Wedding decor: color and fabrics

by Rekha on May 7, 2012

Whether you are a DIY bride or working with a wedding planner, the colors and fabrics you select are one of the most important details that will set the mood and atmosphere to create a truly magical and special occasion.

From the flowers to table displays, from wedding invites to place cards, the colors you select will set the tone for the entire event.

To create a cohesive and elegant affair, it is best to limit your color palette to 2 or at most 3 color combinations.

But with so many different color combinations to select from, how do you narrow your choices down?

1. Start with color. What is your favorite color? Is there a dominant color theme in your home or wardrobe that you are drawn to?
2. Start with location. Where will your wedding be held? Is it a destination wedding? Is it a country setting or will it take place in the heart of the city?
3. Start with the season. Softer colors like pink, lavender, blue, burgundy would be nice for a spring/summer wedding whereas olive green, black, purple, navy or red would be perfect for a fall/winter wedding.

Pink and Burgundy
Nothing spells romance like pink and burgundy! Pink is flirty, playful and fun while burgundy adds a dramatic flavor and elegance.

Purple and Blue
Purple is the color of royalty and will give your wedding a majestic feel. Purple is also glamorous, sophisticated and classy! Pairing with a lighter shade of blue will give your wedding a modern edge while keeping it fun loving, vibrant and fresh.

Olive Green, Black, White
This modern color palette of olive green, black and white oozes with sophistication, charm and elegance! For those planning an environmentally conscious wedding, green is a prominent color to have.


Chair décor
Tulle is a lightweight, fine netting fabric that is perfect to use for chair décor. It’s easy to DIY and affordable! Tulle comes in a wide variety of colors. Sew in sequins to add a touch of glamor and sparkle! You can find tulle for as little as $0.65/yard at online fabric retailers such as Fabric Direct.

Another easy DIY and low-cost approach to chair décor is to cut broadcloth (a soft cotton) into strips to create ribbons that can be tied to the back of a chair. It’s perfect for an outdoor wedding. Broadcloth is available for as low as $1.99/yard at Fabric Direct.

Ceiling drape
To create an elegant ceiling drape, use a lightweight easy to drape fabric such as tulle, gossamer, chiffon or organza.

Tulle and gossamer are the least expensive and are available by the roll at places like Shindigz.

Table décor

An elegant runner made from silk in a solid color or a print, decorated with fresh flowers and candles makes a beautiful centerpiece and a lovely table setting for your guests to enjoy. A standard table runner measures 13.5” wide x 72” in length. 2 yards of silk that is 44” wide will make approximately 3 table runners. Silk is expensive at $19/yard. A Less expensive alternative: use cotton, linen or broadcloth and stamp or stencil a design with a metallic paint or ink along the border of the runner. Adding sequins to will add glamour and sparkle. You can also use a cotton batik printed fabric and add stripes of silk to create something truly grand and unique!

Sources for silks and cotton:

Sources for sequins, stamps/stencils and paints:
Martha Stewart Craft paint and stencils available at

Fabric Inks from


These unique custom-made table runners can be given away to your bridesmaids or other guests as a memory keepsake that they can later use in their own home.

For more wedding decorating ideas, visit my latest Pinterst Board: Wedding Decorating Ideas

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

CS May 11, 2012 at 1:58 am

Love this post! The color palettes with the accompanying pictures are amazing. Also what a unique idea – giving away the table runners as a gift instead of the usual table flower centerpieces.


Rekha May 13, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Thank you CS!! Glad you enjoyed it!


upholstery fabrics January 16, 2013 at 10:43 pm

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the peacock accents in the third picture.


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