The first thing to think about is location. How does this influence your color scheme? If you’ve chosen a venue with navy and maroon Oriental carpets, a color scheme of lime green and hot pink probably won’t work. Next, become aware of color combinations that you like, whether it be in art or flipping through fashion magazines. Get inspired by the season. Play up the colors of your setting. If your wedding is on the beach, blue is a natural choice.
Choose a dominant hue, then start thinking about shades and tints. To help you choose the exact hue, visit a local fabric shop or paint store and collect swatches or chips of colors you might want to use. This will help you get specific, so when you decide on blue, you’ll know if it’s navy, baby, cornflower, or celestial blue. If you have access to a Pantone book, use this collection of colors to select your shade. Many bakers use Pantone numbers when dying frosting.
When choosing your wedding colors, simplicity is key. Pick three or four colors total to keep you bouquets and centerpieces looking neat, and not cluttered. If you prefer, opt for a few slightly varied shades of the same color. This will add depth, without looking chaotic. For an especially striking look, go monochromatic with a bold shade like vivid purple or creamy white.
Pantone Color for 2020
Instilling calm, confidence, and connection, Classic Blue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.
Pantone Color for 2019
Vibrant, yet mellow Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.
Pantone Color for 2018
A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, Ultraviolet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.
Pantone Color for 2017
Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew.
Pantone Color for 2016
Rose Quartz and Serenity
Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.
Traditional and Formal Wedding Colors
A formal wedding is ideal for those couples who value elegance and tradition. A formal wedding calls for good taste and glamour. The color choices are simple and elegant.
Spring Wedding Colors
A spring wedding is a very romantic time of the year. The weather is changing, the temperature is warming, and the earth is awakening. A beautiful spring wedding might be outdoors or in a garden with lots of greenery and flowers. Spring weddings are a great time to use softer, pastel colors like pink, green, light blue, lavender, and yellow. Other colors that blend well are hot pink and melon orange.
Summer Wedding Colors
Your summer colors come from the wide variety of nature’s bold colors found all around you. Use pastel colors as background accents for your summer color scheme. If you plan to use darker colors generally associated with fall or winter, soften them up with yellow or pink. If you are planning a beach or island wedding, take advantage of the tropical colors found in nature, or use the shades of the ocean.
Autumn Wedding Colors
Autumn is the season of change. Most colors can be paired with an accent shade to bring out that fall color scheme. The colors ivory and gold give an elegant, classic look. Choosing deep jewel tones such as purple, dark green, sapphire blue, burgundy, or ruby look great when mixed with gold, silver or ivory.
Winter Wedding Colors
Planning a winter wedding can be especially fun. You can create your winter wonderland around a warm yet exciting atmosphere with sparkling lights, Christmas trees, pine and poinsettia displays, and bright red, green, blue, gold, and silver seasonal colors.