How to Choose a Color Palette for Your Elopement or Micro Wedding

December 23, 2021

Have you given any thought to your wedding color palette? This combination of colors will find its way into your floral pieces, wedding attire, stationery and even reception details. When defining a color palette for your elopement or micro wedding, there are a few factors that you’ll want to consider from the location of your wedding to the season you’re getting married.

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Before deciding on your final color palette, you should do some research. While there are certain trends that may be dominating the wedding industry, that doesn’t mean that you have to pick a trending color combination. Likewise, you’ll want to make sure that the colors you’re considering are easily found during the time of year that you’re getting married – especially when it comes to floral arrangements and attire.

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Planning for the Season

Your color palette should highlight popular colors of the season and complement the landscape or decor of your wedding location. Here’s a few of the most popular colors by season to consider.

Fall Colors: Charcoal Grey, Hunter Green, Chocolate Brown, Orange, Golden Yellow, Maroon, Navy Blue, Beige, Terracotta

Winter Colors: Black, Gold, Silver, Emerald Green, Taupe, Burgundy, Ivory, Sapphire Blue, Plum

Spring Colors: Dusty Rose, Sage, Icy Blue, Lilac, Coral, Mint, Turquoise, Blush Pink

Summer Colors: Pale Pink, Dove Grey, Shamrock Green, Cobalt Blue, Tangerine, Gold, Dandelion Yellow

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Think About Your Venue

Are you planning an outdoor adventure elopement? Or an intimate micro wedding on a hotel rooftop? You’ll want to make sure that the colors you select blend into the surroundings or existing decor. That way, there won’t be clashing backdrops for your wedding photos and you can take advantage of existing areas when planning out all of the smaller details. If you’re planning for an outdoor wedding, stick to earthly tones or truly bold palettes. If you’re looking at an ornate indoor venue, embrace pastels and neutrals — but if your venue is a blank space, you can really have fun with it!

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What Colors Do You Actually Like?

Make sure that the colors you choose are representative of your style and personalities. That’s right, don’t just choose colors because they’re trendy. When you look back on your wedding photos years from now, you want to remember your day as one that was unique to the two of you. Take a look inside your closet and around your house — what colors do you naturally gravitate towards? Chances are that you’ll feel most comfortable working with those colors that you already incorporate into your daily life.

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What Style Are You Going For?

While most colors can be adaptable, there are a few that are tried and true for select wedding styles that we’ve seen over the years. Whether you’re envisioning a romantic, boho or rustic style for your elopement and micro wedding, we can help make it happen! Here’s a few of our favorite colors and styles that can be used through the seasons.

Vintage Inspired: Gold, Light Greens, Soft Yellows, Taupe, Turquoise

Bohemian Vibes: Blush Pink, White, Tan, Pale Yellow, Terracotta

Romantic Affair: All shades of pink, Marsala, Deep Blue, Ivory, Gold, Silver

Modern Moment: Jewel Tones (Red, Blue, Green, Plum), Neutrals and Metallic

Garden Party: Lilac, Green, Blush Pink, Peach, Light Yellow

Rustic Touch: Grey, Brown, Bright Yellow, Deep Green, Navy, Champagne

Classic Formal: Black, White, Neutrals, Blush Pink, Charcoal Grey, Dove Grey

Seaside Celebration: Teal, Coral, Fuchsia, Silver, Ocean Blue

Tropical Getaway: Purple, Orange, Yellow, Bright Pink, Green

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What Colors Look Good Against Your Skin Tones

If you’re planning to incorporate these colors into your wedding attire, make sure that it complements your skin tone! We love when the groom wears a colored suit or the bride provides a pop of color. It makes for the prettiest wedding photos! With that being said, you’ll be looking at those photos for years, so be sure that you’re happy with how you both look before saying yes to the wedding outfit. Those with fair skin will look best in ivory, champagne, pale pink and taupe. Medium skin tones will look stunning in champagne, green, grey, gold and blush. Dark or olive skin tones will shine in true white as well as brighter colors like orange, pink, yellow and more.

If you’re still looking for some color palette ideas, head over to our Pinterest to browse all of our elopement and micro wedding inspiration!


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