5 quick & easy tips for choosing wedding colors
by Stephanie

This post was written by our friends over at Wedding Paper Divas, the leader in wedding stationery. Wedding Paper Divas believes you deserve gorgeous personalized wedding stationery at prices that will make you smile.

It’s no surprise that choosing wedding colors is one of the most challenging choices of the wedding process. The color scheme sets the tone for the entire event, and is reflected in everything from invitations and décor to the bridal party’s attire and the all-important wedding cake. With so much to consider, the process can be overwhelming. So how do you choose your wedding colors? We’ve assembled our favorite tips and tricks to help guide you through this puzzling process.

1. Use your Venue for Inspiration

Relying on your chosen venue for inspiration is a foolproof method when deciding on wedding colors. Venues usually lend themselves to one color scheme or another. For example, a grand ballroom might scream for some bright embellishment, while an outdoor garden might need nothing more than a few soft and simple accent colors. Time of day is also critical here; are you having an evening soiree or a more casual lunchtime affair? Dark and moody colors might suit a grander venue at night, while a light, bright and fun scheme might be the perfect accompaniment to an intimate or rustic daytime event.

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2. Think Seasonally

Find inspiration and set the mood with a seasonally appropriate color scheme. Your choices don’t have to be predictable, but your colors should fit logically within the realm of the season. The general rule is light and bright for spring and summer and dark and dramatic for fall and winter. Remember to choose complimentary colors for an inclusive palette. If you’re at a loss, there are plenty of resources available for seasonal color inspiration, like this fun wedding colors interactive from Wedding Paper Divas.

If you end up at an impasse with a favorite color, never fear! Simply mix in a few different shades or complimentary colors and watch your idea take shape. For example, a light pastel can be easily accommodated for a winter event by mixing in a few lighter shades for an icy look, or by using the color for a strategic accent. Darker hues can alternatively be compromised for spring or summer events by playing with fabric and texture. Light, airy or lacy fabrics and details along with soft and delicate florals, centerpieces and lighting are the perfect complement for an otherwise wintry hue.


3. Keep Details in Mind

Many brides-to-be have some piece of sentimentality they’d love to incorporate on their big day. If you have a favorite bloom, a special piece of décor, or unique or sentimental attire in mind, base your color concept around that which is most important. If you’ve always dreamed of purple orchids or if you’re using your grandmother’s best decorative china, why mess with success? Regardless of your decision, make sure to keep accessibility in mind. Try not to base your concept around an esoteric shade that will be nearly impossible to reproduce. No need to complicate things unnecessarily!


4. Stay True to Yourself

If you’re fully perplexed by the entire wedding colors process, take a simpler approach. Think about colors or palettes you usually gravitate towards. This inspiration can come from anywhere: clothing, interior designs, natural landscapes, or works of art. Your color scheme will set the mood for your event, so it’s important that it represents you and your partner personally. Steer clear of colors you would never wear or include in your home or personal space. If the idea of a wider palette is alluding you, choose a theme or just one color to base later decisions around.

Photo by  Photo Pinks

Photo by Photo Pinks


5. Do your Research

When it’s time to choose your wedding colors, surround yourself with plenty of inspiration. In this digital age, there’s a bevy of resources available. Wedding blogs and websites, magazines, and even the weddings of friends and relatives will provide lots of useful inspiration. While it’s important to do a little research to make the right decision, there’s only so much you can do. Don’t worry if colors come out slightly different than what you expected. Not everything has to match perfectly, and what you are worried might clash might in fact be the perfect color for some character-building charm. It’s important to relax and soak up the memories on your big day, and if you’ve done your research, you won’t be disappointed!

Photo by  J Lucas Reyes

Photo by J Lucas Reyes

How are you choosing your wedding colors? Let us know in the comments. And, be sure to check out the Wedding Colors Interactive tool on Wedding Paper Divas for extra help and ideas to pick your wedding colors!