Choosing My Wedding Colors

Choosing your wedding colors - palette ideas

So next on the to-do list for this month was choosing wedding colors! I’m a girl that loves colors so picking just a palette seemed a little impossible. But it turned out not to be too hard at all!  Me and my fiancee were able to figure out the the wedding color palette we wanted within a couple days.

Follow along with me as a plan my wedding in
my wedding series here!

So to narrow down the choices, we had to take a few things into consideration. A few of the questions we asked ourselves were:

  1. Where is the ceremony and the reception held?
  2. What colors that complement the setting? Considering carpets, lighting, curtains, décor, etc.
  3. What time of year is the wedding? Seasons definitely influence a color scheme.
  4. What kind of mood did we want to create? Romantic, classic, contemporary, etc.
  5. How does the color palette look in terms of attire and decor?

Location & Setting

For our Vancouver wedding, our ceremony/reception was being held in a Victorian style mansion, and for our Toronto wedding it was being held in industrial building turned charming restaurant. Both our locations have a vintage feel with outdoor areas, predominately in fairly neutral colors. So we were pretty free to play with colors. The only area we were a little worried about was the ballroom in Vancouver, the walls were a pale yellow. So we just had to keep that in mind while we narrowed down our color choices. The decor for both locations were pretty neutral as well, so we were lucky to pretty good range of colors to choose from.


Since our wedding will be held in the summer, we were looking towards lighter, fresher colors. At one point I had my heart set on navy blue, but it felt too dark for an August garden wedding. While it’s not a rule that’s totally set in stone, more often than not darker hues tend to work best in the Fall and Winter, whereas the softer shades work best for Spring and Summer.


The mood of the wedding is somewhat also dependent on the location and season. Vibrant colors tend to evoke a sense of drama whereas softer colors create more of a romantic feel.  We knew wanted to go for a romantic, yet timeless mood.

Attire and Decor

Don’t forget that your wedding party needs to actually wear the colors you choose. Not all colors are flattering on everyone, so keep them in mind too. Also, some colors look pretty in swatches, but once a whole room is decorated, it may not have the same effect!

This was a great infographic I found as a helpful guideline for choosing wedding colors:

Choosing Wedding ColorsInfographic from HomeAway

After taking all this into consideration, we head to Pinterest to get inspired and to pick a few of our favorite palettes. These are a few of our runners up:

Choosing wedding colors - Wedding colors inspiration - lavender and mossy green

Choosing wedding colors - Inspiration blush and gold

Choosing wedding colors & Wedding colors inspiration - greyChoosing wedding colors & Wedding colors inspiration - grey & peach

Choosing wedding colors & wedding color inspiration - pastel palette

And the winning choice for our wedding color palette is….

Choosing wedding colors and inspiration - peach and grey

A palette of peach and grey tones met all our requirements. It’s romantic and pretty, without being overly girly. It matched the vintage look of both our venues, was perfect for our mid-summer wedding, and help set the right mood for a romantic, yet classic look.

At the end of the day, when it comes to choosing colors don’t forget to keep the big picture in mind. Location, setting, season, mood and decor are all things that are you should take into consideration, but I think it’s most important to choose colors that you both love, after all it’s your wedding!

And don’t forget to check out more posts from my
wedding series here!

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  • Hanh
    October 6, 2014

    Choosing a colour theme really sets the tone of the wedding, peach and grey together look really soft and pretty! We’ve chosen blush and navy for ours , I can’t resist a guy in a navy suit 😉

    Hanh x | hanhabelle

    • Eileen
      October 6, 2014

      It sounds beautiful! Navy suits do have a certain charm to them!


  • Robyn
    November 14, 2014

    Love the palette you chose! SO beautiful <3

  • House of Faucis
    November 14, 2014

    A Sea of Lavender is beautiful! We chose ‘ugly’ colors.. Such a hard choice to make.

    • Eileen
      November 14, 2014

      I’m starting to think we chose ‘ugly’ colors too. lol Now that I see the colors in real life, it’s pretty different from the perfectly lit photography images!


  • RattlesandHeels
    November 14, 2014

    I’m really loving this palette. The color and textures are gorgeous and warm.

    • Eileen
      November 15, 2014

      Aw thanks! I think it would be perfect for summer.

  • Motivating Mommy
    November 15, 2014

    All of these pictures make me want to get married and I don’t even have a boyfriend. I love the pictures of the cake.

    • Eileen
      November 15, 2014

      Thanks dear! Cakes are one of my fave parts of weddings 🙂

  • Suzanne Rudge (MapleMouseMama)
    November 16, 2014

    I agree that choosing your colours is a fun part of the whole wedding planning process. I had a dark hunter green and yellow for my wedding 16 years ago and still love the contrast!

    • Eileen
      November 18, 2014

      Thanks Suzanne! Those sounds like beautiful colors!

  • Peggy und Chris
    August 18, 2020

    Really great to read for choosing the right complementary wedding colors. But as explained also the mood, the location and the season is important for choosing good looking colors.

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