5 Inspiring Ideas for a Sensational Watercolour Wedding

By Lorna Urwin

Washes of watercolour provide a soft, ethereal look while also lending some creative and romantic flair to wedding design. Whether you prefer sweeping brushstrokes or delicately painted images, pastels or bold hues, find some watercolour inspiration below!

1/ Stationery

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Images by Nicoll’s Wedding Photography and Heather Payne (Thumbnail image by Ashley Bosnick Photography)

Watercolour is a medium most often used on paper, making wedding stationery the area where this theme truly shines! It’s also incredibly adaptable to various colour palettes, styles or other themes. 

There are so many possibilities, from invitations to escort cards, signage to the guest book:

  • Create an abstract, brushstroke background for your text, as an accent on a part of the paper or as a striking envelope liner pattern. 
  • Use delicate or bold watercolour imagery as a frame around text (painted wreaths are an attractive and flexible option, from minimal laurel leaves to elaborate tropical garlands)
  • Shine a spotlight on the artwork and have it as the predominant feature of the invitation
  • Use watercolour illustrations to create unique extras like personalised maps, itineraries or a bespoke engagement portrait

2/ Style

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Images by Katie Slater Photography and Splash Images (Naeem Khan)

Another advantage of watercolour is that you can take the theme figuratively as well as literally. If you don’t especially like the ‘painted’ look, you can instead channel the watercolour aesthetic through layering light tones on top of one another or using graduated shades. This can look especially stunning for bridal or bridesmaids dresses, with colour used in underskirts or the main skirt to create a dip-dyed or ombré effect.
Of course, a painted-style design is perfect if you want to make more of a statement with dresses or accessories!

3/ Décor

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Images by Emily Katharine Photography and Suite One Studio

From backdrops to furnishings, linens to glassware, your imagination is the limit when it comes to filling your wedding with airy, Monet-inspired details.
A backdrop or tablecloths are excellent places to start if watercolour will be a show-stopping feature. For smaller accents or a more refined approach, think throw pillows or subtle hanging garlands in graduated shades. Or, for tableware, opt for napkins, tinted glass and painted ceramic dishes.

4/ Food

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Images by Kt Crabb Photography and Jasmine Star Photography

With food colouring, it’s possible to create watercolour masterpieces that are as delicious as they are delightful.
Brushstrokes are a strikingly modern way to adorn a simple white wedding cake, adding texture and energy to an otherwise minimal look. Keep it straightforward and monochrome or incorporate ombré effects, a mix of hues and additional flowers for something more elaborate. No need to stop at the cake, either! Transform macaroons, iced cupcakes and even marshmallows into blank canvases for a full spread of watercolour desserts.
Don’t forget your drinks! Cocktails make for a charming watercolour twist. Ask your bartender to advise on how to create the colours you want, and mix up some bright syrups, juices or liquors to create a colourful effect in line with your palette!

5/ Entertainment

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Images by Lori Paladino Photography

The pièce de résistance for a watercolour theme? Including creative talent on the day. Hire a live event artist to paint a scene from the wedding for an unforgettable and unique keepsake to be cherished for years to come. Or have an artist produce sweet portraits as a one-of-a-kind wedding favour for guests!



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