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Are wedding colour themes a thing of the past?

When I started my wedding business in 2005 wedding themes were either pink, purple or red. Now they’re vintage, Hollywood glamour or festival. Have we moved on from strong colour themes to a new focus on style?

Vintage wedding styling image by Lumiere Photography

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I think it’s an exciting change. Choosing an era or strong style for wedding decor is a more creative approach than limiting yourself to a single colour and trying to make everything match. Ten years ago a mismatched wedding was almost unthinkable – and now it’s one of my favourite styles.

Michael from Paper Themes told me, “There has definitely been a shift towards couples choosing wedding ‘themes’ over colours, with trends such as ‘vintage’ and ‘retro’ being the favourite. Themes, of course, allow for a range of colours, textures and visual elements to be incorporated into your big day rather than just one main colour. That’s not to say that colour themes aren’t still important however. Colours such as navy and purple have been very popular during 2013 and I believe will continue to be so in 2014.”

wedding colour trends

Wedding styles 10 years ago

  1. Purple butterflies
  2. Fuchsia pink with diamantes
  3. Red for winter
  4. Snowflakes and sparkle
  5. Disney

Wedding styles today

  1. Vintage
  2. Bohemian
  3. Festival
  4. Hollywood
  5. DIY
vintage wedding

Photo credit Nine Photos

Our change in approach certainly doesn’t mean we’ve seen the last purple butterfly – indeed, Wedding Crafter has a few to choose from! (and all their embellishments are sorted by colour). But you won’t see many on Pinterest.

colourful wedding photography by Jonny Draper

Photo credit Jonny Draper

Instead we’re spoilt for choice with an eclectic and ever-expanding array of gorgeous party picks and vintage china for hire. There’s bunting by the tractor-load and quotes and signs are taking centre stage.

The more colourful your wedding, the better – and if you’re a colourful, eccentric and creative couple then there’s more freedom now than ever before to create a day which really reflects your personalities.

I definitely think if I was planning a wedding, my choice of colour scheme would be “all of them“. What about you?

Claire xx

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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