How to Choose Your Wedding Colour Palette

As you start to think about your wedding, there are countless choices you’ll have to make. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by some of those decisions, but it’s important to let yourself have some fun along the way!

After all, it’s your special day.

Choosing your colour palette should be one of the first planning steps you take. It can make it easier for everything else to fall into place, including the floral arrangements you choose and the dresses your bridesmaids will wear.

But, how can you choose a palette when there are so many options? With only one big day to let those shades shine, choosing the right colours is a big deal. But, it’s a decision that can be made easier with a few helpful tips.

Decide on Your Mood

There are endless wedding theme ideas to choose from, but each one can be made personal by trying to evoke a specific mood. The colours you choose for your big day can actually have a bigger influence on the way people feel than you might originally think.

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Using colour psychology, you can influence the overall “feel” of your wedding day. Colours and emotions go hand-in-hand, and studies have shown that certain colours tend to associate themselves with specific moods. For example:

  • Red – Passion, excitement, energy
  • Blue – Calm, serene, relaxed
  • Green – Nature and wealth
  • Yellow – Happy and energetic


The great thing about using colour psychology is you can mix and match certain shades or use bits of different colours here and there. If there’s an underlying emotion you’re trying to convey, you might consider having a painted accent wall in your chosen colour. Or, have all of your bridesmaids dressed in that shade. Use accent colours in your bouquet to bring out other emotions and moods, so you can truly set the best possible tone for the day.

Get Inspired by Nature

One of the easiest ways to choose the best colour palette is to let your surroundings inspire you. Depending on the season, you can use nature as your backdrop to put together something serene and simple.

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While most Australian trees don’t lose their leaves, you can find inspiration from beautiful evergreen hues or crystal clear blue waters. It’s a perfect excuse to hold an outdoor wedding. You’ll save money on decorations by using nature as your venue instead of spending your entire budget on something upscale and stuffy.

As far as decorations go, consider keeping things simple and neutral. Shades of blue, green, and even nude can take the focus away from busy decorations and allow your guests to enjoy the natural beauty surrounding them. Choose an elegant-yet-rustic theme by utilizing natural decorations like:

  • Native flora
  • Branches
  • Sand
  • Rocks



If you and your partner are outdoor enthusiasts, this is a wonderful way to share your passions and personality with your guests. You can even get creative with wedding favours and send them home with seed packets or small bottles of sand to commemorate the day.

Think About the Future

Certain colour palettes might seem like a good idea now. But, it’s important to ask yourself if you’re just going along with an idea because it’s trendy, or if you truly like it.

Choosing everything from your venue to your colour palette should depend on your personal sense of style, not what everyone else is doing at the moment. One way to make sure you’re choosing a palette for you and no one else is to think about the future.

One day, you’ll look back on wedding photos and any scrapbooks you might have made with invitations and pressed flowers. Chances are, the colour theme of your wedding will be a major part of those memories. When you look through photos, you’ll see the decor and outfit colours, and you’ll either be able to look back fondly – or wonder what you were thinking.

Some colour themes are timeless instead of trendy. If you want to think outside of the box and go for something unique, that’s your prerogative. But, think about sharing the memories of your day with your children and grandchildren. By choosing a palette that’s more subdued and natural, you could even have your photos printed in that specific hue to give them a unique look. You should be able to think back on those memories and smile at how beautiful everything looked.


The bottom line? Every decision you make about your wedding needs to be between you and your partner. Choosing a colour palette is the perfect place to start, but don’t overthink it. Think about the emotions you want to evoke, the things you love, and what you want to look back on twenty years from now.

By keeping these suggestions in mind, you’ll have more confidence in the colours of your choosing, and the rest of your planning decisions should start to fall into place easily.