How To Choose The Perfect Event Colour Scheme Combination

Whether you want to chooseevent colour schemes, your venue or your decor theme first, there are four ways for you to successfully and even rather quickly, choose the colours that feature in your wedding or special event.

Consider the wedding venue and theme
Both a "blank canvas" industrial warehouse and a city hotel function room can be decorated in any colour although, surprisingly, not necessarily every type of decor theme.

By comparison, a turn-of-the-century rowing club shed calls for a vintage theme or rustic colour schemes of creams, greens, browns and muted shades.

Indian weddings are famous for their flamboyant, joyous use of colour - pinks, purples, golds, oranges, turquoises and yellows - and their series of wedding ceremonies may require a venue that gives you more flexibility. 


An 80s theme event practically demands neon colours, which could won't look quite right in an historic estate, which is instead sympathetic to, and the perfect setting for the golds, creams and silvers of a sophisticated glamorous corporate event.


What to do if you haven't yet picked a wedding theme

If you've booked your venue but haven't picked a decor theme, look for inspiration at the colours in the venue paintwork, artworks, light fittings, or the views. Do you look out to a city skyline, water or garden, for example?

You could also consider the season your date falls within. White, silver and deep green work well for winter-time events, spring calls for soft pastels, summer has more exuberant colours while autumn features rich reds, copper and browns.

Consider your partner's preferences for your wedding colour theme
Seriously, ask your partner what colour he or she prefers - especially if you plan to include that colour in your outfits!

Some men will simply refuse to wear pink or anything close to it, which could ruin your plans for a coral pink colour scheme. Others, including your bridesmaids, look washed out in certain colours (I'm sure you'll know what colours make their eyes sparkle from your favourite photos).

Some cultures are sensitive to certain colours:  death is connected with white in Japan, China and Korea, but mortality is the colour purple in Brazil and Thailand.

Two of the "safest" colour choices to ensure your colour scheme doesn't offend anyone are blue and orange, which are nearly universally well-regarded colours.

Consult the colour wheel
Still bamboozled by colour choices? Get instant, free inspiration from an expert online colour wheel widget by Adobe that lets you move the interactive cursor around the wheel to get five scientifically correct shades.

Have a play! See what sort of exciting colour options you get from the complementary, compound, analogous, triad and monochromatic shades.

Each colour gives you the RGB and HEX codes which you can use to get the correct shade of colour to give your designer for your invitations, and/or your stylist for table linens, sashes, flowers, lighting, sweets and so on.

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