One of the freshest and brightest colours around, yellow is available in a wide variety of shades and tints. From fresh lemon to vibrant school bus yellow, there are a whole host of options from which to choose when opting for an yellow wedding theme or yellow wedding colour scheme. This article takes a closer look at yellow weddings, and provides ideas and suggestions on how to create the ultimate yellow-based day.
Compatible Colours & Themes
For those looking to use yellow as a base for their wedding colour scheme, there are certain wedding themes and colours that it will work particularly well with. So unless you're contemplating an all-yellow wedding theme, then this will be of particular interest to you.
An adaptable colour, yellow not only combines effectively with other shades of its own colour, but it can also be complemented by a whole range of other colours to stunning effect. Pastel colours - rose pink, mint, peach etc - will complement a light yellow superbly, whilst darker, deeper yellows can combine well with azure blue to stunning effect. For a bolder statement, choclate brown, pillar box red and tangerine orange will really help to highlight the colour yellow, whilst black will help provide a cutting edge.
Bright gold will generally interact well with yellow, whilst silver and chrome can work well with some of the darker shades, though they may be overwhelmed by some of the lighter shades.
If you are contemplating a themed wedding of some description and would like the colour yellow to feature prominently, then a beach or wild west wedding theme would work for a more vibrant yellow, or for a darker shade, garden and butterfly wedding themes look superb. Additionally, yellow is also a wonderful accompaniment to any spring or summer wedding theme.
Yellow Wedding Decorations & Accessories
Yellow wedding decorations should feature prominently throughout your day, from yellow balloons (be they free standing, exploding, balloon-arches or other), banners and streamers, to pew bows, pillar candles and chair covers.
Table decoration is also essential, and yellow table confetti, yellow table cloths/runners, yellow disposable cameras, yellow napkins and& yellow napkin rings are just some of the ways to accentuate your yellow wedding theme or colour scheme. The table centrepieces are an obvious focal point, so a yellow floral arrangement or a simple yellow glass bowl filled with water and adorned with yellow rose petals and floating yellow candles will look superb. For a finishing touch, consider naming your tables after different shades of yellow.
Yellow Wedding Flowers
Flowers are one of the easiest and most dramatic ways to showcase your yellow wedding theme or yellow colour scheme and there are a wide range of yellow flowers available from which you can choose. Some popular wedding flowers available in yellow that you may want to consider are...
Yellow Wedding Favours
Favours are a great little wedding keepsake, and what better way to give your guests something to take away that will remind them of your day than a yellow wedding favour.
Essentially, any wedding favour placed in a yellow organza bag, encased in a yellow wrapper or placed in a yellow container is good bet, but for maximum impact try to opt for a favour that is itself yellow in colour.
Personalised miniature lemon curd pots are a prime example whilst fortune cookies in shiny yellow foil are popping up at weddings these days - yellow teddies for the little ones are a great alternative. Yellow bubbles, aftershave or perfume in a custom made yellow bottle, personalised miniature bottles of limonella, yellow soap, yellow candles and yellow picture frames are also superb options.
If you plan to head down the sweets and candy line, chocolate dragees wrapped in yellow foil are a good traditional option, or for something more unconventional how about lemon candy wedding rock, pineapple or lemon liquorice sticks, yellow M&M's or peanut butter and lemon fudge? Not only will they all taste superb, but they'll look the part too.
Yellow Wedding Finishing Touches
You'll want to factor yellow into as much as you possibly can to obtain maximum effect. With this in mind, here are just a few yellow wedding suggestions you may wish to implement...
Stationery: Long before the wedding takes place, invitations and save the date cards will be sent out to your wedding guests. With this in mind, try to get across your yellow wedding plans early and factor the colour into your designs. Continue the yellow trend on, and after, the day with your place-cards, menus, orders of service, thank you cards, table plans etc.
Wedding Dress: A traditional ivory wedding dress adorned with yellow accessories (orange crystals, embroidery, ribbons etc.) is a subtle way to emphasise your theme/colour scheme and will look superb. A yellow garter is always an option, whilst a pair of ivory wedding shoes with a woven yellow pattern adds a classy finish.
Wedding Outfits: Yellow bridesmaids dresses are a fairly obvious call, but you should also consider yellow neckpieces and waistcoats / cummerbunds for the Groom and his groomsmen. Look to finish any wedding outfit off with a series of yellow wedding accessories - yellow cufflinks, yellow bridesmaid jewellery, yellow bolero's etc.
Transport: Arrive in style in a yellow wedding vehicle! Granted, the number of vintage and classic vehicles available in yellow is slim, but how about an american taxi cab? Failing that, any white wedding car adorned in yellow bows, ribbon and yellow floral decorations will really look the part.
Cake: As one of the focal points of the day, an yellow wedding cake is essential. Whether it's a cake iced fully in yellow or a white based cake adorned with yellow decorative items (yellow flowers, sugared lemon slices etc.), an yellow wedding cake topper is also a must. For a nice finishing touch, you may want to consider lemon flavoured icing and lashings of lemon curd as a filling!
Food: Stuffed yellow peppers, sweetcorn chowder, banana fritters with vanilla ice cream.
Welcome Drinks: Fresh pineapple juice for the kids, malibu/vodka and pineapple juice for their parents!
Jewellery: As a long and lasting reminder of your yellow wedding theme, consider incorporating a yellow diamond into your wedding rings and, if it's not too late, also your engagement rings.
First Dance For the ultimate yellow wedding theme, why not take your first dance together to Donovan's 'Mellow Yellow', Dawn's 'Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree' or even Coldplay's 'Yellow'!
For those of you wanting to find out more, we've a whole host of other wedding theme and colour articles on our site packed full of unique and inspirational ideas, not to mention our online wedding directory that's filled with venue decorators, balloon suppliers and more.