Color Schemes and Themes

One of the most important details you decide on is the color scheme or theme; it plays a role in almost every corner of the planning. You need to make sure that it is something you love, because it will incorporated into what your bridesmaids and groomsmen wear, your bouquet/boutonniere, the decorations of your venue, the tables at your reception, and the invitations you send to your family and friends. So it is crucial that you don’t let an employee at a store or a friend choose it for you. Sit down with your loved one and look at different color pallets until you find that perfect scheme or theme.

Color Schemes

There are many ways to approach color schemes. You can look through paint swatches in stores, choose colors of meaning to your relationship, match it to something you already have and want to use in the wedding, or Google wedding color schemes.

Paint SwatchesPaint Swatches: This is a fun way to get ideas. Go to any local store and browse the paint swatches. It is a good way to get to know what your loved one likes. A major benefit to this is that you can physically hold colors next to each other to see what you think. They also have brochures to help coordinate colors.

Meaning: This can be anything! For example, my love Love Together Forevergave me a bouquet of flowers to celebrate the first year of our dating relationship. It contained red and crème roses along with a white tulip. He had researched the meaning of flowers and got as close as he could to what he found. A red rose symbolizes love, a red rose with a white rose represents unity, and a cream tulip means “I will love you forever.” This can be modified to work with any tangible item or choose a flower to be the star of your theme based on its meaning.

Match itMatch it: Let’s say you have decided to hold your wedding in a church with dark red pews or wear an heirloom with a large turquoise stone. These can be used to pull your wedding color scheme from. Pairing these colors with complements, neutrals, or simply using the pallet they’re from are all ways to develop a simple item into a beautiful wedding.

Google: This is an easy one; get on your computer and do a Google search to give your ideas. Also, this is method can be used as just a starting point.


Some couples choose to abide by a theme. This doesn’t have to be like a prom; there are sophisticated options for weddings. Pulling a common interest and adapting to a venue are easy ways to come up with themes that fit you on your special day.

Common Interest: Common interests bring people together every day; why not feature yours at your wedding?

  • Entertainment—Entertainment can encompass a wide variety of things. Some couples may have a common interest for reading books, watching movies, going on picnics, or painting. These can be used to bring some personality to your wedding as well as stand as conversation starters among family and friends.
  • Sports—Decorating your wedding with bats, shin guards, footballs, or basketballs can show off your shared love of sports. It would also be fun for your guests! Also, displaying pictures of the two of you together or with your family and friends is an easy, inexpensive way to decorate and entertain.S2
  • Foods—Sometimes a shared love of food can bring people together. For a couple that loves Chinese they could use fortune cookies, takeout containers, and Chinese letters in inventive ways.
  • Field of Study—For a Field of Studycouple who work within the same field, classic icons of their profession can be incorporated into the planning. An example would be a doctor and nurse getting married. They could primarily feature the colors red and white. Also, their reception could include a dessert bar with theme provoked foods.

Adapt to Venue: Playing off your venue is an easy way to follow a theme. If you are planning a simple church wedding this may not be the best option for you. However, the more nontraditional settings allow for easily derived theme options.

  • Beach Wedding—When planning a beach wedding there are many themes that become appropriate. For example, you could choose a nautical theme, sunset on the beach theme, ocean wildlife theme, or the typical beach theme.Nautical Theme
  • Wedding in a Barn—Barn weddings offer a completely different set of possibilities. The typical country theme is most common, but others like southern, rustic antique, and down ‘n dirty are fitting.Southern Theme

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