Want your wedding day to be as pretty as a painting? Use watercolor as your inspiration to create a dreamy and captivating look. We asked celebrity planner, David Tutera, why watercolor is a trending style in weddings.

“Watercolor is a great way to infuse color delicately into your wedding day. This style can be captured in many different elements carried throughout the day;  from light fabrics and colors, like chiffon and pastels, in your fashion, to ombre designed floral schemes, right down to hand painted cakes and printed materials. The soft look of watercolor brush strokes allows you to add as much or as little of the look as you want throughout your wedding day details, and bring out an artistic, feminine elegance to any wedding day look, while still remaining subtle.

Choose a pastel

We love the shade of lilac in this style story, but any pastel shade will do. If you’re loving purple, go with shades of lilac, lavender or periwinkle. Considering blue? A robin’s egg blue wedding would be gorgeous! Even a butter cream yellow or moss green can be used in a watercolor theme. As David says, the key to pulling together a beautiful watercolor wedding theme is to keep it light and soft so choose your colors thoughtfully.

Add a metallic

This is key. Once you’ve chosen a color, marry it up to a metallic. We paired our lilac hue with rose gold and the result is stunning. Gold, silver or copper are also eye-catching choices. The key is to use your metallic sparingly. Think of it as a special accent that doesn’t have to be used everywhere. One place you WILL want to use your metallic is on your invitation. This watercolor wedding invitation from the David Tutera Collection is absolutely captivating. Your names are foil-stamped in your choice of metallic and add some serious pop to your invitation.

Style your girls

Once you have your color palette set, start thinking about your bridesmaids. Keep those two magic words in mind as you make your choices: light and soft. Start with your bridesmaids dresses. Avoid heavy fabrics, like satin, and instead opt for a material like chiffon. We love this Elizabeth Bridesmaid Dress from Gather and Gown; it’s airy and will create beautiful movement as your bffs walk down the aisle and tear it up on the dance floor. Next, choose florals that will pop against those dresses. Monochromatic pastels and creams make for a beautiful bouquet and delicate blooms such as ranunculus and garden roses look fragile but will hold up all day long.

Photo Credits: Cake: photo by CHARLA STOREY, Cake by CAKEWALK BAKESHOP via HEY WEDDING LADY, Reception Table: ALICIA LACEY PHOTOGRAPHY via STYLE ME PRETTY, Bridesmaid Dress from the David Tutera Collection at GATHER AND GOWN, teacups via THE CROCKERY CUPBOARD, Groom photo KATY LUNSFORD via BRIDAL MUSINGS, table number by GREEN BLOSSOM PHOTOGRAPHY via BURNETTS BOARDS.