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With their blue skies, lush lawns, fresh flowers, and warm temperatures, summer weddings have the best natural color palettes practically built right in. Since the summer season is all about an abundance of flowers, bright hues, and great weather, designing your wedding using a whole slew of bold colors further emphasizes the best of this time of year. Whether you choose to mix trendy hues with old classics or want to embrace bold shades that pop in any lighting, we're bringing you some of our favorite and most unexpected summer wedding color palettes.
Sure, classic blush or neutral-toned beiges work for any season, but guests will be especially wowed when you up the ante with colorful decorations. Skip a monochromatic white bash or other expected neutrals and consider one of these tasteful and underrated color combos. We promise, you'll be so glad you did.
Greenery with Shades of Gray
According to the Pantone Color Institute, the color Greenery is "symbolic of new beginnings." As it's also the official color of 2017, Greenery is up first in our color inspiration for summer weddings. Easily paired with charcoals, slates, and other shades of gray, Greenery is as versatile as ever when it comes to wedding color palettes. Go literal with an all-greenery bouquet or shake it up and use a bright green arrangement of fresh fruits and veggies as your table arrangement on a table of dark hues. Pair centerpieces made largely of greenery with gray-hued linens for a cohesive look that feels as fresh and clean at the start of the season.
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Is there any color as joyful and summery as yellow? This bouquet featured a rich marigold ribbon and pale cream and white flowers mixed with various peachy hues and an unexpected pop of something blue. Use this cheerful mix as inspiration for everything from your stationery suite and table linens to your flowers and bridesmaids' dresses.
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A Red Hot Soiree
Tossing aside the all-white wedding trend, guests at this California wedding were encouraged to wear bold red attire. The décor throughout the wedding was equally colorful; with various shades of festive red woven into every detail from the floral arch to the bride's own shoes. Try working the trendy hue into your reception in a big way by choosing bright red table linens and blooms, or add just a touch of the hue in your bouquet and centerpieces.
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Pistachio and Saffron
Two colors we'd never have thought to pair up, pistachio and saffron blend seamlessly with the addition of neutral navy to balance them out. The bold fuchsias and deep red hues in the bridesmaids' bouquets balance out the summery mix of colors in their attire.
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For this June wedding, the bride opted for saturated hues mixed with black and gold accents. While these deep tones are often associated with fall weddings, they're made more summery when paired with pale lavender and rosy pink. Add these saturated tones into every element of your wedding day, but go especially bold for the reception. If these colors don't say "party," we don't know what does.
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Lilac and Apricot
This sweet summer wedding at Blackberry Farm incorporated lots of pale shades of lilac and lavender with subtle pops of rich apricot strewn into the flowers. Consider this ethereal mix for your summer wedding, especially if you're tying the knot in your backyard or a nearby garden. The combo begs for an outdoor party.
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At actress Abby Elliott's wedding to screenwriter Bill Kennedy, the entire wedding party donned shades of blue with bursts of crimson in their floral crowns, bouquets, and boutonnieres. Keep the thematic look going for your own wedding by working it into every element of your décor—especially the flowers. You'll be surprised at how underutilized blue blooms really are!