Fifty shades of grey wedding inspiration

I’m going to let you in on a little secret (and I apologise right now to all you die hard fans)… I am sooo sick and tired of hearing the words ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’! Every time I turn on the TV or flick through a magazine, I hear or see those 4 words. As many eagerly await the imminent and much anticipated film release, let’s do Fifty Shades of Grey the innocent way with a look at one of my all-time favourite wedding colour schemes.

Fifty Shades of Grey for your wedding day colour scheme

Images: Top left – via Once Wed | Top Right – via Wedding Sparrow | Second Row Left – via Magnolia Rouge | Second Row Right – via Etsy | Third Row Left – Poppy Pickering | Third Row Right – Colin Cowie Weddings | Bottom Row Left – Style Me Pretty | Bottom Row Right – via Maison Deco

I have always loved grey, even before it was cool to. I tend to favour lighter shades of the grey spectrum and, because I’m a girlie-girl, I love coordinating with hints of light rose pink or even moody blues. I know lots of brides worry that it’s a colour that’s too masculine for their big day and I fully agree that dark, steel tones can appear quite cold or industrial, but mixed with white or prettied up with blush or a pastel shade, grey is quite possibly one of the classiest colours.

Let’s be honest, opting for a charcoal wedding dress is definitely going to make a dramatic statement but the majority brides aren’t going to want to wear such a dark shade on their big day. If you love the idea of a grey gown but still want a more traditional style, the answer is pale dove grey – super flattering to practically every skin tone, soft and dreamy. Perfection! One word of advice; if you do go for a light shade, make sure there is enough depth so it’s apparent you’re wearing a gorgeous grey gown rather than dirty white!

When it comes to flowers to complement your grey wedding theme, ask your florist to incorporate succulents, green-grey foliage and berries to contrast against white or soft blush blooms. For a more dramatic look, deep red flowers contrast amazingly well and, if you adore the glamour of Gatsby, incorporate grey feathers to achieve a beautiful vintage 1920s look.

Mood board for a grey wedding colour scheme

Images: Top Row- via Ruffled | Second Row Left – via Bridal Musings | Second Row Right – via Wedding Scoop | Third Row Left – via Style Me Pretty | Third Row Right – via Wedding Sparrow | Bottom Row Left – via Enchanting Cake Company | Bottom Row Right – via Wedding Chicks

For a chic minimalist reception, grey is the must-have shade but it doesn’t mean you can’t make it glamorous or pretty. Mixing in silver and pewter metallic details with cutlery and candlesticks or a sparkly sequin table runner will instantly create a luxurious feel, or go for crisp white table linen with a light grey table runner and napkins and an abundance of beautiful blush flowers to take your wedding style to an ultra-pretty status.

Unless you prefer a very contemporary look, I’d suggest incorporating ruffles, flowers or an intricate pattern into a grey wedding cake design to add a hint of stylish romance and softness. I’m not a huge fan of ombre but I’d make an exception with a grey cake as it really does give an effective lighter illusion and carries through the theme particular well if your bridesmaids are wearing shades graduating in depth.

Embrace shades of grey for a beautiful wedding theme

Images: Top Left – Nostalgic Heirloom Hair Comb by Glitzy Secrets | Top Right – via Elizabeth Ann Designs | Middle Left – via Cakes by Kim | Middle Right – Grace of Grey Bracelet via Glitzy Secrets | Bottom Row – via Style Me Pretty

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