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Hot topic: Colour pop

How to inject colour in to your wedding day...

...with photography

...with photography

Q. How can I add a splash of colour to my wedding day?

A. Kirsty Corbett says: I love a colourful weddings, for me the vibrancy adds an extra sense of joy to the occasion. You can be playful with your colour schemes and add subtle pops of brightness throughout the day, without making your wedding look over the top. First, start to think of colours as building blocks. Start with one base shade and carefully introduce a maximum of three main colours which complement each other. Make sure they are all harmonising tones, too many can look messy. Be strategic with where you place the boldest hue to add personality to your wedding while keeping it elegant, unique and fun.

Adding your colours to the wedding in all design elements, down to the smallest details, is a perfect strategy for making your ceremony and reception pictures unique and memorable. All photographers in the UK each have their own individual style, from reportage and artistic to traditional and documentary; find a style that you both like that reflects the theme of your day. Find a photographer that edits their photos in a style that you love, in order to create fun and natural images that reflect you both.

Don't let tradition, outside pressure, cost or especially wedding culture, squash your creativity and enthusiasm. Weddings are all about you, so make them unmistakably so! Enjoy the process and let your imagination run wild!

...with lighting

...with lighting

Q. How can I add a splash of colour to my wedding day?

A. Philip French says: Choose one or two complementary colours and use them throughout. Start by focusing on enhancing architectural features such as fireplaces, pillars or trees as this will help create depth. Then look at your key ingredients, the bar, dancefloor and seating area and ensure they are suitably lit.

A final tip; when looking at lighting around food, ensure you do not use blues or greens around white meat such as chicken or pork as they have an adverse effect on the look.

...with the transport

...with the transport

Q. How can I add a splash of colour to my wedding day?

A. Steven Brightey says: As with many design choices, style and etiquette change over time. Around 50 years ago, black was the expected wedding car colour. Then came white. However, these days there is a wide range of colours available for your wedding, which require careful consideration to complement the wedding party and their grand arrival.

Black remains popular, being elegant and stylish, and white is a traditional choice symbolising purity and simplicity.

Silver is as an alternative option to black or white and depicts modern elegance. Pink and gold are gentle, feminine colours which suit a romantic theme wedding. Darker colours such as burgundy, blue and green are becoming more popular, as these evoke smooth and serene visions, and will show off a white or cream bridal dress, plus complement most bridesmaid dress colours.

...with flowers

...with flowers

Q. How can I add a splash of colour to my wedding day?

A. Kate Faccenda says: If you want to add a bit of drama to your wedding day then there's an amazing range of rich luscious pinks and electric blue silk flowers that we are totally in love with. We'll be stocking up in 2019 and can't wait to make a knock-out ceremonial archway or garland for the top table in these colours.

We're also loving the huge flowery pom poms now available in fabulously bright colours that you can get to hang from the ceiling of your venue or hang in a tree outside. Such a cost-effective way to decorate especially if your wedding location needs that little bit of extra help to turn it into your dream venue (www.pompomstudio.co.uk).

...with attire

...with attire

Q. How can I add a splash of colour to my wedding day?

A. Beverley Edmondson says: Firstly, I'd think about what your mum feels comfortable in and the colours that suit her, if you put her in shades that don't work with her colour palette, it's not going to suit her or make her feel amazing, any unsureness in what she is wearing will also show in the wedding pictures. If she really wants to wear a colourful outfit, be careful not to strip out the important parts of her personality, she still needs to look and feel like herself and like your mum.

Maybe a neutral background dress with bright floral pattern would work well; then with the accessories she can pick up on the brighter tones to give her a pop of colour but with the background still tying with the bridal party.

You can always get shoes and a handbag dyed to match the contrast colour hat as well (we offer this service).

Alternatively, statement headwear in the tones of your bridal party will give your mum that bolder look, headwear doesn't need to be traditional, a statement headpiece on the right person will make them stand out but in an elegant understated way. It's not always about being the brightest, subtle tones can also be a statement in their own right, just make sure the tones work against your mum's skin tones and makes her glow.

...with styling

...with styling

Q. How can I add a splash of colour to my wedding day?

A. Annabel Grange says: Adding an accent colour to your styling, yet still ensuring it's elegant, can be difficult; but follow the tips below...

❤ Introduce sprays of diamantés and crystals in your accent hue into ivory/white bouquets for a subtle pop of colour. Ask your florist to bind the bouquets in your shade to add another hint of it.

❤ I sometimes add in ribbons into all the flower arrangements, especially when the couple have chosen a colour that's not found naturally in fresh flowers, for instance navy blue or teal.

❤ Use crystals, beads or coloured water in the base of vases for tablecentres, or even add an LED light to reflect your chosen colour, these work especially well under water!

❤ Add a table runner or organza/lace/satin overlay, in your chosen hue to add texture too. Use drapes and swags on bannister railings, poles and table fronts.

❤ Scatter sparkling crystals on the tables and mirror plates. Name tags, napkins and favours can also be used to add a small accent of colour to your tables.

❤ A fairylight backdrop always gives wow factor, but why not add some drapes of coloured swag too?

❤ Up-lighters can illuminate a fairylight backdrop or curtain drapes, or use them to colour special venue features such as fireplaces. Used on the outside of the building they will always look amazing and give a modern twist.

❤ Chair covers or Chiavari chairs can be adorend with a strong coloured sash, remember, organza gives a more subtle finish that satin or taffeta.

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