13 Chartreuse and Neutral Color Palette Ideas to Brighten Up Your Wedding Celebration
Chartreuse got its moniker in 1884 from the yellow-green French liqueur of the same name, but the crisp color has always appeared in nature. Unripe lemons, lady slipper orchids, Buddha’s hand, dill flowers, and spider mums all come in the citrusy shade, which is a punchy pick for your day—and one that emboldens and elevates any neutral.
Add Oomph to Invites
A white suite gets a refreshing makeover when the day’s details are letterpressed in attention-getting ink that’s more “neon-classical” than “neon bar sign.” (The clean sans serif font is key to creating this sophisticated style.) As for the design’s monochromatic leafy backdrop? It was also letterpressed in superlight gray-green ink before the electric text was pressed over it.
The Details: “Santa Fe” invitation suite, $1,500 for 100; aleeandpress.com.
Make a Natural Statement
Clusters of heuchera leaves, oncidium orchids, gloriosas, and dill flowers add romance to a braided hairstyle and complement a soft gray gown.
Tie It Together
Break up a neutral slip dress with a DIY tassel belt made from a find-it-everywhere cord.
The Details: Maid by Yifat Oren for Rory Beca “Harlow” dress in nude, $271; rorybeca.com. 2mm rattail cord (used as a belt) in ice yellow, #00801, $1/yd, and 10mm ribbon (used for belt tie) in neon lime, #54787, $1.50/yd; mjtrim.com.
Brighten Up Your Besties
The great—no, amazing—thing about such an eye-popping color is that it makes an impact no matter how you employ it. Style it subtly in hair or as a surprising accessory. Or for maximum effect, dress your attendants in a head-to-toe citron look. Here, a vivid dress is a head-turning piece all on its own, and it will stand out beautifully next to a white gown.
The Details: Ivy & Aster “Bombay” dress in chartreuse, $240; ivyandaster.com.
Kick It Up
A bouquet with vivacious, loosely tied buds springing from its center is the floral equivalent of a brilliant display of fireworks. The main players here include electric yellow and green orchids, dill flowers, ranunculus, corn cockles, hellebores, gloriosa leaves, and Solomon’s seal. And just like pyrotechnics, this clutch is guaranteed to light up your night and leave your guests oohing and aahing.
Eat Your Greens
You’ll tickle your guests’ taste buds with flavorful, color-packed bites by Jeffrey Selden, of Marcia Selden Catering in Stamford, Connecticut. A mini baked potato topped with sour cream and dill flowers, for example, is a tasty appetizer, and its small size means that even a third helping won’t overfill bellies before dinner.
Work Some Magic
Wedding trick: Place a bowl of edamame tossed with cayenne pepper and furikake (a Japanese seasoning) on tables during the cocktail hour, and watch the savory snacks disappear before your eyes.
Showcase a Shining Star
Along with the two lead players in this starfruit kiwi smash by Selden, the sweet-tart libation also has green tea, grape juice, seltzer, and vodka. Or hold the liquor; it’s just as delicious booze-free.
Pack a Punch
Selden’s banana pepper margarita gets a kick from tequila, lime juice, triple sec, and sliced banana peppers.
Get Sweet and Low Down
Small centerpieces made from unusual fruits and flowers encourage conversation in two ways: First, guests will be able to see one another across the table, and second, they’ll get to admire the spiky “fingers” of Buddha’s hand citron along with lady slipper and oncidium orchids, dill flowers, corn cockles, hellebores, and gloriosa and heuchera leaves. Keep the rest of the look equally serene with white linens, marble vessels, and stately dinner plates.
Say It With Flowers
Yes, all the cheerful blooms adorning Selden’s Swiss meringue buttercream-topped cakes are 100 percent edible. (Those would be spider mums, pea shoots, and snapdragons!) So go ahead and sprinkle them on a group of smaller confections to punch up a multicake display, which can be more budget-friendly than one towering version. It also lets you showcase a variety of flavors.
The Details: Assorted edible flowers, from $6.75 for 25; gourmetsweetbotanicals.com.
Give a Unique Parting Gift
There’s a time and place for monogrammed koozies. We’re not sure when exactly, but on your wedding day, each of these favors is a chicer (and chartreuse-ier) way to send off guests. From a canister filled with your favorite tea blend and an herb packet with an accompanying mortar and pestle, to a shapely hourglass, fragrant potted plant, and pair of all-natural candles, these home items make for useful mementos. Each time an attendee picks up one of these everyday objects, she’ll think of you.
The Details: “Sakura Blossom” tea canister, $5; pearlriver.com. Lemon cypress tree, price upon request, nytopiary.com, and pot, $12 for 4, B&J Florist Supply, 212-564-6086. Hourglass, $10; cb2.com. Fox Run mini mortar and pestle, $6; kitchenandcompany.com. Beeswax tapers, from $7 for 2; toadilyhandmadebeeswaxcandles.com. “French Kitchen” pastry slab, $50; crateandbarrel.com.