How To Choose A Wedding Color Scheme

simple questions to ask yourself for choosing your color palette on your special day

The first question many brides are faced with is, “What are your wedding colors?” Some couples like a subtle splash of color, while others prefer color everywhere. From the color of your bridesmaids dresses to floral and table colors, there is no magic formula to choosing the best color and tone — it’s all a matter of what look you want and the impression you’re trying to make.

Consider these questions when narrowing down your color options:

1) determine your color scheme based on your wedding dress

For many brides who have known their dream dress from day one thanks to Pinterest, you can already answer these questions:

What kind of dress do you envision yourself walking down the aisle in? Is it a lacy mermaid with intricate ivory appliques or a sweetheart neckline trumpet gown? If you already know what style you are leaning toward, consider colors that fit well with your respective dress style. Take a look at three common wedding styles as a guideline on choosing a color:

bride in flowy dress in a garden
Pictured wearing a tulle and lace ballgown with sweetheart neckline by Martin Thornburg 

enchanting & romantic

An enchanting and romantic wedding is great for incorporating light and dusty pink hues, earthy warm tones, and hints of gold or silver. From a blush pink to a copper orange, these color tones will make your guests feel as though they are in a dreamy fairytale garden. A light and airy gown, like our Martin Thornburg in style 120231 has subtle silver embellishment for some added bling with a flowy bottom that will captivate your guests.

bride in vintage gown
Pictured wearing a beaded lace train with low back and button detailing by Allure

vintage & glam

Nothing quite screams vintage and glam than intricate lace detail and embroidery like this Allure number. The beautiful thing about a vintage gown is that you can experiment with rich and sultry colors like burgundy, gold and mauve and it would beautifully complement the vintage lace.

Pictured wearing a long-sleeve gown with a sheer open back illusion and classic black tuxedo from Justin Alexander

classy & chic

A sophisticated classy chic dress never goes out of style, especially when you pair it with bolder colors, like emerald green and silver. If simplicity is your go-to, consider a sleek white gown with beautiful back detailing like this one from Justin Alexander. It is best to stick with one to three colors when working with at least one bold hue for that effortlessly easy look.

Although these are general guidelines, your wedding style and colors can be exactly what you choose. In fact, combining wedding themes and colors is more common than not nowadays.

Bridesmaids posing in a mixture of orange and pink colors
Pictured wearing bridesmaids gowns and bridal from Allure

2) bridal party attire

The next level of advice would be to consider the colors that you want your bridal party to be wearing. Your bridesmaids and groomsmen come in all types of shapes, sizes, and colors. Choose colors that your bridal party would be most comfortable wearing. More often, bridal parties are choosing a variety of color hues as opposed to having only one shade.

For Groomsmen, have them match or complement your bridesmaid dresses. This can be as strong as the vest and tie matching, just the tie or a pocket square with a vest and tie that match the tuxedo (black tuxedo – black vest and tie – colored pocket square).

For grooms, we recommend him wearing a vest and tie that matches your dress in white or ivory, or a neutral color to match his tuxedo or suit (black, grey, tan, etc.) Unless of course, you’re using your color in your bouquet – then it’s appropriate to add the color to his vest, tie or pocket square.

For dads, we recommend them wearing a neutral vest and tie to match the tuxedo or suit (black, grey, tan, etc) so that no matter what mom is wearing, they complement each other.

For tips on wearing a tuxedo to the best fit and look, we got you in our past blog!

The ring bearer should follow the flower girl. If she is in white or ivory to match the bride, then the ring bearer should match the groom. If the flower girl is in the color of the bridesmaids, then the ring bearer should match the groomsmen.

Women holding bouquet of earthy flowers
Match the gold detailing of your gown to compliment your bouquet

3) flowers here, there and everywhere!

Things to also consider when choosing your color scheme are the types of flowers you want and when they are available (to help you save money). If you will be planning a Spring wedding, research the flowers that are available at that time. What is available in the Spring may not be available in the Fall. Here is a brief break down of flowers available by color based on the season.

spring

Anemone – Blue, Red, Pink, Purple, White

Peony – Pink, White

Ranunculus – White, Pink, Red, Orange, Yellow

summer

Chrysanthemum: White, Yellow, Orange, Pink, Red

Lisianthus: Purple, White, Pink

Yarrow: White, Pink, Yellow

fall

Aster: White, Pink

Marigold: Yellow, Orange, Red

Statice: Purple

winter

Camellias: White, Pink

Carnations: Pink, White, Yellow, Orange, Purple

Keep calm and carry on and everything else will fall together! Once you’ve established or thought through the basic nuptial essentials, your colors will come to you based on what feels right. What colors are you planning on adding to your wedding day? Having trouble settling on a palette? Let us know in the comments and we’ll help you out!

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