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Wedding Planning Guide

Wedding Colors.

Set the tone for your celebration with the perfect color palette.

How to Choose Wedding Colors.

One of the first things to do when planning your wedding is picking wedding colors that will help set the tone for your celebration and tie together all the details. Your wedding colors can be expressed in your stationery (save the dates, invitations, day-of accessories), the flower arrangements and decor, the wedding party’s attire, and even the food. Our best advice on how to pick wedding colors: Start with your favorite hues and then balance them with accent colors that will complement the season and your wedding venue.

We’ve put together some of our favorite wedding color ideas for a range of styles to get you started.

How to Choose Your Wedding Colors

Classic Color Combinations.

Some looks never go out of style, and these classic wedding color schemes are absolutely timeless. Make them your own with personal touches, from your choice of flowers to decor accents.

1

Ivory + Sage

Good for: spring weddings
Ideal venues: garden, vineyard, loft

Ivory + Sage

These beautiful wedding colors are timeless yet always feel fresh. Create an elevated, formal look by adding gold accents, or go wild with greenery if your style is more boho and organic. Pair these soft hues with warm, romantic candlelight.

Photos: Ashley Caroline Photography (dress), Jessica Casperson Photography (couple), Minted (moss-colored favors), Bryce Covey Photography (cake). Invitation: palmetto by kelli hall.

Ivory + Sage

2

Blush + Burgundy

Good for: fall or winter weddings
Ideal venues: winery, farmhouse, historic estate

Blush + Burgundy

It’s no wonder blush and burgundy—the colors of wine and roses—make an utterly romantic wedding color palette. Choose florals like dahlias or garden roses in soft blush tones, then add a few burgundy-hued blooms for a touch of drama.

Photos: Jillian Mitchell Photography (bouquet), Cassidy Carson Photography (bridesmaids), Minted (rose-colored favors).

Blush + Burgundy

3

Navy + Silver

Good for: formal summer weddings
Ideal venues: yacht club, Sperry tent on a lawn, country club

Navy + Silver

These clean, crisp colors evoke a preppy, East Coast vibe with some subtle nautical overtones. You could fully embrace the nautical look and decorate the reception with classic sailor stripes, or amp up the silver tones to steer your navy color scheme in a more regal direction.

Photos: Bryce Covey Photography (suit), Rebecca Yale Photography (shoes), Candice Benjamin Photography (bouquet).

Navy + Silver

4

Black + White

Good for: any time of year
Ideal venues: hotel ballroom, loft, art gallery

Black + White

It doesn’t get more classic than black and white. Set the tone for a formal celebration with luxe invitations; ask your bridesmaids to wear their favorite all-black cocktail gown for a look that’s chic and coordinated, but not too matchy-matchy.

Photos: Apryl Ann Photography (cake), Jose Villa (bridesmaids). Invitation: Ribbon Border by Jill Means.

Black + White

5

Peach + Gray

Good for: spring and summer weddings
Ideal venues: historic estate, modern farmhouse, art gallery

Peach + Gray

A versatile color combination, peach and gray can easily skew sleek and modern or sweet and romantic. Add marble accents (i.e., a marble cake stand or marble-patterned stationery) to take the colors in a modern direction, or play up the peach if your wedding style is more casual and laid back.

Photos: Joel Bedford Photography (bridesmaids), O’Malley Photographers (cocktails). Invitation: Boho Chic by Kristie Kern.

Peach + Gray


Fresh & Unexpected.

Make your wedding stand out with a unique color palette your guests haven’t seen before. These imaginative pairings will create an original look that’s fresh, unexpected, and totally you.

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Rust + Taupe

Good for: late summer and fall weddings
Ideal venues: desert settings, farmhouse, barn

Rust + Taupe

This taupe and rust wedding color palette was made for the warm light of late summer and fall, inspired by the rich hues of sunset-colored mountainscapes. Accent these unique colors with warm copper or gold tones for a bit of shimmer.

Photos: Jordan Voth Photography (couple), A Fabulous Fete (tiles), Half Acre House (cake). Invitation: Ethereal Wash by Everett Paper Goods.

Rust + Taupe

2

Mustard + Slate Gray

Good for: any time of year
Ideal venues: loft, city hall, museum, barn

Mustard + Slate Gray

This versatile color scheme works for every season: amp up the gray tones to make it more appropriate for winter or spring, or take the yellow up a notch for fall or summer celebrations. Also, since these shades are neither overtly feminine or masculine, they’re perfect for couples looking for gender-neutral wedding color combinations.

Photos: Ashley Largesse (suit), Henry + Mac Photo Co. (table), Minted (warm gray tote bag). Invitation: Sprinkled Love by Paper Dahlia.

Mustard + Slate Gray

3

Citrus

Good for: summer weddings
Ideal venues: backyard, garden, country club, beach

Citrus

Whether you’re planning a destination wedding on the beach or an alfresco backyard bash, a citrus-inspired color palette will bring a bright burst of flavor to your wedding look. Bring it to life with zingy cocktails, vibrant flowers, and actual citrus fruits in your table centerpieces.

Photos: Whitney Heard Photography (bouquet), Jen Huang (drinks), Minted (lemon-colored favors). Invitation: Tropical Border by Baumbirdy.

Citrus

4

Black + White + Pop of Color

Good for: any time of year
Ideal venues: ballroom, historic estate, museum

Black + White + Pop of Color

Black and white is a classic combination, but you can make it your own by adding a bright pop of color. Look for accent-color inspiration in seasonal flowers and menu ingredients, the setting for your event, or simply choose a color that’s meaningful to you.

Photos: Shannon Moffit Photography (suit), Sophie Kaye Photography (shoes), Judy Pak (cake). Invitation: Letters by JoAnn Jinks.

Black + White + Pop of Color

5

Jewel Tones

Good for: fall and winter weddings
Ideal venues: winery, ballroom, conservatory

Jewel Tones

Don’t be afraid to use darker hues in your wedding color scheme - a palette with deep jewel tones can create a mysterious, romantic mood or a rich, regal ambience. Illuminate the look with lots of candlelight or warm evening sunlight.

Photos: Clary Pfeiffer (bridesmaid), Kelli + Daniel Taylor Photography (ring), Charla Storey Photography (lounge).

Jewel Tones

WEDDING COLORS AND THEIR MEANING

When creating a theme or look for your wedding, remember to let your colors reflect who you and your partner are. Also keep in mind the decor of your venues for the ceremony and reception to make sure your colors coordinate with the surroundings. Take inspiration from the season and which flowers, greenery, and produce will be available that time of year.


For a more customized approach to your wedding colors, take a closer look at each color’s meaning, pairing ideas, and inspiration for incorporating them into your event.


  • White is a traditional wedding staple, signifying light and purity. White ranges from warm ivory to cool bluish shades, so you can use it as the base of any wedding color combination. Popular white flower choices include roses, anemones, lily of the valley, ranunculus, peonies, and dahlias.
  • Pink signifies sweetness and love. Pair with aqua for a fun, retro vibe, or deep burgundy for a romantic look. Deck out your bouquet and tablescapes with lilies, alstroemeria, sweet pea, and hibiscus in your favorite rosy shades.
  • Red represents passion and romance. It’s a classic choice for weddings and its various shades look good on just about everyone. Use it as your sole accent color, or combine it with blush, tangerine, or other jewel tones. Add a pop of crimson with anemones, tulips, and roses (of course), or try protea or amaranthus for something unexpected.
  • Orange conveys energy and creativity. Create a playful palette with yellow and pink, or fall for deeper shades with garnet and purple. Infuse a splash of orange into your celebration with marigolds, bird of paradise, poppies, and yes, oranges.
  • Yellow evokes sunshine and joy. Pairing yellow with cornflower blue creates a country-inspired look, garnet brings depth and drama, and gray creates a cool modern feel. Brighten up a bouquet with daisies, daffodils, craspedia, and goldenrod. Citrus fruits are also a fresh way to bring a bold, tropical vibe to your displays.
  • Green symbolizes growth and renewal. Greenery is also Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2017. Sage, gold, and ivory are a classic wedding color combination, while peach and wine create bohemian color pairings. Bring in some greenery to your bouquet with eucalyptus, succulents, palm leaves, ferns, and even air plants. You can also complement your decor with garlands of ivy or cedar branches.
  • Blue is a calming color that represents water and sky. Pale blue and elegant navy pair perfectly with blush, gold, and burgundy, while brighter blues go well with greens and buttercup yellow. Iris, hydrangea, periwinkle, and forget-me-nots will add a burst of blue to your bouquet.
  • Purple is associated with royalty and luxury. Gold and jewel tones add opulence to royal purple, sage creates an earthy look, and orange and burgundy complete a vibrant, saturated palette. Play with shades of purple in your floral arrangements with lavender, orchids, thistle, lilac, hydrangea, and wisteria.
  • Black has an elegant, formal presence that can anchor your wedding color scheme. When used sparingly as an accent or background color, it can add drama and make your other hues pop.
  • Metallics as accent colors give your wedding color theme instant glamour with a luxurious finish.  Gold symbolizes light and prosperity, silver is modern and sophisticated, and rose gold is warm and elegant. Make your wedding sparkle with foil-pressed stationery, metallic table settings, and high-shine accessories.

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