Shades of Red with Pink and Silver

Reader Linh writes in to say:

My dress is an ivory strapless dress with a gold sash, and the bridesmaids dresses are floor length charcoal gray. I have been trying to do up inspiration boards for the 3 color combinations but I don’t get a sense of cohesion. I’d like to incorporate burgundy (but am afraid it may be too dark for our venue). Then I thought maybe gray & pink, but fiancé not a fan of a “Pink” wedding. Is it possible to do gray/silver with various shades of pink (blush to fuschia/magenta to burgundy), and some accents of gold, or is that too clashy???

Well Linh, YES!  It is.  Here’s how I see it:

Mauve-Light-Pink-Gray-Wedding-Inspiration-Board
Clockwise from top left: Marie Labbancz, SaksAndrea Yung via the Bride’s Cafe, Sarah Kaye, Desire to Inspire, Michele Waite, Peonies and Polaroids, Artfool

The key is mixing everything up while keeping it cohesive.  If that sounds funky, here’s specifically what I’d do:

  • Flower girls and floral = all light pinks and watermelons (similar to the bouquet featured above).  Linens should be a rose gold color as well.
  • Bridesmaids = gray (you’ve already got this taken care of!)
  • Chargers + sash on dress + other accessories (perhaps glassware) = gold
  • Accents of burgandy & silver = find a light pink flower girl dress and put a burgandy sash around their waist.  Your stationery should bring in the burgandy and the silver/gray.  Try to do a silver and burgandy bouquet wrap and see how it goes with the light pink.  Pewter candle holders will bring in the silver/gray. 

Since your venue provides blue chairs, if you can find it in the budget, I’d rent chairs – I don’t think the blue serves this palette very well. 

I hope this is helpful!  If you decide to go a different way with the palette (your venue is perfect for silver/blue/navy/gold) let me know and I’ll do up another board!

E.