10 Awesome Wedding Colors You Haven’t Thought Of

When choosing your wedding color you may gravitate toward a color that you have always loved or a color that you have seen in a friend’s wedding … or a color that your fiancé happens to like. But if you are tired of seeing the same colors being used over and over and you want to use one that is a little different from the status quo, I have chosen 10 wedding colors that you should consider:

  • Radiant Orchid
  • Cobalt
  • Plum
  • Aqua
  • Copper
  • Gray
  • Yellow
  • Chartreuse
  • Moss
  • Emerald

While most of these choices can be paired with a variety of colors, my collages shown here are mostly just one color. I did that so you can see the impact of the color and “get to know it” before you think about a second or third color to go with it.

We’re all familiar with the color purple and most everyone loves it! But if you are considering purple, why not move on from the expected and instead choose Radiant Orchid, Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2014. Pantone’s official statement about Radiant Orchid brings the color to life, “An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”  As shown in the collage below, a luscious wedding palette can include Radiant Orchid paired with a range of purple shades.
Radiant Orchid Wedding

If you love blue, then Cobalt may be the color for you! Cobalt is a very saturated, vibrant shade of blue that steps it up a notch from the more expected Royal and other mid-tone blues. (It is sometimes called “Sapphire” by companies that sell bridesmaids dresses.) It is a color that can stand alone with just a mix of cream or white and perhaps a pop of black. Because it is so vibrant it can hold up well in a sunny, outdoor venue as shown in the photo of the bridesmaids below.
Cobalt Blue Wedding Color

Another unique wedding color that is a variation of traditional, beloved purple is Plum. Plum is a reddish-purple and is a dark, dramatic color that can work in just about any season, although it is particularly suited for autumn and winter. It can be paired with lighter hues as shown below or with a variety of other choices, too!  It’s especially fabulous with Olive, Gray or Orange!
Shades of Plum Wedding Color

Aqua is a greenish-blue color between turquoise and teal. If you love turquoise and teal you might want to go with a more unexpected color and choose aqua. It is sheer perfection for a beach wedding! You can use it with white or cream as shown below or add another color such as peach or pink. Aqua is a great color for a Shabby Chic wedding and creates a perfect Shabby Chic palette when paired with a shade of pink.
Aqua Wedding Color

If you are thinking about using a neutral metallic such as gold or silver, why not go with Copper instead! Copper is perfect for a fall wedding, since it looks particularly beautiful with colors of the fall season. You can pair it with greenery and also can add in a darker bronze.
Copper Wedding Color

Another neutral that is unexpected is Gray. You may be more familiar with couples using white or ivory as their neutral but as I tend to say, “Gray is the new neutral”. Gray can be used alone, as shown below or it can be paired perfectly with plum, yellow, green and coral, among others.
Gray Wedding Color Theme

Yellow may not seem that unusual to you but we usually see it as an accent color. For a unique palette, let Yellow serve as your main color. Lots of different looks can be created, depending on what you pair it with. For example, Yellow with Gray will create a much different vibe than Yellow with Pink (which surprisingly is a beautiful combination!)

Chartreuse is the ultimate in sophistication and uniqueness! And I admit that this is not a color for everyone. But when done right, it really is a wow! It is a vivid color halfway between Green and Yellow and its named for the yellow-green French liqueur. While technically, it can be paired with a variety of choices, including black, I absolutely love it with a true Purple or with a mid-tone, warm Gray.
Chartreuse Wedding Color

If you are thinking of Lime or Green Apple as your wedding color, you may want to take a look at Moss. Moss is probably a color that both you and your groom will feel comfortable with, especially if you love the outdoors! It lends itself really well to earthy accents such as sheet moss, grasses, branches, etc.
Moss Green Wedding Color Theme

Emerald is a unique green in that it has blue undertones. I often see a bright green that is called “Emerald” but it really needs the blue undertones to be a true Emerald green. Emerald pairs well with silver, white or cream and it is such a gorgeous color that it really works very well alone or with other shades of green.

~Collages created by Sher Silver – Exclusively Weddings

Click the collages to see the full size versions.

Resources at EW:
Orchid Tealight Favor
Products in Plum
Yellow Product Assortment
Colorful Napkins and Coasters

Resources on Pinterest:
Green from Exclusively Weddings
Gray from Exclusively Weddings
Purple from Exclusively Weddings

Aqua – Shabby Chic Collage

Radiant Orchid Wedding
Emerald Wedding
Chartreuse Wedding
Copper Wedding

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Photo Sources: Radiant Orchid: Hayley Holness, the Knot, Melissa Musgrove Photography, Gimme Some Oven by Ali Ebright, the YoungrensCobalt:  Virgil Bunao Photography, Kate Headley, Madison’s On Main, Alex Wolf Photography, Southern Vintage, Vegas.com, Infused StudiosPlum:  Renee Brock Photography, Cotton and Crumbs, Project Wedding, Etsy – Aqua: One Sweet Girl, Kate Headley Photography, Party Spot, Wedding by Color, Kelly Hornberger, Cakes by Graham, Style Me Pretty/Stewart Leishman – Copper: the Knot/Annie X Photography, Benjamin Lowry Photography, Carrie Patterson Photography, weddingomania, Rachel Peters Photography, weddingomania, Sweet Little Photographs, Karen Buckle Photography – Gray:  Noaki Jewelry, The Cake Parlour, Christina Szczupak, Christian Oth Studio, The Nichols, Men’s Wearhouse – Yellow:  Krakora Studios, Elisa Cicinelli Photography, Akil Bennett, Natalie Maclean, Jessica Schilling Photography, Jagger Photography, Katie Grace Designs, Krissy Allori Photography – Chartreuse:  Bruce Forrester Photography, Karen Tran Florals, Cakes Haute Couture, The Style Saloniste, Chilled MagazineMoss:  MaxieB’s, Flynetonline, Etsy, Martha Stewart Weddings, OneWed, Style Me Pretty, Southern Weddings – Emerald:  The Party Dress, Monique Simone Photography, Etsy, Kate Headley

White Pumpkins for Fall Wedding Décor

White_Pumpkin_For_Wedding_DecorDecorating for a fall wedding naturally lends itself to the use of pumpkins in the décor. If  you are looking for something a little more elegant and unique than orange pumpkins, you might want to consider using white pumpkins either instead of or paired with orange ones.

White pumpkins are easy to decorate with because you can decorate or paint them in just about any color to coordinate with your wedding color scheme.

For an outdoor wedding a beautiful scene can be created using white pumpkins as shown in the photo below.White_Pumkins_for_Wedding_Decor_Exclusively_Weddings

White pumpkins also can be used instead of bowls to hold soup or other food items. They can be used as a focal point for buffet and to hold trays of food as shown in the second photo below. They look great as a holder for candles and as centerpieces and table décor. White Pumpkins for Wedding Reception

As shown below, you can paint the white pumpkins to fit in to your wedding color scheme. The embellishments can go from simple paint to covered in dazzling sequins!White Pumpkins Decorated

White pumpkins are a perfect substitute for pots and vases for fall flowers for centerpieces or wedding ceremony and reception décor.White Pumpkins and Flowers

White pumpkins can even be used as aisle décor for an outdoor fall wedding.White_Pumpkins_for_Wedding_Ceremony

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Photo Credits:
Collage 1: 
Wedding Chicks, Southern Living, Your Cozy Home – Collage 2: Mom Designer, eHow, Lana Austin Motif, Chatelaine (Instructions Included), Perfectly Imperfect, Imperfectly Beautiful, Casa Sugar – Collage 3: Martha Stewart Weddings, WeddingBee, Eco-Beautiful Weddings, One Charming Party, Corner Paint – Inset Photo: Formal Fringe (Instructions Included) – First Photo and Last Photo: McKenzie Powell

Your Color Story – Choosing Your Wedding Colors

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. It will save you a lot of stress and time if you can easily find products in your color.

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 nine 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.

In the future, look for more collages of colors on Facebook and here on our blog. Subscribe to our blog (link on left side of this page) so you will get email updates when there is a new blog post.

Be sure to click on each photo to see a much larger image.

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. More Chocolate Combinations

Coral and Turquoise is a luscious choice for a summer or beach wedding. The coral can be dark, almost red, or a lighter, almost pink, shade. More Turquoise Combinations and more Coral Combinations.
Coral and Turquoise Wedding

A preppy combination for spring or summer is Navy with Pink.  The bright pink plays beautifully off the rich, deep blue. More Pink Combinations and more Blue Combinations

A great combination for spring or summer and one that also 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.
More Turquoise and more Pink Collages.
Turquoise and Pink WeddingPurple and Green combination usually draws oohs and aahs! 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.  More Purple Collages and more Green Collages
Lavender and Green Wedding Colors

Orange With Purple 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. More Orange Collages

Purple and Orange Wedding Colors

Aaah, Purple with Silver … sophisticated and “rich”, this combination works for any season and makes a big impression! More Purple Combinations
Purple and Silver Wedding Colors

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. More Black and White Options and more Yellow Options
Yellow with Black and White Wedding Colors

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, a rainbow wedding can work.

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Collages created by Sher Silver – Exclusively Weddings

After this post was created, I added another one with lots more collages. To see it, click here.

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Photo Credits:
Blue and Chocolate: Rustic Wedding Chic, Serendipity Photography LLC, Tucson Bride & Groom, Project Wedding, It’s a Piece of Cake,  Connie Cupcake, obscured.tumblr – Coral and Blue: Inspired by This, Brett Rose Photography, Project Wedding, Object:Splendor, Aloha Island Weddings, Wedding Wire, All the Beauty Things –  Pink and Turquoise: Bride Finds, Hostess Blog, Gather Love, Project Wedding – Purple and Green: Project Wedding, Twigs and Posies, Join the Party, The Cake Parlour, Wedding Cake Blog, Style Me Pretty, Philippe Bas Florale passie – Purple and Orange: Renee Landry Style, Project Wedding, Unique Event Design, Wedding Bee, Elizabeth Anne Designs, Project Wedding – Purple and Silver: Project Wedding, Ken Kato, A Southern Tradition, Project Wedding, Pinterest Archive, Alternative Purple, Done Brilliantly, Isari Flower Studio, Pinterest Archive –Yellow & Black/WhiteStyle Unveiled, Bliss Events, Michaels, Sugar & Co. – Rainbow:  Sugarland, Jim Kennedy Photographers, the little epicurean, Trent Bailey Photography, Iftheringfits, paper & cake, SprinkleBakes

How to Make Tissue Paper Pom-Poms

Click to enlargeTissue paper Pom-Poms add a festive flair to a wedding and reception. They are very easy to make and at a cost of under $5, you will get a lot of bang for your buck.

If you want to make decorative pom-poms, I’ve put together detailed instructions for you below.

I have found that they turn out looking great, even if you don’t do a perfect job of folding, cutting, etc.

Before you begin, you’ll need the following supplies:

1.  Sharp scissors to trim the ends of the pom-pom
2.  Cable ties, pipe cleaners,  floral wire or monofilament fishing line to secure the center of your “accordion stack”.
3.  Monofilament fishing line if you are going to hang your pom-pom
Cable ties, floral wire, and monofilament fishing line can be purchased online at places like Amazon or at a craft store.

Start with tissue paper approximately 20″ x 30″. The package
used in the instructions has 10 sheets and it makes a nice, full pom-pom.
It is from Exclusively Weddings, item #107-1710.
Start with a package of tissue paper

There are two ways to approach this project. One way is to open the stack all the way and start folding at the shorter side. Or the other choice is to leave one fold in the stack of tissues (as shown below) and start folding at the folded side, which is the approach shown here. Tissue size is approximately 20 x 30

Starting at the folded side, fold the tissue in an accordion fold with each fold about one-and a half to 2 inches wide. The photo below is of a finished accordion stack.
Start folding in accordion folds about 1-2 inches wide

The next step is to secure the folded tissue in the center of the accordion stack. Use a pipe cleaner, floral wire. monofilament fishing line or a cable tie. A cable tie was used below. If you are going to hang your pom-pom, go ahead now and attach the monofilament line to whatever you used to secure the center. Monofilament fishing line works well because it is somewhat invisible. Just tie the length you want to the cable tie. If you want to hang your pom-poms with something decorative, you can use ribbon.
Put a cable tie around the folded tissue

After securing the tissue, trim each end, with scissors, in to a rounded shape or pointed shape, as shown below. Then start separating the first piece of tissue and pulling it away from the folded portion and continue doing this with all the pieces. The next three photos below show this step in process.
Start separating and adjusting each piece of tissue.
Adjusting in process

After all pieces have been pulled out, you can now adjust and fluff the pieces to get it “perfect”.

Voilà!  The finished Pom-Pom!Completed Pom Pom

In this photo the pom-pom on the right was made following these instructions. The one on the left was made with the tissue paper opened out entirely. The one on the right is a little bit smaller and is shaped a ittle more like a flower.

See our blog post for lots of pictures and info about pom-poms and our Wedding Lanterns and Pom-Poms Pinterest Board, as well.

In case you want to print out the instructions, here are the instructions in an abbreviated format. 

How to make tissue paper pom-poms

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask in our Comments section. I’ll be glad to help you!

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Pom-Poms for Festive Wedding Décor

If you want to add an instant festive air and lots of pizzazz to your wedding ceremony and reception, do it with pom-poms! Pom-Poms are a simple DIY project made from tissue paper and they are very easy and inexpensive to make.

There are many ways that pom-poms can be added to a wedding décor. The photos below will give you some inspiration, as well as our Wedding Lanterns and Pom-Poms Pinterest Board.

Pom-Poms make inexpensive and colorful aisle markers.Poms on the Aisle

Pom-Poms and lanterns add a riot of color to the ceiling.Poms and lanterns decorate ceiling

Poms decorate tent ceiling

Pom-Poms easily showcase your signature color. There is no question that green is the color of the day!
Colorful poms

Any space can become more festive with the addition of pom-poms.
Poms can decorate any space

A lovely outdoor setting is enhanced with cascading pom-poms.
Cascading pom-poms

Pom-pom garlands with twinkling lights add lots of ambience.
Pom-Pom garland 2

A small pom-pom adds style and color to a table setting.
Pom-pom decorates table setting

The “getaway car” can be decorated with pom-poms, too!

How to Make Pom-Poms:
Instructions for making pom-poms can be found on our blog post.
Tissue paper for making poms is available at Exclusively Weddings.

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