Anybody have a formal wedding WITHOUT color themes?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 32
2253 posts
Buzzing bee

I think a lot of people who commented are confused about this whole “color theme” topic.

Every single person who said they didn’t have one, did, in fact, have a color theme. If you chose white linens because the guests would provide the color, that’s a color theme. If you chose gray because you and your husband like gray, that’s a theme. If you went by your bouquet, that’s a theme.

Like Julies1949 said, you end up with one by default. Each and every bit of bridal party attire and decoration could be a different color, and you’d still have a theme: mismatched or rainbow or colorful.

ETA: it is possible for a wedding to appear to have no color theme or scheme at all. I find that when that happens, it’s usually because someone tried to pick colors that go well together or have pops of color, but failed.

It can happen, but it’s usually because of bad taste. 

Post # 33
1389 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

Rhopalocera :  My bad, I guess my theme would be grey, ivory, black, white, green, pink, purple, gold, silver, peach, yellow, blue, red, orange, brown, wood, concrete, and marble 😂

Post # 34
2253 posts
Buzzing bee

angelinagonzalez :  You’d be right. 

I looked at your wedding photos, and there’s definitely a theme.

Post # 35
52 posts
Worker bee

My wedding is going to be in my FI’s family backyard on 10 acres. Our theme is “Garden int he rain” so basically wood, moss, ivory, pastel blue, florals, and hunter green for bridesmaids. I’m thinking grey pants, white long sleeves rolled up on the boys with a black tie, and I’m thinking flower crowns for the girls made with cedar and lavender. And my favourite touch: bamboo plates and cutlery!

Linens are ivory, and centrepieces are black lanterns with moss and succulents inside. I really want dried out logs and put moss on them, but Fiance won’t let me because he says bugs will get into the food, so I am doing old leather books with parts of them covered in moss as decor along with candles, metal, wood, and macrame accents. We are saying I do under a willow tree. 

This was my inspiration on Pinterest 


For the castle, can you do mostly metal accents? Like hammered gold cutlery, white linens and florals, and then add in pops of “royal” colours, like deep royal blue, burgundy and hunter greens, with lots of candles? Not to matchy-matchy, but more with leaving the venue as the “decor”. Or do harvest tables with greenery as runners?

Post # 36
1149 posts
Bumble bee

corinnemmm :  I think anything well put together has a color theme, whether it is obvious or not. Just that some people go overboard with matching colors and exact shades. Being overly matchy in a ways can save you money. Imagine ordering 10 kinds of flowers instead of just one simple kind. On the other hand, if you don’t limit some colors though you might end up with a rainbow.

Maybe focus instead of having a theme color, have some sort of unifying theme, such as a texture, “jewel tones,” environment themes such as resort or desert, or just have the florist decorate based on a period appropriate theme for the castle for instance.

Post # 37
469 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

corinnemmm :  it will be easier for you if you do choose a colour theme. 

My colour theme was bright rainbow, and I tell you what it wouldve been easier if I had’ve just picked a few colours that always look nice together. Trying to make a lot of colours look nice together isn’t easy. 

Post # 38
1715 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

We used a simple color theme of ivory and a variety of non-pastel blues to teal blues. Flowers were whatever was seasonal for a spring wedding, so loads of color. My dress was teal, BMs were dark blue, husband and groomsmen were in dark charcoal with blue vest (same as my dress). Linens were ivory and some variety of non-pastel blue to blue-green. Cake was ivory with fresh flowers.

We did not have a theme like others described lked “rustic”, “beach”, “country” or something else. 


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