Choosing a color scheme for your wedding is one of the most important wedding planning decisions you will make because the colors you choose will be played out in your invitations, bridesmaids dresses, flowers, bouquets, cake, place cards, favors, wedding decor, reception decor and more!
So, how do you go about choosing your perfect wedding colors? Some things to consider . . .
Time of Year: The season of your wedding is always a good place to start because you probably wouldn’t want to use a spring palette of pale yellow and soft pink for a December wedding. But if you love those colors and are having a winter wedding, you can use a variation of them by using a rich yellow/gold with a deep pink. In most cases it isn’t the color you choose that will make it “work” but it is the tones of the colors.
Availability of Photos to Inspire: Another tip is to do an internet search for the colors you are thinking of using. Put your colors in to Google (be sure to include the word “wedding”) and select “Images” in the left navigation. The results should give you photos of the colors you are interested in so you can see how they look together. Also, go to Pinterest and do a search on your colors there. If you want to be able to see lots of photos of ideas as you go through the planning process, this exercise will let you know if you will have those photos available. If you don’t see many photos in Google or Pinterest in the colors you are considering, it may mean that the colors and/or combination of colors is rare and you might also have trouble finding products in those colors, as well.
How the Color Looks on You: Consider the wearability of the color. For example, if you don’t look good in yellow then it may be best not to choose yellow as a primary color for your wedding. You will be standing next to your yellow-wearing bridesmaids in photos and will likely be surrounded by the color at your reception. So choose a color that work for your skin tone, coloring, etc.
How the Color Looks on Your Bridesmaids: Do take “your girls” in to consideration. They will feel better wearing a flattering color than one they just don’t feel right in. If your favorite color happens to be one that is hard to wear, let that color be your secondary color and choose a complementary main color for your bridesmaids’ dresses.
There are 17 color story collages below to help you decide on your colors or to give you ideas for colors you have already selected.
You may wonder how the colors for these collages were chosen. All of them were requests from our Facebook fans and several of them have been posted on our Facebook Page. You might enjoy reading the comments about the colors from brides like you.
In the future, look for more collages of colors on Facebook and here on our blog. Subscribe to our blog (link in upper right-hand corner of this page) so you will get email updates when there is a new blog post.
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Chocolate Brown works well with Tiffany Blue. You can also pair brown with pink or mint green for a similar effect. As shown in the bridesmaids photo at top right, you can use either brown or blue as the primary color.
Coral and Blue (usually turquoise) is a luscious choice for a summer or beach wedding. The coral can be dark, almost red, or a lighter, almost pink, shade.
Pink, Orange and Yellow is a lovely combination for spring or summer. There are lots of flower options with this combination. And you can be creative and add actual oranges to your decor as shown in the photo.
Green, Orange and Yellow are vibrant, sunny colors for spring and summer. You can mix and match them in several ways as shown below.
A preppy combination for spring or summer is Navy with Fuchsia/Hot Pink. The bright pink plays beautifully off the rich, deep blue.
A spring or summer combination that particularly adapts well to a shabby chic theme is Pink and Turquoise. The soft pink paired with turquoise lends itself well to the use of a vintage-inspired decor.
Royal Blue is a particularly versatile color. When paired with purple and turquoise, it creates a vibrant and luscious combination as seen in the tablescape below.
A Purple and Green combination usually draws oohs and ahhs! There is just something particularly appealing about this combination. There are lots of options in the shade of purple you use. For spring or summer, the shade can be lighter and for fall you can take the purple to more of a plum color. Below are two versions … the first one includes lavender with green and the other uses a mix of dark purple/lavender/medium purple with green.
Purple with Orange works for late summer or fall. It may not be a combination that is first thought of but as you can see, it is really lovely.
Aaah, Purple with Silver … sophisticated and “rich”, this combination works for any season and makes a big impression!
Red, Orange and Yellow is another vibrant combination that works well just about any time of year. It is versatile and lends itself especially well to late summer and fall wedding dates.
Black and White paired with another color is a classic. There is no limit to the variety of colors that work well with black and white. Two individual looks below are created with Red and with Royal Blue.
And if you just cannot choose one or two or three colors and want a Rainbow of colors, you can do that, too! With a rainbow theme you do want to be careful with your colors so you don’t end up with something garish. With the right touch, rainbow wedding can work.
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