Planning Your Winter Wedding: Color Palette

When it comes to wedding preparations, there is so much to do! Between dress fittings, bridal showers, and determining the perfect date, it’s enough to make your head spin. But, before you can even put stamps on the invitations or book appointments at a boutique for bridesmaid’s fittings, you and your soon-to-be spouse have to agree on a color scheme for your big day.

More so, if you choose a winter wedding, you obviously need to use colors that will complement the season. Sunny yellow and turquoise blue just won’t cut it in the middle of January. So, if you can brave the snow and ice or can’t get over the romantic ambiance a winter wedding provides, then we have the color schemes for you!

Just a Touch of Color

Just because the weather outside is harsh, that doesn’t mean there is a lack of color for winter ceremonies. Warm up the room with rich jewel tones like wine and emerald, or dazzle your guests with tones of champagne and snow white.

What makes these bold hues so great is that they often work best in small amounts. Add just a touch of color to the tables, bouquets, and reception hall. You can use either a color within the same family or opt for a brighter color against neutrals.

To get started on planning all your festivities, here are four color combinations that will wow you and your guests!

  • Icy blue, silver, and white

What a perfect trio for a wintery wedding! This color combo makes for a true winter wonderland, and, hey, if it snows, even better! Hints of metallic, such as silver, work well in bouquets and for little touches such as hair ornaments for the bride and silverware for the reception.

An icy blue is easy to incorporate! Place cards or name cards will stand out against a white and blue table so guests can easily see their seats. Or perhaps you want the napkins a light blue. A flower girl would look adorable with a blue ribbon in her hair, and a bride in all white would look lovely with bridesmaids in shades of light blue.  Plus, a wintery white floral arrangement will look great with frosted blue berries.

  • Black and white

This is such a classic color combination, we’re surprised we don’t see it more! Not only does this color palette look great on invitations and save-the-dates, but dark bridesmaid dresses will contrast beautifully with your ivory gown. Or perhaps you are untraditional and want to go for a black dress, which will really surprise your guests!

Keep the decorations clean and white: all you need are little touches of black for a visually appealing effect. For example, tie a black ribbon to serve as a napkin holder or black runner along the middle of the table. Plus, black and white cakes look great on the dessert table. If you want to add another color, a muted gray tone always adds a nice touch to the two colors.

  • Marsala and Blush

Despite the deep red of Marsala, it pairs exceptionally well with blush tones. Wine colored flowers will translate beautifully on camera. Consider blush colored bridesmaids gowns to offset the deep hues of the bouquet. Champagne is another great color to offset marsala and blush. Serve your cake and meals on champagne colored plates, or add touches of golden sparkles in your bouquet and floral arrangements.

  • Emerald and gray tones

Forget the Christmas greens of the season; instead, take the color up a notch with an elegant shade of emerald. The hue is perfect of winter and, when used throughout in the decor, will give an air of glamour and sophistication to your reception. When used against gray tones, emerald really shines. Plus, you aren’t likely to get complaints out of your bridesmaids when they wear a shimmering shade of emerald on your big day.

To make the bridal party’s dresses stand out, have each one of your bridesmaids carry a white bouquet. If you have a flower girl, incorporate some greenery into her hair for a cute bohemian crown. Use natural plants like ivy and eucalyptus for photos and extra touches in the centerpieces, cake, and other areas of the reception. Gray may be used for the tablecloth, shoes, or even the men’s suits.

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