I have to confess that I just love every type of wedding design. I know that doesn’t sound plausible, but I love a timeless wedding. I love a quirky wedding. I love a wedding saturated in the brightest of colors. I love an all white wedding and, well, you get the idea. But while I’m always ready to dive all in with color, for a lot of couples it can feel like somewhat of a risk to add too much color into their day. Many opt for a mostly neutral or white wedding with just a few pops of color here and there. In case you’re in the camp of wanting just a bit of color without going too wild, here are a few easy ways to incorporate color in ways that shouldn’t feel too risky.
Glassware comes in many colors and eras. Whether you opt for blue glassware from the 70’s or a more modern style, it can add a really fun and unexpected dose of color.
Whether it’s a menu, place card or both, adding color here can be an easy and non committal spot for just a little pop.
Whether for our full service clients or our stationery clients, we’re often called upon to get creative with color in the invitations and day of wedding stationery as they anticipate this to be their only source of color.
I’ve already claimed my love for fruit in tablescapes, but they can also be an easy way to add just the right amount of color to an otherwise neutral celebration. We do this often, actually. For Ali and Ryan’s Palm Springs wedding, they just loved lemons, so we added just a bit on the dinner tables as well as used them a bit more liberally on bars, the escort card table, cake table and more.
I’ve said it before, but don’t sleep on adding veggies to your table either. While this usually only works with very specific looks (ie, an Italian inspired pizza party, a Farmer’s Market inspired dinner party, etc.), eggplant, radishes and tomatoes (which I know are technically a fruit), can look gorgeous on the dinner tables.
TABLE RUNNERS & NAPKINS
If you only want white blooms, white plates, clear glasses, clean vessels and so on, you may opt for a little color in your linens. Even if you’re an all white linen sort of person, a colorful napkin or subtly patterned table runner can be a welcome dose of color to your pristine tablescape. And this goes for celebrating at home as well.
Like glassware, adding a little color to the charger plate can be a fun and somewhat subtle way to sneak in a bit of color.
SINGLE BLOOM BUD VASES
Add in a little color via a bud vase is easy and less committal than having color in all your blooms. One thing to note, however, is unless you’re creating a modern aesthetic or simply love color blocking, I would ask your florist to add a few bridge colors on occasion in the bigger arrangements. Just one or two peach blooms in an all white arrangement can make that pop of bright coral a bit more cohesive overall.
Taper candles come in so many amazing colors and we lean on them often when we want just a hint of color. While we typically opt for candles in more natural shades, I personally love a hot pink taper every now and again. So playful and chic at the same time.
Having a brightly colored bloom or a colorful silk ribbon wrapped around the napkin is not only a beautiful touch but can make your guests feel that much more honored.
If you can’t bring yourself to use color on your dinner tables, consider draping bars, food stations or other ancillary tables with a colorful textile.
While it’s a detail people rarely think about, the truth is there’s as many chairs as there are guests at your event. Meaning, chairs are a place to make a big impact. We love to add a super colorful chair pad when the occasion calls for it or even a fun pattern to play off the region or aesthetic we’re creating.