• Aqua

  • Black

  • Burgundy

  • Burnt Orange

  • Café

  • Camé

  • Cherry Red

  • Chocolate

  • Copper

  • Coral

  • Fuchsia Linen

  • Gold

  • Hot Pink

  • Hunter

  • Ivory

  • Jade

  • Kelly

  • Lemon

  • Light Blue

  • Light Pink

  • Lilac

  • Lime

  • Maize

  • Mint

  • Moss

  • Navy

  • Olive

  • Orange

  • Peach

  • Periwinkle

  • Pink Balloon

  • Plum

  • Purple

  • Raspberry

  • Red

  • Royal

  • Ruby

  • Seamist

  • Silver

  • Slate

  • Tan

  • Teal

  • Terra Cotta

  • Turquoise

  • White

  • Bengaline Linen

  • Check Linen

  • Crush Linen

  • Empress Damask Linen

  • Eternity Stripe

  • Imperial Stripe

  • Krinkle Linen

  • Organza Linen

  • Pintuck Linen

  • Satin Linen

  • Spandex

The colors you choose for your wedding day set the style and tone for your entire event. You can use color in your bridesmaids’ dresses, decorations, cake, favors, flowers, accessories, table linens and even the invitations! Choose colors you love, but also consider the following:

  • Where is the wedding and reception? Choose colors that complement the setting. Consider the look of the tent or if there’s carpeting, drapery and decor, etc.
  • What mood do you want to create? Vibrant colors add drama, while soft colors evoke a more romantic atmosphere.
  • What time of year will you marry? The season may influence your color scheme. Spring and summer colors tend to be lighter, while fall and winter colors are generally darker.

Although much has been written on how colors affect our moods and emotions, colors mean different things in different cultures, so avoid focusing too much on them. Having specific wedding colors can help give a visual unity, and help your wedding seem more elegant, and even more expensive than it really is. Choosing your wedding colors may seem a bit daunting, especially if you aren’t particularly visually oriented or your partner is color-blind and absolutely no help. Yet it’s really quite easy.

Most people base their wedding colors on a favorite shade or favorite flower. You’ll want to choose one primary and one or two accents. Start off by seeing if there are any predetermined factors.

  • Does either the reception or ceremony site have strong colors?
  • Are you set on having a particular flower?
  • Have you already chosen your bridesmaid dresses?

If so, you’re halfway to finding your wedding colors. If not, start by thinking about the season when your ceremony will take place. Spring and summer affairs usually include pastels or brights. Winter suggests deep purples, burgundies, grey-greens, and silvers. Fall brings harvest tones – oranges, reds, and yellows.

If you have a favorite shade, but don’t know what else will go with it, try consulting a simple color wheel. Artists and designers have used this tool for years as a design principle.

  • Consider going monochromatic; many shades of one color.
  • Consider having related tones; ones adjacent to each other on the color wheel.
  • Consider having complementary shades — located opposite each other on the color wheel. For example, lavender and pale yellow, or forest green and burgundy.
  • If you really love one hue in particular, you might want to highlight it among neutrals. So, bridesmaid dresses might be cream with purple sashes, groomsmen might wear off-white tuxedos with purple boutonnieres, and bouquets might be stephanotis, white roses, and lavender sweet pea.

What to avoid:

  • Too much black – while sophisticated, it can end up looking like a funeral, rather than a celebration. If you love black, balance it out with a bright color, or lots of crisp white.
  • Losing your personality – Don’t just do pastels because we’ve suggested it above. Think about what you wear normally in your clothing and the shades you’ve used to decorate your home. These are probably colors you are comfortable around already.
  • Picking too many wedding colors – two are perfect, and three will still work, but any more than three wedding colors will end up looking ununified and strange, unless they are secluded or based off a pattern. The purpose of wedding colors are to tie everything together, and the best way to do this is to have everything in one of two shades.