Watercolour Pastels Inspiration Board

Watercolour Pastels Inspiration

Terribly sweet and oh-so-playful, watercolour pastels have stepped out of baby showers and hit the wedding scene with a bang. These saccharine hues are not only très chic, but are the perfect DIY-friendly solution to any wedding. Join us as we take a look at this light, colourful and dreamy emerging trend in our latest moodboard.


From top left: Floral headpiece from Brides of Adelaide; DIY watercoloured letterpress invites from Minted; Pastel table setting from Style Me Pretty; Ribbon chair decorations from Style Me Pretty; Watercoloured ceramic plate from Elizabeth Anne Designs; Paper + real flower bouquet from Style Me Pretty; Bridesmaids dressed in pastel from Style Me Pretty; Watercolour cake from The Perfect Palette; Pastel coloured refreshments from Wedding Chicks; Powder blue ombré wedding dress from Colin Cowie Weddings; Ombré napkins and menus from Wedding Chicks; Watercolour table place holders from Wedding Chicks; Pink ombré tissue paper pompom from Etsy.

Styling Tips

- Don't be afraid to mix and match! Pastels are easy on the eyes, making them especially easy to put together in various combinations.

- The watercolour trend works best DIY, for that personalised touch. Put that brush to work and create your own wedding invites, table place holders, menus, and seating charts - you can even paint and glaze your own ceramic plates!

- Watercolour lends itself incredibly well to the ombré look. Work in the trend by dip dying your table runners and napkins. Ombré cakes and paper decor such as tassels and pompoms look great, too. Check out our DIY paper tassels tutorial.

- Saturate your dessert and refreshment bar with pastel hues: think coloured juices, popsicles, macarons and candied confections.

- Remember to keep things simple. A pared down look makes it easier for the colours to do the talking.

- As with all things colourful, be sure to mix in a fair share of neutral creams and whites to balance it out. Ghost or crystal Chiavari/Tiffany chairs keep the focus on the beautiful painterly details.


Rainbow-hued wedding gown by Lazaro (Fall 2012), photo from Colin Cowie Weddings


Table arrangement by Therese Jacinto, photo from Zank You Weddings.


Hand-painted backdrop by Momental Designs, photo from Southern Weddings.


{What is a wedding moodboard and why use one?}

A wedding mood board is a way to visually communicate how you envision your wedding to look or feel. It should give a sense of your wedding's overall style and mood. It may not show you the the exact items you will have on your special day (this can be worked on later in your planning) but is used to share your vision with wedding vendors who can help bring your ideas to life.