Ideas for Coral Colors in a Wedding

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Ideas for Coral Colors in a Wedding
Add natural coral to your wedding design. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Plan you wedding around the colour coral, which is a pinkish orange blend. Decide whether you prefer a vibrant tone or muted hue of the colour for your design and the type of finish for the item, such as shiny, matt or frost. Look to the wedding theme and location for clues to the wedding decorations as an outdoor wedding allows brighter colours than a formal occasion.

Colour Combinations

Coral may stand alone in a monochromatic design, but when paired with a neutral, such as black or grey, the bright tones of coral pop to the fore. Creamy white, on the other hand, tones the coral into a softer shade, which works well for a romantic or more formal wedding decor, as does a mixture of coral with shades of pink. Consider mixing coral with aqua blue, teal or sea foam for a beach or tropical-themed wedding.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen bring in the colour through their clothes, such as a full-length gown, vest, tie or pocket hanky. The bride accents her gown with coral jewellery, as trim on her dress or train, or in her hair with coral flowers in an updo. The groom wears a coral cummerbund and tie accessorised with a coral tie pin. Bridal flower bouquets are wrapped with coral ribbons and left to trail with the flowers.


A floating arch of one strand of graduated coral latex balloons designates the area for the exchange of vows at an outdoor wedding as balloons line the petal-strewn path of the bride. A chapel holds a profusion of flowers around the altar and down the aisle, in lieu of pew bows. Table linens of tone-on-tone coral or patterned prints of shades of coral cover tables and chair backs, while handcrafted organza flowers rest on clear coral plates.

Flowers and Centerpieces

Cyrtanthus flowers for the bridal bouquet, church and table centrepiece include contractus, falcatus, flammosus or guthrieae, all a warm-coloured coral hue with a trumpet blossom. Pair these flowers with coral from the sea for an interesting table display. Another option is preparing a candlescape of coral-coloured candles with a single peony with a vase, or group several flowers together, such as poppies, peonies, and gerber daisies, with photo frames of the couple celebrating their engagement and other functions leading up to the wedding.

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