Finding the perfect wedding color scheme can be tricky for a couple who aren’t graphic designers or home-décor gurus. With the entire rainbow (and every shade in between) to choose from, getting that perfect palette that sets the mood and doesn’t clash can be a monumental challenge. It’s tempting to play it safe with pinks and purples, but if you’re looking for something a little more striking, give these unconventional color schemes a try.
Teal and Orange
For a summer wedding, especially if it’s a beachfront ceremony, take your color cues from the sea and sunset. These two colors look great together: the contrast between the cool blue and the warm orange is truly striking. Consider tiger lilies or marigolds for the bridal bouquet, and have the bridesmaids’ dresses alternate between the two colors.
Black and White
For a really impactful color scheme, why not try no colors at all? A simple black and white palette can look chic and clean when it’s done properly. Dress the bridesmaids in little black dresses, give the bride a bouquet of calla lilies, and keep the groomsmen looking sharp in tuxedoes with black bowties. It’s an unconventional choice that has a minimalist elegance to it. Bonus: your wedding reception will feel like a glamorous cocktail party.
For a spring wedding reception, ditch the bright colors and go for pastels in all colors of the rainbow. Robin’s egg blue, pink, lavender–just a hint of all of the colors will look fantastic together. As a bonus, you don’t have to dress your bridesmaids in identical dresses; let them each pick a pastel that suits them and they’ll look fantastic. Same goes for the groomsmen’s bowties and/or cummerbunds.
Silver & Gold
Have a luxurious-looking winter wedding with silver and gold highlights throughout the ceremony and reception. There’s a sparkling, effervescent property to silver and gold; definitely don’t skimp on the glitter when you’re decorating. The colors together give a hint at a holiday theme without being kitschy; they have a little New Year’s Eve feel and just a bit of Christmas to them as well. You can even use silver and gold Christmas ornaments to make your table centerpieces.
Red White and Navy
At first blush, it may seem like a red, white, and blue wedding will look a little too 4th of July to be tasteful. But replace that bright blue with navy, and it goes from patriotic to homespun rustic simplicity. For a down-home wedding, this color palette will blend in seamlessly with the mason jars and wildflowers you’re using for decorations.
If you’re still looking for color palette inspiration, there are plenty of tools online for discovering colors that go great together. They’re intended for graphic designers or interior decorators, but they’re great for putting together a wedding palette as well. There are some tools that allow you to experiment from scratch by combining random colors while others come with preset themes to help you coordinate. With a little trial-and-error, your wedding color scheme will look fantastic.