From summer to spring, how much should the season influence your color scheme?
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Choosing your wedding's color palette can be tricky. While you may have a favorite color combination, it might not naturally lend itself to the season in which your wedding is taking place. That begs the question: Should your ceremony and reception's color scheme be a reflection of the season, or can you choose any palette you really love? To get the answer to this important question, we spoke with Leah Weinberg, owner and creative director of Color Pop Events, and asked for her take on how important the time of year is when it comes to choosing the color palette for your big day.

Coloring Your Big Day

Your wedding day is, first and foremost, your special day—that means that the color palette you choose should be the one that you love the most. If bright yellow makes you happiest, there's no reason not to use it just because you're tying the knot in the winter; if you always gravitate towards jewel tones, feel free to decorate your summer wedding with them.

With that being said, there are times when the season will play a part in your planning. "If florals and greenery are going to be a huge component of your wedding, that may set the color palette based on what is in season," she says. This means you'll likely want to choose more pine and evergreen for winter celebrations and lush, tropical foliage in the summer. If you are choosing your wedding colors based off of the season, Weinberg suggests changing things up a bit with these new takes on the traditional seasonal palettes.

Summer Weddings

Summer is a great time to decorate your wedding with bold and juicy colors. You can play with traditional Americana feelings by going with red, white, and blue, or you can go really big and bold with a tropical aesthetic by combining bright peacock blue, magenta, and a crisp white. "If you're feeling the idea of color but don't want to veer too much into bold color combinations, adding a nice peach tone to a softer, traditional color story can add a summery, modern pop of color to your wedding," Weinberg adds.

Winter Weddings

For the colder months, there are quite a few options that really fit a wintry mood. "An all-white palette with a touch of shimmer and shine is a traditional choice that is still pretty popular," the pro says, adding that you can introduce some complexity with an icy blue and lavender. Both add a touch of freshness to your event without going too far into the spring pastel palette. Of course, that doesn't mean that color is out of the question when you wed in the winter. "Another option is a deeper, jewel toned story—think rich burgundy, sapphire, and emerald," she says, adding that velvety, saturated colors can make for a moody and elegant winter wedding.

Fall Weddings

Fall weddings are an ideal time to work with warm and cozy tones inspired by falling leaves. A muted palette of white or neutrals that have a touch of warm pumpkin orange will give your wedding a nod to the season. "The fall is also a perfect time to embrace the warm tones—eggplant, cranberry, and pumpkin with metallic gold highlights would be a sumptuous color story inspired by autumn's foliage and seasonal produce," says Weinberg.

Spring Weddings

While blush and soft green are always a beautiful pairing, consider a slight tweak to make your combination a little more exciting. Our pro likes peach and mint. "This refreshing pairing can work for a slightly more retro wedding or something more romantic depending on the saturation of these colors," Weinberg explains.


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