Your celebration's color scheme should speak to both you and your spouse-to-be.

By Claire Sullivan
March 11, 2021
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coral and gold tablesetting
Credit: Aaron Dyer

Color is truly the glue that binds all the details of your day together. To pick a scheme, think of what brings you and your other half joy: places in nature, artwork, books, heirlooms, textiles, or travel destinations. Make sure your hues jibe with your wedding space (alternatively, you can draw color inspiration from it). Then let your shades inform everything from invites to fashion to décor to sweet send-offs, says Charleston, South Carolina, planner Calder Clark.

Here, some combinations—from the classic to the unexpected—to consider for your own celebration.

Coral and Gold

Want to make a statement at your ceremony and reception? These bright hues, pictured above, come together on tables in the form of punchy centerpieces and shiny flatware. They're the perfect combination for a summer or beach celebration.

sunflower bouquet
Credit: Johnny Miller

Yellow and Mint

Whether you're a spring bride or a lover of all-things pastel, these happy hues are a winning combination. We love how sunny flowers pop against a bridesmaid's dress. Want to play up the color pairing even more? Choose a mint-hued gown for yourself, too.

bridesmaids in white and ivory dresses
Credit: Paul Barbera

Ivory and Eggshell

Who says this bridal hue has to be reserved for the bride alone? Wearing white gets everyone in the party spirit. Carry the vibe on throughout the rest of the big day, choosing tonal white-on-white details for your reception tables in the form of all-white flowers, ivory linens, and eggshell paper goods.

caramel favors
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Neutrals and Black

Planning a black-tie celebration? Go for something classic and elevated. Work this type of traditional combination into every part of your day, with details both big and small. Favors wrapped in neutral-hued paper and sealed with wax can even benefit from this color treatment.

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