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Can You Have a Summer Wedding Without Using a Bright Color Palette?

Punchy hues aren't for everyone.

Contributing Writer
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Photography by: Julie Cate

Romantic sunset hues, beachy tones, and bright colors are often associated with summer weddings. There's an abundance to this time of year that can't go unnoticed, whether it's in the farmers' market bounty or the extra time in a day. We'd love to see that spirit embraced in wedding color palettes, too. Rather than limiting yourself to using the hues you think a traditional summer wedding should feature, feel free to get creative. If bright, bold color palettes just aren't your thing, don't feel forced to choose one. Here, two wedding experts weigh in on summer color trends and what they'd love to see more of. Let their ideas inspire you to bring in contrast and the colors you really love.

 

Related: Our Favorite Summer Wedding Color Palettes

 

Rich, Saturated Tones

Floral designer Natalie Bowen Brookshire of Natalie Bowen Designs says, "I see this summer bringing bolder tones back into weddings. I think we'll still see neutral and blush weddings, but I've already seen more vivid pops of color making their way back in," she says. One color she thinks couples will really embrace? Yellow. "I think we'll continue to see lots of yellows, concentrating on turmeric and ochre tones. Those deep mustard tones look great with pale pinks and lavenders, as well as deeper, saturated corals and pinks. When you add a white backdrop, the saturation can be turned up or down depending on the look you want," the pro adds.

 

All-White Weddings

Though we tend to think of summer as a time to bring in bright colors or pastel hues, wedding planner Sara Fried, owner of Fete Nashville, says, "All-white weddings are dreamy year-round." This minimalist wedding look has fans that include Solange Knowles and Kim Kardashian West. If something entirely monochromatic doesn't feel right for you, choose mostly white décor and bring in one pop of color you really love.

 

Chinoiserie Inspiration

Fried is also turning to chinoiserie for inspiration this summer. She says, "We're obsessing on all shades of blue: porcelain blue, dusty blue, silvery-blue, and even chinoiserie cobalt blue. There are so many stunning linens and fun water goblets and wine glasses in shades of blue." These shades feel reminiscent of a classic nautical palette (another hallmark of summer!) but in a fresh, less expected way.