Every now and then, a trend will come along which sticks. It becomes embedded so deeply that over time, it establishes a classic status. The elegant colour combination of blush and gold is the perfect example of this.
I love a blush and gold wedding, but more often than not, it’s considered too obvious or even worse, easy to accomplish. As a stylist, I can hand on heart say that a blush and gold wedding is anything but.
If you asked five of your friends to pick out a colour swatch they perceived to be the perfect shade of blush, I can guarantee you they would all choose a different swatch. The same can be said for gold. There are so many different shades of gold, from champagne gold to vintage yellow gold and rose gold. Whilst it’s totally acceptable for things not to appear too matchy-matchy, it’s important to have a sound understanding of how you visualise your wedding day to be.
And this is not easy to do, for a number of reasons. More often than not, my couples won’t necessary see the differences until pointed out. Pinterest boards will often comprise of a combination of different styles and tones, a mix of rustic chic and grand elegance. They will lack consistency, and whilst the overall concept is there, we just need to pin down exactly what that is.
It’s the process of pinning down an aesthetic which I think most couples struggle with and the reason why on the day, things don’t look quite as they envisage. It’s all too easy to get bogged down with the specifics – candy carts and chair drapes before actually understanding what it is you are trying to achieve on a large scale.
That’s precisely why I offer a design service to my couples, as well as supplier sourcing and on the day styling. You wouldn’t get in the car to go on a journey to a place you’ve never been before without first mapping out how you’re going to get there (or at least typing it into your sat nav!). The same can be said for planning your wedding. It’s important to know how you’re going to get to the end result before you start paying deposits for things you might not necessary need, or which don’t necessarily fit in with the concept you have in mind. Sadly, I see it happen time and time again.
So, I’ve come up with five of my best tips to help you to achieve the blush and gold wedding you’ve been dreaming of. Here they are…
Tip One: Establish the precise shade
There are hundreds probably thousands of variations for the colour ‘blush’, and the same can be said of ‘gold’. Pinning down the precise shade is the first step to streamlining your vision for your wedding day. You’ll also need to consider how they will work together. Champagne gold is probably the most popular choice right now because of it’s subtle and modern feel. Vintage yellow gold, less so although it can work well if you’re aiming for a strong, more traditional feel. You’ll need to consider how the colours will look in certain lights, so take into account the season of when you’re getting married, as well as the editing style of your photographer. If you’re dreaming of a light and airy, romantic feel to your wedding photos, then stick to light blush and champagne golds and opt for a fine art style wedding photographer. If you prefer a more moody and intimate photograph, then explore darker shades of ‘blush’ and richer more vibrant golds.
Whether it’s using a dulux or pantone colour swatch, or taking inspiration from a piece of jewellery or a household object, keep it in mind when making choices about the rest of the styling for your day.
Six different colours which could be considered ‘blush’
Tip Two: Establish the style
As mentioned above, often when I take a look at my couples Pinterest boards when they first instruct me, they will consist of a combination of different styles and moods. That’s the beauty and purpose of Pinterest – to pin anything which makes you inwardly shout ‘that’s it!’.
As a first step, that’s fine and all part of the process. But it’s important to move on from there before making any swift decisions. The first question to ask yourself is, where are you getting married? If you’ve yet to select your venue then think about how you want your wedding day to feel. Are you a hopeless romantic, dreaming of a classic, elegant and luxury wedding? Perhaps a country manor or an elaborately draped marquee with a traditional feel would best suit you. If you’re picturing a more relaxed, informal feel for your day with more natural elements then perhaps a more rustic, barn or Ti-pi wedding is more your style.
Now think about how you might style your wedding based on where you are getting married. If you’ve opted for an elaborate marquee with drapes or a traditional country estate, think about what might work best within the surroundings. Natural textures such as wood, stone and grasses tend to look out of place in these types of venues particularly if you are setting out to achieve an elegant and luxe feel. Instead, opt for metallic’s, glass, candle light and soft textures like floaty chiffon, silk or delicate lace.
Below I give the example of two different styles of wedding both with the same colour palette of ‘blush and gold’. See the difference?
Tip Three: Create a Moodboard
Once you’ve created your Pinterest board and have a better understanding of the colour palette and style, the next step is to create a moodboard. There are a variety of online tools to do this, or you could simply create a new Pinterest board. Be careful to only pin images which actually fit within the perimeters you’ve set but don’t be afraid to think outside of the box – don’t limit yourself to wedding photos. It really can be anything, so long as it fits in with your vision. Whether it’s a certain texture or a quote from a song or a film you’d like to use as inspiration for the day, build the blueprint to your wedding and you’ll save yourself lots of wasted time, effort and money in the long run.
Here is an example of one of my moodboards for a recent styling concept (head over to the gallery to see it come to life)
Tip Four: Think quality over quantity
I’m a big advocate of less is more. You don’t need to spend a small fortune on lots of props and the latest gimmicks in order to build a beautiful wedding. More often than not, they don’t serve any purpose and actually end up devaluing the design you have in mind. Choose things which fit in with your vision and actually mean something to you.
Time and time again couples skip the design part and send me a list of items they think they need to bring to life their dream wedding and more often than not, they end up spending a small fortune on things which when put together, don’t have any resemblance to the imagery they’ve pinned or the vision they’ve described to me.
Once you’ve pinned down your vision and created your moodboard, you can start to think about what styling elements you might need to bring it to life. Think about the space you have to fill and what features you wish to really accentuate. Perhaps your venue has a beautiful mantle piece or window overlooking the grounds. Also take into account where your guests will be throughout the day and how much time they will spend in each room or area. This will help you allocate your budget wisely. Think of ways to reuse styling elements throughout the day to maximise their effect – for instance, ceremony flowers can be reused for the wedding breakfast and the reception in lots of different ways. When choosing your suppliers, think about what they do best. Does your florist specialise in loosely tied, wild and natural arrangements and if so, does this fit in with the concept you have in mind? Choose suppliers who fit in with your vision and don’t forget to show them your moodboard when making your enquiries so they get a greater understanding of what you are asking them to be a part of. It will make their job that much easier and you’ll be sure to get better results.
Tip Five: Stay true to your vision
I touched on this a little earlier, but stay true to you. It’s all too easy to get bogged down with the latest trends – doughnut walls, prosecco stations, candy carts and fussy chair decorations.
Is that really you?
Don’t fall into the trap of having what your best friend or work colleague had at their wedding because you think it’s the done thing. Trends come and go and believe me, where weddings are concerned they can go out of date very quickly! You don’t want to be looking back at your wedding album in only five years time wondering why on earth you had a ‘pimp my prosecco’ station when you don’t even like prosecco!
Do you, and you won’t go far wrong!
Leanna Elizabeth Weddings specialises in elegant, romantic and whimsical weddings. If this sounds like the wedding you’re dreaming of, I would love to hear from you!