Our Favorite Wedding Color Palettes
Choosing your wedding's color palette is the first step in planning your event's design. The shades you pick will influence the décor you select, from the flowers to the rentals, and may also impact your attire and other elements of the big day. But settling on a color scheme isn't always easy. A lot—including your personal preferences, your celebration's season and theme, your venue's appearance, and more—can play a role in the decision.
One of the best ways to brainstorm a colorscape is to see examples from other weddings. Their details, and how well these parties match your own vision, may help you make the right choice for your own nuptials. With that in mind, we rounded up some of our favorite color palettes and saw how they were employed at different events.
Ahead, expect to see a wide range of different wedding color schemes. They run the gamut from traditional to unique, and feature every color in the rainbow. Whether you're romanced by blue or tickled by pink, obsessed with cool or warm hues, or want something vibrant or muted, there's a combination that you might like here.
As you browse, jot down a few that speak to you. Then, share the inspiration with your planner. A professional will be able to guide you and make recommendations based on what you provide them with. For more ideas, turn to a color wheel, or even paint chips from your local hardware store. And don't stress about finding the "perfect" combination—there are tons of gorgeous ones!
Blue and White
Red, Yellow, and Orange
The warm combination works throughout the year, but it's especially perfect for a fall celebration. This Artisan bouquet, which featured a variety of different roses in the trio of hues, was carried by an autumn bride.
Green and White
Consider this one of the most classic wedding color palettes, often achieved with touches of greenery in an otherwise-white event design.
Pretty pastels are another common choice. We like how Jessica Sloane mixed blush with powder blue here.
White and Black
A black-and-white palette like this one exudes modern elegance, which is exactly the vibe that many future spouses want.
Up the glam factor with shiny shades like those in this New Year's Eve wedding's stationery suite. The paper goods came about thanks to Michael McCormick, Spark Letterpress, and Manayunk Calligraphy.
Red and White
Emerald, sapphire, ruby, amethyst—possibilities abound. Whatever you choose, you're gauranteed a majestic color palette, as shown in this Layered cake.
Let your venue's beauty speak for itself with a neutral color palette. At this wedding, for example, and bride (in Maria Korovilas) and all of her guests wore earthy, organic shades.
Pink, Purple, and Green
Mix magenta, violet, and verdant green for a tropical feel, as represented by this bride's The Bellevueva bouquet.
Pink, Orange, and Green
Set the tone for a summer wedding with saturated hues like those in these Cheree Berry Paper invitations.
Shades of Blue
Blues are frequently combined for weddings on the water, but you can use the hue at more than just a nautical event. Navy and baby blue fit surprisingly well into this industrial event, proving the color is universal.
Red and Green
These two colors will always be associated with winter and holiday weddings. Deeper shades, like garnet and forest green, keep things classy rather than gaudy.
Purple and White
Purple ranges from luxurious to peaceful, depending on the hue used. For a clean color palette, you can't go wrong pairing it with neutrals, as in this Strawberry Milk arch.
Pink, Red, and Green
There's something so alluring about this unexpected color palette, and that's especially true when the shades are vibrant, like in these ceremony programs printed by Ellen Weldon Design.
Blue, Yellow, and Green
This combination is definitively cheery, whether you use turquoise and lemon (shown in this tablescape planned by Ema Giangreco), cornflower and goldenrod, or another happy mix.
Purple, Green, and Black
No one says that your wedding has to be light and airy. Moodier color palettes, like this Cheree Berry Paper stationery suite's black, wine, and moss scheme, can be just as enchanting.
Yellow, Orange, and Green
Give your event a glowing effect with fiery colors in more subdued hues. This Moon Canyon bouquet was sunny and lovely.
Pink, Red, and Blue
Berry shades are appealing to brides and grooms that desire a rich colorscape. Best of all, tons of flowers come in the colors, like those in this The Southern Table arrangement, so there's no shortage of ways to bring these shades into your day.
Sticking to a single color doesn't just make planning easier—monochrome designs epitomize cool. It's no wonder that this couple couldn't get enough of the light pink featured in their Kelsey Malie wedding invitations.
Pink, Orange, and Blue
Peach, periwinkle, and lilac coexisted in this wedding's flower installation. We highly recommend the blend for a spring celebration.
Neon for a wedding? Yes, if you play your color cards right. Electric purple and highlighter yellow were surprising (but masterfully pulled off) on this reception table planned by Emily Clarke Events.
Blue, Green, and Orange
For a lighthearted event, consider these colors. The hues in these The Idea Emporium paper goods were memorably joyful.