grey as our main hue, we combined it with steel, pewter and blush resulting in a surprisingly warm and strong palette.  Bridesmaids dresses in combinations of blush and blue grey, steel tones for the groom and antique pewter guiding the bride in her choice of glorious gown. This is a vibrant and upbeat palette with stronger colours that has a warm and upbeat energy.

Whatever your style, choose a palette that pops for you, and own it completely.

Happy planning!

Gill

 

 

 

Turn up the heat: Spring Wedding Trends 2

It’s Spring and we’re inundated with breathtaking images from the bridal runways of New York and Israel.  Couture wedding gowns worn by graceful models.  New takes on old themes, so we thought we’d share a few more of our top takes on wedding trends this season.

Dreamy Dresses

 
Marchesa And Notte Bridal Presentation Spring 2017 - NY

Marchesa And Notte Bridal Presentation Spring 2017 - NY

 

The holy grail of weddings – the Wedding Gown – is constantly evolving, and with so many variations today’s bride has endless choices. Less structure, having a 1940’s feel, beautiful Chantilly Lace and unusual silhouettes. Trending at the moment are the to-die-for dresses with billowing gossamer skirts for those oh-so-dreamy ceremonies, teamed with a sneaky removable skirt so that you can kick up your heels and own the dance floor.  Effectively two dresses in one! How clever is that?

Palette first – Venue second

Reversing the thinking on booking your venue and then only starting to think about your wedding palette, the gurus are suggesting that deciding on your palette first is key – after that’s done then find a venue to suit your style.  Booking a ballroom in the city and then finding out that your palest hues are lost amongst the gilded walls and dark carpets adds expense and doesn’t complement your palette at all.

Guest games

Croquette anyone? Boules or Giant Jenga? There’s a fantastic move to good old-fashioned fun at weddings with creative icebreakers and garden games making a big comeback. It involves your guests, breaks the ice and really gets everyone letting their hair down early.

Beach Casual to Ocean Elegance

 
Beach weddings will always be a favourite

Beach weddings will always be a favourite

 

Casual beach weddings will always be a favourite for their relaxed feel and incredible natural backdrop. But what we are seeing is a move to a more elegant and sophisticated take on this setting. While the beach ceremony still has that sandy toes feel, the vibe really amps up when the party starts. Venues are elegantly styled and the ‘shells and hessian’ table styling is being upstaged by crystal vases, amazing light installations, and awesome florals.  

Ethical Weddings

 
The Freedom Hub in Sydney's Waterloo - ethical wedding venue

The Freedom Hub in Sydney's Waterloo - ethical wedding venue

 

Think reducing your carbon footprint, teaming up with ethical suppliers, and making do with less in order to focus more on the meaning of the day. More and more venues are offering exactly that – an ethical supply chain starting with their venue.  Great for DIY weddings with the venues typically supporting a worthwhile local charity. And hey – the majority of couples nowadays already have 2 of everything – who needs another two toasters or large platters that don’t fit into an apartment kitchen cupboard. Awareness is growing to give back to a cause of your choice vs the traditional gift registry.

More on our take of what’s happening in the world of weddings next time.

Happy planning

Gill