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A Perfect Pastel Wedding Day

Recently I wrote about wedding colours and how a rural, countryside wedding was particularly suited to soft, muted pastels.

Why? Well, in the countryside in the height of summer the light can be mistier, more diffused and it seems to suit gentler hues much better then bright strident colours (which do however look fabulous at destination beach weddings).

Think Of Sweet Peas & Damask Roses

So if your wedding day is going to be a pastel pastoral idyll, you should be thinking of blues, pinks, apricots, soft lemon, apple greens, lilacs. Think of a bouquet of sweet peas in pale colours and use that as your inspiration.

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Pale pink rosebud buttonholes work so well with this pastel wedding theme

I'm loving this wedding shot by Laura Murray Photography and originally featured on the Ruffled blog because I think the bride chose her summer colours to perfection. Her bridesmaids dresses are in a "robins egg blue" and have a striped detail. The colours are the perfect foil to the light grey (a good summer choice) of the men's suits.

bridesmaids in duck egg blue at pastel wedding

Of course, if you're going for pastels, you don't have to dress your maids all in the same shade. Pastels are easy to mix and match up - you could go for a sort of faded rainbow look if you wanted. Check Dessy's bridesmaids dresses for different colours and you'll create just the sort of effect you're seeking.

If you do want to have the same colour, then add a different accent by choosing different dresses in the same colour for your maids (again, this is easy to do with Dessy). If you're having flowergirls, you could just add a pastel sash.

lightweight mens summer suit with pastel buttonholeflower girl in blue stripe dress


Pink and grey is always a good colour combination and I think the pale rose buttonholes set off the men's summer weight suits perfectly. Interestingly, the bridegroom chose a pale grey tie, rather than pink. I rather like the understatement of that, don't you?

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The bride's bouquet is completely lovely - roses and peonies arranged like this will never date.

The pew ends are decorated simply with garden flowers in simple glass jars (and they can be placed on the wedding tables as centrepieces afterwards).

Plenty of stunning visual food for thought at this wedding. You can see the full blog here and all credits.

Are you having a pastel theme for your big day?