The Wedding Trend Inspired by Bridgerton
There is a new trend that is about to take the wedding scene by storm. With the wildly popular series Bridgerton capturing the attention of millions of Netflix viewers, we predict, following the final ball, gorgeous monochromatic weddings will be everywhere in 2021. While we did adore the chic checkerboard dance floor and all that lush greenery, it was the beautiful color scheme of periwinkle blue that dominated the screen. Everything from the decor to the flowers to the decadent gowns and garb worn by both the hosts and the guests.
Not only do monochromatic weddings look incredible on screen, but in your wedding photos as well. We love when couples encourage their guests to actively participate in the overall theme by dressing up and being part of the overall design and feel that they have planned for. The singular color choice truly streamlines the overall planning process, taking additional decisions out of the equation with a beautiful one-color wedding.
What is a monochromatic wedding?
A monochromatic design is when your overall look is based on one color and filled with all the tones, tints and shades of that same color. Often, couples will opt to incorporate complimentary hues such as sage and peach, navy and gold or burgundy and emerald. A monochromatic wedding, on the other hand, will focus entirely on just one color which is woven throughout the event in all aspects from your linens and decor, to the signature cocktails and food...even the attire of both you and your guests.
It is a common misconception that a one-color wedding might look somewhat dull, however, that couldn't be further from the truth. We believe that since colors have so many tones, hues and varieties to work with one color could never be boring. It can be used in so many ways, large or small, you just need to be sure it works well in your venue space.
How 'Bridgerton' Mastered the Wedding Trend.
While monochromatic weddings aren't a new trend, Bridgerton's blue-themed ball was a flawless, modern execution of this stunning trend. The airiness of the design is what made their monochromatic ball such a success. The blue color palette was soft and elegant, but the color really popped against the outdoor setting, so you must be intentional about your color selection.
However, it wasn't just the color choice that wowed event planners and brides everywhere. It was also the creative way in which the color was used. The periwinkle, displayed in various shades, tones and tints was key in creating depth and texture providing the eye places to roam. Variation is key to monochromatic events, creating diversity when working within the restrictions of one color. Between the hosts' and the guests' clothing, the jewelry, the table linens, the flowers and the space itself...even the staircase and roof were shades of periwinkle, the event serves as an example of how to expertly incorporate different tones of your chosen color.
How to Pull off the Ultimate Monochromatic Wedding
Dreaming of your own monochromatic wedding? Here's how to do plan one flawlessly.
Select a Color You Love
If you're planning a monochromatic wedding, choose a color first. It may seem overwhelming to narrow your choices down to just one hue, but it can be done. One approach is to use your wedding date as a guide. Spring speaks to softer tones, while fall lends itself nicely to rich and vibrant tones.
Gather as much inspiration as possible by watching shows or movies that have big events in them. Look through colors on Pantone to see all of the options available. Then consider how certain colors make you feel...after all, you will be immersed in a certain color.
Another way to narrow down your options is to pull inspiration from your everyday life. Consider your favorite clothes, your home decor, the things that make you both smile. Determining what that underlying color is from those items is a wonderful jumping off point. Not only will it make you happy to see that color on your wedding day, it's also a wonderful opportunity to personalize your wedding day. Everything from the decor to the flowers to the dress code will intertwine your love story in an authentic and creative way.
Communicate Your Vision to Your Vendors
Telling your vendors you want a monochromatic wedding may seem simple, but you need to be as specific as possible. For example, saying you want a "blue wedding" leaves the color choice up to interpretation. It's much more helpful to specify what shade of the color you're envisioning...periwinkle, for example.
Create a mood board or save photos in file that can easily be shared with your wedding planner. With visuals available, your planner can best communicate to your vendor team for a better understanding of the look you're going for. It's helpful to go beyond the name of the color too. Think of words that the color evokes, what it makes you feel and why. Write those down and gather images so you can show your team what you have in mind. Don't forget to pull a few other iterations of the color you love. Remember: In monochromatic designs, the beauty comes in the variety of color shades, tints and tones, so don't be afraid to let them shine.
Another pro tip is to choose a color before you select your venue. That way, you can have it in mind while you look at the coloring of your event space...and we mean, everything from the walls to the ceiling to the floors. Assessing the lighting situation is crucial too. "You don't want the darker tones and tints to disappear in the space when the sun goes down, so lighting them is crucial.
Incorporate the Color From Start to Finish
Once you've selected your wedding color, use it from beginning to end. Start by incorporating the hue into your save-the-dates, invitations for all events as well as your wedding website. Go the extra mile by utilizing the tone at all of your pre-wedding events, such as your wedding shower, bachelorette party, and rehearsal dinner. Once your guests arrive at your nuptials, they'll have a clear understanding of your monochromatic vision and signature color.
Give Your Guests Direction
If you've finalized your decor and flowers, the last step is confirming your guests' attire. The dress code is crucial for a monochromatic party to be fully one color, so ask for what you want. Be clear, but also be kind. There are two places you can notify your guests of the dress code. Make a small note of your expectations on your wedding invitation so your guests have time to plan their attire by stating the preferred color and add 'attire' to enlighten your guests. For example, you can include a line at the bottom of your invitations that says "all white attire."
The second place to remind guests of your desired dress code is your wedding website. Here you can get more specific. Have a place on your website where you can show pictures of the encouraged style for the evening the same way that you did with your wedding planner and selected vendors, use words and descriptions to help your guests understand the vision.
Finally, it's important to be mindful of the formality requests if you're asking for particular colors. If you want to go monochromatic, consider not having a black-tie dress code, as tuxedos are not easy to find in colors outside of black, white and navy. If you go formal or dressed down from there, suits come in all colors, making it easier on your guests. The same goes for guests who might wear cocktail dresses or jumpsuits.
Incorporating different shade options will help your guests too. Be sure to include those on your wedding website so your guests don't feel stressed about matching your chosen color perfectly. With everyone's outfits coordinated alongside the decor, you'll pull off a flawless monochromatic wedding. The resulting pictures and video footage will look absolutely gorgeous. Lady Whistledown would agree, just watch the final Bridgerton ball again if you don't believe us.