These Are the Most Popular Wedding Colors Right Now

A new hue took the top spot this year.
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Kim Forrest
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Kim Forrest
Senior Editor
  • Kim writes and edits articles for The Knot Worldwide, with a speciality in etiquette and planning advice
  • Kim manages freelance writers for The Knot Worldwide
  • Prior to The Knot Worldwide, Kim was Associate Bridal Editor at Washingtonian magazine and Associate Fashion Editor at Conde Nast’s Brides Local magazines
Updated Feb 16, 2022

What's a party without a pop of color? Over 80% of couples who married last year incorporated a specific color scheme into their celebration, according to The Knot 2021 Real Weddings Study. And if you're wondering what the most popular wedding colors were last year, we have the answers.

Whether you read through the list to get inspired or you want to see where your chosen hue stacks up, we break down the specific colors couples most selected in the last year. Read on to see exactly which wedding color combos and palettes were favored by married couples in 2021. As you look back on the popular colors from last year, don't forget to consult our wedding color trends guide. It has expert predictions on which hues will be popular in 2021 (plus advice on how to use them IRL). Once you choose your shade, tap your wedding planner to help bring your colorful vision to life. (If you're still looking for a wedding planner to help you pull everything together, start your search on The Knot Marketplace.) Whatever wedding color ideas you decide to use, make it authentic to you. It's your day, after all!

The Most Popular Wedding Colors in 2021

Here are the wedding colors couples loved this past year.

#1 Gold

Move over blue, there's a new color champ in town. According to our study, 36% of couples incorporated gold into their wedding-day color scheme, putting it in the top spot for 2021. Dark blue had been the number-one hue for the past several years, so this is a big win for the trendy metallic.

It should come as no shock, however, that gold reigned supreme in 2021. Many couples had to reimagine their original wedding plans due to the coronavirus pandemic, which is likely why so many chose this versatile, timeless color. For couples who postponed their wedding from 2020 to 2021 and perhaps from one season to another, gold looks gorgeous at any time of year—particularly fall weddings, which were particularly popular in 2021. And, with the flower shortage forcing couples to be more flexible with their arrangements, gold pairs well with blooms of any color combination. Plus, using gold as an accent color adds a touch of elegance to any event.

#2 White

The minimalist look is hot right now, so it's no surprise that white is the second most popular wedding color of 2021, with 34% of couples choose this non-color color. Like gold, white pairs well with others, but it doesn't have to be boring when used on its own. White can be used with any season or wedding style by incorporating different textures in your event's decor.

#3 Ivory/Champagne

Ivory and champagne came in third place—33% of couples incorporated these hues into their big day. These versatile neutrals fit anywhere: from a glam winter wonderland celebration to a boho beach wedding. They're light and bright like white, but a little softer and more romantic—making them easy to use for couples everywhere.

#4 Dark Blue

Yes, it's true—dark blue, which took the top spot in 2020, fell to fourth place in 2021. According to our study, 32% of couples who exchanged vows in 2021 opted for this classic shade. We love navy blue because it's a neutral shade (read: it plays well with any season or style), but it's a little more unique than black or white.

Psst: this is good news for couples who were inspired by Bridgerton's blue-themed ball. While many couples opt for a combination of complementary colors, monochromatic weddings could be of interest this year due to the hit Netflix series. To get the look, use navy blue and its various tones for a sleek, modern event.

#5 Light Pink

Light pink (also known as blush) has remained a top choice for couples over the years, and came in fifth place in 2021, with 30% of couples choosing this hue. This pretty pastel is a lovely selection for an ultra-romantic event. Pink wedding flowers, including roses, peonies and more, pair particularly well with greenery, like eucalyptus, for a lush look. And while blush pink is typically thought of as a spring wedding color, we've seen it used to gorgeous effect at fall, summer and even winter weddings.

Other Popular Wedding Colors

Burgundy, green and light blue followed in terms of popularity, respectively. The least popular wedding color in 2021 was bronze, according to our data. Just 3% of couples reported using this unique color for their nuptials.

The Most Popular Wedding Colors in 2020

See how last year's colors stack up against 2021's, below.

#1: Dark Blue

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The most popular individual wedding color in 2020 was dark blue. According to our study, 37% of couples who exchanged vows in 2020 chose deep blue for their day-of style. From navy or dusty blue bridesmaid dresses and royal blue suits, this flattering color was a great addition to any wedding theme or aesthetic. Couples can incorporate this crowd-pleasing favorite into their decor by showcasing items like vibrant blue linens and indigo blue hydrangeas at the reception. It also allows couples to play up creative "something blue" ideas.

#2: Ivory/Champagne

Ivory and champagne took second place in 2020, with 31% of couples choosing these hues. Ivory/champagne has long remained a popular choice among to-be-weds, as the neutral tones are versatile, stylish and easy to coordinate (read: no time spent agonizing over clashing colors).

#3: Gold and White

Gold and white tied for the third spot in 2020, with 33% of couples selecting these colors for their wedding decor. These colors make gorgeous additions to pretty much any wedding color scheme—add a glam touch with metallic gold, or a more minimalist and modern vibe with white.

Other Popular Wedding Colors

Burgundy, a popular fall wedding color, came in fourth place in 2020—30% of couples selected this jewel tone. In fifth place was light pink, with 26% of couples opting for this pretty pastel. Dark emerald green and gray tied for sixth place on the list, with 18% of couples choosing these versatile shades.

Remember: Your wedding is your day, so you should pick the colors that make you happy. If you absolutely love brown or red, incorporate these rustic hues into your wedding color palette. As an added bonus, it will make your wedding extra unique, as fewer couples are selecting these hues. Finally, if you're ready to find your wedding colors and style, take our style quiz to help you narrow down your favorites. Then, chat with local wedding pros to help you bring your colorful wedding vision to life.

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