wedding planning guide

wedding colors

One of the first things to do when planning your wedding is to choose a color palette that will create a cohesive look and set the mood for your ceremony. Your wedding colors, represented at different stages from start to finish, will unify the style of your event. Your wedding color palette can be expressed in your wedding website, the stationery (save the dates, wedding invitations, day-of accessories, and thank you cards), the floral arrangements, the wedding party’s apparel, and even the food.

Here are some of the top wedding color combinations for 2017 to help you start planning the look of your big day.

STYLE SEASON COLORS
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Formal Year round Black and white
Classic Year round Ivory, sage, and gold
Year round Navy and blush
Elegant Fall Emerald green, chocolate, and gold

Fall or Winter

Purple and sage

Romantic Year round Blush and burgundy
Fall or winter Dark purple and berry
Summer or Fall Orange, garnet, and gold
Rustic Spring Lavender and chartreuse
Spring or Summer Cornflower blue and buttercup yellow
Summer or Fall Sage, orange, and gold
Modern Spring, Summer, or Fall Yellow and gray
Retro Summer Coral and aqua
Winter or Spring Black, white, and pink

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.

For more ideas and inspiration, browse through our unique wedding invitations, our blog Julep, Pinterest, and our gorgeous wedding inspiration boards. Create your own inspiration board to visualize how your wedding colors will look across every element of your event, from save the dates to the big day. Our Design Associates can customize any wedding suite to match your wedding colors and bring your vision to life.