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How to Pick a Colour Scheme:

Updated: Oct 19, 2021

Olivia and Jude had their celebration at Stanlake Park Wine Estate. It is the most incredible vineyard, on the outskirts of Reading, and they took the opportunity of Lockdown to give their barn a stunning makeover. We came together with a selection of luxury wedding suppliers to showcase this beautiful building and its grounds for Olivia and Jude's special day.

Here are 3 things to keep in mind when picking your colour scheme:

1. What time of year are you getting married?

This one is possibly the most important thing to think about. Summer weddings have a different selection of flowers available than winter weddings. Similarly, winter weddings have different attire requirements than summer weddings.

Here's a couple of examples:

A summer wedding with a theme of navy and dusty pink can have pink roses and navy napkins, for example. In a winter setting, navy is better paired with silver or gold, to bring some brightness to the darker days, and dusty pink is better paired with slate grey or pearl to really accent the romantic softness.

This is why we chose and coral for Stanlake Park. It's a warm tone, associated with the seaside, which in itself embodies summer. Emma Woodhouse roses and Ranunculus were chosen to maintain the summer seasonality of the July weather, while also bringing some romantic and whimsical lightness to an otherwise very dramatic look.

For Stanlake Park, the colours that we chose reflected the warm summer aesthetic, and were chosen to complement the barn itself.

2. Your venue

This brings me nicely to point 2: what to do if your venue has a fixed colour. I'm talking the green carpet you can't get rid of, or the gold chandeliers.

It's easy enough to say "we'll pick a different venue" and you must pick a venue that you're completely in love with. After all, those pictures will last you a lifetime, so it's so important that you choose a location that speaks to you and the wedding of your dreams.

Having said that, when I got married at Grand Hotel de la Minerve, we had opted for the stunning terrace with a view, but if it had rained, we would have had to use their blue ballroom. It's important to bear decor in mind, and make it part of your colour scheme! We chose navy and apricot for our wedding, to work well with both the ballroom and the rooftops, so that no matter what we ended up with on the day we had gracefully incorporated our surroundings.

Luckily for Stanlake Park, barn interiors tend to be really adaptable for any colour scheme: the neutral backdrops of wood and brick lend themselves well to most colour combinations, provided the correct lighting and decor are provided.

3. Make it cohesive

There are endless shades of pink. Endless. There are also endless shades of "peach" or "navy" or "burgundy". It's really important therefore that you think about incorporating several shades of the same colour to have the most cohesive look; there is nothing more jarring than that odd sage accessory if your colour scheme is emerald.

Your venue stylist and event planner are the best people to organise this, but there are a few easy things you can coordinate to ensure that everything matches.

Firstly, use as few suppliers as possible. This way, you don't risk two different people supplying different coloured draping.

Secondly, let your suppliers talk to each other, so that your florist can confirm with the cake maker whether they'll need ribbon or fresh foliage, and that your calligrapher can know what colour the tablecloths are going to be. Trust your suppliers to do their best to make your wedding dreams come true.

We chose this beautiful summer palette of coral and peach to complement the warm tones of the brick interiors, while maintaining the softness of an elegant modern wedding. The decorators came in with similar tones, in coral and pink, for a really romantic, bold look. Accents of copper from the candlesticks and the plates brought in the warmer tones of the cake, while the wooden chairs kept the barn feel cosy and comfortable.

Have a look below at how it all came together.

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