Choosing your color palette is a tricky task – maybe not quite as bad as creating the guest list, but it’s up there. Step one in making that process a little easier? Consult with your wedding planner or event designer about what hues will work best in your venue. Step two? Soak in inspiration, like these beautiful takes on the ombre trend going around the wedding world. Our favorite fool-proof take on the trend? Incorporate blooms in various shades of the same color to make for a super-simple and eye-catching ombre look.
Single Hue Place Setting
Take a single-hue and transform it into an entire palette. From rich concord to delicately sun-kissed magenta, this place setting has it all. The easiest way to incorporate a pop of color to your guests’ place settings? Swap traditional clear glassware for the colored variety. It makes a big impact (as most thoughtful details do!) without all the dreaded DIY prep other colorful touches would require.
Multi-Tiered, Multi-Colored Wedding Cake
Here’s a tip: stick to soft tones in various shades to create an easy-on-the-eyes ombre cake design. If you’re celebrating outdoors, it might be best to steer clear of buttercream and opt for a sturdier finish, like fondant (or even a naked cake!). Choose blooms in a palette-approved gradient or add similarly-colored fruits to add a pop of color.
Garden Variety Bouquet
If there were ever a trend that could totally stand the test of time, it’s garden-like bouquets. Their natural softness and elegant shapes have us all “heart eyes emoji” every time a new one appears on our Instagram feed. Incorporating an ombre effect is simple. Talk to your floral designer about incorporation different blooms in different hues, but make it clear you don’t want to stray too far from that palette. Florists have a knack for using blooms you’ve probably never heard of before – embrace that! Be firm on your palette, not on bloom varieties for the most cohesive look.
Breezy Watercolor Invitation Suite
Talk with your stationer about adding a splash of color to your suite design. They’ll take one color and simply add a touch more water* to get the gradient effect of your dreams. Use that watercolor on details across your planning – from the invitation to the escort cards – to add a bespoke touch without keeping everything too “matchy-matchy.”
(*whether hand painted or computer designed!)
Two Tone Watercolor Escort Card Display
Why stick to just one hue? If you’re utilizing two colors who stand alone, go ahead and use them together! Bright pops of blue and orange work well together – the trick is choosing complementary colors (yes, like you learned about in elementary school) that set each other off without being abrasive. Watercolor tones the hue down to replicate an ombre effect without actually varying colors on each card.
Dip-Dyed Ombre Napkins
Love dip-dyed napkins? You probably won’t love the process of making them. Stained blue finger tips aren’t cute on your wedding day, seriously. Ask your planner about specialty rental companies who more-than-likely already have a similar style linen available for reservation. (Editor’s note: Besides the added work and time it takes to DIY these napkins, you also need to factor the time it takes to collect each one, launder them and store them. Chances are, you’ll want to just trash them at the end of the night… which isn’t exactly cost-effective.)
Paint Chip Escort Card Display
This project is as simple as hiring a calligrapher! All you have to do is choose your colors and collect the paint chips from any home improvement store. Yes, you’ll have to enlist a bit of help from your mom and planner to find them all, but once you’ve collected your paint chips, send them off to a professional hand-letterer to get the royal wedding day treatment. From there, your event designer will construct your escort card display they would any other.
Multi-Tone Reception Setup
From a delicately draped ceiling to the chandelier dripping with multi-hued blooms, a reception space lends itself to an array of transformative color options. Stand alone installations are a big trend, from florals to custom-painted, they each create a stunning backdrop to any ceremony or reception. Having your entire event in one venue? Lucky you! Keep the installation in it’s place and turn the ceremony backdrop into a sweetheart table focal point (other than you and the groom, of course!) for minimal hassle.