Before you start shopping for bridesmaids dresses or groomsmen ties, or even your flowers and tablecloths, you need to choose an overall color palette scheme that will capture the essence of your wedding day.
But if you’re like most couples, you’ll be thinking about choosing colors for a season that’s still months away. While you’re busy enjoying spring flowers or touring venues in the warm sunshine, it can be difficult to picture the perfect color scheme for your winter wonderland wedding.
If you’re trying to plan a winter reception in the spring or summer, we’re here to help. Keep reading to learn a few winter color trends and how you can use them to design your picture-perfect wedding no matter the time of year.
Silver and Blue
Having “something blue” is a tradition that never goes out of style. But if you want to let this practice inspire your wedding day, opt for a modern version of the cool hue to keep things fresh and modern. For instance, Pantone’s color of the year for 2020 is “classic blue,” a medium-style shade that pairs perfectly with a soft, shiny silver.
Silver and blue are the perfect classic combo for a modern winter wedding. Whether you’re dreaming of a snowy wedding day or saying your vows somewhere warm, this color scheme is right in line with the season without having to resort to an outdated red and green affair.
White and Wine
The trend of the bride wearing a white dress stretches way back to the late 1800s. While it’s often considered taboo, or at the very least rude, for anyone else to wear white to someone else’s wedding, some brides are now opting to adorn their bridesmaids in white to add a bright, modern look to their entire affair.
When the addition of bridesmaids to weddings first became popular, these women were supposed to dress in an outfit identical to the bride. This was thought to deter demons as well as highwaymen, keeping the bride safe from being kidnapped. Today, many brides opt to have their ladies-in-waiting wear the same tone that they themselves will walk down the aisle in. The result is a bright, modern, fresh look that’s easy to mix and match with other hues.
To keep your wedding from turning into an outdated rainbow affair, it’s best to limit yourself to just two or three other hues to complement the white. A wine red is a dramatic touch to a mostly-white wedding. If you’re looking for something a little less bold, touches of gray or taupe also go well with a modern theme.
Blush Pink, White and Black
If you’re dreaming of the all-white look but want something a bit more classic, black and white are always in style. The result is a sophisticated look that’s ideal for black-tie affairs or elegant venues. Use black and white to decorate all the major basics, from groomsmen tuxes to reception tables. Then, soften the look with blush pink bridesmaid dresses, flowers, or little accents on your invitations.
This combination is also perfect for a New Year’s Eve bash! Or if you’re looking for a way to add a bit of Christmas cheer, swap out pink for a few light touches of deep red.
Sage and Gold
If silver and blue is a little too “winter wonderland” for you, swap it for this more modern combination. Sage has been a hot color for weddings all year long for a few years now. But when you add in touches of evergreen branches, twinkling lights, or maybe a white fur stole for your bridesmaids, this color becomes the perfect seasonal shade.
Warm gold accents add an antique look that you can easily play up or down depending on your accessories and decor. If gold isn’t your color, silver and sage are also a wonderful combination!
Integrating Your Wedding Color Palette
Wedding colors adorning every detail of your special day have begun to fall out of fashion. Today, many couples choose to keep their color scheme more understated. For instance, the colors you choose for your bridal party don’t need to match your tablecloths, flowers, and any other component of your wedding day.
Instead, look for ways to integrate your colors into smaller details. Now, your color scheme is likely a good choice for your wedding invitations, but you might want to stick to more neutral tones or matching hues for the tables at your reception.
Choosing the Perfect Palette
If you adore a certain color, you can certainly use it as the base of your wedding color palette, albeit whether you think it’s trendy or out of fashion. But keeping these trends in mind, as well as the tips on utilizing your chosen palette, will help you create a polished, beautiful wedding that’s just as picture-perfect as you will be on your big day.
Disclosure: This article was written by a guest author.