45 Tried-and-True Wedding Color Palettes to Inspire Your Own
Your wedding colors are the anchor for your big-day décor. Inspired by your personal preferences and your event's seasonality and location, the wedding colors you settle on will help drive the visual components of your day and ensure everything looks on-theme and cohesive—which is why selecting your colors should be one of the first décor-related decisions you make. After all, understanding your color vision will make floral, linen, and rental decisions significantly easier.
Not all shade combinations work well together, so it's helpful to keep basic design rules in mind when curating a tasteful palette. Here's a solid rule of thumb: Choose one or two colors as main hues, then select one or two secondary colors (one of these should be a neutral, which will help blend those focal point colors together seamlessly) for support. To finish it off, choose a fun accent shade—like a metallic like gold or silver—that you'll use sparingly throughout your event.
Many brides begin the planning process with at least one color in mind, but if you're stuck on how to build on this, look to other elements of your celebration to inform the rest of your palette. During which season are you getting married? Deep jewel tones work for winter celebrations, while soft greens are great for spring, and warm rusts speak to the fall. Another place to source color inspiration is your venue. Are you having a destination wedding in Santorini, Greece? Consider a blue-and-white palette. Alternatively, an oceanside wedding in southern California would be beautiful with cream, peach, and sage notes.
Ahead, we've gathered an exhaustive collection of color palettes that real couples integrated into their own big days. As you plan your own wedding color scheme, look to these examples to inspire your design decisions.
Bohemian and Earthy
When planning your color palette, consider drawing inspiration from your natural surroundings. While these hues aren't all neutrals, they feel bohemian and earthy in a unique way.
When opting for a vibrant color, like raspberry, as the anchor for your color palette, it's crucial to have a few subtle hues—like soft gray or light blush—to help balance out the look.
Touch of Gold
A color palette with cream and gold could just as easily fit into a summer estate wedding as it could into a regal winter ballroom affair.
Bold and Saturated
As they say, go big or go home! This couple paired vibrant colors with equally punchy hues for a bold and saturated palette. This is a great idea for an outdoor wedding—the natural surroundings will help tone down colors that feel too powerful.
Shades of Blue
Sometimes a tonal color palette, which makes use of a few shades of the same color, can bring the visual interest you're looking for without adding in too many different hues. This waterfront celebration took a cue from the ocean and incorporated three iterations of blue that harmonized seamlessly with white-and-green accents.
Summer garden party-inspired weddings don't need to be limited to pastel pink color schemes. This salmon-hued palette brought a dose of unexpected cheer to a warm-weather outdoor celebration.
Even though neutral colors are often used as accents, they can just as easily be your color palette's focal point. This clay-meets-taupe hue, for example, held its own in an otherwise mauve-centric palette.
Gray and Brown
A late-summer or early-fall wedding calls for rustic hues that still feel light and warm. When paired with burnt orange, brown often reads as a late-autumn color. However, by combining it with dove gray and a creamy linen hue, this couple achieved a pastoral palette that felt light and airy.
Pretty in Pink
Inspired by bougainvillea and hibiscus, this vibrant pink-and-green palette looked perfectly at-home during an oceanside wedding in Hawaii.
Black and Blush
While blush often appears at romantic weddings, it can hold its own just as well at a bold and contemporary affair. Paired with jet black and midnight blue, blush is given new life and a whole new vibe. Don't be afraid to pair the traditional color with unlikely shades—an unconventional palette is a great way to personalize your wedding.
Mauve and Gold
We're calling it now—mauve is the new blush. This mauve, gold, and ecru color scheme is a creative reimagination of a very similar blush-centric palette that's graced many rustic and romantic weddings in the last few years. These soft colors would work just as well at a summer farm wedding as they would at a late fall orchard celebration.
Couples planning a spring garden party-inspired fête, let these colors inform your day. Layering varied hues of green brings depth to your décor, while softer neutrals will accent your venue's earthy tones beautifully.
Calling all classic, preppy brides! A color scheme focused on pink and navy is just what your wedding needs. These vibrant and crisp colors are ideal for a ballroom or storied estate affair.
When playing with muted hues, selecting the right options is a delicate balance. While green is often a focal color when it crops up in wedding design, this look was actually directed by its sandy shades; the greens played a supporting role. For a wedding where shades like sand and taupe would blend in with the surrounding locale (think a Tuscan villa or a California winery), don't be afraid to look to them as leaders in the color palette.
When you're working with a color as visually commanding as black, be sure to pair it with accent hues that can hold their own. Plum brings personality to this palette while gold adds needed brightness. A venue where this palette could breathe? A space with lots of natural light, like an outdoor woodsy mountain destination, would be ideal.
Want to feel like absolute royalty on your wedding day? Select a color palette with the most regal color of all: purple. We love this soft iteration: Lavender was accented by sage at this garden reception, which followed an estate ceremony.
What's more cheerful and just-plain-fun than hot pink? A summer wedding will benefit from a vibrant color palette—bright shades of magenta and berry are always great options.
Dusty blue is having a moment—one we certainly hope doesn't end soon. This couple played to the stone accents of their venue with a rich palette of blues and browns.
Dusty rose and sky blue are a classic combination for a garden-inspired wedding. The duo would fit in just as well at a spring arboretum wedding as it would at a summer backyard celebration.
Navy and Orange
Navy may be a dark hue, but it can hold its own at a bright, summertime wedding. By pairing the deep color with a punchy tangerine, this palette looked refined, while still being bold and fun.
Your surroundings are always a great jumping off point for planning a color palette. Since browns and greens occur together in nature, it makes sense that they pair beautifully together in wedding décor.
Punchy Jewel Tones
Bold brides, don't shy away from pairing a bold color with an even livelier shade. Emerald, coral, and lemon yellow all held their own in this scheme—while playing nicely as a team, too. A vibrant color palette works well for an outdoor wedding where the shades have room to breathe. This same palette may be harder to pull off in an indoor venue with less natural light to soften it up.
Getting married at a Victorian castle-inspired venue surrounded by lush gardens? Reference the stone and ivy present at your destination in your color palette.
Blush may be a common wedding color, but that doesn't mean your color palette has to feel ordinary. Bringing in unexpected neutral accents like gray and wheat will give new life to the classic wedding hue.
Are you tying the knot over a patriotic holiday weekend like Memorial or Independence Day? There are plenty of ways to nod to the weekend's significance without a standard red, white, and blue palette. Case in point? This fresh interpretation: The pros swapped out navy blue and opted for a more youthful option (sky blue!) to make this collection feel preppy and classic. Round it out with a dose of fresh green—a must for an outdoor summer fête.
Bold and Colorful
Love color? Don't feel like you have to choose just one focal hue. While reddish-tangerine and rose were the leaders of this color scheme, bright greens and yellows added intrigue to the mix. Although each of the colors were bright, they didn't compete and resulted in a vibrant, but cohesive look.
If you're getting married during the winter, but long for that springy garden aesthetic, consider playing with cool purple hues. Most garden-inspired color schemes feature warm pinks, but opting for a cooler color variety, like heather purple with gray accents, is the perfect winter-ready alternative.
Summer and citrus go hand-in-hand. Bright lemon yellow is the star of this palette, but blue accents help mellow out the look for a refined, classic take that still feels contemporary and fresh.
Nature-inspired palettes don't have to read as rustic. Take a cue from this couple and go bold and romantic with an earthy palette for your outdoor wedding. Instead of opting for more traditional chocolate brown and taupe, the couple used clay-inspired red and plum hues to accent the wood details—like the hexagonal altar structure!—present in their day.
The soft sky and sandy earth inspired this subtle color palette. Pro tip: While your floral details are one way to highlight your chosen colors, don't forget to work them into your décor and attire. This couple did just that with leather poufs and a dusty blue suit for the groom.
Deep berry tones work just as well at a late-summer wedding in the mountains as they do at a fall barn event. In addition to accenting the deeper hues with neutral tones, consider adding in a pop of metallic for a truly spectacular collection of colors.