Wedding Color Schemes For 2015
Over twelve years ago I became an event planner and office manager at a venue and guest hotel. When I started my job the venue was booking only one wedding per weekend and I changed all that to booking 3 or 4 depending on the size and times.
I would book two weddings for Saturdays; a morning and an evening and one or two for Sundays. Weekdays and Fridays were low activity as mostly birthdays, anniversaries and office functions were booked then. If An anniversary was large enough then I would book on weekend.
I found that as I gained experience planning weddings that brides often seek my consult with color, decorations and menu. I had to learn fast so I learned to decorate and my food skills came in handy there.
I always give my client three options when choosing colors combinations:
- What is trending
- Traditional or popular
- Colors that are of special meaning to both bride and groom
I don't like trends and 90% of my clients didn't want to get married wearing colors that they saw at other weddings, they wanted colors that they liked and could relate to. In some cases their color combos were a combination of colors that groom and bride loved. In this case both bride and groom could feel connected to the event.
I always interview both male and female before making suggestions. I never plan a wedding without meeting the groom and getting an idea of what he likes. Often a bride and her family will plan a wedding without the input of the groom and he would feel disconnected from everything. Often you will find that talking to the groom will reveal that he doesn't like the type of cake, the colors or the menu.
Here are some tips on choosing the right colors for your event.
Tips On Choosing Wedding Colors
Before we get to the actual colors here are some things to consider:
- Splashy colors go better for big weddings
- Small weddings do well with pastels and subtle tones
- Outdoor and beach weddings do well with earth tones; blues, greens and pastels
- If the bridesmaids are in deep hues, their bouquets should have more pastels and light tones to balance
- If the bride is getting married in white her bouquet can go wild
- If the bride is getting married in a bright color then her bouquet should have light tones
- Flower girls should wear light colors
- The bride should be easily distinguished from her maids
- Fall and winter weddings should use dark tones
- Spring and summer for light and summery colors
2015 combo suggestions - Three colors
Base colors should be your highlight colors. These colors consist of rich, deep or bright hues such as dark turquoise, pistachio, caramel or watermelon pink.
Use light soft tones to balance these colors such as the pearl and soft lemon.
The pearl and soft lemons can be used with any color combos because these colors are very soft and are usually used to tone down or balance heavier colors. They add coolness to your bouquet while still adding vibrancy.
My top 5 suggestions combinations would be
- Pearl, watermelon and pistachio
- Soft lemon, caramel and blossom
- Olive lavender and soft lemon
- Sky blue, watermelon pink and pearl
- Dark turquoise, blossom and pearl
Adding other colors
You don't have to use all the colors on this list so here are my suggestions. Use a color as your highlight and add just a touch of something to make your main color stand out.
- Soft mint
- A light shade of yellow
Wedding Colors Trending For 2015
I did my research and have discovered several things about wedding colors for 2015 that are unlike any other year in weddings.
- People are choosing colors we don't often see every day
- No more one combo choices, there are too many colors to choose from
- A mixture of warm and cool colors are the in-thing
- Brides want earth tones to mix in with their pastels for a more mother nature feel
- Color combos can be used at the beach, in a garden in in the church
- Color combos are good for almost every season!
Now, after doing my research I discovered the top ten wedding colors that will be trending for the year 2015. Here are have your top colors and what you do with them is totally up to you. You can mix and match from the trending colors or add your own ideas to the mix.
Top ten wedding colors 2015 are:
- Dark Turquoise
- Sky Blue
- Light Olive
- Soft lemon (cross between lemon and beige)
A note: Colors for 2014 are still being used because they are so similar to what's happening for 2015. So if you can't find a combination that works for you for the 2015 pallet, you can also revert back to 2014 (see below for ideas).
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Wedding Color Ideas 2014
When choosing wedding color combinations you have some choices which include colors that are "in". Everything has a season. Every summer there are certain colors that are trending and every year or so you have wedding trends as well.
Choosing colors that are trending means that your wedding will be popular but not necessarily unique. It means that most other weddings will have similar colors and décor as yours. Of course your wedding will be beautiful.
How to use trending colors and still stay unique
Usually, there will be a main color trending. For instance the main color trending for 2014 is Navy Blue. Using this color as a complementing color instead of the main color will mean that you stay unique while keeping in trend.
The good thing with navy blue is that it goes well with earth tones and other shades of blue.
What I like is using contrasting colors instead of blends, that way the color stands out even more. For example using different shades of green on the same side of the color scale means you are blending colors. Using opposite colors on the color wheel such as red, mint and gold means you are using a contrasting color (red) which will pop, and gold to complement. How you use your contrasting color is up to you. You can either make it your main color or just to complement your decor.
Color Navy Blue Combos
- Blue - Lipstick pink - Cream - Gray
- Blue - Lime - Gray - Ivory
- Blue - Yellow - Gray - Beige
- Blue - Silver - White - Lavender
- Blue - Tan - Light gold - Ivory
For three colors remove the third color from the four color combo. You can also experiment with your own colors to get a unique look.
Visual combos for Navy BlueClick thumbnail to view full-size
Wedding Color Trends 2014
2013 was a beautiful year when it came to weddings. The color trend was mint green but each year the color trend changes and the main color sporting 2014 is Navy Blue. There are some minor color trends just in case you are not a blue kind of person. What I also found was that the color gray has found a prominent place in weddings. It even has it's own highlight and is one of the trending colors for 2014.
I did some research and came up with some combinations for you. 2013 color trends are also still very popular so you can check below for combinations for mint green.
Navy Blue is a deep rich color that goes well with neutral tones and pastels. Years ago weddings had a maximum of three color combinations but during the last five years or so we find that more people are going for four color combos. The trending combinations for 2014 are four colors which complements each other very well.
Still in 2014 - Other combos
Here are some other color combinations that are also rocking 2014. Just in case you don't like navy blue, maybe you'll find something you like here.
Pink combos visualClick thumbnail to view full-size
- Mint - Olive - Gray - Ivory
- Gray - Bright Yellow - Lime - Corn silk
- Gray - Plum - Pink - Beige
Pink combo 2014
- Lipstick Pink - Baby pink - Champagne - Ivory
- Pink Peach - Ivory - Mint - Lime
- Aloe - Spearmint - Pink Peach - Blush
Gray Combo visualClick thumbnail to view full-size
Forest green - light grey green - Deep tan - beige
Chocolate - Light tan - Asparagus - Light gray
Aqua - perfect for beach weddings
Aqua - Bright Pink - Lipstick pink - Golden yellow
Azure - Aqua - Turquoise - Baby Blue
Coral - Beach Wedding
Coral - Turquoise - Pink - Mint
Coral - Azure - Peach - Ash Gray
Traditional color combinations
There are colors that are very popular at weddings just like there are colors that are popular at funerals. Most people go with traditional wedding colors because that's what they know and it's safe. It's easier to find decorations, bouquets, dresses and other stuff in these colors so it's easier to plan.
Some popular color combinations are:
- red, black, white
- white, silver, blue
- lavender, silver, white
- white, pink, gold
- peach, green, white
- plum, gold, white
- plum, silver, white
If you notice that white is in all the above color combos because traditionally women marry in white and the main color would be white, the secondary color would be the pastel and the off-set color would be something like silver or gold, black even.
There is nothing wrong with choosing a popular wedding color because it's easy to find the stuff you need and they always look great.
Choosing your own wedding colors
.....based on your own preferences. No trend or tradition involved.
Personally, my favorite color is green and I figure when I walk down the isle that mint will still be the color that is in. But my wedding colors will be based on the colors that my fiancé and I like. He likes yellow/gold and my second favorite color is red, so we are going with that, plus red, green and gold are the Rastafarian colors and he will be happy..lol.
If you find it hard to choose your colors you could always go elegant black and white.
One of the best ways to choose color combinations is to look for them in nature, a bunch of flowers, a stall of fruits or vegetable, a swirl of ice cream or yogurt. You could also get a child's paint set and experiment with the colors to create your own combination which would be totally unique.
Here are some combinations that work although they are a bit out there and different. People don't expect these combos as all. I warn you that some of these colors are quite splashy.
- orange, pink, green (make sure the pink is subtle)
- burgundy, blue, black (the blue must also be subtle, baby blue will do)
- burnt orange, bright yellow, beige/ivory
- plum, mustard, silver
- lipstick pink, baby pink, bronze
- purple, green, silver or gold
- peach, burnt orange, mint
- black, silver, white/ivory
- black, silver, blue
- black. silver, gold
- black, yellow and green
- aquamarine, scarlet, gold or silver
Mint green combinations to consider
Green is such an earthy color that it goes well with almost any other color especially when pairing. The third color is the tricky one. My suggestion is using another blend or neutral color such as: gold, silver, beige, very light grey or tan.
Just a few suggestions
- mint, silver, orange
- mint, gold, blue
- red, mint, silver or white
- rose, mint, forest green....off-set by white
- mint, black,beige
- plum, mint, white
- baby blue, mint, black
- ash grey, mint, yellow
- mint, chocolate, silver
- mint, chocolate, rose
- burgundy, mint, white
- olive, mint, gold or silver
- olive, mint, white
- lavender, mint, silver
- lavender, mint, yellow (corn silk, very light shade)
- tan, mint, vermilion (for those who love lots of attention)
© 2012 Carolee Samuda
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