Go behind the color wheel.
monochromatic green color scheme
Credit: Jim Franco

You know that friend who always puts colors together in artful, unexpected ways that you never would have thought to try? Well, there's a trick that lets you do that, too: Just consult the color wheel, a tool that lays out the spectrum in circular form. Colors can be combined in a variety of ways according to their position relative to one another on the wheel. To help narrow down the options, use the season, the aesthetics of your venue, and the mood you're looking to set as inspiration.

As you start choosing your wedding color palette, here are the terms you need to know.


This color scheme is one of the easiest to execute and lends itself well to a subtle, sophisticated celebration. Simply combine tints, tones, and shades of any single hue.

analogous candle color scheme


This combo incorporates two or more colors next to one another on the wheel. Because they're often found together in nature (like the blues and greens of the ocean, or the colors of a sunset), analogous color schemes are a great choice for outdoor weddings and generally make for a serene, comforting design.

completementary color scheme
Credit: Raymond Hom


Use colors located directly across from each other on the wheel to design an impactful, high-contrast color scheme. To soften the look, opt for less-saturated hues.


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