inspiration board #36: ombre

Well hello Monday, didn’t you come around quickly! Are you lovely brides all relaxed and ready to take on the week ahead?  It’s been a busy weekend here at Bijoux HQ, I’ve been working on all sorts of fabulous to bring you in the next few months!

Today I want to share a trend I really love!  The ombre trend has been seen in fashion and interiors for a while now, and is really picking up in the wedding world.  A classic, but up to date, take on a single colour theme, ombre gives you the chance to use your favourite colour everywhere without overdoing it, and surprising your guests with something they probably haven’t seen before!  Ombre meaning ‘shade’ in French, is a way of explaining a colour fading from it’s deepest intenstity to the palest hue.  In today’s inspiration I’m taking purple from it’s darkest plum tones right though to a soft, lilacy pink.  The simplest way to think about an ombre scheme is in layers, for example on your reception tables use the darkest colour as the base and fade up to the lightest, with flowers rippling along the table (a long banquette-style table works best for this) from dark to light, and maybe even back again.  For single arrangements, start the with the darkest colour and fade out to the lightest.

Choose mismatched bridesmaids dresses in fading shades, to create an ombre effect at the altar.  These DIY ombre napkin and escort card tutorials from Once Wed are a simple way of continuing the theme throughout the day.  For the bravest brides, how about an ombre wedding dress, isn’t this one from Atelier Versace just stunning?  The soft ruffled petal texture works beautifully with this trend, adding that extra element of frothy softness.

{image credits}

top row: mismatched bridesmaid dresses Green Apple Photography via The Natural Wedding Company, ombre died corks via Erin Ever After, pink astilbe Fanni Williams & Lilybox Designs via OMG I’m Getting Married

middle row: DIY ombre napkins via Once Wed, ruffled ombre wedding cake Maggie Austin via Postcards & Pretties, DIY ombre escort cards via Once Wed

bottom row: indigoo & violet by CapClassique & Creatus Designat The Invitation Gallery, ombre wedding dress Atelier Versace via Fashion Bride, ombre love tote from Wedding Chicks


After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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