43 Dreamy Watercolor-Inspired Wedding Ideas
Most of us remember trying our hand at watercolor painting as children. As adults, we clearly still appreciate the art, considering how often it appears in weddings. Couples everywhere love the look of soft, colorful shades. In fact, they've embraced the style so strongly, that even if that don't include actual watercolors in their event, they often feature details inspired by them. Really, it's no wonder that watercolor and watercolor-like elements are trending in the wedding world. They can be used in dreamy, whimsical, and elegant ways, and no matter the case, they're bound to be pretty.
To incorporate watercolors into your own affair, you have more than a few options. Most popular, perhaps, is watercolor stationery. Invitations with diluted hues—as well as place cards, escort cards, menu cards, and other paper goods—look absolutely lovely. Other options include hiring an event painter to create a watercolor picture of your big day. As you'll see, these paintings can serve double-duty, and later be signed by loved ones in lieu of a guest book.
If you don't want the real deal at your celebration, you can still use watercolors as your muse when planning your theme and color scheme. Wedding cakes and bridesmaids' dresses alike can feature patterns that nod to the style. More broadly, you can turn to your favorite watercolor shades to pick your flowers and other décor items. Pastels and ombré designs reflect the nature of watercolor art. Click through to see examples of all of these suggestions, plus many more ideas.
Beautiful coasters look lovely on reception tables, and can also double as favors for your guests.
Watercolor Menu Cards
Watercolor Guest "Book"
At this wedding, guests signed a watercolor painting instead of a traditional guest book.
Watercolor Signature Drinks
Cocktail ingredients like grenadine can give your signature drinks a watercolor effect.
Watercolor-Inspired Bridesmaids' Looks
Watercolor-Dipped Place Cards
Just one edge of these calligraphed place cards was accented with watercolors.
Ask your photographer to take some styled shots of wedding details, like your rings. These pieces were photographed on a watercolor backdrop.
Watercolor Seating Cards
Guests at this wedding were directed with the help of muted watercolor signs.
Set up a section at your reception where attendees can pose for snapshots. A cool wall, like this watercolor-inspired one, is a great way to mark the space.
This fun concoction is part drink, part dessert. Mixing a colorful popsicle with booze makes for a watercolor-like treat.
Watercolor Flower Details
For their exit toss, actress-blogger Jamie Chung and actor Bryan Greenberg stuffed rose petals into paper bags adorned with a watercolor-painted label.
Watercolor Wedding Cake
Watercolor-Pineapple Escort Cards
How cute are these pineapple-shaped escort cards, painted in green watercolor?
Watercolor Cookie Favors
For their wedding favors, this couple gave out watercolor-painted cookies in the shape of their home state.
This couple had their calligrapher, Natalie Chang, create a watercolor illustration of the venue on their invitation, which also happened to be the groom's family farm.
Watercolor-Brushstroke Place Cards
This couple used a simple muted-green watercolor brushstroke to give their place cards from Paperfinger a pop of color.
Blended Watercolor Stationery
In keeping with their fall color scheme, this bride and groom used shades of orange watercolor on their stationery suite designed by Amber Moon Design and printed by Czar Press.
Watercolor-Brushstroke Wedding Cake
Sweet & Saucy Shop created this gorgeous vanilla cake, which was painted with pink and green watercolor details.
Orange-and-Blue Watercolor Escort Cards
The bride made these escort cards heself using the watercolor background from their invitation and re-printing it on a smaller scale.
These tie-dye, watercolor-inspired napkins popped on this couple's reception tablescape.
Tropical Watercolor Invitation
Julie Song Ink used a muted green-and-pink watercolor background with yellow calligraphy to bring a tropical element to these invitations for a Hawaiian wedding.
Thinking outside the box, this couple had Brown Linen Design make an illustrated activity itinerary for their guests using soft watercolor shades to show off the beautiful Colorado setting.
Use bright-colored flowers for an ombré effect that looks just like a watercolor brushstroke.
Watercolor Table Names
These watercolor table signs were painted by Peanut Press to look like the ocean, and on each wooden block was a calligraphed island name from the Bahamas.
Subtle Watercolor Invitation
A digitally-printed light watercolor wash gave this invitation from Script Merchant some color, while still keeping things simple.
Watercolor Seating Clipboards
Displayed on rose-gold clipboards, these watercolor-brushstroke seating cards by Amber Moon Design doubled as favors at this wedding.
Blush Watercolor Stationery
The Dandelion Patch created this subtle blush-watercolor stationery suite, with calligraphy by Stacey Shapiro.
Watercolor-Inspired Program Sign
How gorgeous is this intricate watercolor-inspired program sign from Chalk It Up RVA? You would never know that it's actually an extremely detailed (and very impressive) chalkboard!
Watercolor Program Fans
Guests were able to keep cool with these pretty program fans with watercolor details.
Watercolor-Brushstroke Quote Sign
Cassie from Peanut Press hand-painted this sign with a quote for the couple's escort card table.
Ombré Watercolor Backdrop
Lovers of everything nautical, this couple used a quote backdrop at their seating display table and painted it to resemble the ocean.
Watercolor-Inspired Tinted Glassware
Another way to incorporate watercolor hues? Use tinted glassware like this couple did in their pretty pastel tablescape.
Tropical Watercolor Invitation
Sweet & Saucy Shop hand-painted these pretty macarons with different tropical motifs.
Purple Watercolor Invitation
Hand-Painted Watercolor Cake
This cake from Sugar Bee Sweets Bakery was painted gold on the top and bottom tiers, while the middle tier boasted a pretty watercolor floral design.
Watercolor Menu Label
Continuing their watercolor theme, this couple incorporated a watercolor menu label that was attached to an empty jug for a rustic touch.