By Maria Immaculate Owechi
Many couples don’t realise that choosing a theme colour for your wedding ceremony is a crucial decision which has to be made the moment you start the planning process.
This is because your theme colour is the first detail your guests will take note of from the time they receive their invitations, to the reception décor, the cake and the wedding party outfits.
According to Marble Nabulo, a wedding planner with Magical Events, your choice of colour, how you use it and where you use it can either create a good or bad impression before your guests.
Nabulo adds that a wrong choice of colour combination can also spoil the couple’s vibe for their wedding reception.
The wedding planner shares about a friend’s wedding where they let their decorator decide on their theme colour.
She says her friend was terribly disappointed at how the chosen mismatched colours made their ceremony look like a circus party yet they wanted something colourful but elegant.
For those who are wondering how they can pick the right colour palette for their wedding ceremony. We took the initiative of talking to some wedding planning experts who shared some helpful tips on what basic wedding details you can consider before narrowing down to a theme colour(s).
Carry out research
Carrying out research is the first step in ensuring you choose the perfect theme whether you have some hues in mind or not.
You can start by looking at photographs of other wedding ceremonies online or from magazines and even drawing inspiration from a relative or friend’s ceremony.
According to UK Brides’ magazine, if you are unsure of what colours to pick, look at the colour wheel for inspiration.
They explain that you will also be able to see what colours work together or become eyesores.
Choose your favourite colour
Pick one or two colours that you love and incorporate them in your wedding whenever you feel it works best.
Always choose a colour that has been your favourite and don’t let someone else dictate for you. Your wedding is supposed to be all about you and what you love, so pick one or two colours that you love and incorporate them in your wedding details.
Nabulo shares that sometimes the chosen colours based on the bride and groom’s favourite may not blend together or bring out the theme they have in mind.
“In this case, a compromise can be reached where the bride can pick the base colour which can be predominantly used in details like wedding outfits while the groom selects the complementary colour for the decorations,” the wedding planner explains.
During an interview with NTV’s Mwasuze Mutya, singer Rema Namakula revealed that during her kukyala ceremony with husband Dr Hamuza Sebunya, they both shared maroon as one of their favourite colours.
Rema says this is why for her first outfit she wore a maroon gomesi while her husband wore a coat of the same colour.
The female singer added that navy blue is her other husband’s favourite colour that is why it was used in decorating their reception.
Consider the venue
It is important to have a theme colour in mind before you start your venue search according to Andrew Kawooya, a decorator who also works with Magical Events.
He says it is important to first think about what colours you would like to use and compare to see if it matches with the venue in mind.
“After choosing your perfect venue, use the existing details of the place to determine your colour choice,” Kawooya adds.
“For blank venues such as outdoor receptions, it is easier for you to pick any wedding colours since you won’t have to worry about clashing with existing décor,” he elaborates. “For other types of decorated venues such as hotels, restaurants or halls, look at the distinctive colours on any of the furniture, carpets or walls to determine your colour theme.”
The decorator adds that if that is the case, it is better to work with the existing colour by selecting complementary shades to blend with it rather than against it which may cause the room to be filled with tones of clashes.
Consider the mood
Your chosen colour theme sets the mood and dictates how you and your guests will experience the day.
If you want your wedding to feel more elegant incorporate colours like copper, bronze, silver or gold to add a bit of shine and sparkle.
For those who love the outdoors, Kawooya advises opting for bold, bright colours or down to earth colours like brown, green, maroon and tans.
He further shares that today it has become trendy for couples who want a classic wedding to opt for neutral palettes like white, ivory, cream, peach and many others.
For a calm and intimate feel, the decorator advises opting for lighter and warmer colours.
Consider the attire
Depending on your attire, it is important to take into consideration the shades that most flattering for your skin tone. This is because certain colours look better on certain tones of skin, so choose a shade that will compliment your complexion.
Here you shouldn’t forget your wedding party member’s attires either. This is because there is a chance that the people in your wedding party have a variety of skin tones.
For this case, Nabulo advises brides to consider opting for darker colours or those that are universally flattering colours.
Carol Adong, a cashier with Jazz Supermarket shares of a friend’s wedding where they wore yellow dresses as bridesmaids.
Adong says it didn’t flatter her dark skin tone and she looked almost invisible in the photographs.
Consider having complementary colours
You may have great colours in mind but the question is will they look good together.
Kawooya advises to always have at least one neutral colour like white, cream, ivory which can complement details like the Invites, backdrop, cake and décor. Then you can complement with another bright or a favourite shade of your choice to add variation.
However, you are advised to avoid picking too many colours for your wedding theme because they can get complicated to make them work well together.
Kawooya recommends committing to two or three colours to ensure everything matches perfectly.
With these tips in mind, we assure you that once you have decided on the perfect theme colour, all the other wedding details from the decoration to the wedding attires will come more easily.