Best wedding colors: bride looking at fabric swatches

One of the biggest decisions in wedding planning is choosing a color scheme. Typically, these colors are used in everything from the decor and floral arrangements to the bridesmaids’ dresses and groom’s boutonniere. But the “best wedding colors” are different for everyone. Some couples may want several contrasting colors for a cheerful look, while others may prefer monochromatic hues for understated elegance. 

Whatever your preferences, there’s a perfect wedding color for your love story. Discover the best wedding colors for all seasons, venues, and styles, plus matching wedding invitations to complete your wedding color palette.

What to Consider When Choosing Your Wedding Colors

Best wedding colors: bride with her bridesmaids posing at the camera

Consider your wedding venue, season, and theme when deciding on a wedding palette. This will help you choose the best colors for your celebration.

What Season Are You Getting Married In?

Certain colors will work better if you’re having a seasonal-inspired event. For example, fall weddings benefit from jewel tones and autumn hues like red, green, orange, and yellow. Meanwhile, winter weddings are the perfect opportunity to throw an all-white wedding or one that incorporates neutral tones, such as cream and beige (and soft blues). Pastel hues pair perfectly with spring weddings, and tropical or vibrant tones are ideal for summer weddings.

What’s Your Wedding Theme?

In addition to seasonal considerations, your wedding theme can inform the colors you choose for the big day. Hues like turquoise and white are ideal for beach weddings while earthy, neutral colors are great for rustic weddings. If your wedding theme is fiesta-inspired, you can choose several bright colors to match the festive theme. Shades of green, beige, and greige (gray and beige) are ideal for boho weddings. Meanwhile, pinks are perfect for fairytale wedding themes. 

Your wedding theme and wedding decor can also center around your desired color scheme. Perhaps you want a black-and-white wedding or a purple-themed wedding. Dusty rose and champagne offer an elegant aesthetic, while more natural hues like sage green and terracotta are ideal for creating a boho, nature-inspired theme. 

What and Where Is Your Venue?

When choosing the best wedding colors, it’s also helpful to consider where you’re hosting the event. Maybe the venue already has a distinctive color palette. In this case, it’s best to stick close to those hues or the same color family to create a cohesive look.

If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, consider hues that naturally occur in the landscape to create a stunning look. Alternatively, you can select a vibrant color that contrasts with the local flora to create an eye-catching wedding color palette.

18 of the Best Wedding Colors

Best wedding colors: pink-themed table setting with flowers

While “the best” is subjective, certain wedding color combos just seem to work. Feel free to select one of these ideas or mix and match a few to create the color combination that matches your personal wedding style.

For even more wedding day inspo, we’ve paired each color option with matching wedding invitations from Greenvelope. This way, you can set the tone for your wedding day and color palette from the start.

1. Dusty Blue and White

Best wedding colors: Mod Trendy Tones Invitation

Design: Jen Montgomery

Invitation Inspiration: Mod Trendy Tones Invitation

For a whimsical affair, create a wedding palette featuring various shades of blue and white. This color scheme is ideal for beach weddings as well as outdoor unions held by the waters of an alpine lake. The soft colors are understated and romantic while focusing on the couple tying the knot.

2. Mauve and Blush Pink

Best wedding colors: Lily Magnolia Wreath Invitation

Design: Becky Nimoy Stationery

Invitation Inspiration: Lily Magnolia Wreath Invitation

Mauve is a rich purple-pink hue that pairs perfectly with blush pink. You can use light pink as an accent color to play up the pinkish tones of mauve. It creates an elegant garden party vibe and is ideal for spring weddings. If you want to add another hue, consider using a dusty blue or light blue shade. Hydrangeas are the ideal flower for this color scheme.

3. All White

Best wedding colors: The Marrying Type Invitation

Design: Cindy Reynolds Design

Invitation Inspiration: The Marrying Type Invitation

All-white weddings are increasingly popular. These weddings feature just one color: white. That means everyone — from the bride(s) and groom(s) to the wedding party and guests — wears white. This color idea is ideal for beach weddings and destination weddings where the scenery is often center stage.

4. Navy Blue, Marigold Yellow, and Soft Gray

Best wedding colors: Vintage Flower Invitation

Design: Claudia Owen

Invitation Inspiration: Vintage Flower Invitation

This color combination is perfect for outdoor weddings, particularly those held in the summertime. The hues create a bright yet understated contrast. This design would go well with a celebration featuring navy blue tablecloths, marigold wedding flowers, and gray bridesmaids’ dresses. To play up the theme, you can use these hues in your wedding table decorations by using daffodils and yellow roses in blue vases.

5. Emerald Green, White, and Gold

Peacock Frame Invitation

Design: Elizabeth Silver

Invitation Inspiration: Peacock Frame Invitation

For a regal wedding palette, consider an emerald green, white, and gold color combo. The emerald shade lends a royal feel that can be elevated with velvet tablecloths and gold metallic accents.

This color palette also works great for rustic weddings. The hues will pop in wedding venues like barns and farmhouses. The white adds an airy feel while the greenery anchors the day in natural surroundings. Gold vases or lanterns would add sophistication to complete the look.

6. Black and White

To Have and To Hold Invitation

Design: Up Up Creative

Invitation Inspiration: To Have and To Hold Invitation

For contemporary couples, a black-and-white wedding color palette is a timeless way to show a love of classic simplicity. For winter weddings, holiday matrimonies, and upscale ceremonies, you can also add a touch of gold into the mix. A gold tablecloth surrounded by black chairs and beautiful white floral arrangements is sure to catch your guests’ eyes.

7. Mint Green and Peach

Trendy Terrazzo Invitation

Design: Jen Montgomery

Invitation Inspiration: Trendy Terrazzo Invitation

The color combo of mint green and peach is perfect for summertime nuptials. Add watermelon pink and you have the perfect color scheme for a beach wedding. The color duo is also ideal for backyard weddings and springtime affairs. Have the bridesmaids wear mint green dresses and hold peach floral bouquets with baby’s breath for a soft, sophisticated look.

8. Lilac and Lavender

Delicate Stem Invitation

Design: Lulu and Isabelle

Invitation Inspiration: Delicate Stem Invitation

Lilac and lavender are among the best spring wedding colors. The soft purple hues work well with other pastels, including blush pink and sunshine yellow. For wedding flowers, you can’t go wrong with ranunculus, camellias, and roses in matching hues. Lilac linens add a nice pop of color to the wedding table decor, and it’s a beautiful color option for wedding party gowns and accents.

9. Silver and Ice Blue

Shimmering Confetti Invitation

Design: Stacey Meacham Design, LLC

Invitation Inspiration: Shimmering Confetti Invitation

Silver and ice blue are an ideal match for winter wedding colors. These cool tones reflect the chilly air of the season and create a sophisticated backdrop for saying “I do.” The colors are icy, but you’ll surely melt hearts with your fairytale celebration.

10. Teal

Enthralled Invitation

Design: Itsy Belle

Invitation Inspiration: Enthralled Invitation

Who says you need more than one color for a wedding? Teal is among the most popular summer wedding colors, and for good reason. The enthralling hue is rich and elegant yet bold and bright at the same time. It’s ideal for beach weddings and right at home at vineyard unions.

11. Burnt Orange and Eucalyptus

Red Lillies Invitation

Design: Claudia Owen

Invitation Inspiration: Red Lilies Invitation

For stunning fall wedding colors, look no further than burnt orange and eucalyptus. This color combo blends the rich, acidic orange hue with a mellow, soft green for stunning contrast. The colors are easy to incorporate into fall wedding decor and centerpieces like pumpkins and gourds. If you want to add a third accent color, think about ruby red, which plays up the elegance of the burnt orange.

12. Plum and Copper

Tropical Gradient Invitation

Design: Tennie & Co

Invitation Inspiration: Tropical Gradient Invitation

Looking to add drama to your wedding day? Go for the contemporary feel of plum and the vintage air of copper. Plum offers a rich hue that creates depth, while copper creates a hint of old-world elegance. This color scheme would work well for weddings at private estates and rooftop terraces.

13. Pink and Rose Gold

Romantic Floral Frame Invitation

Design: Claudia Owen

Invitation Inspiration: Romantic Floral Frame Invitation

For a romantic wedding vibe, we love pairing a soft, delicate pink with the warm tones of rose gold. The end result is a color palette that feels inviting, fresh, and charming. Not a fan of pink? Swap the soft pink out for a soft purple instead for another winning color combination.

14. Sky Blue and Yellow

Everlasting Love Invitation

Design: Ann Gardner

Invitation Inspiration: Everlasting Love Invitation

A blue wedding is always stunning, but sometimes you want to add a pop of color to highlight the beauty of that classic hue. We think yellow is a stunning choice. Mixing sky blue with yellow creates a dreamy spring feel — perfect for an outdoor wedding or nuptials by the coast.

15. Terracotta and Green

Moody Brushstrokes Invitation

Design: Holly Whitcomb

Invitation Inspiration: Moody Brushstrokes Invitation

If earth tones are more your style, pair terracotta with a warm green tone. This mix of colors evokes a strong boho vibe, especially if you add wedding decor elements like macramé and natural linens. We also love this color palette for an eco-chic wedding — it’s the perfect way to honor nature.

16. Rainbow Brights

Best wedding colors: Confetti Burst Invitation

Design: Signature Greenvelope

Invitation Inspiration: Confetti Burst Invitation

Can’t decide which hues from the color wheel you want to feature in your wedding? Why not include them all?! The trend for using bold colors in a rainbow-themed wedding makes us smile — it’s such a fun and vibrant way to celebrate your love for each other.

17. Pastel Mix

Best wedding colors: Endless Love Invitation

Design: Plum Pretty Sugar

Invitation Inspiration: Endless Love Invitation

If primary colors aren’t your style, but you love the idea of mixing different colors together, try a pastel color scheme instead. The beauty is that you’re not limited to just a handful of colors. Instead, you can pair soft pink, blue, yellow, peach, green, and purple to create a delightful spring feel.

18. Pantone Color of the Year

Best wedding colors: Wedding Cactus Invitation

Design: Lissa Anglin

Invitation Inspiration: Wedding Cactus Invitation

Pantone is a company famed for creating colors for a variety of industries. If you want the most on-trend color scheme for your big day, consider the Pantone Color of the Year — a hue selected by the company to signify the mood and atmosphere of a given year. (For 2024, the color is peach fuzz!) It’s a fun way to honor the year of your marriage.

Host a Picture-Perfect Wedding

The best wedding colors are the ones you love. After all, it’s your big day, so choose a wedding color scheme that makes you happy. From pretty in pink to whimsical in white and everything in between, these are some of the best wedding colors to choose from.

Once you’ve selected a color scheme, you can dream up your other wedding ideas and choose a beautiful matching wedding invitation from Greenvelope. With thousands of designs and full invitation suites, you’ll find a color to suit your celebration, whether you want a vibrant, multi-colored invite or a monochromatic, neutral style.