A fresh green, appealing for its richness and ability to add intensity to the colours it complements.

Combine with milk chocolate and cream

–       With deep rose pink and ivory

–       With citrus colours – orange, lime and lemon

–       With deep rose red, chocolate brown and ivory

–       With chocolate, deep coral, apricot and yellow cream

–       With smoky purple and lavender, touches of pearl grey

–       With mid pink and pale olive and ivory

–       With rust, pale olive and stone or bronze

–       Pewter, brass, old burnished gold, bronze, copper

–       Moss, fern fronds, green chrysanthemums, green orchids, deep red roses, twigs, seed pods, green berries, privet berries, apricot roses, sweet peas and their tendrils, bamboo stems

–       Citrus in tall glass containers – some sliced to feature the cut side, on olive cloths, citrus coloured accessories such as orange and olive candles, paper flowers, coloured crockery, pewter or burnished gold touches

–       Olive cloths, copper containers filled with apricot roses of various hues, brown twigs, moss, yellow cream napkins tied with brown ribbon or buttons, dark furniture, old French urns, olive or brown dinnerware, apricot, coral and brown candles

–       Large bleached wooden bowl filled with dried rose petals or lavender, set on a console table with olive candles, and a rustic urn padded on top with moss. Add a bunch of tall twigs on which to tie messages of support on olive green paper, for the bride and groom

–       Metal or wooden milk bottle crates – fill with candles or sit bottles or jars inside and load with flowers and foliage as table centrepieces

–       Rustic candelabra or chandeliers, brass or pewter lamps, wrought iron lanterns

–       Think nature – pergolas, stone paving, stone walls, secret gardens, bird baths and fountains, twining purple clematis, stone urns filled with moss and ferns, smoky purple linen, glass votives dotted around wall niches shady spreading trees, rusted metal lanterns, beaten pewter containers

–       Add a cake featuring a nature theme – toadstools, creatures, fruit – either real fruit frosted in sugar, or made from fondant, fern fronds

–       Silks – try saris for their vibrant colours, lustrous satin, organza

–       Edge plain cloth in olive beads to add sparkle, use olive peridots or tourmalines  in jewellery or headpieces

–       Olive green shoes (of course!) – silk covered, polka dots or embellished with a green jewelled clip


Wedding Paper Divas Brilliant Blooms Invitation, Olive wreath from Brides, Adrianna Papell dress from Nordstrom, Olive green hair flower from Percy Handmade on Etsy