Hello Yellow Colour Schemes
It comes as no surprise to anyone that I'm a major fan of the colour yellow. I wore a neon yellow suit to a wedding this July (which I loved but the thunder bugs loved way more), a yellow dress to my graduation ceremony later the same month, and the sofas in my flat are happily a gorgeous shade of mustard. Once a colour reserved for statement 90s vinyl and twee children's clothing, it's now established itself as a über cool hue and is back in business, baby. And yes, this includes weddings - and I'm all for it!
I'm not talking about vague springtime pastels that include one pale yellow, I'm talking colour schemes that are fully embracing yellow as their statement colour, accented with white and green but mainly HELLA YELLOW. It can be deep and golden, it can be bright and lemon-y, it can be soft and buttery, but make it yellow by all means.
And why wouldn't you want to? Yellow is a mood-lifter, an instant injection of happiness and smiles. I mean, your guests are going to be so happy and giggly anyway - hopefully! - that it's not going to be the sole source of joy there, but it's undeniably, scientifically much better when there's yellow involved. It brings with it notions of sunshine and optimism and bright creativity. (And despite the old wives' tale, it's not true that couples argue more in yellow kitchens, so don't worry about starting your life together on the wrong foot.)
It's also a great statement colour because its versatility allows for any style or theme. Rustic scandi themes featuring bare concrete and fur throws work brilliantly with yellows providing warmth and comfort to the uber cool feeling. Just as stunning are bright, fiesta-like colourpop weddings with explosions of activity and energy, featuring yellow as the cheery thread to bring everything together. It also suits super minimalist, graphic styling, as it packs a punch. The only cautionary note that yellow comes with, really, is when the theme is yellow and black - as there's still the danger that it may look a bit waspified. Or tigerified, if you're from Hull - yes, Dad, I know that's technically amber and black, but let's face it, it still serves the same purpose here doesn't it?
If you're still bawking at the idea of going so bold and brazen with your colour scheme, just step outside and take a look at how much yellow there is in nature. It is the literal colour of the sun, the embodiment of summer and long days and longer nights and making amazing memories in the warmth with your pals. (I mean, don't take a look directly at the sun. That includes, you Donald. You can get at what we're talking about without staring it out). It's a colour that's present in some stunning blooms too, from statement symbolic sunflowers to feathery-fronded acacia bushes and ruffled romantic peonies to cute and vintage-inspired daisies. If it's good enough for nature, it's good enough for your wedding.
I'd love to finish this off with an emphatic GO FORTH AND YELLOW UP, but what kind of helpful wedding resource would we be if we didn't regale you with tales and lead you to yellow-tinted inspiration and illumination?
Rose Paper Scissors' gorgeous dip dyed yellow stationery suite is a great way to hint at the colour scheme. Such a clever idea to have the order of service double up as a confetti bag too - bonus points to you, Anna!
See the gorgeous variety in flowers? And all from crazily talented suppliers! Firstly, Cottage Garden Weddings brings us muted creamy yellows in a gorgeous sylvan arrangement for centrepieces; the wonderful Leafy Couture shows us a beautiful vibrant yellow bouquet making a super deep impact against some fluffy whites (photo by James Melia); and Megan Lily tops it all off with a colour pop flower crown featuring some beaut yellow buds (photo by Siobhan Amy).
Why not wear yellow? We adore this gorgeous bride's mustard yellow Sarah Seven gown for her elopement - the silhouette is stunning, and the movement in the fabric is so beautiful (photos by Levi Tijerina). Or, why not dress your bridesmaids in yellow instead? This bride tribe positively glow in their Whistles dresses in a paler cadmium yellow shade (photo by M and J Photos).
They call it mellow yellow but honestly, it's anything but. It's edgy and oh-so-cool, resulting in both romantic whimsy and rock-n-roll wedding themes. It makes me happy, and it matches my suit - all reasons to love it, obviously. For that reason, I'm saying hell YES to yellow weddings, and not hell no to yellow (or hell ner yeller if you're from Hull...)