Wedding Color Schemes

Having a wedding color scheme (not necessarily a theme) is an easy way to coordinate and unify the look of your wedding and all of the decorations. By selecting two or three colors at most, you can create the perfect vibe that will pull everything together, from the flowers to the cake.

How to Choose

The key to finding a color scheme is to stick with hues you like, such as those that you typically wear or those with which you decorate your home. Basically, they should be colors that make you feel comfortable and that reflect the style you want.

If you're having trouble selecting a scheme, try out a few of the methods below:
* '''Play favorites'''. This one is a no-brainer. Pick one feature color that you are particularly fond of, and one or two others in the same shade to accent it. This monochromatic design is easy to do. For example, if you love blue, choose midnight, royal, and baby blue as the main hues and keep everything else neutral (such as in white or beige).

* '''Use a color wheel'''. Complementary colors (those that are opposite each other on the wheel) are very popular choices for weddings because they add vibrancy and contrast. Examples include pale yellow and lilac, pink and mint green, or salmon and powder blue. Related colors (those that are next to each other on the wheel) include maroon and plum, pink and lavender, or lemon and sage. These colors make decorating a breeze.

* '''Take a hue cue from your favorite flower'''. If you are planning to use specific flowers for your arrangements, coordinate your ceremony around them. Birds of paradise are a trendy purple and orange, irises can spur a purple and yellow scheme, and poppies pave the way for vibrant reds and yellows.

* '''Use your bridesmaids' bods to narrow it down. '''Check out some dresses that your bridesmaids would look good in and see what colors are available in those styles. Since you don't want the reception or ceremony decorations to clash with the dresses, this usually helps narrow down the options.

* '''Follow the trends. '''If you check out interior design magazines or follow the latest fashion trends, you might notice that popular colors combos are black and pink, soft brown and rose, cocoa and Tiffany blue, pink and green, fuchsia and tangerine, and purple and orange. Check out for the latest trends.

* '''Think seasonal'''. Because people often choose flowers that are seasonal, the time of year in which you choose to marry can offer a good starting place for selecting colors.
** Wintry tones are deep and rich, such as burgundy, hunter green, and midnight blue. You can accent these shades with sparkling gold or silver to add a festive touch.
** Fall hues are warm reds, oranges, and yellows.
** Spring and summer yield pastels and bright colors, respectively. This is certainly the right way to go if you are planning a seasonally themed wedding.

* Whichever colors you choose, they will play a large part in the overall look and feel of your wedding, from the invitations to the cake.
* These colors might be part of the attire for you and/or your bridal party, so you want shades that will flatter each person's skin tone.
* Also think about how the colors you choose will coordinate with the reception and ceremony sites.

'''Accessories you can personalize''' '''include''': Napkins, table linens, vases, flowers, wedding favors, bridesmaids' dresses, invitation sets, and wedding cake. Vary floral hues in centerpieces and bride's accessories--test out your color scheme in your jewelry, too! The ring bearer's pillow, candles, gift tags, favor boxes, and ribbons are ripe for coordination. Match the bridesmaids' dresses to materials in the guest book. Use your imagination!


Try a few of these wedding accents on for size.

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