6 Most Popular Wedding Colour Combinations and Why
By Lorna Urwin

09 January 2017

Colour is incredibly powerful in any setting. It signals mood, highlights focal points, and creates a sense of coherence and flow between a range of different elements – all things that you’ll want to consider for your wedding! Get inspired by some of the most popular wedding colour combinations below.

Dreamy pastels

Why?

When paired with similarly soft shades, pastel shades exude calm and serenity, matching with a popular view of romance as something ethereal and magical. Pastels make a wonderful choice if you lean more towards understatement than overstatement.

1/ Dusty blue (pair with dove grey, light taupe, champagne)

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Blue is the most popular wedding colour of all, evoking the beauty of nature by echoing the sea and sky. Blue comes in a whole host of shades (from aqua to navy to cobalt and indigo), but a dusky pastel rendition is highly sought after for its embodiment of all things serene. Keep the serenity flowing with other muted colours, or make the blue pop by adding in a bright, contrasting accent like cranberry red.

2/ Blush (pair with ivory, dove grey, silver)

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Blush rose has become a ubiquitous wedding colour in recent years thanks to its warmth, subtlety and cultural association with femininity. The shade is also truly versatile. Pair with pale creams, greys or whispers of light green for a light-as-air romantic touch, or mix with metallics and sparkle (sequins or other lustrous materials) to transform the vibe into something much more glamorous.

Vibrant and intense hues

Why?

The direct opposite of pastels, intensely hued shades are striking, making a bold and dramatic statement to decisively set the scene. While pastels have enjoyed enormous appeal recently, trend forecasts for 2017 suggest a move away from these towards more fresh, fun and lively shades.

3/ Lush green (pair with white and gold for a classic look, yellow or pink for a fresh twist)

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With the continued interest in all things lush and botanical for wedding inspiration, it’s no surprise that vibrant shades of green remain such a popular choice. And in such a beautiful country as New Zealand, who could resist channelling the verdant nature all around us?

As the main vibrant colour against a white or neutral backdrop, the freshness of green adds a real zest to a setting without detracting from its elegance. It works equally well with other vibrant colours - with buttercup yellow for a sunny and bright feel, or with fuchsia for a more punchy tropical effect.

4/ Jewel tones (pair with each other and neutrals)

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The rich hues of emeralds, sapphires, rubies and amethysts make for a regal palette, popular for their nod to vintage glamour and opulence. These gem-inspired colours work well when mixed and matched alongside other rich colour families like berry tones and autumnal or forest styles (think mustard, amber, plum or teal).

Given their intensity, a palette with several of these shades will create a potent and indulgent effect, while individual or accented use (against lighter or neutral base colours) provides a lighter touch.

Metallics

Why?

Gold and silver have been staples of the wedding world for aeons, providing the perfect blend of formality, glamour and festivity. Modern brides continue to embrace these classic metals, along with copper, pewter and rose gold.

5/ Rose gold (pair with creams, blush or sage)

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From interiors to fashion and jewellery design, rose gold is going from strength to strength. It pairs well with almost any wedding theme (boho, glam, modern), adding an unexpected flash of warmth and sophistication to everything it touches. Moderation is key to avoid going over the top with the shine – use as accents (like a rim on a glass or plate or as detail on a cake) or use with plenty of matte shades to mix things up.  

Monochrome

Why?

Using only shades of the same colour creates a harmonious and coherent vision that can celebrate a favourite colour or a specific mood (depending on the colour of choice). Through creative layering and use of texture, it can offer depth while also avoiding the potentially chaotic appearance of too many colours mixed together.

6/ White (for the monochrome look, pair with only the palest of shades, accented by metallics)

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Whites and creams are inextricably linked with the notion of weddings today thanks to the phenomenon of the white dress. For many brides, the clean and pared back look of white is something that need not be restricted to their choice of outfit. In the right space, whites can create a clean, minimalist look, but use strategically to avoid a washed out or overly stark effect!