Weddings are about celebrating, and while your ceremony should be about celebrating the love between you and your future spouse, it’s also about celebrating the season you've chosen to get married in. Consider incorporating seasonal colors into your wedding to make a memorable impact on your guests. We've created a helpful guide with some things to consider when choosing the season for your future wedding and how to match decor and flowers accordingly.
1. Make sure your colors fit
As you get started with all the planning, think about the season your wedding will be falling in. The last thing you want is to select a color scheme that will be a sharp contrast to the season. For example, shades of evergreen and red could look a little odd at a June wedding.
While each season offers a variety of color scheme choices, consider the seasonal trends in designing your wedding. Fall tends to rely on neutral shades with colors like burgundy, wine, and deep purple. Reds, yellows, and oranges may also be interspersed. Winter weddings tend to incorporate cooler tones, like dark blue and white, while events that fall into the holiday season are marked by lots of greenery and touches of deep red. For a spring or summer wedding, pastels and vibrant shades tend to be in vogue. Think pale pink, fuchsia, and mint. Summer weddings are commonly marked by plenty of greenery and tend to have more bold color schemes.
2. Think about your personal preferences
Take the above advice with a grain of salt. You shouldn’t feel like you need to select a color you hate just because it happens to match the season. Instead, think of your favorite colors, and then pick a variation of that color that will fit into that particular time of year. A quick online search will yield hundreds of different color palettes to consider for the season so that you aren’t locked into one specific color scheme just because it’s timely.
3. Go for neutrals
Don’t think that just because you’re wearing white, you can’t decorate your wedding in that hue, too. Neutrals work in any season, allowing you to intersperse other colors elsewhere or stick just with a timeless, elegant theme. Just keep in mind that lighting conditions can have an impact on the whiteness of a flower or other pale accouterment. You might want to do a few trials runs before relying on all-white shades for your event.
There are some old-as-time color schemes besides white which work well throughout the year. Champagne, cream, and blush are all favorite shades, offering a soft palette that works well no matter the season or location. Also, don’t forget black tie color palette. This look is conservative and classic – always a good option no matter what time of year.
4. Make the most of your natural setting
Think about where you will be holding your wedding when you design its color scheme. Naturally, occurring greenery is a great way to spruce up your wedding. As an added bonus, it’s often either free or very low-cost!
If you’re having your wedding in the Caribbean, embrace the surrounding palms and cut leaves for a tropical vibe. If you’re getting married in a rustic outdoor setting, consider incorporating darker, mystical tones to match the mysterious appearance of the forest.
5. Consider your florals
Flowers are the easiest way to bring natural beauty into your wedding, regardless of the location. They decorate your venue space by adding beautiful pops of color to tables, walls, or chairs. We’ve given a few suggestions on flower types for each season.
For a fall wedding, consider darker florals like burgundy dahlias, privet berries, or purple ranunculus. You can interpret the brightness of autumn with yellow or orange sunflowers too, if a brighter color palette is desired. For spring, think pale pastels like mother of pearls, light colored roses, and ivory hydrangeas. In the winter, play off the white landscape outdoors by bringing all of that beauty indoors. Go with white roses, calla lilies, and orchids to really capture the white, snowy beauty of winter. Summertime is the time of year to embrace bright greenery and vibrant florals like daisies and yellow roses.
6. Don’t forget the tablespace
Flowers are a great place to start to look for inspiration when designing your color scheme, but they don’t have to be the only place that your colors shine through. Another great way to include seasonal decor is through your table. Make sure your table is set with bold decorations that match or complement your color scheme.
For example, bypass the flowers in fall to create unique centerpieces of autumn leaves and gourds. In the summer, consider low maintenance plants like succulents. There are so many ways to embrace the season without having to rely on the standard expectations. You can incorporate things like colored glassware, table linens, table decorations, and cutlery to help welcome every beautiful feature of the season. View our entire selection of tableware accessories here to find more inspiration for your big day. Let Gartner Studios help you celebrate!
This article was written in collaboration with Lawnstarter and Tori Fuller. Tori Fuller is a DIY enthusiast, taking any trash she can get her hands on and turning it into a luxury item to envy. When she doesn’t have her hands in a tin of paint you can find her perfecting her nature photography techniques.