15 Wedding Color Combos You've Never Seen

Try one of these fresh wedding color combinations for a style that's all your own.

By Andrea Fowler

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Looking to make your wedding stand out? Start with a unique color palette. Draw inspiration from the big details, like the venue and season, then think about the mood you're trying to set. Do you want playful and fun (bright and vibrant hues)? Or lavish and intimate (moody jewel tones and luxe textures)? Keep in mind that your color combo will inform other design elements down the road, like bridesmaid dresses and flowers. See our favorite unexpected wedding color combinations below. And don't forget to take our Style Quiz to discover your dream wedding vision—from the perfect color palette to your day-of timeline—and find the right vendors to bring it to life.

1. Magenta + Poppy + Yellow

Photo by Clockwise from top left: Lux Events And Design; D. Park Photography; Mel Barlow & Co.; Photography DuJour

Good for: Alfresco summer weddings

Tips for pulling it off: With such a vibrant color scheme, try to dress the rest of your reception in neutrals. Plain tablecloths work, or go sans tablecloths and let the natural wood show through. For the finale, turn your wedding cake into a showstopping display of lush blooms.

2. Emerald + Cream + Gold

Photo by Clockwise from top left: Eli Turner Studios; Loreto Caceres Photography; Melanie Duerkopp; Abby Jiu Photography

Good for: Boho-glam weddings

Tips for pulling it off: Let your space inspire the décor aesthetic. For an industrial venue, outfit your tables in a chic blanket of cream tablecloths and sequined runners. For a ballroom, arrange garlands of greenery and white florals for an elegant, romantic feel.

3. Purple + Burgundy + Orange

Photo by Clockwise from top left: Jesse Leake Photographer; Anna Delores Photography; Anna Delores Photography; Stephanie N. Baker Photography

Good for: Vineyard wedding themes

Tips for pulling it off: Vineyards have an old-world charm to them, and when decorated with deep, moody details, they're even more romantic and intimate. Place stems in individual bud vases and hang floral arrangements overhead to really complete the look.

4. Tangerine + Orange + Yellow

Photo by Clockwise from top left: Jenn Hopkins Photography; Tess Pace Photography; Laura Goldenberger Photography; Gabriel Ryan Photographers

Good for: Modern summer wedding themes

Tips for pulling it off: Let the flowers do most of the talking with this palette by incorporating white backdrops, accent mirrors and simple table settings so your guests aren't overwhelmed by color.

5. Black + Pale Green + White

Photo by Clockwise from top left: Luminaire Images Photography; Lennon Photo; Gonzalo Nunez; Off Beet Photography

Good for: Formal spring wedding themes

Tips for pulling it off: Keep your wedding colors from looking too stark by mixing cream or ecru white hues into the mix, and pull some greenery inspiration from the dusty, natural green shades of succulents.

6. Navy + Yellow + Blue

Photo by Clockwise from top left: Mary Wyar Photography; Photography by Mallory; Sebastian Photography Studio; Mike Reed Photo

Good for: Country summer wedding themes

Tips for pulling it off: Personalized details such as a custom invitation design, monograms and unique accessories (read: that adorable navy-and-yellow-striped bow tie!) bring this preppy wedding color combo down to earth and give it a sophisticated vibe.

7. Cinnamon + Yellow + Beige

Photo by Clockwise from top left: Graddy Photography; Heather Waraksa; Abby Jiu Photography; Abby Jiu Photography; Lori Gail Photography

Good for: Elegant autumn wedding themes

Tips for pulling it off: The regal Spanish vibe that comes with this color combo is accentuated by traditional wedding elements, like a tall, tiered cake and classic place settings, complete with chargers, place cards and gold-rimmed glassware.

8. Chartreuse + Powder Blue + Cornflower Blue

Photo by Clockwise from top left: Shannon Michele Photography; La Vie Photography; Shannon Michele Photography; L Photographie

Good for: Spring garden wedding themes

Tips for pulling it off: Height is everything here. Whimsical chandeliers, tall drapery and expertly placed courtyard-esque trees elevate this color combination to a royal high tea soiree.

9. Merlot + Peach + Sage

Photo by Clockwise from top left: Caroline Ghetes Photography; Elizabeth Anne Photography; Betsy Blue Photography; VUE Photography

Good for: Rustic late-summer wedding themes

Tips for pulling it off: This theme is all about being down to earth and shabby chic. Try to work as much natural wood into your décor as possible, then balance out the natural surroundings with some dramatic elements like chandeliers or a luxe lounge space.

10. Gold + Peach + Green

Photo by Clockwise from top left: Two One Photography; Mae Small Photography; Tara Liebeck Photography; Connection Photography

Good for: Outdoor summer wedding themes

Tips for pulling it off: Letting Mother Nature's greenery surround this color palette is the best way to go—an open-air venue or even a clear tented reception space feels enclosed and private but still connected to the outdoors.

11. Navy + Eggplant + Gold

Photo by Clockwise from top left: Carla Ten Eyck Photography; Jasmine Star Photography; T & S Hughes Photography; Kristen Weaver Photography; One Love Photography

Good for: Art-deco fall wedding themes

Tips for pulling it off: Transform your venue into a Gatsby-esque space filled with live music and bubbly champagne. Mix a few different metallic hues into the mix, like a brassy copper, for that old-world charm. If the budget (and venue) allows, finish the night off with something epic, like a glitter drop or low-key fireworks display.

12. Poppy + Celadon + White

Photo by Clockwise from top left: Meg Matyia Photographer; Suzanne Rothmeyer Photography; The Nichols; Michelle March Photography

Good for: Destination or beach wedding themes

Tips for pulling it off: This isn't your typical waterside wedding color palette that leans toward seafaring blues, but it's perfect if you're looking for something outside the box. Caledon and white are soft neutrals that pair beautifully with sandy surroundings, while poppy is a stand-out accent color that complements the ocean's blue waters.

13. Sage + Gold + Ivory

Photo by Clockwise from top left: Our Labor of Love; Micah J Photography; Vitaly M Photography; Vitaly M Photography; Jose Villa

Good for: Year-round indoor or outdoor wedding themes

Tips for pulling it off: With such a versatile color combo, lean on your venue and seasonal weather to inspire the décor. Be wary of trying to pull off this soft color combo in a venue that's decked out in dark colors (think: carpet and wallpaper), or you may end up spending more than originally planned.

14. Aqua + Cherry Red + Khaki

Photo by Clockwise from top left: Mademoiselle Fiona Photography; Jenny Haas Photography; Mademoiselle Fiona Photography; Mademoiselle Fiona Photography; Sarah Pudlo & Co. Photography; Mademoiselle Fiona Photography

Good for: Retro-inspired wedding themes

Tips for pulling it off: Don't take this look too seriously—it's meant to be preppy and fun. Mix in cheeky signage, add low centerpieces in antique jars and incorporate a pattern into the scheme, such as stripes or chevron.

15. Yellow + Gray + Silver

Photo by Clockwise from top left: Kimberly Salem Photography; Mandy Paige Photography; Brittany & Devin Photo Co.; Cass Imaging; L Photographie; Ely Brothers Photography

Good for: Modern fall wedding themes

Tips for pulling it off: Pair with clean lines, graphic prints and sleek details to keep the look contemporary. For an industrial space, opt for concrete-textured gray accents. For something more glamorous, set your table with silver mercury glass votives.


Next steps? Create a free, personalized wedding website to keep your guests informed (and excited!) about your plans, and a time-saving Guest List Manager to organize your attendees. Even better? You can sync your Guest List Manager and wedding website to update everything at once.  

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