Ideas for Fall Wedding Colors
Choose from a diverse palette to bring your theme to life
By Pam Gaulin
Color palettes instantly relay a mood and tell a story about your wedding theme. If you are having a fall wedding, consider yourself lucky: The season's colors are diverse and can be used for any number of themes be they traditional, elegant or modern. Fall wedding color palettes can run the gamut from traditional hues reflecting the leaves of deciduous trees or the harvest moon to rich combinations of contrasting hues, sometimes infused with metallic accents.
Look to the trees for inspiration for traditional fall wedding colors. Use these colors for a casual, rustic or semiformal wedding. The colors of Indian summer will be the bright colors seen during the warm days of autumn, when foliage colors are at their peak. Choose vibrant yellow, warm red or sunny orange as the main wedding color. Add a pale neutral, from bright white to creamy beige, to contrast with the main color. Include accents of brown to complete the look.
Center an elegant fall wedding color palette around black and white. Just because it's fall does not mean the bride needs to wear beige or off-white. If she is wearing a white bridal dress, it should be a shade of white that complements her skin tone, regardless of the season. The formal fall wedding with black and white needs one other color to turn it into a fall theme. Choose a color typically associated with fall, including rusty orange or burnt red. The color will pop when played against the black and white formal wear. For an elegant color scheme with more punch, opt for sage green and burgundy with hints of taupe. Trade the burgundy for an aubergine color if you prefer blue undertones and a cool color to contrast with the sage green. Accents of cinnamon brown or copper could be incorporated into this formal color palette.
Create a chic fall color scheme using a steel gray paired with a light blue with accents of orange or marigold. White and black may also be used for the dress and the formal wear. Ribbons of silver can decorate everything from the bride's dress to the bouquets. Use reflective elements, as well as silver, in the decorations. Another version of the modern palette would include espresso brown, sky blue and accents of bronze. Conjure up the harvest moon on a cool autumn night by using a deep sapphire blue as the main color. Add accents of pumpkin orange, and weave a warm ivory or camel brown throughout the palette. Use stars as part of the theme to make this modern, fall nighttime palette work.
About the Author
Pam Gaulin is a writer who specializes in the party planning and wedding industries.
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