Colour is important when choosing your wedding bouquet in order to create an piece that will beautifully complement your dress and your bridal party. The colour scheme for the wedding is also very important as it can have a massive impact on the feeling and the overall mood of the event. Because of this creating a colour scheme for your wedding can seem a bit overwhelming but by using the colour wheel there are some basic techniques that can be used to combine colours effectively.
Why is colour important in the design of your bouquet?
Colour is one of the most important considerations in a fabric flower arrangement. It can create a striking visual impact with the power to instantly convey a mood or emotion. Bright colours can be cheerful, vibrant and playful; light pastels can be soft and romantic; earthy colours can be calming; and deep purple, navy or black can be elegant and glamorous.
Because of this, colour plays an important role in creating the style of your bouquet and the overall theme for your wedding. It is important to carefully consider the colours you will use to create the atmosphere and aesthetic that you are trying to achieve. For example, it will be more difficult (although not impossible!) to achieve a glamour inspired bouquet using bright yellow as the dominant colour and it will also be tricky to create a playful bouquet using grays and neutrals as the focus for the colour scheme.
Colour can also help to tie together the different elements of your wedding to create a cohesive theme.
How to choose a colour scheme?
In colour theory the three primary colours (red, yellow and blue) are mixed into an array of of other colours which can be arranged in a circle to create the colour wheel. The colour wheel is made up of four different elements:
- The three primary colours which cannot be made from mixing the other colours: red, yellow and blue
- Three secondary colours that can be made by mixing together the primary colours: purple (blue and red), orange (red and yellow), green (blue and yellow)
- Six tertiary colours which can be made by mixing the primary and secondary colours: red/orange, yellow/orange, red/purple, blue/purple, blue/green, yellow/green
- Neutrals: black, white and gray which produce shades, tints and hues when mixed with the other colours of the colour wheel.
Colours on the colour wheel can be combined in various different ways to create different colour schemes. Of course, there is no reason why you can’t pair together colours than would not normally go together but these basic combinations are colours that will generally work well and can be developed by using shades and tints of the colour combinations.
Colour is very subjective and it all comes down to personal taste. The most important thing is to create a colour scheme that reflects your style and personality. Colour theory is a very useful place to start but don’t be afraid to do your own thing!