How to Choose the Right Colors for Your Wedding

June 10, 2017


How do I choose the right colors for my wedding?

  1. Prioritize either the venue or the colors. Whatever you choose, the other needs to adapt to it.
  2. Base the hues off of the season in which the wedding will be held in.
  3. Understand that colors, psychologically, place people in mental and physical states. Think of the emotions that you want to be felt on your special day. Then, research what colors you need to convey this.
  4. Look at magazine, art galleries, and other sources for inspiration. The way artists use colors can make you look at your favorite palette in a more unique way.
  5. Use a color wheel to get perfect matches of two or more colors.

There are a lot of things to plan in a wedding; catering, seat plans, transportation, etc. Choosing the main colors for the event might seem like a small task compared to the rest, but you shouldn’t underestimate its importance. Just like the theme and venue, the colors will greatly affect the overall aesthetic and environment of the wedding! Particular things like the décor, dress code, and even the food garnish are greatly influence by the colors! Thus, choosing the right hues is absolutely important. Choose the wrong palette (or rather, no particular palette) and you may end up with an eyesore of a wedding! Here are a few tips so you don’t make that mistake:


Venue Hues and Other Outside Factors

You will find that you will be adjusting the style and design of your wedding and reception to your chosen venue; including the colors. But since you are trying to get both the perfect location and the perfect color scheme, it is very possible that these two will clash if you don’t think of them as one aesthetic unit. Thus, you should learn to prioritize. Think which of the two is more important to you. Whatever you choose, the other factor should adapt.

So, for example, you’ve already set your eyes on a specific venue. Your colors should then complement the over design of the said location. This works vice versa as well. Venues such as warehouses, lofts, or tents are good choices as they are far more easily styled than places like gardens and beaches. Then again, that’s your call.

Aside from the location, there are other details that you need to think of as well when picking your colors. For example, the flower arrangements will definitely have a dominant color to them and you don’t want them to clash with your hues. Other factors such as the family’s preferences or heritage could also influence your choice.

Go with the Seasons

Just like how people change what they wear to the changing seasons, your wedding theme can also depend on the time of the year. In fact, it can be pretty specific with how it influences your hues. For example, coral pink is better for the summer while a blush pink is more fitting for the rainy season. While they’re both pink, they are still very different from one another in terms of emotion. Psychologically, colors and the season will heavily influence the overall mood and vibe of your wedding (we will discuss this psychological effect of colors shortly). Thus, you want these two factors working together.

This doesn’t mean that you can’t choose your favorite colors. It only means that you have to be on the lookout for different hues and textures of that same color.


Colors convey emotions; at least psychologically. This is why certain places irritate a person or calm him down. The colors they see in this place set them in a certain physical or mental state depending on the dominant colors they see. While the topic is very broad and detailed, the general effects of colors are the following:

  1. Warm colors, such as red, yellow, and orange, can make a person feel comfortable or hostile.
  2. Cool colors, such as green, blue, and purple, can make a person feel calm or sad.

With such psychological effects of colors, these can set the right or wrong mood for your wedding; especially when in combination. Black, gold, red, or emerald can add a dramatic flair to the celebration, while light colors can bring out more joy. Think about the emotions you want you and your guests to feel and remember when you think back to your wedding day. Once you know, study what colors you need to add to your color scheme to convey this feeling.

Get Inspired

While it’s good to be original and avoid trendy themes, sometimes your mind can be limited creatively. To help you with this, you need to get inspired.  You can get this from many sources. Magazines, art galleries, and museums are all good places to look at to give you some ideas. The way artists use hues can help you see your favorite colors in a different way. Who knows? Maybe the perfect color scheme is in a photograph someone on the internet and you just haven’t seen it yet. Just be sure to add your own flair to these inspirations if you really want to be original.

Looking around your home can draw inspiration as well. Of course, you choose the designs and colors of your home décor based on your preferences. Thus, the colors in your home are something that you know you can live with seeing those every day. Why not use the same palette for the wedding? Doing this will give the celebration a personal touch that will be familiar – maybe too familiar for some – yet surely pleasing to your eyes. Plus, you can take home those expensive pieces of décor that you will buy just for wedding and these will fit right in.

Look at the Color Wheel

You don’t need to be an art major to be able to use a color wheel. The basics are pretty easy to understand and you can use these as a starting point to choosing your personalized choice of matching colors: These basics say that these combinations on the color wheel go well with each other:

  1. Opposites: This pairing gives the perfect contrast of warm and cool.
  2. Neighbors: The colors are similar and share the same primary color.
  3. Neutral & Bright: The neutral colors will accent the bright colors.

Key Takeaway

Most importantly: don’t stress out. Hiring a wedding planner is a good option for when you’re unsure about what you’re doing (or if there’s simply too much to do.) Better yet, as long as you promise not to turn into bridezilla you can ask for help from family and friends!



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