Choosing your colors is one of the most important decisions you will have to make when wedding planning. Your wedding colors can determine your decor, flowers, attire, and even your invitations. Your wedding color palette can effectively change the atmosphere of your wedding day, so it is important to consider the colors you choose carefully.
Newly engaged couples often feel anxious to get a jump on the planning process. Naturally, selecting the color palette can solidify your plans and help you make decisions about vendors later on.
If you are looking for inspiration or don’t even know where to start, we are here to give you the lowdown on 2021’s trendiest colors and how to incorporate them into your wedding.
Most Popular Wedding Colors of 2021
Do you want to make an impact? Select golden yellow for your wedding palette. Perfect for a luxurious and sumptuous wedding, this warm yellow is reminiscent of summer sunsets or European settings like the south of France or Tuscany.
Golden yellow works well for a wedding in any season, as it can be used with rich colors in the winter and on its own in spring, summer, or fall for maximum impact.
Use golden yellow as the star or an accent in your wedding bouquet, with flowers such as roses, dahlias, sunflowers, and ranunculus. Golden yellow pairs beautifully with every color under the sun, so it is easy to incorporate and give your wedding some warmth and individuality.
Blue has long held its place in weddings; however, in 2021, weddings are moving away from darker shades like navy or steel blue and leaning toward lighter shades like cornflower, powder blue, and periwinkle. You can still use navy, which makes a lovely dark contrast, as an accent color, but light blue is what’s hot for this year’s weddings.
The best part about this hue? Light blue can be used regardless of the theme or venue of your wedding. Envision a rustic barn, a lakeside afternoon, or even a stately ballroom for your event. Light blue fits beautifully in each setting.
If you want light blue to stand out at your wedding, it can be used on its own, either as an accessory or incorporated into your flowers, like irises, hydrangeas, and orchids. Pair it with yellow for a lovely spring or summer hue, or add some pinks and purples for a little fun.
Lilac and lavender are two wedding colors that we are eyeing for 2021 weddings. Light and airy, these colors are perfect for a spring or summer garden wedding, brunch nuptials, or a venue with lots of natural light that will allow the true hues to shine.
Use the namesake flowers of lavender and lilac, along with delphiniums, pale purple roses, sedum, zinnias, and calla lilies, to make a whimsical bouquet. Add some stems of deep or bright purple to make the bouquet really stand out.
Lilac and lavender are beautiful colors for bridesmaid dresses, bridal accessories, grooms wear, and decor—offering a more sophisticated vibe than the favorite from the last few seasons, blush pink.
Greens of many colors pop up in wedding palettes for 2021, but instead of sophisticated, deep jewel-toned green, the favorites are brighter and more playful.
Anything from avocado green, mint, leaf, and even sage are showing up, and why not? Green pairs perfectly with so many other colors, so it is easy to use it as your wedding’s main color and throw flowers of one or two different colors to create a breathtaking bouquet of (mostly) greenery.
Green works in any venue and is lovely in any season. You can use olive, pistachio, or moss green for a bohemian look, while Kelly green or any other brighter shade complements a fun wedding aesthetic.
Bohemian or rustic weddings are still the rage, and that means that orange has had a comeback. However, orange can be used in a variety of ways to make your wedding palette pop.
While burnt orange or rust are great colors, the new trends are moving to cantaloupe or papaya orange. This color looks great with mint, lime, turquoise, or watermelon pink and will give your wedding a happy vibe.
An orange-themed wedding is vibrant and youthful and would be great for a beach wedding, a sunset cruise, or other summer events. Orange flowers are plentiful, and you may choose from stems like roses, tulips, and dahlias, and you and your florist may even decide to add some kumquats to your bouquet.
We know some brides will be unhappy with all of the bright colors gracing the weddings of 2021, but fear not— neutrals are ultra-trendy, too!
Choose from taupe, nude, gray, ivory, buff, beige, and cream to decorate, dress and design your wedding.
These colors pair with anything and will suit virtually any venue, so if you have an elegant ballroom reception, neutrals can enhance the sophistication of your event. On the other hand, neutrals are eye catching in an outdoor setting as well.
Suit your wedding party in neutral shades, and use neutrals in your decor and floral arrangements to keep with the monochromatic look.
Throwback to the ’90s Wedding Palette
While not necessarily one color, we couldn’t resist including the fun and unique wedding palette of the 1990s.
Fashion trends seem to come full circle, and we are seeing a similar cycle when it comes to weddings. A nod to the 1990s wild and exciting wedding colors is being featured in the most fashion-forward weddings of the year. Think of colors like fuchsia, teal, purple, royal blue, cherry red, and yellow.
The fun part is that most people will not have seen a wedding palette quite like this, and it is the perfect way to break free from boredom and the expected.
This trend is not about monochrome—use a few colors to create a fun palette reminiscent of that decade. You might be thinking it is a bit flashy for a wedding, but consider a fun neon sign with your new name adorning your wedding venue. Or, perhaps you would rather decorate with an array of flowers in bright colors.
As for bridesmaids’ attire, a neutral dress with a pop of bright color is great if you want to keep things on the subtler side. However, bridesmaid gowns in shocking colors will be unexpected and lively!
These colors can be used in any season and venue but fit perfectly at a wedding in a chic restaurant, event space, or hotel.
Your Wedding Day
When you decide on a wedding theme, it can help to draw inspiration from other places, like your wedding gown.
As the bride, your wedding colors should enhance your bridal gown rather than detract from it. For instance, if your wedding gown style is simple and chic, try using greens to create lush and lavish floral arrangements and decor. A fun and playful wedding gown calls for your choice of bright color trends.