My Kingdom for a Color: Selecting the Wedding Palette

This one’s all about colors. A lot of colors. A mind-numbing rainbow of colors. You’ve been warned.

One of the very first wedding decisions Mr. Puffer and I made—even before we were engaged—was the color palette. We knew we wanted a fall wedding, and we knew we wanted bright, bold colors. After a cumulative 10 minutes over about three days, and a whole lot of Pinterest searches, we had our palette.

And promptly threw it straight out the window once we found our venue.

Before we found the Mansion at Valley Country Club, with its hardwood floors and ornate fireplaces and priceless antiques, we’d pictured ourselves getting hitched in a ballroom. To be precise, we thought Martin’s West would be the only place we could afford. They know how to throw an awesome wedding, but the decor can limit the palette choices.

Image via Martin’s Caterers

Mr. P’s favorite color is blue. I wanted to bring in some orange, figuring it would be easier (read: cheaper) to find fall flowers to match. A few Pinterest searches later, and we were narrowing down on a palette.


Image via Southern Afternoon

Then I came across another combo: gray and orange. Mr. Puffer gave this look two thumbs down. I still love it, but I gave up on it—temporarily. (Don’t worry, the gray will come back.)


Image via Colin Cowie Weddings

So Mr. Puffer wasn’t sold on gray, and I wasn’t thrilled with the blue. Plus, I kept looking at the Martin’s photos and worrying about all the gold tones. I suggested an alternative…and Mr. P loved it.


Purple, orange, and gold / Image via Invites Weddings

It was bold. It was fall. It was perfect. For Martin’s.

Enter the mansion.


Image via Valley Country Club / Photo by Jennifer McMenamin Photography

The Mansion at Valley Country Club has a much softer look than Martin’s. I loved the colors we’d picked for Martin’s, but they were too much for the mansion. I’m not sure if this makes sense to anyone but me, but the mansion is more family heirloom silver than flashy gold. And I’m fine with that; I’ve never been a big fan of gold.

So it was back to the drawing board—or Pinterest, to be precise. Gold and orange were out. I liked the purple but needed complementary colors. I remembered that gray and orange palette I loved so much and again pushed Mr. Puffer for the gray. This time, with the mansion’s decor fresh in his mind, he agreed.

Our final colors: pewter with pops of plum and silver.


Image via Elegance and Enchantment

Lessons Learned

Don’t get too fixated on a color palette too early. Don’t book too many vendor appointments—dresses, tuxedos, florists—until you know what your final palette will be. And don’t buy anything for the wedding until you sign that venue contract!

Otherwise you’ll have to spend a lot of time deleting old pins from your wedding board because they’re the wrong color, just as I did.


Mrs. Puffer

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  1. mssquid Bee
    Mrs. Squid 49 posts, Newbee @ 6:34 am

    Isn’t it funny how wedding colors can be such an evolutionary process!? I love the soft romantic colors you ended up with and I think it’ll really go well with your historic mansion.

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    alysee 1646 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:42 am

    Love your colours!

    Wedding colours definitely evolve! I always thought I would have a blue, cream and gold wedding, but with our venue the gold would have looked crazy and the cream to bland so we went with navy and shades of pink for our autumn wedding.

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    audrey_lane 508 posts, Busy bee @ 3:54 pm

    great colors!

  4. walrus Bee
    Mrs. Walrus 187 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:36 am

    Well i’m especially bias since those were my colors! I can’t wait to see another twist on them!

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