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Bright Wedding Colours

bright wedding colour inspiration from a floral display WDW Epcot

It’s been a while since a colours post.  I’ve always harked on about holiday photos making a great way to come up with wedding colours and now I no longer have to borrow holiday photos I thought I should use one of my own.  Since it’s summer I thought I would go with bright and vibrant colours for this wedding inspiration post.

Vibrant and Bright Colours

Vibrant colours can bring a real sense of fun and celebration to a wedding especially since weddings can be quite white affairs!  So if joy and celebration is what you want to put the accent on using bright colours in your wedding could be a good choice for you.  Especially if yours is a summer wedding where such sights abound in the flowers blooming at this time of year.

 Style vs Colours

It is true that years ago colour was the dominant styling decision and you probably chose one or two if daring and that governed bridesmaid dress choice, ribbons for favours and flower colour to glue onto invitations.  Now style plays a big role and by style I mean things vintage, art deco, rustic, opulent, glamorous, there are many many styles out there and if you don’t like any you can make your own up.  Colour has also got more flexible, with more complex and more varied colour schemes being seen.

I’m having a vintage wedding, do I need to pay attention to this post on bright wedding colours?  Err, if you think having everything mismatched is a badge of honour then no.  If you like the style but it’s a guide and you still want things to look nice you could pay attention but go for more pastel versions of these colours.  As illustrated somewhat in this article I wrote for English Wedding Blog on a pastel vintage colour scheme.

The Colours

As I have said previously on colour posts you don’t have to take all the colours shown here.  I chose a dark and a bright purple as lighter and darker versions of colour generally work well together.  While red and yellow work well together but can also work well with purple to.  Finally there are the cooler counter points provided by the plants in the foreground for the cooler yellow/green and towards the back for the almost white plants.   If you’re wondering whether this photo was from it’s WDW Epcot in Florida.  You can see more of the amazing floral creations there in a previous post.


While many of the designs at Artemis Stationery work well with one colour or simple schemes keep an eye on the blog and the website for more bespoke collections that can take more complex colour schemes in their stride like the Way to Go a great rustic or country design or my very own bunting design.

Natural green colour inspiration from London

Wedding colour inspiration from London Parkland featuring natural greens, sky blue and brown

Wedding Colour Inspiration we like talking about it!   Finding colour inspiration for a wedding can be a tricky thing, we first discussed it back here http://artemisstationery.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/colour-inspiration-above-clouds.html.  If you’re struggling looking for inspiration in the world around you or your photo albums may be a way to go. Here we’re going for some earthy/natural green colour inspiration with some complimentary colours from a surprising source.


Today’s example is from London using a photo I took in the summer.  I’d been to watch the Paralympics the day before and had stayed the night at a friend’s flat.  We were lucky the following day was a spectacularly sunny one so after an early lunch we decided to work from where they live near Swiss Cottage towards the centre.  We aimed to go through as many parks and points of interest as possible including Hyde Park and the Serpentine.  We ended up going to V&A to get an ice-cream in the central court (I love that museums are free and you can pop in).  I can’t remember what ice cream it was now but if you’re thinking ice cream sounds good and maybe I should have ice cream at my wedding, that’s a good idea and if you live near Somerset check out Living the Cream (Jon did a charity event I organised and was great).   After the V&A we went to a bar to meet a friend after they finished work.

Primrose Hill

This photo is from one of the earlier parts of the walk.  It’s taken from Primrose Hill looking towards the Shard and St Pauls.  I learnt a lot on this walk, one of those things being just how many lamp posts parks in London have!  Loads, I found it quite surreal.  However I was most looking at the trees when I thought we’d use this photo for the blog.  I’ve just created rustic board on Pinterest and had green and brown on the brain it seems.  These colours would work well there, ignore the skyskrapers behind!  I’ve chosen half the colours from the greenery and then chosen a few colours that would compliment these.  It’s quite a muted selection of natural earthy colours that would work well in spring and autumn.

Natural Green Colour Inspiration

I’ve picked 6 colours off this picture using the colour picker tool found in many art programs.  You can use the colours of this post either by sampling the picture directly or using the colour boxes.  For those who know the hex values for the colours are (from left to right on the picture):

#383F2D Shady leaves

#7C8743 Grass

#BAC488 bright part of leaves

#FFF5F4 building (3 white blocks on left)


#B4A9A5 building at far right

We encourage you though to try it with images you already have or go out and photo things you like and try.  It’s a great way to find colours that work together.  We’d love to hear what people come up with.  Why do we like going on about colours?  That’s because at Artemis Stationery we can print pretty much any colour and changing the designs to work in the colours of our lovely clients is all part of the service (and included in the price).  Come and visit Artemis Stationery to see more about our products and service.

Colour Inspiration – Gold Christmas Decorations

Still time for another Christmas post!  This time colour inspiration.  As in the other posts this article is meant to inspire and help you work out colours that work well together by either looking at the real world or your photo albums.  As makers of bespoke stationery we can work with a wide variety of colours to make invitations and stationery for our clients. This time the inspiration is taken from a Christmassy scene, a close up of a Christmas tree and it’s decorations.   I’m going to focus on everything but the tree as dark green has never been a popular choice of colours from my clients.  Though gold and green can work really well together.  The colours from this post work really great for a brown – cream colour theme.  A different way of at looking at brown colours (chocolate, coffee and autumn leaves being some of the most popular).

Firstly the disclaimer, yes this is not a real tree and yes the lights are part of the tree.  That does pose the question what happens when the lights go wrong, but on the plus side they’re so well distributed and you have no wires to worry about it saves oodles of time.  I can just whack a couple of strings of light up on a Christmas tree and not agonise over their spacing:( 
As said the colours from this image makes a really great golden brown colour guide.  Something I think that works well for winter weddings when the daylight is getting limited by 4 and you’ll be under artificial light for most of the wedding.  This shows how warm those lights can be and I think if you’re getting married next winter and decorating yourself it’s well considering lot’s of lights (soon to be in post-Christmas sales).   Though best check with the venue first and maybe go for LED as they have the least chance of causing frustration.  Or it’s a reason to get married near Christmas in a venue that has it’s own really great decorations.
This is where the colours were taken from and is shown on the second image below.  The six digit values are the RGB colour codes
  1. Is from the darkest part of the bauble in the foreground 230D02
  2. Background colour 562600
  3. A mid-range colour taken from the gold coloured detail on the  bauble A0590B
  4. From a non-gold detail part of the small bauble DA8100
  5. From the candle in foreground B47629
  6. From the ribbon on the bauble FDCB50
  7. Colour of the light FEFEFF
Interested in using these colours with some of our bespoke stationery?  Contact us and let us know what colours you want to work with.

Colour Inspiration – at the Taj Mahal

As said in my previous post on finding Colour Inspiration (see it here http://artemisstationery.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/colour-inspiration-above-clouds.html) finding colour inspiration for an event like a wedding can be tricky.  But as a maker of bespoke wedding stationery I do get to talk colours with a lot of people.  Fortunately most people by the stage they think about stationery and invitations have a few ideas so there’s a base to work from.  But if you’re struggling looking for inspiration in the world around you or your photo albums may be a way to go.  With the stationery designed and made by Artemis Stationery we can print practically any colour so choosing a colour palette that’s unique and personal to you can be a really great way of making something that’s truly personal.
Today’s example is from a warmer climate.  Nothing to do with the Snow Patrol song, though check it out if you fancy, one of my favourites.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4_ZZ_IEHiQ From the subcontinent (India) and specifically the Taj Mahal no less.  Though I thought I’d avoid the obvious and use the Mosque at the site for this example.  The mosque has lovely dusky burnt red and terracotta colours so this example is great if you’re looking for colours to match in with those.    The mosque stands to one side of the main White building which is a mausoleum.  Which may sound a little morbid for wedding inspiration.  But there is romance beyond the construction.  The beautiful mausoleum and World heritage site could be summed up as what one man built after the death of the women he loved.  Admittedly one man with a fair bit of lose change to employ many highly skilled craftsmen!  The building was completed in 1653 and was commissioned by the Shah Jahan Emporerer of the Mughal Empire after the loss of his third wife Mumtaz Mahal who died during child birth. 
I’ve picked 6 colours off this picture using the colour picker tool found in many art programs.  You can use the colours of this post either by sampling the picture directly or using the colour boxes.  For those who know the hex values for the colours are (from left to right)
I encourage you though to try it with images you already have or go out and photo things you like and try.  It’s a great way to find colours that work together.  I’d love to hear what people come up with.