Winning Wedding Palette

Every color has its own feel, so choosing the right one is an important part of setting the tone for a wedding.

The hottest thing happening at wedding receptions isn’t just on the dance floor — it’s on the wedding cake, the invitations, the centerpieces, and even the bride’s gown. It’s big, bold color. Years ago brides used color to accent their white wedding day decor, but now they’re using color to cover every inch of the wedding. We’ve developed a step-by-step guide on creating a winning wedding palette to help you dream up a bright wedding day.

Choosing Your Color

First things first: location. When deciding on a scheme, you must consider the reception space or choose a space without decor or color. If you’ve chosen a country club with navy and maroon Oriental carpets, a color scheme of lime green and hot pink won’t work.

Next, become aware of color combinations that you like, whether browsing art galleries or flipping through a stack of fashion magazines. You might be able to narrow down your color choices to a half a dozen. To help you choose the exact hue for your wedding details, visit a local fabric store or paint shop and collect swatches or chips of colors you might want to use. This will help you get specific, so that when you decide on green you’ll know if it’s lime green, kelly green, sage green, or forest green. If you have access to a Pantone book, use this collection of colors to select your shade the same way graphic designers do. Many invitation designers mix ink to match the colors in this book, and many cake bakers use Pantone numbers as a reference when creating dye for frosting. Can’t decide on just one or two colors? Don’t worry. In fact, many extraordinary weddings feature a variety of colors, sometimes up to five, that work together to create a specific sensibility — like an “English garden” with green, yellow, pink, red, and brown.


1. Orange + Green

ceremony flowers

2. Light Pink + Brown

Long View of Table Settings, Pink Flower Center Pieces

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