How To Choose The Perfect Color Scheme For Your Wedding

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Choosing the perfect color for your special day can be a little daunting. After all, the color palette that you choose is going to be one of the major factors which will set the tone for the entire day. Picking your color scheme doesn’t have to be stressful. In fact it can be great fun! It’s a chance to let your inner artist shine!

So where should you start when it comes to deciding which hues will best represent you on your wedding day? For most brides-to-be it probably comes down to something as simple as opting for your favorite color. It’s a natural place to start, but there are a few things to take into consideration. You may find that just because you love bubblegum pink, it may not be the best choice for your wedding – and unless your partner is willing to indulge your inner Barbie, they might not be that keen on the idea either.

One thing to bear in mind is that it is important to decide upon your color scheme as early on as possible as this will make it much easier for you to coordinate and plan everything else. It will also mean that everything will be stylishly in sync from your save the date cards right down to your name cards and place settings.

Let’s take a look at a few things to keep in mind when planning your wedding color scheme.

  • Your favorite color. As mentioned above this might not end up being the color you choose but it’s a good place to start. Not sure if the color you’ve loved since grade school is right for you – or perhaps you’re not even sure what your favorite hue is? Don’t worry! You can head to Design Seeds which gives you good ideas to mix and match your favorite color.
  • Create a mood board. Grab a handful of magazines and find pictures of things you love. It should soon be evident which colors and themes inspire you. You could also do this online using Pinterest, a website which lets you create your very own virtual pin board. You can choose to share your boards with followers, or alternatively create a ‘secret board’ which is for your eyes only.
  • Your favorite flower. Do you have a beloved bloom that you can’t imagine not including in your bridal bouquet? If so this may very well dictate the direction that your color palette will take.

Venue Color SchemeYour setting or venue. Where are you getting married and where will your reception be held? Simply picking your dream venue and decorating it in your favorite color may not actually work. For example, if you’ve chosen a rustic barn that has a stone floor and wooden beams you may want to ditch the pink and go for something more complimentary instead and use natural, earthy tones. Similarly, if you’re getting married in a garden or on a beach, you’ll probably want to steer clear of navy and choose something lighter and more ethereal.

  • Season Color Scheme
  • The season. When you’re getting married will also have a bearing upon your color scheme. If your wedding is in the fall consider oranges and browns or deep berry tones for your theme. Having a winter wedding? Embrace the frosty season with silver and icy blue accents. Or perhaps you’re getting wed in the warmer months in which case fresh floral tones will suit spring and cheerful pops of color will be lovely for a summer wedding.
  • The bridesmaids. Take a moment to envision how your bridesmaids or maid of honor will look when dressed head to toe in your potential color scheme. Will they be working it and looking fabulous or will it be a fashion nightmare that will see you with a mutiny on your hands?
  • Your chosen one. Do they have a say in the color scheme (or do you get the feeling they’re not all that interested…?). It can be all too easy to monopolize the proceedings when you have a color scheme firmly in mind, but perhaps they might like a say in it too. After all, you may discover that they have an unknown passion for purple or desire for damson that you never knew existed!


Whichever colors you choose for your wedding day, be it wintery blue ribbons and silver wedding bells, an autumnal bouquet of orange chrysanthemums and red berries, or a white and blue nautical theme, it’s time to unleash your creative side and create the perfectly hued magical day that you’ve always dreamed of!

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