How to pick wedding colours to suit you

08 May 2017

There's more to a wedding colour scheme than meets the eye. Find out how to meet your match in colour...

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Every bride and groom knows that there is an enormous amount of detail to consider when it comes to wedding planning, but colour is increasingly becoming a vital part of every wedding celebration. From the bride's bouquet to the groomsmen's ties, colour permeates every element of a wedding and that is why the wedding colour scheme becomes a focal point of the big day. 

Here, Helen Venables, MD of House of Colour, shares her 10 top tips in choosing the key colours for both the bride and groom.

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For the bride

1. Get advice from the professionals

Have your colours analysed ahead of time of your wedding outfit shopping, to make your shopping experience much easier and stress free.  Use your new knowledge about what suits you to help you make informed wedding dress, going away and honeymoon outfits, accessories and make-up colour choices.  Wearing the right lipstick and blush colours will really perfect your look and give you the confidence that you look wonderful on this most important day.

Gemma Brittle and her husband, Tom Smith, both had their colours analysed by House of Colour personal stylist Amanda Richardson, as did mother of the groom, Kerry Smith, and other family members (pictured). Following their consultation which consisted of determining whether each individual matched a spring, summer, autumn or winter set of colours, Gemma opted for an ivory gown which served to complement her skin more than a draining white tone. Tom - matched to the spring season - was advised to wear a navy suit and complementing blues. The bridesmaids' dresses, flower and bunting were also analysed and harmonising colours advised.  

2. A beautiful bright bouquet

Add stunning impact to your dress by holding a flattering and beautiful bouquet of flowers. Even holding the colours that suit our skin tone close to us will brighten our complexion. Choose a bouquet scale and design that enhances your body shape and wedding dress style as well. Neither the style nor colour should be overpowering, heavy or unmanageable.

3. Tread carefully

Firstly make sure your shoes are comfortable - no one likes to see a hobbling bride. However, wearing incredible shoes in a wow colour is another way to make a subtle, but clear, statement. Just be sure that you are only making one bold statement – not statements about your hair, make-up, flowers, shoes and jewellery.

4.  Leave with a bang

Most people enjoy leaving their wedding in a different going away outfit. This is another chance to look gorgeous in a different wow colour and in your perfect style. When you have planned a glamorous entrance at your wedding, why not a magical exit as well?

5. Honeymoon shine 

You will probably take lots of photos on honeymoon and want to feel fabulous on your special time away together so pack your best clothes and buy a couple of new items to make you feel even more special. Depending on where you are going choose a beautiful swimsuit, evening outfit and a shawl in your wow colours and don’t forget your favourite lipsticks from your season to make sure you look stunning night and day.

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For the groom:

1. It’s all about the shirt

The quality of the shirt is important as it can make a huge difference to the groom’s appearance. There are several different tones of white for example and knowing your best colour palette will define whether you are best in bright white, cream, or variations on ivory or even a beige tone. It’s the little things that count. Make sure that your outfit is perfect down to the finishing detail. Items such as ties, cravats and cufflinks are always noticed and it’s easy to go bolder in your colour choices in these outfit features.

2. It’s a wedding, not business

If you stand by the altar in a business suit that makes you look like you’re heading into a meeting, you are not doing yourself justice. It’s your wedding day so make the most of it and get it right. Choose something well made, with definitive, tailored cuts that suit you and don’t be afraid to let your outfit reflect your personality.

3. Be square

A pocket square is a great little extra accessory to jazz up a suit. Pick a colour that suits you and the wedding theme, although you don't have to necessarily match it to your tie. A tie in one of your wow colours with a patterned pocket square, or vice versa, makes a style statement for all the right reasons.

4. Wedding ring

When choosing your wedding ring, bear in mind that most 'winter' and 'summer' individuals suit white metal while autumns and springs should opt for a warmer gold.

5. Be a bright spark

Give yourself style kudos with a wonderful colourful lining in your suit in one of your wow colours. It's not just the ladies who can wear colour.

Images: Kylee Yee Photography

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