From dip dyed dresses to rainbow coloured hair, the world of ombre has exploded in recent years so it was inevitable that this graduating colour craze would make the transition from fashion to weddings. Just take a look at Pinterest, Instagram and You Tube and you’ll find a whole community of brides experimenting with colour and using this stand-out theme to transform their wedding day. The best way to embrace ombre is to choose a key accent colour that will be highlighted throughout your wedding décor, bridal accessories, flowers and cake. For example, if pink is your favourite colour then shades of vibrant fuchsia are a popular choice that can be off set with softer rose and pastel pink.
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Over the past few years, colourful dresses have made their way to the forefront of bridal fashion. When Gwen Stefani got married in a pink Dior dip-dyed silk gown, a flurry of bold brides replicated her adventurous style with their very own ombre outfits. When it comes to colour, most brides opt for blush or coffee tones that move from traditional ivory through to pastel hues of pink, gold, sand or peach. However ombre gowns aren’t just for alternative brides. Traditional weddings and soft hued gowns go hand in hand and an injection of colour will personality to a classic ivory dress. If dying your dress seems like a scary prospect, choose a colourful underskirt that will shine through your gown without altering the base colour.
Vibrant ombre looks beautiful paired with fresh flower crowns and ivory accessories. Choose something that your maids will wear again like a soft chiffon maxi dress or a knee length silk evening dress. Your girls will all have different body shapes and skin tones so dress each in a complimentary colour that looks tonal in photographs but gives each girl their own individual look. Ombre dresses can be picked up on the high street or customised by bridal boutiques for a completely bespoke design.
Ombre flowers are a great way to keep your centrepiece budget down. Small bunches of colourful flowers in a simple square glass vases placed in long and linear arrangements make a definitive impact without breaking the bank. Ask your florist to grade shades of seasonal flowers and avoid varieties that have to be imported to keep with your big day budget. Tulips, roses and hydrangeas are popular options for centrepiece arrangements. Add to the ombre effect by painting mason jars in shades of pink or hiring wooden candlesticks to add height to long dining tables.
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Who could resist a four-tier iced butter-cream wedding cake in subtle shades of your favourite colour? Ombre wedding cakes have graced hundreds of Pinterest boards across the country as many brides opt for soft-iced colourful sponges in favour of traditional royal icing. And there’s more, because the colour graduated décor doesn't have to be restricted to the outside of your cake, designers can create this striking effect with tiered sponge inside your wedding cake with each tier dyed in softly varied shades. For a unique touch, why not go for a tier of ombre macaroons makes a tasty alternative. Or if a classic white iced cake is on your wish list, add an ombre touch with sugar craft decorations cascading down one side.
From a sophisticated hand tied bouquet of pink and ivory roses to a photo backdrop of hanging carnations, there are many ways to include ombre flowers in your wedding day. A popular option often seen on social media is the ombre aisle covered in colourful petals typically scattered along a white runner. Flowers also come into play when it comes to choosing your cake so ask your florist for decoration ideas and utilise their knowledge to get the most for your money. A wedding with an ombre theme is guaranteed to be memorable for all the right reasons and we can’t wait to see the Insta-worthy pictures!
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