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Event Planning: Color Inspiration

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Working with color is almost always a challenge when planning a wedding, but it's so important to get it right. Color is often the thread that ties everything together, from the save the date cards to your place settings. I personally love working with a neutral base and allowing the vibrant tones to really work as the finishing touch for an event, especially in the flower arrangements. You can do this too, just don't be afraid to go with rich color!

For this late Spring wedding, I used the coral peony as the beautiful splash of color throughout the reception. I love the range of pink even in this one flower, from intense coral to a soft, almost blush pink. Photos by Mel Barlow.

I used vibrant autumnal tones for this October wedding. The orange, green, and chocolate brown were beautiful against the cream table linens and very neutral space. This allowed the color to really add a romantic, whimsical touch to the room. Photos by R Wagner.

For this early Summer wedding, I covered the tables in a beautiful oatmeal-toned linen, and the chairs were a whitewashed wood with a natural cotton cushion. I love this very warm neutral base with the amazing pops of purple, plum, and intense pink tones. The orchid bloom on each napkin was a nice touch to bring the color out from the center of the tables. Photos by Christian Oth.

Are you working with a strong color palette or struggling with a solution for balancing bright tones in a neutral space? Let me know if I can help!

Comments (6)

  • Thanks Matthew for sharing one our lovely wedding collaborations. The purple palette was perfect for the setting. As always, everything looked amazing!

  • Author Comment:

    Thanks Lyndsey! Your planning team was fantastic. Your planners made sure the event was scheduled perfectly and the evening was a huge success. It was so great to collaborate with many of my favorite companies in the industry!

  • Help!

    I'm trying to solidify my color palette but I am stuck. My location has a Spanish or Tuscan style with lots of browns, beiges and creams. My wedding is the spring so I don't want to be too dark with my colors, but bright colors would look silly.

    I am going for a Tuscan theme. So far, I like green with cream. I am trying to find a base or accent color to make it pop and I can't decide (chocolate brown? yellow? orange?) Please advise :)

  • Author Comment:

    Hi Donna! First, congratulations!
    Your color palette sounds lovely. For Spring I would work with apricot, peach tones for the accent tone. This will bring the warm palette together and relates to the Tuscan inspired setting. These tones also look so fresh and beautiful with green and cream...especially for Spring!
    Hope this helps. Good luck and best wishes.

  • hi matthew! i am planning a wedding at the Royal Hawaiian in Oahu. the ballroom is indoor/outdoor with views of the ocean, this beautiful crisp green lawn and the gorgeous local flowers. i am having trouble, however, deciding on the base color for the wedding - the room has light pink and green accents (the hotel itself is pink, with green and dark brown accents). i want something neutral to mix with lots of bright pops of color from local flowers - oranges, purples and magenta. the only color of linens they have available is white - how can i warm that up? i need help! thanks!

  • Hi Matthew , i'm planning my wedding for september, in istanbul where i live, my family from brazil is coming and my fiance is turkish, so its going to be a multicultural wedding. My doubt is how can i make it work, a very elegant and classic stile, with the colors we chose, black and white, i could really use your help!

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