Wedding color scheme ideas

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Wedding color scheme ideas
Your wedding decorations and attire will all be centred around your colour scheme. (wedding image by Alison Bowden from

Choosing the colour scheme for your wedding is one of the first decisions you'll make for your wedding, and possibly one of the most important. The colour scheme will be a major factor in the tone and mood of your wedding. The colours you choose will become a huge part of your wedding and can dictate your bridesmaid's dresses, groomsmen's accessories, decorations and even your cake. If you are set on a particular theme or flower, build your colour scheme around that element.


Pink comes in a multitude of shades that can work for any season, level of formality or type of wedding. Use light pink for a country garden, romantic fairy tale or shimmery winter wedding. Pair light pink with white, chocolate brown, fuchsia, yellow, green, purple or even black. Dark pink is more commanding and goes with chocolate brown, orange, lime green, black, white, yellow, green and grey.


Lime green works for summer or contemporary weddings and goes with white, chocolate brown, black, bright pink or yellow. Light green, such as sage green, works with white, pale yellow, other greens, ivory and other colours found in flowers. Dark green, such as forest, hunter or emerald green, could work for an evening or winter wedding with ivory, white or other neutral light colours. Combine green with beige or other earth tones for a fall or casual wedding.


Use dark purple for winter or formal weddings as it falls within jewel tones. Pair dark purple with lavender or lighter, neutral colours such as ivory, white or cream. Lavender or light purple shades could work with light pink, white, ivory, green, blue, black or silver.


Navy blue works for winter weddings or formal weddings if you pair it with white or silver and summer weddings if you pair it with light blue, white or yellow. Pair light and dark blue together for a monochromatic colour scheme. Light blue or bright blues, such as turquoise, work with white, yellow, pink, peach, red, chocolate brown or black.


Red is a commanding colour that can easily be used as an accent colour with lighter, neutral colours such as ivory, cream or white. Red and black can be dramatic together for an evening or formal wedding. Deeper shades of reds, such as maroon or burgundy, can work for winter weddings, fall weddings or formal weddings.


Yellow is a bright colour that works well with other bright colours, such as fuchsia or lime green for summer or outdoor weddings. Lighter variations of yellow can be paired with pink, white, blue, green or other spring colours as well as burnt orange and browns for fall weddings.

Neutral Colors

Neutral colours such as ivory, white, cream, black, beige or chocolate brown can be combined as your wedding palette or mixed with any other colour. Black-and-white can be a colour scheme in itself, or sprinkle in a third colour for impact, such as red or turquoise. Using two light, neutral colours as the base of your colour scheme with a few details in a brighter colour, such as lime green or hot pink has the same effect.

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