After the excitement of your engagement has worn off and you’ve set a wedding date, one of the next big decisions most couples make is their wedding colors. These colors set the stage for much of the rest of the wedding planning, from the invitations to the bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen outfits to the décor and more.
Indeed, choosing the right colors is a big decision and one that becomes more difficult to change as your big day nears. Looking for inspiration for your upcoming nuptials? Here are a few of the top summer wedding palettes for 2021, as well as some tips for utilizing your colors of choice.
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One surprising color scheme that’s making its way in 2021’s wedding tones is throwback hues from the 1980s and 90s. In fact, one of Pantone’s colors of the year is a bright, punchy yellow called “Illuminating.” Bright pops of surprise neon colors are a great way to make your wedding day vibrant.
If you want to keep your colors classy and prevent them from becoming overwhelming, then select a few bright pieces to act as accents and keep the rest of your tones neutral.
On the opposite end of the spectrum from those bright tones are light neutrals. White, cream, and shades of tan are a particularly popular choice for modern and minimalist weddings. Used on their own, or as a backdrop for accent colors, these are a great way to create a cohesive, understated look for your big day.
Lilac and Lavender Pastels
Just a few decades ago, purple was one of the go-to colors for bridesmaids’ dresses. Often adorning frilly, ruffled floor-length dresses — and even hats — this color has faded out of fashion for years now. But it’s making a comeback in a big way.
Dubbed “millennial purple,” this soft cross between lilac and lavender is popular in home décor and is making its way into weddings as well. It’s also perfect for a summer or spring wedding, as it adds a soft, romantic touch.
Terra Cotta Orange
One color that falls somewhere between muted neutrals and bright tones is terra cotta orange. This contemporary hue is both earthy and vibrant, making it a great choice for couples that want a modern, yet timeless color for their wedding day. From bridesmaid’s dresses to table settings, this color can be used abundantly alongside neutral colors to add some brightness to your wedding day without being too overwhelming like brighter colors tend to be.
Utilizing Your Wedding Colors
Your wedding colors set the tone for your big day. Dark, moody colors can be used to create a dramatic effect, while lighter, soft colors are ideal for a dreamy, romantic affair. Once you’ve decided on your wedding hues, give your family and friends a sneak peek by using them as the focal point of your custom wedding website.
Choosing a website, save-the-date cards, and invitations that all feature your wedding colors and style is a great way to begin creating a cohesive, polished theme for your big day.
Picking the Perfect Palette
Whether you’re hosting a lavish ceremony and reception or opting for a more intimate affair, your wedding colors will no doubt play a big role on your big day.
Taking the time to consider the style of your wedding, as well as what popular trends you like, can help you pick a color scheme you’ll love and of which dreams are made.