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Wedding Colors

The colors you choose for your wedding have the power to set the entire mood of the event. Therefore, it is important to choose wisely. Choosing your color scheme early on in the planning process will ensure that everything acquired for your wedding will be well coordinated and will fit into the wedding theme as a whole.  

Of course, the choice of colors is completely up to you. However, you  may want to take a few things into consideration when contemplating your color scheme.

Wedding Color Schemes


Green Scheme"Going Green" Scheme


Blue/Brown Scheme Aqua/Brown Scheme

  Purple/Aqua Scheme    Aqua/Purple Scheme 

Pink/Orange Scheme Vibrant Pink/Orange Scheme

fall color scheme   Fall Scheme classic scheme    Classic Scheme

The complexity of your color scheme is important as well, but will depend on a number of things such as your personal preference, your budget and patience.  

Below you will find some tips to help you get started in choosing the perfect wedding colors for your special day.  

  • Start with your favorite color.  This is a great jumping off point and will get you started.  You can then select the right hue and combine it with other color accents.  Look through your wardrobe and see what colors you are drawn to.  Make an inspiration board with images from magazines and paint chips of the colors you are considering.
  • Consider the venue and/or setting of your wedding.  For instance, if you are having an outdoor wedding, consider light and fresh colors. If the location is a flower garden, use the colors that nature has given you in the backdrop.  
  • Prepare yourself with the knowledge that you may need to have two distinct color schemes if the church or other venue you are having the ceremony in is very different in color and tone than the venue for your reception.  You can solve this problem by going mostly white for the ceremony with only small amounts of your chosen color scheme incorporated into the ceremony.  If you are limited in decorations, then just use your colors in your bouquet and your bridesmaids dresses.  
  • Use your favorite flower as an inspiration for your color scheme.  Start out with the color of your favorite flower as the dominant shade and add accents from there or use the flower color as the accent to another color.  Either way, if using a color from nature, everything will come together in the end.  
  • Consider the season of your wedding.  With that being said, you don't necessarily have to use washed out pastels for a spring wedding or dull oranges and browns for a fall event.  Let Mother Nature be your guide and you can't go wrong.  If you do choose to use the typical "seasonal colors," use variations of each color by choosing a different shade other than the typical standard color.  For instance, instead of using red and green for a holiday wedding, use a deep maroon and a dark hunter green.  
  • Don't forget the bridesmaids dresses.  When choosing your wedding colors, consider what color you want your bridesmaids to be wearing.  You will want to take into consideration their skin tone and the preferences as well.  You might also choose different shades of the same color to suit each individual bridesmaid.
  • Think about your groom, the best man and the groomsmen.  Their ties, vests and cummerbunds/cumberbund (if they are wearing them) can all match or complement the color(s) of the bridesmaids dresses.
  • Add color with care.  Sometimes less is more.  Three is a good starting point when it comes to the number of colors to incorporate into your wedding.  Anything over five may become a little overwhelming.  Also remember to carry your color scheme throughout the entire wedding from the wedding invitations to the thank you cards.  
Tags: wedding centerpieces, reception venues, bridesmaids dresses, bridal bouquets