Most people play it safe with muted color palettes and subtle décor for their wedding receptions. But why not take a bold step and use bright, eye-catching colors to create a memorable event that stands out from the rest?
Here are some tips for using bold colors at a wedding reception:
Choose a bold and bright invitation
Save the dates and wedding invitations incorporating bold colors will stand out and create a sense of excitement for your big day. Pantone describes its color of the year, Viva Magenta, as “brave and fearless, and a pulsating color whose exuberance promotes a joyous and optimistic celebration.” If that doesn’t describe a modern wedding, I don’t know what does! Other bright hues to choose from are fuchsia, teal, or orange.
Choose a vibrant color scheme
Taking a cue from your invitation, pair bold colors with a neutral base like white or ivory to make them pop. Repeat your signature color in a lighter or darker shade, or go wild and pair it with another bold color. For example, magenta goes beautifully with other pink tones and looks spectacular with yellow and turquoise.
Incorporate color in the floral arrangements
Flowers are a great way to incorporate bold colors into your reception décor. Use bright blooms like sunflowers, peonies, or dahlias to create stunning bridal bouquets and floral arrangements. Arrangements that include dark-to-light shades of a single color have a more refined look. Those that stick to deeper tones and add a few blossoms in a contrasting color have a lush and dramatic look.
Use color in unexpected places
Color can add interest and excitement to even the most traditional reception venue. Table linens and chair covers are a classic way to introduce more color into your reception. Brightly colored paper napkins are an inexpensive way to add color. But there are endless unique ways to incorporate bold colors. Use colorful backdrops to define different areas of the space, like the head table or a photobooth wall or behind the band or DJ. Use bright colors for your signage, or create a sitting area around a colorful rug.
Add color with lighting
Lighting can completely transform the look and feel of a wedding reception. Use colored lighting to add drama and create a unique atmosphere that complements your bold color scheme. Colored glassware filled with fairy lights or bright glass candlesticks can be the starting point for beautiful table decorations, and remember, candles don’t have to be white!
Make a statement with your cake
Your wedding cake is an opportunity to make a bold statement with color. Consider a cake with brightly colored fondant or sugar flowers that match your reception color scheme, or go all out and decorate with a cascade of bright blooms.
Balance is the key
Use bold colors to make a statement, but incorporate plenty of white or neutral hues to create a cohesive look. With the right balance, your wedding reception will be a celebration of color and style that your guests will never forget.