Wedding colour palette trends for 2018

Deciding on a colour palette for your wedding can be one of the trickier aspects of the planning process. It can be overwhelming to see so many options available to you. First and foremost I would advise making sure whatever scheme you decide on works with your venue. It can be tempting to jump at your favourite colours, or be inspired by fashion trends like those seen with Pantone’s colour of the year (more on that later!), but choosing a palette that works in harmony with your venue’s decor will not only mean your overall look will shine, but it will also generally make it easier to stick to your budget by not having to hire in items just to cover up unwanted colour clashes. Of course if you are going for a marquee wedding you can just go for it – the literal ‘blank canvas’ means you can go big and bold in a way perhaps a country house or hotel won’t always work.

Wedding Colour Palette Trends for 2018

Credits: Caroline Tran Photography, Tulle & Grace, Sleepy Fox Photography, Jose Villa, The Ganeys, Jenny Yoo, Heather Anderson, Kerry Patel Designs, Riverland Studios, Brook Ryan Photography

Ultra Violet – the Pantone colour of the year

So, let’s start with the biggie for 2018 – Ultra Violet, the Pantone Colour of the Year. What Pantone says “A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.”

Wedding colour trends for 2018 Personally, this colour is a little too brash and harsh for my liking for general decor, and I certainly wouldn’t recommend it as a flattering bridesmaid dress shade for instance. However, I believe by using it as a tiny accent shade you can still make this bold tone work for you. Introduce it in your florals  – nature always makes everything that bit lovelier, and will soften everything to a palatable level. Particularly mixed with gentle lavender, lilac, grey and amethyst shades and some big blousy white blooms to keep everything with a touch of romance.

Bouquet by Fig Tree Flowers

Bouquet by Moss & Stone

Grey and Blush Wedding Colour Palettes

Grey and blush have been popular combinations for some years now, and we don’t see this trend fading anytime soon. For a fresh 2018 take, add hints of lavender and lavender grey, or a dash of peach and nude tones – these will add a depth to your colour palette and make everything come together beautifully.

‘Luna’ from TH&TH

Wedding Dress by Jessica Turner Designs

Greenery in your Designs

Another strong trend for greenery and botanical elements are still proving popular for the coming wedding season, with many choosing to include more tropical elements as well as oversized leaves. Dried grasses and seed heads are also coming to the fore, adding texture and soft taupe tones which are flattering as well as providing architectural details perfect for statement ceremony backdrops.

I hope you’ve enjoyed our little round up of colour palette trends for 2018 and beyond – we’d love to hear from you about your wedding colour palette ideas – are you sticking with traditional muted tones or embracing a bolder look?


And if you’re looking for more Ultra Violet colour inspiration you can see more on our Pinterest board!




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