By: Kristen Castillo
Your color choices reflect on your wedding, your personality and your style. Love bold reds? You’re a passionate bride. Adore soft pink or peach? You’re a fan of the classics. So what happens when you combine these colors with a neutral or an accent color? Your color scheme comes to life. What color combinations are stunners? What’s trending? We’ve asked weddings pros to share their favorite color combo selections.
Forget basic black. This season’s neutral choice is navy blue, which goes well with many hues.
Kristin Watkins of Stephanie Rose Events loves pairing the dark color with lime green or turquoise.
“Navy blue is a classic color that is always sophisticated,” says Watkins. “When paired with the brightness of lime green or turquoise it makes the combination fun, fresh and young.”
“I am currently in love with the lighter pastel color combinations,” says Ashley Frederickson of Always Flawless Productions. “I feel like they bring back old-fashioned romance.”
Her favorite pastel palette these days is mixing light lavender with mint green and ivory, a look she calls “natural and earthy look,” crediting the lavender for creating a “romantic vibe.”
Your color combo doesn’t have to be limited to two or three colors. Diana Romero of At Your Side Planning + At Your Side DMC loves the fusion of burgundy, orange, ivory, light pink and purple, explaining, “With a multi-colored palette comes the opportunity to incorporate all of these gorgeous colors into any aspect of your event.”
Balancing the delicate white and pink roses with bolder colors of peach, purple and burgundy creates interest and adds, “pop to the arrangement,” says Romero.
The combination of turquoise and gold with nude accents is a hit for fashion and event stylist Sophie Mae of Stylish Details Events because the mix, “just feels so fresh and light.”
Pairing trendy turquoise with gold can make the look very modern, especially since nudes are replacing traditional wedding colors like white and ivory.
- Color Coding
Your color choices are more important than they may seem. The right color choices will blend together to create a very cohesive look. The wrong color scheme might look dated or sloppy.
“We always advise that our couples choose two main colors that really ‘pop’ and pair them with a neutral, so that the colors don’t overwhelm the event,” says Mae, who recommends choosing colors you love that are also timeless.
“You don’t want to look back in ten years and regret the color of your bouquet because of a photo you saw on Pinterest,” she says.
Finding your colors starts with deciding which ones suit your style and personality.
“If your style is dramatic, then we recommend focusing on deeper colors,” says Romero. “If your style is more subtle, a focus on softer colors may be what you are looking for. There are countless options when choosing a color palette that suits your own unique style.”
- Using Color Correctly
Your use of color can be soft and subtle or bold and striking. It’s your choice. No matter what your colors are, be sure to maximize their impact during your celebration.
If you have a few colors in your wedding palette, use them strategically.
“A trendy decision would be to not only integrate one color into the attire, but two or more,” says Romero, noting bridesmaid dresses and men’s ties and vests can each be one of the wedding colors. For example, groomsmen can wear light pink, peach or burgundy ties (as part of Romero’s favorite color scheme, noted earlier).
Using coordinated linens is a great way to show off color at the reception. Try something unexpected too like placing a single flower at each place setting in your wedding color, suggests Watkins, who also recommends incorporating wedding colors in place cards, menus, table numbers and favor cards.
For couples looking to be bold, she recommends using colored uplights and “bathing the entire room in your wedding colors.”
Still you don’t need to color every moment of the party. “I think the biggest obstacle couples encounter with color is trying to keep everything within the two specific colors they chose for their wedding,” says Frederickson, who instead suggests “adding hints of other colors” which can give the “wedding more dimension and is going to help prevent it from looking too matchy matchy. “
- Other Combos to Consider:
Blush and Gold. Watkins loves this color combo, calling it, “so perfectly sweet and bridal.”
- Black and White. This classic color scheme is always a stunner, especially when highlighted with an accent color like red or hot pink.
- Yellow and Gray. Pairing sunny yellow with neutral gray is a sophisticated choice that “pops” in person and on camera.
- Orange and Fuchsia. A bold combo, these colors work well for a bright and beautiful event.