Inspiration: Neon

When thinking about wedding colors, many of us tend toward pastels or deep jewel tones. Neutrals also have a strong following. But what about neon?

I know, it struck me – child of the sixties and Yellow Submarine fan though I am – as possibly a bit scary and OTT… until I saw it done right.

The key, as shown in this fabulous photo of a real wedding featured at Design Sponge, is restraint. Keep the backgrounds to stark white or black, and use the neons sparingly. Stick to just a couple colors, but don’t fear them.

As you can see here, a bright white background and carefully considered touches of neon pink, neon orange, and lime green make for a festive, fun, yet surprisingly sophisticated look.


One way to show you don’t fear neon is to put it on yourself. From funky jewelry to fabulous fun tights like these (though I have to say I dislike pairing them with white shoes. I would probably go bold on the footwear with them), or spectacular neon nail polish, you can carry out your theme in bold touches from head to toe.

While I saw several people encouraging neon bridesmaid’s dresses, I have to say I’m not wild about that one. It sounds like a great way to alienate your best friends and any sisters-in-law you have in your bridal party… unless they all love neon, too. My advice? Stick to your background neutral and dole out neon details like the nail polish, tights, and jewelry. Trust me, your bridesmaids will thank you.


For flowers, go with gerbera daisies, or just go crazy and do fabulous faux blooms, like these felt and button flowers I saw at Blog.Celebration.Co.Za.

Another great place to use neon is the dessert table. Whether you go for a super bright cake:
like this one I spotted at Pink Cake Box, or a variety of colorful treats such as Parisian macarons:

or cupcakes:

… you can go big with neon in the desserts.

Yes, a marriage is a serious thing, and I do believe in taking the wedding seriously. But it doesn’t have to be solemn, or timid in color. Have a blast… of neon!

4 Responses to “Inspiration: Neon”

  1. Wedding Invitations February 19, 2012 at 11:35 pm #

    Really cool! Neon can be dulled when you add several neon colours together (as opposed to providing a contract and such) Well done with the mix and match

  2. aurea @ pricewise events February 21, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    Neon is definitely going to trend this year. :) Considering the fact that tangerine is all the hype now, neon is going to be a hit. :D

  3. Nicki @ GMP February 22, 2012 at 7:49 am #

    Wow it will be really interesting to see how this trend is incorporated into weddings, a really fun & maybe daring colour concept.

  4. Jaf Gifts February 22, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

    The stockings on the ladies are super cool! I don’t know about the cake, it looks so vibrant. LOL! Though the Macarons are delightful!