Ruby Harte (a.k.a Mags Riordan) has been a professional florist for over 12 years. Ruby runs a family owned nursery, Bumble Bee Farm in Castledonovan, Drimoleague and is deeply concerned about the protection and cultivation of nature and its habitats.
You’ve set the date, chosen the venue and know the dress you are going to wear. Big decisions sorted! These should give you an idea of the style and atmosphere you would like to create and your wedding colours play a huge role in creating this. Colour really can reflect your personality and leave a lasting impression long after your big day.
There has been endless research into how colour can affect our mood and the ambience of a room; some of it is on a subconscious level but it’s there all the same. For instance, red is a passionate colour, physical and stimulating, blue on the other hand is soothing and cool, yellow is friendly and uplifting, green creates balance and harmony, while pink is tranquil, warm and loving. There are hundreds of variations, hues and tints of each colour thus giving you a huge range to choose from.
So if it’s impact and creating the wow factor you are after, then careful consideration to your colour choices will reward you with a beautiful coordinated theme that will run seamlessly throughout you special day.
If you a modern bride that loves bold colours, then your choices are a wonderful opportunity to express this with rich purples, plums softened with lilacs and pasmina. If you prefer a traditional style, then muted tones of gold and soft pink/lilac work well. If you are a classical lady then I would suggest blush/pale pink/creams with a hint of coral as a subtle accent in the stronger hues.
Seasonality also plays its part and just like your wardrobe, your wedding colour scheme can be inspired by the time of year you’re saying ‘I do’. Think about the shade you want to use to bring out the season in your colour palette. Rosy pink, lemon/yellow and white are perfect for spring, while a brighter coral/peachy pink with an accent of a strong blue/purple are a summer staple. For autumn, a rich fuchsia pairs beautifully with other jewel tones, or the traditional reds, burnt oranges and russets, and blush and silver/gold are a pretty wintry combination. Don’t shy away from colours you love though just because of seasonal colour ‘rules’, (they are after all made to be broken).
Your venue will play a part in deciding your colours too. Most regular wedding venues are a blank canvas so shouldn’t interfere with your choices but older buildings and stately homes may have strong colour theme going on and could contradict your choices, it’s definitely worth bearing in mind because colours can be vibrant and even clashing but they need to talk to each other, so to speak. These strong combinations are so much easier to achieve with naturally grown flowers, they really do get on well together. I know that the combinations I can put together now would never have been possible with processed flowers the vibrancy just simply wasn’t there.
I always recommend researching and the internet is a wonderful resource. You will be attracted to colours you like even if you think you are not. Through this research you will also get a feel for the design you would like and slowly a picture of the day will unfold.
We apply these principals to buying a car, a suite of furniture, the colours we would decorate our home with, it should be the same for your wedding day.
Whatever colour you decide, let it reflect your personality and be a theme that you are comfortable with and that makes you smile. Enjoy the process of creating a memorable day, but most of all have fun.