16 Winter Wedding Colors and How to Use Them for the Season

Winter color inspo from festive to formal (and everything in between).
Samantha Iacia - The Knot wedding style expert
Samantha Iacia
  • Samantha writes articles for The Knot Worldwide, with a speciality in wedding decor, trends, and fashion
  • Prior to The Knot Worldwide, Samantha was a features and weddings contributor for The Baltimore Sun
  • She is based in Washington, D.C. and holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism
Updated Jan 09, 2024

'Tis the season to be married. If you're hosting a wedding in December, January or February, you might be wondering where to start when choosing your winter wedding colors. While it's true that red and green are an obvious choice, there are so many more wedding colors for winter, including several options you might not have even thought to consider. Once you've settled on a date, venue and color palette for your wedding day, you can move on to all of the other details, like wedding invitations, attire and wedding flowers. Here are some of our top winter wedding color schemes to kickstart your planning.

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What Colors Are Good for a Winter Wedding?

Typically, wedding colors for winter are richer and darker compared to color palettes in other seasons. Jewel tones (like navy blue, ruby red, emerald green and purple) are always a popular choice, as are metallic colors, like silver and gold. Warm pastels, like mauve and sage green, can create an earthy, cozy atmosphere for an indoor winter wedding. Use a silver and white winter wedding color palette to reflect snowy weather, or draw inspiration for your winter wedding palette from one of the season's many holidays, such as Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year's Eve and Valentine's Day.

Do You Have to Use Winter Wedding Color Schemes for a Winter Wedding?

Since it's your wedding, there's no right or wrong answer—most importantly, you should use the colors you love the most. But keep in mind that opting for color schemes predominantly associated with other seasons, like the vibrant yellows, oranges and pinks typically found at summer weddings, might require a little more work to pull off during the winter. Before making your decision, take all of the potential elements into consideration, such as which wedding flowers are in-season during the winter, the type of attire you'll need for a wintry climate and what your wedding venue looks like (since most winter weddings take place indoors). In many cases, it's easier to choose colors that are naturally found during the time of year that you're marrying for the most cohesive look.

Winter Wedding Colors

Choosing the right colors for a winter wedding will set the tone for the whole event. Check out these editor-approved pairings for any winter wedding style or aesthetic.

1. Brown and Rust Wedding Colors

White on white isn't the only way to embrace a neutral wedding palette. Warm neutral hues, like taupe, chocolate brown and hints of terracotta or rust orange will bring a sense of coziness to a winter wedding—not to mention that they'll pair seamlessly with seasonal details, like greenery, pinecones and faux fur accents.

2. Navy Blue and Gold Wedding Colors

Looking for blue winter wedding colors? This luxe, classic duo will do the trick. Complement sparkling yellow gold tones with a deep, wintry color like navy blue, inspired by long winter nights. For a contemporary take on this glam pairing, opt for rose gold instead.

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3. Blush and White Wedding Colors

Blush is often associated with airy spring wedding color palettes, but it's totally doable for your winter wedding too. If you feel the need to winterize it, add a deeper pink tone like mauve or raspberry as an accent color.

4. Silver and Gold Wedding Colors

Can you think of a more festive winter wedding color palette? Metallic silver and gold tones will bring a magical, shimmering effect to your decor and tablescapes, from the chargers and flatware to centerpiece vessels, candlesticks and more. When you add glitter and sequins, this combo is perfect for a New Year's Eve wedding.

5. Copper, Mauve and Black Wedding Colors

One easy way to winterize lighter hues? Add black into your color palette. Make your big day feel extra cozy by incorporating velvet fabric into your decor and wedding table settings, like this copper-colored napkin.

6. Jewel Tone Wedding Colors

While jewel tones can be quite vibrant, the deeper shades, like emerald green, amethyst, ruby and sapphire blue, feel seasonally appropriate for a winter wedding. Bonus: Jewel tones are also great fall wedding colors if you're getting married on the cusp of the season.

7. Emerald and Bronze Wedding Colors

Make your nuptials merry and bright. Accent deep, emerald green with glowing bronze for a moody, festive winter wedding color palette. Round out the wedding theme with matching emerald bridesmaid dresses, groomsmen jackets, lush eucalyptus and candlelit tables.

8. Plum, Peacock and Gold Wedding Colors

Purple is a popular wedding color for any time of the year, but we love this specific combo for January wedding colors. Start with a luxe purple, like amethyst, eggplant or plum, then pair with splashes of gold or brass accents and peackock blue.

9. Slate Gray, Silver and Sage Green Wedding Colors

Keep things cool with this chic winter wedding color palette. A slate gray and sage green combo bridges the gap between fresh and festive. If you prefer blue over green, swap it out for muted shades of blue instead, such as dusty blue or French blue.

10. Earthy Neutral Wedding Colors

Take a chic, understated approach with your winter wedding colors by choosing an earthy palette of tan, ivory and black. This contemporary combo is an unexpected choice if you're looking for something other than red and green tones—plus, you can make it as formal or as casual as you like by switching up the decor.

11. Maroon and Dark Teal Wedding Colors

Make the quintessential red and green Christmas wedding colors slightly darker and moodier by opting for burgundy or maroon and forest green instead.

12. Black and White Wedding Colors

If you're hosting a formal affair, timeless black and white is the perfect color combination for you. Not only will this elegant color palette stand the test of time, it will help keep your wedding decor decisions to a minimum, since the overall goal is to achieve a classic, sophisticated look.

13. Red and Green Wedding Colors

Red and green for winter? Groundbreaking—but we couldn't create a list of winter wedding combos without mentioning the season's most famous palette. These classic December wedding colors will get everyone in the holiday spirit if you're planning a Christmas wedding, but with such a strong color scheme, you'll need to be strategic with your decor. Since red and green automatically evoke a Christmas vibe, you can skip out on using actual holiday decor, like Santa Claus or reindeer motifs. Bring the colors into your decor through other wintry details, such as floral arrangements, plaid linens and birch tree accents.

14. Beige, Caramel and Rose Wedding Colors

Pastels in the winter? It can be done. Lean into the bright white of a snow-covered landscape and use it as the backdrop for your winter wedding palette. Then add muted pastels like beige, rosy pink and hints of gold to add richness and dimension.

15. Neon Wedding Colors

Draw inspiration from icicles and the northern lights for a dreamy winter wonderland color palette. Adding neon tube lights will give the space a fun, ethereal glow your guests will love (not to mention how cool it looks in photos).

16. Pink and Red Wedding Colors

The winter months don't end in December. Choose a romantic pink and red palette as your February wedding colors if you're getting married around Valentine's Day.

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