Colour creates emotion. Colour is used to set the mood or atmosphere in an exterior or interior setting. It gives a first impression and tells you a story. But do you really need to have a whole colour palette picked out for your wedding?
The good news is you don't. The most important thing is to consider what works with your venue, your theme (e.g. eclectic / bohemian) and with the lighting situation. However, we do recommend that have no more than 5 colours in the end (varying shades of each colour is totally fine).
This particularly applies for styling with Neon colours - whilst the pop look can be fabulous it is important to make sure that you don't go into overkill. Have subtle hints of neon through incredible flowers or stationery, but be sure to complement it with simple colours such as white table cloths and black bridesmaids outfits. If in doubt, just pick one or two neon colours and have the rest as subtle neutral colours. It's also a good idea to avoid 'trend' colours. Try to work with something that suits you as a couple and not just because all the bridal publications are using it.
Styling with white is also a consideration for many brides. For my wedding I initially wanted everything in white for our wedding. It was only when I started considering the over visual impact more that it became very clear that whilst the majority of the room (flowers, table cloths etc) could be white, there would be a better emotional response with a hint of colour. If you do have your heart set on white, then we'd suggest you pick all different shades and tones of whites and creams to give variation and depth.
Learn a much as you can about colour and give off the desired emotional response. We wrote more about this in an article on 'styling with colour and its emotional impact' as well as 'designer tools and styling colour with light' a little while back.
Overwhelmed, time-poor or just don't feel that you have an amazing eye for style? There are many other considerations around colour, such as monochromatic and related colours, contrasting and complimentary colours and analogous colours which we haven't even touched on. Each one can really effect how you go about styling your wedding. To have help working with colour, feel free to book in some colour coaching as this is really just the beginning!