Watercolor Wedding Ideas for the Art Inspired Bride

Watercolor Inspiration. Photo by Oh Lovely Day

Art has been inspiring weddings for years and that is why we love watercolor inspired weddings. Soft, pastel watercolor hues are such a romantic design trend that blends perfectly into all the wedding details – from flowers to wedding beverages.

If you love art, appreciate the beauty of watercolor paintings or just love the look of blending your favorite colors together, a watercolor wedding may be perfect for you. Let your imagination run wild with this watercolor wedding inspiration we’ve selected!

Watercolor-Inspired Wedding Stationery. Photo by Kathleen Design Co.
Watercolor Wedding Invitation Design. Photo by Stephanie Yonce Photography
Handmade Watercolor Wedding Invitations via WileyValentine on Etsy

Your wedding stationery will become a work of art with this watercolor invitation design. Have an artist or calligrapher custom-paint the invitations or do it yourself. If you’d rather skip the artistic idea, there are plenty of invitation templates for this trend including watercolor ombre invites by Paper Freckles. Watercolors can be whimsical with these painted designs inspired by crayons and paint shades on your wedding stationery.

Anne Hathaway Watercolor Wedding Gown. Photo via Vogue
Elie Saab Spring 2012 Watercolor-Inspired Wedding Gown

Made popular by Anne Hathaway’s Valentino wedding gown, a watercolor look on the bride adds the perfect touch of color. For a subtle look, consider a pale pastel. Or maybe you prefer a vibrant blend of color like this wedding dress from the Elie Saab Spring 2012 couture collection. For more color inspiration, check out the celebrity-inspired colored wedding dress trend.

Watercolor-Inspired Bridesmaid Dresses. Photo by Christian Oth Studio
Watercolor-Inspired Bridesmaid Dresses. Photo by Oh! Darling Photography
Watercolor-Inspired Bridesmaid Dresses. Photo by Tec Petaja

For dressing your bridesmaids, consider the watercolor trend in different shades and hues. Or dress your girls in the same watercolor design but in different dress styles. Either way, your bridesmaids will look like a subtle wave of color.

Watercolor Tablescape. Photo by Therese Jacinto
Watercolor Wedding Candles. Photo via Oh Lovely Day
Watercolor Escort Cards. Photo by Elizabeth Anne Designs
Watercolor Wedding Decor. Photo by DA Weddings

Create a stunning watercolor tablescape – applying the watercolor look to your décor is easy. Hang different colored ribbon, flowers or garland using the ombre wedding design technique. Try using all the colors of the rainbow infused into a unique design for your table setting or wall décor – with rainbow-painted mason jar or ombre escort cards. Take inspiration from your favorite scenery, colors, flowers and works of art. There are so many ideas for creating a watercolor reception and this is the perfect theme for the DIY bride. For starters, try this DIY recycled watercolor jar centerpiece.

Watercolor Wedding Cake. Photo by Harwell Photography
Watercolor Cake. Photo by Sweetapolita

The ombre trend has become increasingly popular in weddings due to creative uses of the gradual color blending. The watercolor design is very similar and the same concept can be applied. The watercolor cake trend is beautiful and fun. Pastel hues work well for a softer, romantic look but don’t be afraid to go bold and bright with this trend!

Colored Cocktail. Photo via Intoxicology.net

And don’t forget the drinks! How cool is this watercolor-inspired wedding beverage? Infuse color into your signature cocktails. Consult with your bartender about adding a splash of cranberry, or other fruit, into your drinks or perhaps use colored ice cubes. This same concept can be used for non-alcoholic beverages as well.

Will you turn your wedding into a piece of art with this watercolor inspiration? Let us know if you’ve decided to use this theme in your wedding, in the comment section below!

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