{Advice} How to Set a Positive Tone with Your Wedding Color Theme


When it comes to choosing your wedding's color palette, have you put much thought into what kind of message or mood the chosen colors will set with your guests? If not, we have some tips to share with you that might help you navigate through the journey of picking your wedding colors.  Let us know if this helps, and what your colors are going to be!


We all know that selecting a color scheme for your wedding ceremony and reception is not a responsibility to be taken lightly. Everything – from the decorations, centerpieces and bouquets to the bridal party gowns and offbeat props and recreational pieces – is selected to match to your hue of preference, and so it is important to establish which colors will be featured on your big day early on in the planning process.


While scouring paint chips and inspiration boards, you will want to keep in mind the possible vibes, both positive and negative, which each pigment gives off. Color psychology will undoubtedly come into effect when the same few colors are being repeated over and over again in a single church, hall or outdoor area. Because too much of the same exact color can be overwhelming, variation of your most prominent shade will be key. Here are some tips on ways to complement each color, so that the vibes and energy felt on your wedding day are all positive ones.

Color Absence 


White is the most versatile addition to any wedding color theme, as it attractively enhances all other colors and will likely tie in with your wedding dress. Representing peace and purity, white brings a clean calmness to any décor. However, going all-white can have the opposite effect, coming off as detached and empty, while making your guests uncomfortable at the thought of spilling a drink on your bright table linens. If you’re choosing white to avoid committing to a color scheme, one way to break the monotony is with simple additions of black, silver, or gold (with or without glitter). Each of these yields sophistication and confidence, and turns the fantastical all-white palate into one which is much more adult. Silver and gold make for stunning accessories on the bride, groom, and their parties. Play around with adding black pieces or feathers to your bouquet, like this one from Afloral, or donning black heels with your white dress. Of course, an entirely black and white wedding, while luxurious and balanced, will also feel flavorless and harshly contrasting without additional color tied in, so be sure to include at least one more!

Primary Colors

After white, a friendly shade of blue seems like the second-most passive choice to construct your theme around. Expressing loyalty, peace, and integrity, gender-neutral blues are an easy color that the both of you can agree on. Too much blue, however, could turn a warm and welcoming reception into a frigid affair, giving what should be a zealous celebration a conservative air. This problem can be solved by turning up or toning down the shade with some variety: if your place cards, invitations and bouquet are a deeper blue or indigo, supplement them with bright jewelry for the bridal party, like these Sleeping Beauty Turquoise options from ShopHQ, or utilize a delicate, pale blue for your cake, plates, and napkins to deviate from the traditional white wedding cake.

When exploring brighter possibilities like reds and yellows, this is when you will want to pick a few eye-catching pieces that pop instead of color-coding everything to match the sunrise. Stand out options for implementing red include table settings, centerpieces, shoes and shirt ties, and on print to vamp up cute signs in the hall and reception area (for inspiration, check out some from Style Me Pretty). Strategically placed hints of red are reminiscent of passion and act as calls to action – just use them sparingly enough that those feelings don’t begin to bleed into aggression. Similarly, bits of yellow will instantly brighten your environment, sending vibes of cheerfulness and optimism into the space; but overwhelm the senses, and that playful color will start to express impatience and criticism. Yellow is most commonly utilized in floral arrangements, but a softer hue will really lighten up your table settings.
Secondary Colors
Secondary colors, which are the resulting combinations of primary colors, are a fantastic option for alleviating the tone of a more powerful hue.

If your wedding is outdoors, the color green will lend itself to your theme naturally. An overdose of it will remind your guests less of Mother Nature and instead of money, triggering negative sensations of possessiveness and greed; but when interjected effectively, green is not only calming, but a pigment of strength which conveys balance, growth, and reliance. Mint is an incredibly popular color this year: apply it or another soft green via table or floor runners, garlands or any sort of unique standing prop, like these repurposed doors used to create a vintage altar.

Complement a bold red flower arrangement or refreshment table with bright oranges to signal optimism and openness. Save your edgy black décor from becoming too morose with lush purples – these may emit impracticality and haughtiness on their own, but exude imagination and creativeness when expertly paired with another color.


Even shades of gray and pink aren’t too drab or feminine to enhance your ceremony, but all in moderation. Gray makes for startlingly attractive groomsmen suits and bridesmaid dresses, and a soft pink like these ruffled chair decorations radiates kindness and romance on the bride and groom’s special day.

It is important that your matching and contrasting hues strike a good balance and play well off of each other. However, don’t forget the most important advice when choosing your palate: go with the colors you like! At the end of everything, it is your special day, and if the two of you are feeling and radiating positivity, it’s likely everyone else will be, too.

Renee is a blushing new bride, recently relocated to Maine with her husband after tying the knot this past spring, where her wedding’s featured colors were gold, black, and beige. She is excited to enter the realm of wedding bloggers and share some insight into to the experiences which a quick, eight-month engagement brought her!


These points are definitely interesting to consider, especially what colors might say about "you". Never thought that a strong green palette would make people think of money-did you?

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