Theming: Writing Your Colour Story

Whether bold and bright or subtle and light, a colour theme is sure to create a lasting impression

  • Story by Photography by Sutherland Kovach


Whether bold and bright or subtle and light, a colour theme is sure to create a lasting impression. From the flowers to attire, Annie and Hannah from Auckland-based photography company Sutherland Kovac share some helpful tips to create a unique, colourful experience for you and your guests. 

Blooming lovely
• Repetition works wonders. Make a strong statement by keeping the colour theme consistent. Small accents in complementary colours increase the ‘wow’ factor.
• Display flowers in vases, jugs or buckets in correlating colours. Alternatively, go for white vessels with cute, animated patterns.
• Make your first impression one of floral fantasia. Bring the garden inside by creating an entry table brimming with a variety of flowers in all shapes and sizes. For an outdoor wedding, set an enchanting scene by hanging floral garlands or strands of ivy from tree branches.
• Break the buttonhole mould – use bold berries and textured grass instead of flowers.

Picture this
• Even if you marry in a pristine or adorned setting, you can enrich your photographs by creating a colourful scene around you.
• Hang bunting flags from the ceiling to set a party scene.
• Embellish your environment with interesting furniture such as an extravagant chaise lounge, wooden stools, quirky mismatched chairs or richly upholstered furniture.

All about attire
• Consider donning a bright pair of shoes or a sash. A wrap or coat in a vivid shade can add a flattering radiance to your face, while giving you two looks in photos.
• Get your groom in on the fun. A bright shirt or tie will make his look more dynamic or ask him to consider a colourful suit – no one ever said the groom had to wear black. His flair could also set a colour palette for the rest of the wedding elements.
• Brighten your overall look by choosing extras, such as cufflinks for him or earrings for you – in coordinating colours. Or choose a hued gemstone to add a special sparkle to your wedding rings.

An eye for detail
• Fresh fruit or vegetables set in patterned china or tinted glassware make a lively table setting that’s good enough to eat.
• Incorporate your theme into your table setting using professionally designed menus and colourful guest favours. If your guest favour isn’t the right shade, make a match by wrapping them in foil or coloured paper.


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