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Wedding Colour Combinations – New Trends For Planning Your Wedding in 2014

Some great wedding colour trends and ideas for planning your wedding!



Looking for a modern funky and fresh colour palette for your wedding, with teal trending massively in the wedding world looking fantastic on its own, with a vintage peacock style or in contrast to this beautiful vibrant orange,
Combine your bridesmaid dresses with stunning bouquets, umbrellas and more and make sure that your tables are decorated with glowing bonbonniere and favour ideas that are ribboned in a sea of teal and orange!

Purple & Silver



There are so many gorgeous shades of purple from plum to lilac, violet to lavender all of which will look fabulous teamed against a silver grey!

The majority of trends using these two colours will have silver in the underlying element such as for the bridesmaid’s dresses and then use the purple palette for the accents such as in the wedding flowers, bouquets and table decorations.

Green & Pink



Paper lanterns are extremely popular for weddings and you can buy these in a range of bright and bold colours, collect yourselves some matching napkins, green or pink table runners and matching gift ideas and you have the perfect green and pink themed wedding.

Aqua & Red


This modern yet retro colour combination is simply stunning! Blow your guests away with some bright red flowers, pom poms and accessories. Choose patterns that suit your colour choice, cherries are a great one for this!

You can use brightly coloured drapes of aqua and red to paint the celling in your wedding colours, this trend can be as subtle or as out there as you like. Maybe you will add simple touches like peep toe shoes in red, even the bride can join in this one. Consider a candy or lolly buffet to brighten up the room and buttonholes.

Mint Green & Brown



Not only doe s this combination of colour send your taste buds crazy as it makes you think of mint chocolate but also works so well as a wedding trend! From your wedding invitations through to your decorations on the day this contrast of light and dark looks simply irresistible.

Be careful with your shades of brown as these can sometimes look off if they are not deep enough in colour, but be sure to keep things cool with a mint green element. Plan your wedding favors carefully, maybe you could house a small chocolate in a mint egg or simply use your colours to theme a personalized item such as a bottle opener or wedding stubby holders.



Rainbow Color Theme

This year the rainbow color theme took off. I believe this is a trend that we will see carry into 2014.



SURPRISE…!!! This is a huge thing this year and there are so many ways that you can bring an element of surprise into your wedding. Why not show your individuality and add a truly personal touch – if you are a fan of flats and not big on heels then why not wear a bridal gown that falls right to the floor and hide a pair of sneakers underneath?! Or perhaps you are known for a favorite colour or have a nickname that can be represented by a particular colour – then your surprise could be your bridal shoes… with some bright killer heels under your white dress – you could even match into your bridesmaid colours or flowers!

Trends, Patterns and Colour Ideas For Your Wedding!

Keep Everybody Smiling…

In keeping with a good-natured feel to your wedding day there are some other fun elements that you can add into the mix. Photo booths are becoming increasingly popular and the props you choose can also be translated into design ideas that you can use throughout your wedding stationery, table decorations and to make the basis for your wedding theme.


Props that represent the bride and groom’s personalities are great plus you can add some real colour and interesting poses to your wedding photographs! Make sure you have tonnes of moustaches, luscious lips and top hats to finish off your theatrics!

Setting the Mood…

For a more formal setting add some mood lighting – candles and chandeliers are huge this wedding season and can add a flash of posh to your wedding reception. Whether you are outside and hanging glass candle jars and chandeliers from the trees or indoors with high ceilings that need that extra special lighting, you can be sure that these will brighten up your day.

candles & chandeliers


Trends are also seeing symbols featuring chandelier silhouettes on wedding invitations and throughout wedding stationery! Check out some of our design ideas at the bottom of this feature.

A Splash of Colour and Keeping in Pattern…

When it comes to your wedding invitations we have got it sorted, fashion this year is asking for bright almost fluoro hints of colour, brides are loving the use of neutral shades and then a colour that simply pops from the page with unusual and modern design patterns having a massive influence on the way that brides are shopping this year…

Introducing The CHEVRON zig-zagging its way to a wedding table near you! This spikey design looks fabulous on napkins, table runners, in bridesmaid accessories and of course on your wedding invitations and bridal partystubby holders!


Other popular wedding patterns include hexagonal honeycomb styles and Arabic influenced, tapestry designs.

Wedding Theme: The ’20s


During the 1920′s, economic prosperity was at a high, patriotism soared following World War I, jazz music thrived, and lets not forget the flappers – a fresh breed of self-sufficient and outspoken women who emerged with their shorter skirts, bobbed hair, and new-found independence after winning the right to vote in 1920.  With much of the world currently obsessed with Downton Abbey (I’m a self-proclaimed addict myself) and with The Great Gatsbyhitting the big screen in May, my prediction is that the trends and styles of the 1920′s will greatly influence the wedding world this year.


Receptions get creative, personal

More personal, more inventive.

Those are the dominant trends in wedding receptions, experts say, in an era when brides have all the resources of the Internet to plan, share and often produce their own affairs.



Many are drawn to something beyond the traditional banquet/speeches/garter throw-and-go reception of the past.


Sites like Project Wedding, The Knot, Wedding Wire and Pinterest show a wide variety of designs for fabric and paper decorations, centerpieces, color schemes, food table displays and party activities. A bride can take on the creative task herself with friends, or share her favorite ideas with professional planners or vendors.

There are tips online for hosting an under-$5,000 wedding (have an afternoon affair serving cookies, cider and champagne instead of a whole meal, decorate tables with trails of polished river rocks and small bowls of single-hued flowers), or making a large reception feel more intimate (group people at smaller tables, provide sofas or lounge areas for casual conversation).

Many sites include region-specific vendor lists.

A bride “has access to tons of creative, easy ideas that she can even replicate herself to save a little money and add unique personality to her event,” says Diana Vermeulen, who runs the Detroit-based Moxie Photography. She shoots photojournalist-style weddings with a contemporary vibe; she likes to train her camera on candid moments — a group of guests sharing a laugh; the bride in a pensive moment; kids and dogs enjoying the party.

Shira Savada, an editor at Martha Stewart Weddings, says that when it comes to details, today’s brides aren’t “just duplicating something they see in a magazine — it’s ordering something custom through Etsy, or having mom make fabric napkins instead of renting.”

Vermeulen recalls one couple who gave a nod to older relatives by displaying several of their old wedding dresses on dress forms.

“It was a real point of interest for guests and a virtually cost-free way to decorate some areas of the reception hall,” she says.


Craig Norton, director of operations for the Prince George Hotel in Halifax, Nova Scotia, says themes are in. He oversees between 40 and 50 weddings a year, with budgets from $10,000 to $120,000.

“We’ve done a Parisian theme, with a bistro menu en francais. We did a summer camp theme for a couple who had met at one. There was food served in a canoe, a campfire, picnic tables and s’mores,” he says.


Savada, at Martha Stewart, says color palettes have gotten more unusual: combos such as gray and black paired with coral, or ivory and cream with emerald.

“Black may not be the first color you think of when you think wedding, but it packs a punch and can be quite elegant,” she says. “And metallics are all over the place.”

Ask Martha: Wedding Guest Etiquette – Martha Stewart Weddings Planning & Tools


From www.marthastewartweddings.com  – Browse Martha Stewart Weddings’ Ask Martha: Wedding Guest Etiquette collection. Find everything you need to start planning your wedding including checklists, tools, and inspirational how-to ideas to fit your budget at MarthaStewartWeddings.com.

Unique Wedding Favors

Planning a wedding is stressful enough without having to worry about choosing and assembling unique wedding favors. The little packets of pastel Jordan almonds or customized matchbooks have already been done, so what can you do that’s totally different and sure to make all of your guests smile? Here’s my list of 8 unique, adorable wedding favors, in all price ranges, and for all wedding styles and themes!


If you’re planning a light-hearted, casual wedding, these custom-made fortune cookies would make perfect favors! Choose from 13 different frosting colors, 10 sprinkle choices, and 8 different colored hearts to match your wedding colors… and you can even put your own special message inside each cookie…

Price: $22.00 for 20 at beau-coup.com
Who doesn’t love tea? These gorgeous, elegant tea sachets would be a great favor for a more sophisticated, traditional wedding. Choose from seven different flavors (like Earl Grey or Jasmine) and add the personalized labels with your names and wedding date.

Price: $2.95 for 24 or more at beau-coup.com
These tiny working gumball machines come in two colors — blue or black — and add a whimsical touch to your wedding reception. These would be perfect favors for a wedding that’s casual and fun, rather than serious and somber…

Price: $7.10 for the pair for 72 or more at beau-coup.com
Yum, brownie pops! These gorgeous pops feature a delicately decorated chocolate shell with a moist, delicious brownie inside! Choose from five styles (including Bride and Groom) and be prepared to hear the oohs and ahhs from all of your guests!

Price: $5.00 each for 72 or more at beau-coup.com
If you’re having an outdoor wedding, or a destination wedding, you might not want an edible or fragile favor. Try these sweet little key rings instead! Each tiny fortune cookie opens on a hinge to reveal two 6-sided message dies, and you can even tuck your own message inside!

Price: $2.75 each for 96 or more at beau-coup.com
Are you planning a beach-themed wedding? Then these pretty tealight holders are the wedding favor for you! Each clear glass tea light holder is filled with genuine tiny seashells and starfish, and comes complete with a long-burning white tealight. Perfect!

Price: $6.00 per 12 ounces bag at beau-coup.com
We’ve all been to wedding receptions where the favor was a tin net bag filled with some candy or other. But have you ever seen a pretty silver box filled with cute candy hearts? Choose from tiny red-hot hearts or pastel-colored sweet hearts, and your guests will be delighted!

Price: $1.90 each for 60 or more at beau-coup.com
You and your husband-to-be are the perfect match, so why not celebrate your perfect blend with your guests? These little coffee packets come with customized labels proclaiming your love and affection… and they have a shelf life of 3-6 months…
So many unique wedding favors to choose from, however will you decide? Why not let your mother or your soon-to-be mother-in-law choose? I’ll bet she’d love to give her input! Which of these do you like best? Please let me know…