Are you considering a colourful but stylish wedding?

Are you considering a colourful wedding, but are worried it will look like a children’s party? One of the key factors with colour is to limit the number of colours you use. Read on for more tips on how to use colour stylishly…

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After the long dry brown and grey season of winter – October usually bursts forth with an array of fresh colour as the gardens and countryside around the country spring back to life.

There are few things as beautiful as the bright green foliage on the deciduous trees and the first flushes of roses in the gardens that October brings.

Spring is synonymous with colour – and colour with celebration – so colour your nuptials with bright and beautiful shades to celebrate the new season in your lives.

When deciding on a colourful wedding – you don’t have to stick to a single colour palette, but you also don’t need to go rainbow and incorporate all colours.

Often leaving at least one colour out, makes the rest of the palette pop.

Bright colours pop in a very white setting and using shades of colours makes the palette more versatile and interesting than sticking to a single shade, especially if you want to keep the tone not too formal.


Bright colours are usually fun – so skip the traditions of a sit down reception and go for quirky and interesting canapes, signature cocktails all served on a gorgeous rooftop, so that you can catch the sunset as it paints the sky before sinking into night.


The shoot was done in studio as Cape Town is finally having some decent rain and a studio gave us more control over the lighting and we weren’t subject to the elements that on-locations shoots can experience.

A beautiful clean white background was also vital to provide the plain backdrop to the very colourful shoot to allow the colours to really pop.

Colourful weddings often shout ‘fun’ for me – and i imagined the couple to whom this would appeal, might go for a cocktail style wedding, rather than formal sit down event. Where lots of signature cocktails (in an array of colours) and canapes would be served on a stunning rooftop somewhere in Cape Town. So we brought in clear cocktail stools and a glass topped cocktail table, so that the flowers could still be features but not overfill the cocktail table tops.

With a cocktail style function, instead of have tables laden with flowers, why not consider a large floral feature or two – such as has been seen at Chelsea Flower Show the last couple of years – with layers of florals in gradations of colours – not only does this provide a fabulous photo opportunity – it can also be a focal point for your ceremony.


Floral jewellery is also a wonderful way to bring colour into your day without wearing a colourful outfit.

Fresh floral earrings, fascinators and neckpieces are all statements to be made for a bold and confident bride.

Whilst a colourful wedding dress is awesome and different, with lots of colourful flower elements, i decided to keep the wedding gown and pant suit quite neutral with clean lines and minimal detail – so that the floral detailing in all it’s colour and texture would remain bold and fun – paired with bright lips and eyes for our on-trend bride.

Brush stroke cakes are the very latest in wedding cake trends – and with a colourful palette, what could be more appropriate that stunning colour brush strokes all over a white cake to carry the colourful theme through.

Finally – as the stationery is your guests first peek into your special day – we looked to the latest trends for graphic design which are moving away from watercolour and botanical styling to bolder brighter colours and geometric patterns and shapes. Perfect to set the fun tone for our trendy couple.

Tips to recreate this look

If you want a colourful wedding – then flowers, stationery and your cake are all wonderful ways to bring this in, if you are not brave enough to wear a colourful wedding dress.

Bright colour often works best when it is concentrated in 1 tint with various shades. Rather than mixing up lots of colours, especially when it comes to flowers – which in a single arrangement can dilute the effect of the colour, group flowers of the same colours together for a bolder effect.

Neutral vases in white or black are best to let the colour really stand out, rather than bringing in another colour in your containers.

Keep your venue lighting white if you are going for a colourful wedding – colour lighting tends to override the colours on your tables completely.”

Service Providers who made this shoot possible:

Photographer – the inimitable Wesley Vorster

Makeup and Hair – the incredible Cecilia Fourie

Dresses – the incredible talented Janita Toerien

Stationery – the gorgeous and creative Fleur Design Studio

Cake – the super sweet Cake and Cookie Company