When you start planning your wedding, you’ll quickly realize that you have many many decisions to make, from choosing a wedding venue to picking your wedding date. One of the most important initial decisions is choosing your wedding colors. Having a designated color palette helps all the other details fall into place, from your dress and bouquet, to your table linens. But with literally millions of shades and hues to choose from, how on earth do you decide?
Picking your wedding colors should be fun! Here are a few tips to help you narrow down your selection to a palette you’ll swoon over.
When choosing your wedding palette, aim for a combination of 3-5 colors that coordinate well with each other. Even if you want a “rainbow wedding,” focusing on a few select hues will make decision-making a bit easier.
While you can go with any colors you like, a good rule of thumb is to have at least one color be relatively timeless and neutral. In the event that you can’t find an invitation or table linen in your favorite shade of pink, it’ll be nice to know there are plenty of options in white or ivory.
Another thing to keep in mind: don’t pick a color palette just because it’s trendy. Bright yellow may have been one of Pantone’s 2021 Colors of the Year, but if you hate warm colors, you’ll just be miserable. Go with colors you enjoy!
Even with the above tips in mind, it can still seem mind-boggling to choose from such an array of hues. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, here are some ways to help narrow down your options.
Consider your venue (or your ideal venue, if you haven’t booked it yet). Does it have any colors, features, or architectural accents that spark your imagination?
A Spanish Revival wedding venue with terracotta tiles might be begging for a warm palette of burnt orange and cranberry. A historic locale with an elegant white interior might inspire a more monochromatic palette.
For some themes, the wedding colors practically select themselves. For example, a romantic Halloween wedding would be gorgeous in shades of orange, cream, and gold. A Gatsby-themed wedding shines in gold, black, and silver.
Spring, summer, fall, and winter have their own color palettes that can make choosing your wedding colors easy.
Picture a winter wedding with bridesmaids wearing deep navy velvet dresses, or a spring wedding swathed in pastel tones.
What do you want your wedding “vibe” to be?
Evoke a sense of luxury with jewel jones. Create a calm, minimalist atmosphere with a neutral color palette. Feeling bold and quirky? Go with bright colors.
Need a bit more inspiration? Here are some of our favorite wedding color palettes.
A neutral palette of cream, warm grey, tan, and bold green will coordinate with any décor or venue and will keep your wedding photos timeless.
Who knew deep red and hot pink could blend so seamlessly with muted hues like forest green and salmon? The result? These stunning pops of color that are a joy to admire!
“Neutral” should never mean “boring!” By combining muted gray, mauve, and mushroom, sleek black accents become infinitely more glamorous.
The vibrant palette below evokes the warmth and energy of the tropics. Fiery orange and deep red are complemented by the earthy tones of blue, green, and soft taupe.
Pastels are a classic choice for a spring or summer wedding! This palette—opting for salmon mauve, sage, and lavender—is a welcome departure from the expected.
This rich, saturated palette of peacock blue, aubergine, and wine red create a feeling of luxury, abundance, and glamour.
Picking your wedding colors when you’ve got every shade of the rainbow to choose from can be a daunting task, but there are ways to make the process easier.
If you don’t have any specific colors in mind when you first start planning your wedding, let the theme, season, and mood of your wedding inspire you. But above all else, remember to keep your wedding venue in mind.
Steeped in history, luxury, and elegance, the Lightner Museum’s neutral palette and grand architecture are the perfect backdrop for any wedding, no matter which wedding colors you choose.
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