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Choosing a colour palette based on nature

With 2017’s wedding trends embracing greenery, it comes as no surprise that a natural palette is popular among brides. Have a look at this blog for some Pinterest-worthy wedding ideas!

Using nature as inspiration is a great idea and actually incredibly diverse. You’ve got a wide range of colours to pick from and natural colours always tone so beautifully. I’ve picked my favourites for you lovely WedVen readers to ponder…

Wintery Wonders

Hurrah! It’s winter! The last leaves are falling, and the mist hovers in the mornings, while you feel cosy all wrapped up in your Uggs and the uber-long, knitted Dr Who-style scarf that you refuse to part with. If you’re lucky, you’ll maybe get some snow (well jel – pretty rare that it sticks down here in Devon) and you’ll feel inspired by the icy blues and grey-whites for your big day.

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Hold your wedding in a winter wonderland like Winslowe House, Hampshire, as pictured above. Channel your inner-Elsa, or Snow Queen, and choose cool blues and light shades of grey to flow through your wedding. Keep it cool and on-trend, taking inspiration from nature. Think glaciers and ice formations, stalagmites and the like. More glistening than glittery.

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Warm up the icy shades with a hot chocolate shade of brown; blues and browns always make a surprisingly lovely combination of colours. Don’t be afraid to add a touch of gold for added luxury!

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Awesome Autumnal Hues

I have always loved the cold, crisp air and flame coloured trees. During autumn,here I live, the hills are blanketed in the brightest shades of red, orange and gold right now. I genuinely can’t get enough of it! Nottinghamshire’s Hodsock Priory is one of my favourite autumn venues – just look at those incredible colours. Who wouldn’t want to get married there?

I’m sure I’m not the only one currently loving nature’s autumn beauty, but I think that a lot of Autumn brides opt for a flame-based palette for their wedding. However much I love these shades, having a fall wedding doesn’t mean you’re limited to them and them alone! Pine greens and honey yellows work beautifully too.

Add some warmth to a woodland-inspired theme, by pairing mossy greens with warm shades of bark brown. Frequently overlooked, brown is a sumptuous alternative to orange that compliments many colour palettes. I love how natural this palette feels – absolutely spot on for the outdoorsy autumn couple!

Everlong Evergreens

Greenery is still the gospel truth in the wedding world. Mix it up a little – pair your evergreen hues with sumptuous sage and deliciously rich buttercream, and you’ll have a winning winter palette that is far from cringeworthy-Christmassy. I love this colour palette and mood board put together by Heirloom.

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If you’re having a winter wedding, it might be too cold for outdoor vows, so bring a smidge of the outside in! Sit church candles in a mini-wreath, or use evergreens to decorate the tables. The natural look and the lovely festive smell will make your guests feel all cosy.

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Winter neutrals like these are a much needed antidote to the bleak wintery landscape and a nice change from the traditional icy-blues we often see at winter weddings.  Choose a venue that lets you decorate creatively, like The Otherist in London (shown above). Fir trees and burlap, with soft textures of the seasons – cashmere or velvet – make this palette combination a sheer delight.

There are so many variations on a “natural” theme…would you choose any other natural colour combinations? Let us know your favourites and send us a mood board or a pic of something that inspired your natural palette: @WedVen




Siobhan Strode
Siobhan Strode

As a regular wedding attendee Siobhan is our lady on the inside! Married for 10 years to her childhood sweetheart, she's an editor and brings her knowledge and skills to all things wedding related.