Whether you’re a color enthusiast who anticipates Pantone’s Color of the Year with feverish excitement, or you’re a design newbie who thinks the color wheel is a segment on “The Price Is Right,” it’s pretty clear that a fabulous wedding color palette can play a critical role in your wedding design. But even after poring over your inspiration feed (such as Zola’s Real Weddings) for hours, you might still feel far from confident in choosing a wedding color palette.
Seeing the same wedding hues over and over again, and craving something different? Feeling overwhelmed (or should we say, oversaturated) from too much color comparison? Well, let your weary eyes rest here: we’ve come up with 5 fresh, unique color combos that are perfect for all types of weddings. To give you greater creative flexibility (who likes thing too matchy-matchy?), we’ve chosen 3 central colors plus an accent hue for each palette. Scroll through and be inspired by a wedding color palette that will set your soirée apart.
1. Emerald + Plum + Gold
Accent Color: Magenta
Channel royalty with this supremely regal wedding color palette. Go bold with rich, deep hues of emerald and plum—these two colors pair so beautifully, it’s like they were made for each other. Keep the elegance factor high with as much metallic gold as you can muster, then add a few bright magenta accents to keep from going too dark and formal.
2. Mustard + Royal Blue + Turquoise
Accent Color: Fuchsia
Colorphobes need not apply here: this wedding color palette is all about a bold, modern application of unusual (but very complimentary) shades. There’s something super boho about pairing mustard yellow with a range of worn blues that vary (like your favorite pair of jeans) from royal to light turquoise. Dash around a bit of not-so-sweet pink for extra drama, if you’re so inclined.
3. Pumpkin + Golden Yellow + Sage
Accent Color: Red
This color combo is earthy and very autumnal, but feels less predictable thanks to the inclusion of sage green, which ices down the otherwise warm palette. Orange is an underused color across the board, perhaps because of its perceived brashness. Yet this muted shade of spice is all kinds of appealing, especially when paired with other warmly saturated hues like golden yellow with touches of deep red.
4. Wine + Blush + Cream
Accent Color: Fern
If you’re going for an evening of true romance, this wedding color palette is everything to swoon over. Red, the universal color of love, is front and center in this combo as its carried down the spectrum from sweet blush to deep merlot. Lots of creamy white against a background of fern-green foliage adds brightness and organic naturalness.
5. Dusty Blue + Purple + Navy
Accent Color: Copper
On the cool side of the color wheel, this soothing color palette dives into the refreshingly tranquil yet refined tones of dusty blue, navy, and violet. Its both romantic and feminine while still being moody and crisp, and can easily go from beachside to vineyard to urban loft weddings. Touches of metallic copper up the chic factor and add rosy warmth.