Follow these easy steps to make the best decision concerning the colors for your wedding:
- Use your favorite shade. Start with a color you absolutely love, and then find accent colors that complement it well. Choose either tonal shades or a contrasting pop of color.
- Consider the setting. What does your venue look like? What color are the floor, walls, curtains, and other decorations? If there is already a strong color scheme, you should consider working with those colors. If you’re set on a particular color, look for a venue with a more neutral color scheme.
- Tip: Older historical buildings tend to have strong patterns that may clash with your own colors, so make sure you pay attention to those factors.
- Tip: You’ll have to plan in advance for this one!
- Tip: Pastels and bright colors look best during the spring and summer while variations of one particular shade are better for fall or winter weddings.
If you want your color scheme to match your personality, consider these descriptions of colors:
- Red: passionate, loyal, impulsive, luxurious, dramatic
- Orange: spicy, zesty, fun-loving, spontaneous, boisterous, trendy
- Yellow: spiritual, cheerful, sweet, outdoorsy
- Green: wise, balanced, harmonized, affectionate, refined
- Blue: tranquil, patient, wise, balanced, lovable
- Introspective: royal or pale blue
- Extroverted: turquoise or aqua
- Purple: outgoing, tolerant, witty, charming, sweet, passionate
- Pink: compassionate, sweet, feminine, demure, romantic
- Black: elegant, classic, mysterious, dignified, sexy, sophisticated
- Rainbow: trendy, unconventional, fun, playful
- Spring: pale, not much contrast: think of the first blooms of the year
- Shades of purple, pink, or green
- Use soft palettes of watercolors and pastels
- Summer: hot or bright pops of color: think of your favorite parts of summer, such as swimming, fireworks, and popsicles
- Avoid all-over neon which can overwhelm the senses
- Use paler colors with bright accents instead
- Autumn: earthy tones: think of falling leaves, bare trees
- Persimmon, dark mossy green, deep marigold
- Neutrals with chocolate browns
- Winter: rich tones to contrast the bareness of winter: think of the holidays – Christmas, New Year’s, Valentine’s Day
- Rich shades of red, blue, or purple
Lastly, don't forget to check out wedding inspiration boards on our blog here or at places like Pinterest. You can also consider using a website like Design Seeds which automatically puts together pretty palettes for ideas and inspiration. Whatever color scheme you choose, make sure it’s one you love. Don’t just pick the colors that are forecasted to be hot or popular this year. Remember, it’s your wedding and you get to make all the decisions.
Image Credits: Hanging bridesmaids dresses, Fuchsia and orange bouquet, Tonal bridesmaids dresses, Rustic barn venue, New Year sparkle palette
Elizabeth is an undergraduate at Ohio Northern University with a double major in professional writing and creative writing and a minor in psychology. Liz writes for My Wedding Reception Ideas as well as creates multi-modal writing projects for Re:Media, an Ohio Northern University online publication.