When we think of weddings, we think of joy, laughter, love – happy things that are typically associated with bright colors. In fact, when you search “most popular wedding color”, you’ll find colors like yellow, pastel pink, bright purple, and cornflower blue. These are all bright, happy colors. Not necessarily light colors, but they are bright.
Choosing a dark color scheme or a complementary dark color to go with your color scheme can add an edge to your wedding. Incorporating a dark color – or mainly dark colors with a single bright color – can provide an exciting and intriguing look for your wedding. Navy blue is one of the most popular wedding colors, but there are plenty of other gorgeous dark colors. Typically, dark colors are reserved for fall and winter weddings. However, mixing lights and darks makes the color scheme suitable for every season.
Blacks, dark grays, purples, and dark reds are stunning together, especially because they clash so beautifully against a white wedding dress. For many people, these dark colors may be too dark, and give off a broody feel. If you’re in that boat, here are other dark colors that match well with brighter colors.
Out of all the seasons, Autumn inherently gives the best opportunities for dark oranges, reds, and browns.
Dark colors are also often used during winter, especially blues, reds, and purples. These are warmer colors that contrast nicely with the weather.
Traditionally, Spring colors are pinks, yellows, greens, light purples, and light blues. As the days get longer and brighter, we want our colors to get brighter too. It’s easy to choose darker shades of your favorite Spring colors or to blend light and dark colors for your Spring wedding.
One of the biggest reasons to avoid dark colors during the summer is the temperature: dark colors tend to make you warmer. If this isn’t a concern for you, don’t be afraid to change things up. But if temperature is an issue, consider using the darkest shades for accents.
How to incorporate
Of course, bouquets and floral arrangements are the best way to display your color scheme. The invitations are the other most obvious way to use your color scheme. Tablecloths, napkins, wall décor, and even the dishes are other great opportunities to work some extra color into the wedding.
Another really popular way to incorporate color is the bride’s shoes, especially when her dress keeps them mostly hidden. When they peek out the bottom, we get a fun burst of color. But what about tights for the bridesmaids? If you’re having a wedding during cooler weather, consider keeping your girls’ legs warm and stylish! Or, mix things up a bit with big gemstone jewelry.
Don’t be afraid to decorate your cake with flowers, ribbons, even geodes! Go for a bold look by having the icing be the darkest color in your scheme, and then decorate with small pieces in the lighter colors. It’s also easy to make other desserts that match your color scheme.
On a similar note, it’s easy — and fun — to make cocktails to match. You can make a fun bachelorette or bachelor party night out of sampling different options, too! Create your own signature cocktail that fits your color scheme.
If you’re having a lounge area, try to find furniture that matches your colors. You could also hang curtains or a tapestry behind the furniture for a cozy look. If you opted for a photo booth, use your darkest color as the backdrop and provide props that are the rest of your colors.
Favors are a super easy way to incorporate dark colors. Food can be dyed, custom personalized items can be ordered in whatever color you want, and the same goes for the packaging. If you’re out of ideas, take another look at your favors and find a way to spruce them up a bit.