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Choosing Your Wedding Colors


A color scheme to your wedding sets the overall mood of the big event, so consider the options.

Wedding Color Trends

This year, the trends fall into three categories:

  • Soft pastels
  • Vibrant brights
  • Earthy monochromatics

Color Lingo


You can build your color scheme on trendy hues or the tried and true, complementing with various tones. How do the professionals create color palettes? They start with color theory based on the 12-part color wheel. Here's an overview:

  • Analagous - A scheme of the three colors which are side-by-side on the color wheel.
  • Complementary - A two-color scheme of colors directly opposite each other on the color wheel, which create maximum contrast.
  • Monochromatic - A color scheme based on a single hue and it's various shades from light to dark.

Color Combos


Pinks and purples are inspired by vineyards and country estates. Neutrals are fresh and soft, inspired by nature and outdoor settings. Autumn brights are inspired by the season and striking for more formal ceremonies.

Tips for Choosing your Wedding Colors

  1. What is your favorite color? If you've always dreamed of having a pink wedding, accent it with a complementary color.
  2. Flowers: Be sure the colorful flowers you've always wanted in your wedding are in season.
  3. Creating the right mood: Vibrant colors add drama; soft colors evoke romance.
  4. Seasons: Spring and summer colors tend to be lighter, and fall and winter wedding colors are darker and richer,
  5. Setting: Consider the color of the venue's decor or what would echo the theme of a beach wedding or outdoor ceremony, and pick flattering hues.
  6. Bridesmaids' dresses: Is your color choice a flattering color and tone your wedding party will want to wear?
  7. Groom and best man: The guys can tie in color with suit accessories, like their boutonniere and cummerbund.
  8. Keep it simple: Limit your main colors to two or three for a cohesive look.

Most Popular Wedding Colors


In a recent survey, 30% of wedding themes were blue, 25% purple and 25% green. Consider your unique wedding venue, your style and be bold in creating a beautiful, colorful day for your celebration.

Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways. - Oscar Wilde