Wedding Color Combinations Ideas

Written by Pratima Ati

When your big day is around the corner, everything feels like a big deal. That’s probably why we end up with an anxiety attack so easily during the preparation. It can be quite overwhelming – everything has to perfect, every little detail needs to come together in the grand scheme of things. I don’t mean to add up to your exhaustive list of indispensable things, but you know what else is important? The color palette. And, it has to be one of the first things you decide because a lot of what happens during the preparation is based on this.

Let’s make this easy and discuss wedding color combination ideas that you could use and build upon. Stay with me and dwell in the wedding hues.

List Of Wedding Color Combinations To Choose From

1. Fuschia Pink Color Combination

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A color that is all over the place right now. Pink does not always have to be girly. Pink up your wedding with a combination of fuchsia and gold – it is both cheerful and celebratory. Fuchsia makes for a unique yet interesting choice of color for a wedding dress. Your man can go for a traditional Indian dress in gold with a touch of pink or a suit with fuschia square pockets.

You could incorporate these colors for vintage wedding themes where the focus is on flowers. Do this for all the decor and highlight it wherever you can, but also make sure that it is tasteful and well-balanced. Paper lights, cupcakes, wedding cake, seating arrangements, decorations, etc., are all opportunities to incorporate the color palette.

2. Blue Color Combination

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What are weddings without something borrowed or something blue? Take it a little further and make everything blue. I mean, why not? From sky blue to teal, turquoise to aqua colors, this spectrum will never fail you. First, decide on the shade of blue you love the most and incorporate it into everything. Blue and white is a classic combo, so any way you use the color is awesome. Also, remember to sparkle up the decor wherever you can to break it up a bit. If you want to move away from the typical blue, white, and bling family, you could go for colors like rose gold, tan or even taupe for an outdoor affair and make it a beachy affair.

3. Orange Color Combination

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Warm, welcoming, and vibrant – just how weddings should be. Tangerine, orange, burnt orange or anything in that shade card screams wedding like no other. For traditional weddings, you could go all out with orange and touch it up with a gold shade to add a little glam. For a more contemporary destination wedding concept, break the stereotype with a combination of blue. This is a color combination that is catching up, and like wildfire, especially with the coming of age weddings. Rest assured you will end up with one breathtaking wedding album because some colors add a glow to your face and work to your advantage. You can incorporate this color combination into a million things – from the background, seating arrangement, and the altar to the centerpieces.

4. Purple Color Combination

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A hot favorite of a lot of couples. One, because it is easy to execute and the options are infinite, and two, because it sets the mood right effortlessly. Combine purple with tangerine, yellow or even try ombre if you want, and it will stand apart like no other. Purple cupcakes or wedding cakes are some of the best-looking cakes and an excellent way to blend the theme. An idea that easily fits in with your bridal wear too. And as far as flower arrangements and wedding bouquet are concerned, your choices are limitless.

5. Peach Color Combination

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Take this romantic story of yours and combine it with a peach-colored wedding – nothing short of a fairytale. There is something about this color that changes it all to set the mood for a sweet, sophisticated, and an elegant affair. If you want to break the subtleness of the muted peach, throw in some red for good measure. Bold red and a graceful peach take it up a notch.

6. Red Color Combination

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We are at an age where the urge to do unique things is at an all-time high. Yes, I agree there is nothing wrong with it; do whatever it takes to be ‘cool’! However, working with colors that have forever been associated with love, romance, weddings, and fairytales, and blending them with contemporary colors sounds much cooler to me. Red and gold, red and green, red and satin, red and lime, red and pink, and so on. I could sit here and go on forever, that’s how much you can do with red. Hang on! How about diminishing shades of red, like an ombre effect? It’s surreal, so I’ll leave you with that thought.

7. Gold Color Combination

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A wedding color that works just as beautifully either as a standalone color or in a combination. And, talking about combinations, like they rightly say – sky is the limit. If you have ‘a big fat Indian wedding’ in mind, go for gold with no second thoughts. Borrow sheen and glow from this lavish, luxe, and gorgeous color. Go all out with gold – you can opt for a monotone pattern or switch gears with neighboring colors like pastel or pink. Or, turn it around completely by going bold and preppy.

8. Navy Blue Color Combination

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Again, navy blue is synonymous with wedding colors. A navy blue suit goes greatr with a white dress. And, one that most couples have in their final list. But, how about navy blue and gold for a little edgy look, or navy blue and peach? Wait! Did you hear about the eclectic navy blue and fuchsia pink combination that is in vogue right now? For combinations like these, you could also swing a little and use accents of gold, silver or other colors for shine and sparkle.

9. Yellow Color Combination

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And, my obsession with yellow and Coldplay is never ending. It screams festive fervor. If you are anything like me, you are already sold on the idea of having a yellow wedding. Yellow and red are traditional wedding colors that have a vibrant, bright, and beautiful aura to them. I mean, don’t we all want that? Decor that adds up to the pleasant demeanor. Yellow goes with most of the bold colors as well as the undertones. So, be my guest and make it a knockout with yellow.

10. Off-White And Pastel Color Combination

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You know what they say – right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives you a fairytale. If you’re a bride-to-be and reading this, I’m sure you agree. And, how else will you translate it into the physical world but with colors and themes that mean fairytale? Pastels, ivories, off-whites, and the other undertones can depict whimsical weddings. Shades of off-white or ivory with hues of peach, pastel or golden make for a romantic theme. You always have a choice of adding edgy or neon colors based on your outfits, location, etc.

Summer Weddings Color Combination Ideas

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Choosing colors for your wedding is a big part of the puzzle, like we already discussed. If you are not sure of how to begin, let nature be your guide. Start with the time of the year you are going to get married – let’s say you’re getting married in summer. Think of the seasonal flowers in your part of the world. That’s your cue. Now, start narrowing the colors down by mapping them with your favorite colors. Use the combinations we have just given and match them accordingly. Choose soft and soothing colors for outdoor summer weddings to compensate for the summer brightness or go with a mix of bold and delicate hues. There are no rules as long as your decor does not give your guests a headache and is not in their face!

Winter Weddings Color Combination Ideas

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Yes, winter weddings are all about dreamy and whimsical. And, it’s a good idea to stick with this pattern and go with gold, blue, pastel or pink. Or, you could add some warmth with colors like red, fuchsia, tangerine, brown, golden or yellow. Remember that there is no yardstick measurement of the proportions of these colors. Don’t be rigid about a theme and sticking to it. Be fluid and open – it will all fall into place. Take hints from the venue; it usually gives you a jumpstart.

How To Choose Wedding Colors According To Your Skin Tone

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So, before we get into details, there is a basis for choosing colors according to your skin tone. There are warm and cool skin tones, and there are a lot of ways to determine this. But, the easiest way I found is by determining the color of your veins under your wrist. If they appear green, you are warm toned, and if they swing towards blue, you are cool toned. Simple and straight!

  • Wedding Color Ideas For Lighter Skin Tones

Sorbet, glossy, raspberry, and hot or just about any shade of pink will work like a charm. Other brighter colors are emerald or midnight blue, navy, royal or emerald blue, magenta or pomegranate, teal, turquoise or mint green. You have a lot of options as long as they are not overpowering.

What You Should Avoid – Try and keep away from colors that make you look washed out. While reds and oranges work as we spoke, do not let them be over-the-top either. They can be quite overwhelming.

  • Wedding Color Ideas For Wheatish Skin Tone

Go for colors that are on the brighter side of the spectrum. They should not be too flashy, but, at the same time, cannot be too pale either. Strike a balance here. Tangerines, coral, golden yellow, peach, glossy or hot pink, some shades of red or colors around this and that add an instant glow to your face and also complement your skin tone. Navy blue, royal blue, emerald, olive green, etc. are the other options that do just the same for you.

What You Should Avoid – Dull or muted colors like ash gray, taupe, beige, galaxy colors, and some shades of green might not be a very good idea.

  • Wedding Colors For Deep Skin Tone

For olive or deeper skin tones, pastels are your go-to colors. Your reaction may be, “But, that does not suit me?” Yes, I’ve heard that before, so you will have to trust me when I say this – go with mint, pastel, peachy pink or other warm tones – they make your face radiant. You can also go a little heavy with this palette and try burnt orange, coral, etc., and you will come back to thank us.

What You Should Avoid– Stay away from anything that is over-the-top and bold. Like a fierce red or anything in neon might not sit well with your skin tone.

Honestly, it’s no rocket science – it just needs attention to detail. And, all the attention your big day truly deserves. If you have a wedding planner, you have a basis for giving them instructions, and if you don’t, this is a good place to start and build on as you please. Hope this helped. Enjoy your big day, and good luck with everything!

Expert’s Answers For Readers Questions

Do the wedding colors have a meaning?

Colors symbolize and set the mood of any place – that’s why it becomes imperative to choose the right ones. Choose colors that define you as a couple, your shared interests, the location, time of the wedding, etc. It says a lot about you without saying anything. Take time out of your wedding planning and understand what each color represents. You don’t have to get into the science and psychology of colors, but being informed while making a decision makes a lot of difference to the vibe your wedding will give out.

Do the colors in your wedding cake mean anything?

Yes, like we just discussed, they mean something. And, the easiest way is to go with colors that match your theme. But again, do not be hell-bent on matching the wedding cake with everything else. As long as they are not completely random, and most importantly, if the cake tastes good, it’s all good!

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After working in Marketing and Business Development for a few years, Pratima Ati jumped ship to pursue two things she loved – fashion and writing. She’s now a full-time Fashion & Lifestyle writer and has never looked back ever since. She sleeps early, reads often, and when she can't, she finally gives a closure to all the characters living in her drafts. Sometimes, they pass off as poetry too! That, and her training in Indian classical music and playing (learning) the veena keep her sane, civil, and bearable.