How to Incorporate Bold Colors into Your Wedding Bouquet

Flowers, Planning Tips
Stems Charleston Florist Bold Pink Bouquet

Photo: Lucy Cuneo

With neutral and understated wedding palettes continuing as far as the eye can see (ahem, into 2016), it may sometimes be hard to come up with ways to add pops of bold color to your day, without over-doing it. An easy way to do this? Through your flowers! One of our favorite florists, Stems, based in Charleston, South Carolina has some invaluable tips on how to do this — plus, a GORGEOUS styled shoot we can't wait for you to see!

1. Don't feel restricted by the traditional notion that you must choose only two or three colors for your wedding.
If you love color, consider using a favorite painting, an image of a room you love or a fabric swatch as inspiration. It's your day... go crazy!

2. Pantone is an amazing tool for printing and paper goods, but it will make things hard when it comes to flowers.
It can be very hard or impossible to match a specific shade, so your flowers may need to be a variety of shades where the overall effect blends to make the color you're going for. One of the greatest things about flowers is the natural variation in each bloom!

Stems Charleston Florist Pink Centerpiece

Photo: Lucy Cuneo

3. Don't fixate on the exact variety of flower in the exact color you want.
Depending on the season and the florist you're working with, you may not be able to get the best quality blooms in that color or style and will only be disappointed. Instead, do your research and work with a florist whose aesthetic you love. They'll help stretch your buck as far as it can go without wasting money on flowers that aren't the highest possible quality. For example, they might work in a blush peony and get the perfect coral shade you wanted in a garden rose, with the combination being something better than you even imagined.

See More: What Your Wedding Flowers Mean

4. Ground your vibrant selection by keeping it neutral elsewhere.
If you want to play up a wide mix of colors in your florals, consider keeping your linens a neutral hue. For this shoot, we chose a white lace for our table linen and white votive candles to give us a variety of texture without adding a lot of extra noise to the tabletop.

Stems Charleston Florist Flower Chair Decorations

Photo: Lucy Cuneo

5. If you're using contrasting colors on your tables, be sure to break them up so your guests can take it all in in stride.
On the table pictured here, we used all sorts of hues that are considered "contrasting," but we tried to keep the blooms from being right next to each other so it wouldn't be overwhelming to look at!

6. Love color, but nervous about using a ton of it?
Compromise by making your bouquets or ceremony a paler version of your reception. You can hint at what's to come and still keep your palette a bit more toned down for a more traditional style.

Stems Charleston Florist Yellow and White Bouquet

Photo: Lucy Cuneo

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