Creative Candles teamed up with Lauren Palmer of The Wild Mother creative studio to bring you this guide to choosing the perfect wedding color palette. It can be quite the challenge, so we asked someone who is immersed in the creative processes of wedding planning every day. There is a perfect color palette for every bride, and there are candles to perfectly match your chosen color palette and style when you incorporate these elements into your wedding decor.
I sit across the table from countless starry-eyed brides and grooms who are planning the biggest and most sacred ceremony and party of their lives. Many of our sweet couples take this job in stride, but many feel overwhelmed by the task. You would think finding the perfect dress, scouting the ideal venue, choosing your decor, or hiring a florist impeccably suited to their event aesthetic would rank as some of the most difficult decisions made during the planning process. But, from what I hear from our clients, the preliminary decision about wedding colors stumps so many. I completely understand this! Choosing colors sets a foundation and tone for the entire event; those shades of blue and tinges of copper are details that each hired wedding creative will ask about.
So, for those who are in the beginning stages of planning and have yet to decide on wedding colors, I’d like to share tips for arriving at your perfect palette.
Whether you realize it or not, you make color choices all of the time—from the clothes you wear to your new duvet. It’s in these choices where your preferences lie. To find your colors, look around you. Be true to them as you create a palette for your wedding. Chances are, if you continuously choose certain colors every day, you like them a lot.
Your wedding season is another great jumping off point as you decide colors. In planning, I have learned that it is best not to fight against any season or the colors it yields. Making the decision early on to honor the natural tones of each season will serve you and your wedding creatives as you bring together materials for this big event— especially flowers and foliage!
Keep in mind the mood that you and your wedding creatives hope to achieve. If you are going for a black tie affair, I suggest crisp, monochromatic colors. If you’d like a relaxed garden party, go for the colors that are found in an overgrown garden.
As I work closely with brides and grooms, I see so many who choose colors based on the most popular or most searched images online. While this works for some, I love to challenge my clients to do light research into their own unique preferences to decide on color. Being on trend doesn’t exactly promote being distinctive. Remember, your love narrative is as unique as you are. Your wedding choices should be, too.
So, you think you’ve solidified your colors and several wedding details are really shaping up around those colors. And then, you do a final walk-through of your venue a month before your wedding and it dons on you that the walls of your Art Deco-inspired ballroom are a vibrant teal color. You settle into a small frenzy because you overlooked this major detail before signing a contract with the venue, and definitely before choosing your colors. Now, you have to settle with teal as a key player in your wedding aesthetic. Don’t let this be your story! When you visit your venue, walk through with a keen eye. Notice the color of the carpets and walls; the color themes of the art fixtures; and even the tones of the grand staircase you intend to ascend for your bridal march. It all matters! If you feel the slightest bit uneasy, keep shopping!
Trust Your Wedding Creatives
As a wedding creative, it is my sincere pleasure to befriend and serve my clients as they choose all the special details for their weddings and events. My presence in the planning process does not take away the couple's ability to plan, while seamlessly nodding to their special narrative. In fact, I hope my presence in the process enhances all of the above.
Lauren Palmer is the co-owner and Principal Floral Designer of The Wild Mother, Creative Studio in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.