Creating A Colour Scheme

I touched briefly on colour schemes for Autumn and Winter in the post for cold-weather weddings, and with a palette in front of you it’s easy to select a few colours that go together, but how do you go about creating a colour scheme from scratch?

To do this you need to both understand colour, and understand what kind of vibe you’re trying to create, whether it’s using different shades or tones of the same colour family, or clashing colours for a vibrant look.

We’re going to look in-depth at a colour wheel so that we can really understand the relationships between the colours!  There are more in-depth posts out there, but as our aim here is creating colour schemes for weddings, I’m going to stick to a few main groups.


Monochromatic Colours

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When you think “monochrome” you probably think of black and white, which is totally right!  However, monochrome doesn’t just mean black and white, (and all the grey in between) it’s simply varying tones of the same colour.  You can create a beautiful look for your wedding by doing just this!  These colours are all on the same “strip” of the colour wheel, and demonstrated perfectly by this centrepiece by Apples and Onions!  This is a great idea for showcasing your favourite colour, or highlighting the theme/time of year through colour!

Complementary/Contrasting Colours

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Contrasting colours (sometimes known as complementary colours) are opposites on the colour wheel.  These are high-contrast and really eye-catching.  A common misconception is that clashing colours is a bad thing, but when done properly it really has a great effect, whether soft and subtle like this cake from Pinterest or bright and popping like the invite from Wedding Obsession, contrasting colours really are complementary!  My own personal advice here, and it may just be my personal taste, but I would choose pastels or brights, and not mix both.  Mint green and tangerine should never be seen…  Or something like that!

Analogous Colours

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Historically this is a colour collection that I would have called “complementary”, but research reveals the correct term to be “analogous”.  These are the colours next to each other on the colour wheel.  These provide a visual harmony of colours, akin to the monochrome colour scheme.  Perhaps less eye-catching than contrasting colours, these colours will melt beautifully together, giving more of an eye-soothe than an eye-catch!  Demonstrated beautifully by this bouquet from Budget Bride.

Accent Colours


An accent colour cannot be demonstrated on a colour wheel really.  The idea is that you have perhaps a mostly monochromatic or analogous colour scheme, with one contrasting accent colour (usually bright and eye-catching) used to add punch to a colour scheme by using a splash here and there.  The idea here is not to over-crowd your scheme with more colours, but to add subtle highlights and hints of complementary colours here and there.  Demonstrated here by Bridal Guide, with a purple theme overall, with accents of orange.

What was, is, or will be your wedding colour scheme?  Do you think creating a colour scheme is hard?

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