Mixing and Matching Patterns in Wedding Designs

So many weddings are done in white or pastel color palettes. While lovely, they can lack a unique character or that personal stamp that makes a wedding unforgettable. When you really want to create a wedding design that has style and personality, consider mixing and matching patterns. This is how to do it with ease.

There are good ways to mix patterns and bad ways to mix them. When done well, the combination of prints will combine into one cohesive whole which has plenty of visual interest and tells a unique story without being garish or overwhelming. When done poorly, mix and match patterns can add up to “What was she thinking when she put all those together?”. The key to getting it right? Establishing a unified color palette and combining prints with a similar aesthetic.

Three patterns is a good number when you are trying to spice up your wedding design without overdoing it. A good rule of thumb is to mix a stripe, a large pattern, and a small pattern, along with color coordinated solids as needed. A plaid or check could be substituted for the stripe, but be wary of using plaids and stripes together.

The color palette should make sense with the patterns chosen. For instance, let’s say you were planning a nautical theme wedding by the ocean. Blue, yellow, and white would be an excellent color palette, perhaps with accents of Nantucket red. For your patterns, you could use a blue, yellow, and white variegated vertical stripe for tablecloths at the reception. A small scale blue on white or red on white anchor motif could be one of your accent patterns, and a medium sized geometric design could be the final print. Use the secondary patterns for things like side tables, pillows in the lounge area, and as a motif to print on the invitations and menus.

Of course, when it comes to the wedding attire, pattern should be approached carefully, especially if you are planning to be bold with it for decor. After all, you don’t want your bridesmaids to blend in with the tablecloths at the reception! In the nautical wedding, the bridesmaids could wear a blue and white striped seersucker dress (it is okay to mix stripes) with pearl bridesmaid jewelry sets and yellow bouquets. Put the groomsmen in Nantucket red trousers for a really authentic nautical style, complete with needlepoint nautical flag belts and the signature anchor pattern on their ties. If that is a bit much for you, classic navy blazers with khaki trousers would look good too, just keep the anchor motif ties.

Another approach to mixing patterns is a French country style. Using a color palette of sage green, brick, and cream, combine a large scale toile with a woven check and a small sprig print. For a more luxe French design, try a beautiful burgundy and gold stripe, with a coordinating bee or fleur-de-lis print. A semi-abstract sprig or vine design will round out your wedding design. Use the patterns liberally for decorations, again be more restrained when it comes to your bridesmaid attire. Silk dupioni dresses in one of your signature colors with elegant bridesmaid jewelry sets will make your bridal party an attractive part of your overall wedding design, without making them match the tablecloths too closely. For more creative ideas on how to mix and match patterns, check out your favorite design magazines and home furnishing catalogs. Any style that catches your fancy can easily be made into a gorgeous and unique wedding design.