20 Monochromatic Wedding Ideas Contemporary Couples Should Bookmark
If you're in the process of planning a contemporary wedding, you've likely considered throwing an all-white celebration. We understand why: The bright noncolor translates beautifully across all big-day elements, from your wedding dress (naturally!) and invitation suite (à la this set by Janca Korcek) to your floral décor. There is, however, more to this monochrome approach—you aren't limited to just white if you want to pull off a one-color wedding.
The following monochrome wedding palettes are proof. Ahead, you'll discover how tonal reds and purples (and ombré jades and blues!) make for nuanced palettes that are anything but one-note. In fact, using multiple shades in one color family—pairing up multiple pink hues, like blush, dusty rose, and bubble gum, for example—often creates a more dynamic palette than two or three separate shades ever could. The secret? Playing with texture. That might mean using multiple bloom types in a monochrome bouquet or playing with different fabric types on your single-color reception tabletops.
If you're intrigued by the one-color palette trend, but don't want to sacrifice your favorite shade combinations when curating your event's collective design, feel free to choose one specific monochrome moment: Perhaps your bridesmaids wear varying shades of blue or your ceremony arch features a blush gradient that nods to your springtime event. Ultimately—like the rest of your big-day decisions—how you choose to integrate monochrome colorways into your big day is entirely up to you. Use the following couples' interpretations as a guide. We think you'll like what you see.
A warm rust palette, complete with infinite shades of the color—Tula Rosa Flowers used everything from its redder iterations to its paler hues that read more like gold—works best at a late-summer or fall event.
Purple, Two Ways
If you don't want to commit to an overarching monochrome color palette, but still want to integrate the trend in some way, consider homing in on one big-impact big-day element—like your ensembles. These grooms coordinated their looks by wearing purple; they chose different shades, however, for just the right amount of differentiation.
Monochrome Cube Cake
This Qualcosa di Dolce confection embodies monochrome's most iconic colorway—tonal gray. Its cube-shaped tiers only enhanced its modern vibe.
Everything about this gray-blue Graphikkart stationery flat lay speaks to its collective slate color scheme, from the dove gray envelopes and cerulean illustrations to its on-palette backdrop.
Shades of Jade
If you've already chosen a greenery-centric (non)floral palette, let your big-day color scheme naturally follow suit. Take this all-green scene, for example. A jade velvet love seat was the perfect addition to this Events by Talissa sweetheart table, filled with eucalyptus garlands by Modern Bouquet.
There are so many ways to translate a monochrome color palette throughout your event, starting with your bridesmaids' dresses. For a mismatched look, consider dressing your attendants in various shades of one color (these 'maids wore tonal shades of taupe and cream).
Here's proof that a single-color palette can feel nuanced—this Hobby Lobby bouquet's many blooms may have all been red-orange, but their different textures and subtle shade variations created plenty of visual intrigue.
Juxtapose a translucent piece of décor against an opaque one for a monochrome display with unexpected dimension. Boldhouse Creative paired a see-through acrylic teal panel alongside a solid powder blue iteration to create this tonal seating chart.
You can't go wrong with a red monochrome palette. This Oak & the Owl clutch's true-red peony blooms gave way to pink, plum, and crimson ribbons. Let this trio inspire your event's full-fledged color scheme.
These bridesmaids' sapphire, cerulean, powder, and indigo gowns prove just how rich a blue color palette really is.
Note how this Sinfully Sweet confection's sugar geode accent features both mint and emerald shades (the jewel tone was reinforced by the velvet runner below). On your own green-themed big day, pair these two shades for a balanced light-meets-dark palette.
Orange is an unlikely wedding color—which is why modern couples who love color are so drawn to it. If you fall into this category, recreate this couple's looks (alternatively, let their colorful ensembles inspire your event décor): We love how this groom's rust Topman suit referenced the mustard ribbon on his bride's Good Seed Floral bouquet.
If you're working with a pale monochrome palette, consider working in one dark noncolor (like black or gray!) for contrast. This Bella Figura suite's tonal blush and rose cards popped against the jet envelope, which was finished with a matching pink liner for a cohesive nod to the rest of the set.
Winter brides, bookmark this pale cream-to-rust clutch by Running Wild Florals, which reinvigorates the brown-and-white palette so common at cold-weather events. The gradiented pairing feels much more modern than the high-contrast classic.