The 5 Best Ways to Use Color

Jove Meyer of Jove Meyer Events knows how to infuse a wedding with color—whether it's a total explosion or just a hint of your favorite hue.
by Lauren Kay
photo by Levi Stovelove

One of the most important tasks of planning your wedding and figuring out your vision is choosing a color palette. Colors can set the tone for your day—think bright jewel tones for an island soiree or black and white for a classic affair. And your palette doesn't need to be narrowed down to just two hues either. Pick two or three base ones and add several accent shades to brighten up your wedding. Not sure how to incorporate color into your day? Jove Meyer of Jove Meyer Events is here to help. Read his tips below. 

1. Wardrobe

Bridesmaids in red dresses
photo by Amber Gress Photography

Wedding dresses don’t have to be white. Consider a pale pink gown for a subtle splash. Add a pop in your shoes or accessories, or have your wedding party wear dresses in a pretty shade. Guys can sport accents like a pocket square, bow tie or patterned socks in fun colors.

2. Flowers

Valentines Day Tablesetting
photo by Justine Bursoni

This is the obvious choice, but it doesn’t have to be an all or nothing situation. Try a pop in a neutral arrangement or go all out by color blocking your flowers by room: ceremony flowers one hue, cocktail hour another, and then the main dining room arrangements can be a mix of all shades.

3. Paper

Colorful Plac ecard
photo by Levi Stovelove

A standout envelope liner is a nice pop upon opening, but a bright reply card envelope makes a statement (and serves as a bold reminder to RSVP). On your wedding day, opt for tinted programs or menus. If you don’t want to go too crazy, try a watercolor motif or edge your stationery in a bright tone.

4. Food

Colorful Food
photo by Amber Gress

Your white rental china is the perfect canvas for a colorful meal. Ask your caterer about seasonal options that will jazz up the plate. An heirloom tomato salad will add bright reds and yellows to the mix. Serving foods in the right way gives color to the wedding and conversation to the dinner table.

5. Table Settings

  1. Colorful Table Setting

Your table is prime real estate for color. Choose a paper place mat, which can double as an escort card, and as plates and flatware are removed, more hues become visible. Have tinted glassware or swap white taper candles for a more vibrant choice (just go scentless). 

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