Post # 1
I’m getting married in summer next year, and I’ve got my heart set on an outdoor ceremony, probably followed by an outdoor cocktail reception.
I’ve fallen in love with some amazing, bright bouquets (see pics below) and the FI and I have decided that we want a very fresh-feeling, bright, light, summery feel. My question is – how do I pull this off without ending up with a colour overload? I still want it to look pulled together, not OTT with random colours everywhere.
I’ve basically decided that I’ll be having a colourful bouquet, like one of the ones below (I like the 1st and 3rd ones), as will my bridesmaids. I think I’ll have them wear similar, chiffon, flowy cocktail dresses – could I get away with having them each in different colours (e.g. orange, yellow, red, purple)?
For the tables, I was thinking perhaps white table cloths with 2 other colours (e.g. red & yellow), having a floral centrepiece in these colours and alternating napkin colours or half the tables all red napkins and the other half all yellow napkins.
Would this look ok, or an overload of colour? Any ideas what I can do with the other decorations (hanging, favours, lighting, candles, guestbook, etc.)?
Post # 3
those tulip and lily bouquets are so sweet. i think teaming a few bright colours with a lot of white would help keep things fresh
Post # 4
@stokieGal: I agree! I would definitely use a lot of white…
ETA: I’m so pinning these pics!
Post # 5
LOVING your ideas!!!
We had something very similar to this and I had all my girls wear different colours of dresses – and it looked lovely!
I had a multi-coloured bouquet that had all the colours of the BMs dresses, and they had simple ivory bouquets.
My advice would be stick to a handfull of colours on your main decor – dont go too overboard with every colour of the rainbow in every shade you can find!
Here are a few pictures of mine, dont have any of the venue yet as these are just from the sneak peak…..
Post # 6
I love your pics! Please please update with more once you get them, this is so close to how I envision mine 🙂 I wasn’t too sure about the white bouquets for the other girls, but yours look lovely – understated enough to not cause a massive colour clash. How did you choose the dress colours – did you give them a colour palette to choose from, or just let them pick their own colours?
Post # 7
I let the girls choose their own dresses as they all have very different shapes/sizes/skintones/haircolour.
I wanted us all to look and feel amazing and each girl knows what suits them best. I was a bridesmaid once where I had to wear a dress that was actually gorgeous but it was so wrong for my colour and body shape that I looked like a washed-out bell jar when the other BMs looked amazing! I didnt want to do that to my girls, so I let them choose what they knew suited them best.
Obviously I got final say – my only stipulation was that the dresses be floor length and chiffon. You’ll see my girl in navy blue is actually wearing satin, but I liked it so I let her go for it.
As soon as I get the rest of the professional pics I will upload some. My flower of choice for the venue was actually Gerbera Daisies. With there being so many colours, I didnt want an overload of different types of flowers in the venue so we stuck with the gerberas and used different colours.
I might have some non-professional pics of the things I used in the venue – will hunt them out so you have an idea!
Post # 8
Ok found some things.
Here I have our table plan – tables were decorated with white linen but each had a different coloured decor
My scatter petals, used these to add a splash of colour to the tables, looked amazing in contrast to the white
Tealight candles which we also used to decorate the tables
Little jars that I had been collecting, we had plain white tealight candles in these and used them to make a lit walkway outside the venue, and to add a bit of ambiance to the reception at night
Tags we added to our favours, which was little bottles of skittles vodka in all different colours. Our guests loved them lol
Post # 9
So pretty! I think I might pick a style of dress (e.g. strapless chiffon) and let the girls pick colours – they’re all either hourglasses or athletic so I’m quite lucky to not have to worry about vastly different sizes/shapes.
I really really really love the skittle vodka idea and may well steal it for my wedding.So cute, personal, and fun to make (mmm vodka tasting) 🙂
Post # 10
I worked at a wedding function once where the bride had picked 4 different colour gerberas in bright and jewel colours and themed the wedding around that. Each of the 4 bridesmaids wore a dress in that colour, different layers on the cake…maybe I’m not explaining it right but it was very pretty and fun.