4 Hot Wedding Color Combos for Summer

  1. Papaya & Olive

    Photo by Rebecca Davidson Wedding Photography

    Stationery: This color combo works particularly well for a beach wedding. Invite your guests to celebrate with you beneath the palm trees with invitations that feature an olive palm motif. Find a wedding stationer to create this for you.

    Wedding Party Attire: Dress your maids in juicy couture. We love Melissa Sweet's tea-length bridesmaid dress with a scoop neck. Give your groomsmen papaya-colored ties to wear with khaki suits.

    Tablescape: Go tropical. Think birds-of-paradise, green cymbidium orchids, hyacinths, or tulips in low vases. Cover tables in crisp white linens and use khaki-colored chargers and olive green napkins for the place settings.

    Sweet Extra: Summery cocktails will get everyone in a festive mood. Ask your caterer to concoct something with papaya juice. Include a personalized olive green swizzle stick to complete the color combo.

  2. Red & Pool

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    Stationery: These two colors are the perfect pair for a cool dose of summer wedding style. Begin with a graphic motif for your invitations, such as a red dahlia, and use it for all your stationery.

    Wedding Party Attire: To prevent this color combo from looking too much like the Fourth of July, think "retro". Dress your maids in pool blue, tea-length dresses and accessorize with coral red necklaces and shoes.

    Tablescape: Bring your stationery motif to life with centerpieces of red dahlias in opaque white vases. Adorn each place setting with an aqua blue glass charger, a square-folded white napkin, and dahlia bloom.

    Sweet Extra: Mix and match retro blue candies, like Duble Bubble gumballs and rock candy, with red ones, such as Red Hots and Cherryheads, at your candy bar.
  3. Fuchsia & Navy

    Photo by Kathy Blanchard Photography
    Stationery: This preppy color combo practically begs for a nautical theme. Accent the bottom half of your invitations with thick navy stripes teamed with pink pinstripes. For the escort cards, cut them into the shape of white flags, add navy calligraphy, and hang them from nautical rope by the reception entrance.

    Wedding Party Attire: Fuchsia silk shantung bridesmaid dresses will do the trick. Tie each with a navy taffeta sash (check out Siri's new bridesmaid line). Add a little contrast with pale pink peonies and orchid bouquets. Dress the guys in pink-and-navy-striped ties to match the ladies.

    Tablescape: It's all about the chair covers here: Think white and navy blue stripes. Dress your tables in navy linens and top with sleek, white, square chargers. Fill silver-footed bowls with bright pink peonies, ranunculus, and garden roses.

    Sweet Extra: This color combo lends itself to a creative cake design. Have fun with it by alternating a different pattern on each tier, such as stripes, polka dots, and argyle. See more summer wedding cake ideas.
  4. Mustard, Black, and White

    Photo by David Prince
    Stationery: This color combo is great for a formal summer wedding because you have the classic elegance of black and white with a playful shade of yellow. For stationery, start with lemon and black framed invitations by Kate Spade for Crane & Co.

    Wedding Party Attire: It may be hard to find all three of these colors in one bridesmaid dress, but there's an easy way to get around this. Find a summery, stylish, black-and-white print and give your maids bright yellow ranunculus to carry down the aisle.

    Tablescape: The key to this color combo is contrast. Sleek black wine goblets and black-and-white china will look striking on a long table with centerpieces featuring branches of yellow oncidium orchids in tall glass vases.

    Sweet Extra: Lemon drop martinis are an easy way to infuse color into the cocktail hour. Pull in the black and white with a chic serving tray or black cocktail napkins with your monogram in white print.

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