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How to Choose Your Wedding Color Palette


November 23, 2022


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You have been dreaming of your wedding for years and years, and now the time has finally come! When you get engaged to your favorite person, it is the start of an exciting new chapter. There is so much to celebrate, but there is a lot of planning to do as well. A significant part of planning your wedding is deciding how you will decorate your reception venue! You probably have wedding inspiration saved to your Pinterest boards, or maybe you even have ideas from wedding magazines. Your wedding color palette will play an essential role in how your wedding decor turns out. As a Wichita wedding photographer, I have seen beautiful color palettes that breathe life into wedding days! Here are my ideas for choosing your wedding color palette:

Gather Ideas for Wedding Colors

Where can you go to gather ideas for your wedding color palette? It’s important to start by looking at a few examples of wedding colors, either on Pinterest and Instagram or in wedding planning guides and magazines. If you are working with a wedding planner, bring your initial ideas to them, and they can help you select the best colors for your wedding day. It’s also important to talk with your fiance about their preferences early in the planning process. They might have a few favorite colors they would love to see at the wedding, or maybe they would like to avoid a few colors. Make sure you consider both of your opinions as you move forward with your wedding colors.

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Seasonal Wedding Colors

Another thing to remember as you start looking at wedding color schemes is that different wedding colors are popular during different times of the year. Here are a few examples of seasonal wedding colors:

Fall Wedding Colors

During the fall, deep, warm colors are popular for weddings. For example, forest green, orange, yellow, and burgundy are common colors for fall wedding palettes. If you have an outdoor ceremony during the fall, you can enjoy natural fall colors as the leaves change. Some couples choose to integrate those colors into their wedding day. 

Winter Wedding Colors

In the winter, rich, dramatic colors are common at weddings. Colors like navy blue, emerald green, or vibrant red are excellent colors to start with for your palette. Think of colors that look beautiful in luxurious fabrics like velvet and silk. When you decorate your winter wedding with deep, complex colors, it will add warmth and richness to your wedding.

Spring & Summer Wedding Colors

In the spring and summer, you can use tropical and pastel colors to bring your wedding day to life! Spring and summer days are longer and brighter, so lively colors like green, peach, blush, and soft blue look beautiful at summer weddings.

Create Your Color Palette

Once you have a few options for colors to use in your wedding, you can start looking for colors that match well without overpowering each other. You might choose 1 or 2 main colors, then choose some neutral colors like tan, cream, black, grey, or a metallic silver, gold, or rose gold. A few popular color duos are navy blue and rose gold, sage green and burnt orange, and forest green and burgundy. You could also choose to have one main color that is complemented by natural elements such as florals and greenery with more muted, neutral colors. 

A few things to keep in mind:

  • Avoid choosing only warm or only cool colors so your color palette is well-balanced. 
  • You should also take into consideration any metal accents in your venue or your ideas for decor items to ensure your colors coordinate well. For example, if your venue has bronze accents, it would be better to avoid metals like gold in your color scheme.
  • It is also good to know that some colors are harder to find than others, so you’ll want to shop around before finalizing your color palette to make sure everything you want to rent or order is available in your colors.

Decorating With Your Wedding Colors

Once you have decided on your wedding color scheme, it’s time to find decor and elements in those colors! Some items you can look for in your wedding colors include:

  • Table vases
  • Hanging decorations
  • Florals 
  • Table linens and napkins
  • Tablewares such as chargers, plates, utensils, and glasses
  • Wedding signs
  • Bridesmaids’ dresses
  • Groomsmen’s ties

You can also talk to your wedding planner and coordinator about incorporating your wedding colors into your special day!

In case we haven’t met yet, I’m Kristin, a Kansas City and Wichita photographer who loves documenting all of the details on wedding days. If you’re looking for a photographer, get in touch with me here!

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