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Picking A Color Palette For Your Wedding Day

Updated on March 23, 2016
In typical traditional weddings the bride carries white flowers.
In typical traditional weddings the bride carries white flowers. | Source

So You're Getting Married.

That's wonderful. Congratulations. That being said we need to get down to business. The thing you need to do now, yes now, is to start thinking color.

The color or colors you choose for your wedding will help set the tone of the whole thing. You need to put a lot of thought into color schemes. One you have pick out the basic main color your planning will all become easier.

How do you choose the main color? Do you pick your favorite color? Absolutely not. It's not that easy. You have to take into consideration the venue, the time of year, and the place you will be holding the wedding.

Don't forget whatever color or colors you pick will be incorporated into the bridesmaids dresses, the décor at the church and reception, the flowers, the favors, the cake, and anything else related to that special day.

I know, it's starting to sound a bit overwhelming. Relax, it's not as hard as you might be thinking. Besides I am here to help you, step by step.

There are many beautiful colors to choose from.
There are many beautiful colors to choose from. | Source

Choosing A Color Scheme

1. First and foremost you need to choose a neutral color. Always pick at least one color that goes with every other color out there such as white, beige, ivory, or off-white. You will need a light color to help compliment your chosen main color or colors to include in the flowers, décor, invitations, and such. To many bold or bright colors or too big of an array of color will take the attention off of the beautiful bide where it belongs.

2. At least one bold color is also important to choose. You can use it for décor, the bridesmaid dresses, invitations, and flowers as an accent.

3. Make sure you only choose 4 colors or less. If you have too many colors it becomes busy and confusing.

4.You need to do some research. Make sure you can get what you need in the colors that you have chosen.

5.Make sure that the rose color you just adore in one thing blends with the rose color by another manufacturer. Not all rose colors (or blues, purples, greens, etc.) are the same.

6.If you are having a problem picking out a set of colors, go with a theme. Look online. There are plenty of themes for you to choose from.

Example of a rustic yet elegant setting for a wedding.
Example of a rustic yet elegant setting for a wedding. | Source

Popular Color Picks For 2016

Don't be afraid to put different colors together. Of course, don't go hog wild and put orange with pink or anything like that but do try colors that are outside your ordinary scope for accent colors.

  • For the summer wedding with a ocean theme or casual but elegant theme try using various shades of navy, ice blue, charcoal, and orchid. They blend together beautifully.
  • For the sweet and in love theme try a blending of differing shades of a dusky royal blue, a clear ocean blue, a creamy light rose, and a charcoal. Keep in mind you want to vary a little from all of the blue and pastels.
  • Metallics are really popular this year, especially in rustic themed weddings. Experiment with a metallic golden tan, stark white, a bright coral, and a light grey metallic shade. It may sound dull but when you put it all together it is perfect for those fun loving horsey sets. Beside, the metallic sheens do brighten things up a bit.
  • For the garden type theme try putting together a few colors for the magical touch. Try pairing plum with snow white, burgundy, and some lavender. They ware a magical, sweet combination.

  • For those looking to show how fun and playful they are as a couple try pastels as a base for your wedding. How about blending together lavender, carnation pink, sweet light grey, and turquoise together. They are playful lighthearted colors.
  • For the ever popular holiday themed wedding of course you will go with a red ad a major color. Try Christmas red, forest green, snow white, and a touch of metallic gold.

Whatever you end up choosing, make it your own. Don't be afraid to try different shades of each color until you feel that it is just right for you.


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      Susan Haze 22 months ago from Sunny Florida

      aviannovice I teach Ancient History to middle school children. I also design jewelry. I think that is where my sense of color comes from.

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      Susan Haze 22 months ago from Sunny Florida

      Nadine May I would love to see some of your work. It is true, planning a wedding these days can be a challenge.

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      Deb Hirt 22 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Your suggestions sound wonderful. You certainly have a great talent for color combinations. You would have made a wonderful interior decorator, or were you?

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      Nadine May 23 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      What an informative post for mew, since its my plan to design personalized wedding invitations and what comes with it for my shop at Zazzle. It seems that today planning a wedding can be quite a daunting.

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      Susan Haze 23 months ago from Sunny Florida

      DDE color is an important part of a wedding that too many overlook. Thanks for reading.

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      Susan Haze 23 months ago from Sunny Florida

      Ruby when I got married I also liked the pastels. However it looks like the girls of today like it a little more bold.

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      Devika Primić 23 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A lovely idea! Color is important and you shared an informative hub. Tweeted!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 23 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Well I'm certainly not thinking of getting married, but for anyone who is, this is a great how-to. I've always preferred pale colors, but my sis. chose red. Different strokes for different folks...Informative hub....