How to pick a wedding colour scheme

Using a colour wheel to pick your colour scheme

Choosing your colour scheme for your wedding can happen in different ways. It can organically develop following the flowers you’ve chosen, your bridesmaids outfits, or even the venue. If you want to have a colour scheme in mind before narrowing down your wedding options, we have six ways you can use a colour wheel to help!

Colour Palette or Colour Scheme?

Did you know there is a difference between a colour palette and a colour scheme? A colour scheme will be the overall colour framework that you will use to select the individual colours. It becomes a colour palette once you have the colours set with names! You don’t have to be an artist to pick your colour scheme, and with the help of a colour wheel and our following examples, you will find it an easy thing to tick off on your wedding list.

Monochromatic Colour Scheme

A Monochromatic colour scheme will be made up of variations of lightness and saturation of the same colour. This is ideal for neutral colours such as shades of white (did you know there are over 50 shades of off-white?).

Analogous Colour Scheme

For an Analogous wedding colour scheme, you should select three adjacent colours, with one primary colour and the adjacent two as accent colours. This works fantastically for Orange-Yellow / Yellow / Yellow-Green, Blue-Green / Blue / Blue-Violet, and Red-Orange / Red-Violet / Violet.

Complementary Colour Scheme

A Complementary wedding colour scheme consists of two colours opposite each other on the colour wheel, usually a warm and cool shade. A colour scheme of vibrant blues and oranges work beautifully together for your wedding day.

Triad Colour Scheme

A Triad colour scheme comprises three colours that are evenly spaced around the colour wheel. When opting for this scheme, care must be taken with the saturation chosen.

Split-Complementary Colour Scheme

Similar to a Complementary colour scheme, this can seem complicated but is simple enough to bring into your wedding colour palette. Firstly choose a primary colour, cross over to its complementary colour and select the two adjacent colours.

Tetradic Colour Scheme

If you are looking for a fun wedding colour scheme, Tetradic could be the perfect one for you! Using two sets of complementary colours can produce a full and rich colour scheme.

What colour scheme are you dreaming of?


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