This season is all about pretty peach tones when it comes to beautiful wedding décor. From subtle pastel shades to vibrant pops of orange, this is one of the most versatile hues on the spectrum. Seasons love the shade – from soft coral peonies and peach blossom at Spring to seasonal berries and fronds of freesia for an Autumn extravaganza, it’s an easy tone to carry through from florals to stationery. Wedding Planner and Bridal Stylist Victoria Paling shares her top tips…
Choosing a colour theme is a great starting point for a wedding. I always suggest that clients create style files or mood boards giving them a foundation on which to build and develop ideas. For any event my advice is to always work with your surroundings and location, go local and seasonal, especially if you are getting married abroad. These considerations help you to shape and colour your event, another plus being that it is nearly always more cost effective than sourcing out of season produce or shipping things in from a far.
With a peaches and cream concept, I love to use the peach tones as a consistent base, and cut through it with beautiful greens and greys, with the addition of the rich luxury elements of gold. If you consider your florals first you can then run this through all elements of the design; the bouquets and button holes, tables design, cake decoration, favours, even work with your barman to create a signature drink for your wedding reception, in this case maybe a peach Bellini’s or Aperol based cocktail.
Always be considerate of the seasons, not just for floral availability but also to create warmth and depth. In winter blend with rich deep maroons or reds, combine with berry branches in autumn or crisp green leaves in spring. Bouquets of peachy tones and orangery hues can look particularly modern when partnered with soft grey greens such as olive and eucalyptus. These also work perfectly to then dress tables and have botanical runners that line the wedding breakfast reception.
If you want to look at other ways to break up the creamy tones of whites and peach, consider table cloths or runners in textured fabrics in greys or natural tones depending on your setting. Lighting design is often forgotten, but is key in creating atmosphere and impact. Small tea lights scattered on tables or in decorated terrariums offer a soft and warm light, for something more dramatic, pillar candles dressed with botanicals create a grand effect.
Many brides incorporate their theme by dressing the bridesmaids and flower girls in their chosen colour in varying shades. It has become more fashionable for brides to opt out of traditional ivory and cream gowns with a steer towards blush and pale peach dresses and separates for a refreshing and modern look, which works beautifully with this colour concept. Others decide to incorporate shades of their colour palette into the dress design with beading and jewels. For bridesmaids, I love the contrast of soft dove grey dresses which look incredible against romantic peach hues enhanced further by floral designs in hair and bouquets.
Always bear in mind that when you pick a theme, or colour palette for your wedding it is not set in stone and does not need to take over the styling of the event, unless of course you want it to. Sometimes a small nod to a colour or theme can have as much impact as going all out and incorporating your style into every tiny aspect of the day. Look at your setting, consider the seasons and plan your style budget, then grow from there. I have mentioned the major elements above but again you can run your theme through as much and as little as you feel is appropriate to attain the look you are trying to achieve.
See our inspiration mood board here.
Sweet and sophisticated, we love the subtlety of this styling with delicate peach table cloths, touches of peach running through details such as ribbons and table numbers with a hint of honey hues in the fresh and modern floral styling. As with any ‘colour theme’ the easiest way is to look to your flowers to carry the theme and create huge impact and statement whatever your budget. Classic cream roses in all sorts of billowy shapes and sizes, mixed with white hydrangeas and bright pink peonies set the scene for a spot on Summery soirée. Opt for varying heights and arrangements in different vases to add drama and decadence to your décor – peach and cream tones love silver so look to these stylish urns to maximize the chic.