One of the most challenging parts of planning a wedding is picking a colour palette. There are a lot of criteria here – you want colours that will accurately represent yourself and your groom, and you want it to be memorable and unique, right? One chic and modern colour combination that not many people consider is red and pink.
I know what you’re thinking – um, what? Isn’t that one of the biggest no-no’s in the book? Well, technically yes, but hear me out. The thing with fashion is that anything that makes you do a double take will eventually become trendy, and this is most certainly true with red and pink as it has been making its presence known both on the runways (most recently featured in Jonathan Saunders’ spring 2014 collection) and on the streets.
This is a combination that’s somewhat abrasive – you don’t think they would go together and it initially throws you off, but that’s part of the appeal. It’s at the outset shocking to your sensibilities, but not in a bad way. Consider black and navy blue, another taboo combination – done wrong and looks like you got dressed in the dark, done right and it looks incredibly sophisticated. With red and pink it’s the same thing. The idea is to make it look deliberate – using one colour as your base with the other as an accent will give off the impression that you’re using clashing colours accidentally, whereas using them equally in conjunction with each other gives the impression of a calculated avant garde look. This palette is so fun and youthful – it’s definitely for a bride who doesn’t care for convention and has all the best qualities of red (passionate, romantic, fiery) and pink (glamorous, whimsical, feminine) – which describes you to a tee, no doubt!
While rules were made to be broken, keep in mind that red and pink together can look very right but it can easily look very, very wrong. To avoid a Valentine’s Day look, avoid soft pastel shades of pink and opt instead for more intense shades – think fuschia, magenta, hot pink, Barbie pink, with a similarly intense shade of red. And again, balance is key – try to represent each colour evenly throughout your décor. But more importantly, just play around with different shades and have fun with it.
If you’re not crazy about an entire palette of pink and red, then you can still try red and pink accents while still achieving the intentional look. For a more toned down look that will give a similar effect, try red and pink bouquets, bridesmaids dresses, or other stationary at your venue.
What do you think of this idea; would you use this colour combination in your wedding? Leave us a comment and let us know! And if you do decide to take a walk on the wild side and give the idea a try, we’d love to see pictures of the event – send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org!