Typical Winter Wedding Color Palettes…and Why You Don’t Need Them

A bride and groom kissing in the snow.

With sights of knitted scarves and falling leaves, there’s no denying that the colder months are on their way! Many brides and grooms find this time of the year particularly romantic: the chill in the air, the warm sensation of a fuzzy blanket, and the upcoming holidays create the perfect atmosphere for a wedding. With winter nuptials right around the corner, engaged couples may be considering planning their own snowy celebration.

If you’re not hyper-focused on an overall theme, it’s usually a good idea to draw from your wedding season for inspiration. Even if the idea of a “winter wonderland” event doesn’t appeal, incorporating seasonal elements—holly berries in the bouquet, snowmen escort cards, or even arriving at your venue by sleigh—can be a fun way to make your wedding seem that much cozier. However, this line of thinking can also limit your creativity, especially when it comes to your color scheme.

Your wedding colors often dictate the logistical elements of the day, from bridesmaid dresses to table linens. There are some colors that traditionally coordinate with certain seasons, but those don’t have to be the only option! Here are some of the most common winter wedding colors and why it’s fine to nix them.

Trade Red and Green for Mixed Metals

A winter wedding tablescape decorated with mixed metals.

This is a classic Christmas combination. Even if they aren’t set on your nuptials being specifically Christmas-themed, some brides and grooms enjoy a festive accent here and there and for a December wedding, what could be more appropriate? For those who celebrate the holiday, it can be a great nod to past memories to see green and red ribbons tied around the bouquet, as the background of the table numbers, or even in the boutonniere flowers. But for some, it may be a bit too cliché.

Forget what your grandmother told you; bring in the silver and gold! Metallic colors are great for making items really stand out in your décor—as well as people (have you seen the sequin gold bridesmaid dress trend?). These chic tones, including rose gold, will show off a modern sense of style. Using this scheme is a great way to turn the focus of the celebration onto the future and allude to the great things that you and your new spouse now have in store!

Trade Blue for Purple

A bride wearing a sliver sequined dress and holding a large purple bouquet.

Often considered a neutral wedding color, blue is associated with the chill of the season. Brides and grooms often use blue as a background or a base on which to set white elements (blue invitation suites with white lettering, blue curtains at the alter to make the wedding dress pop, etc.). It’s a popular tone, of course, but when featured with other neutrals, the entire palette can become an afterthought to the décor.

You’ll get a bolder feel at your wedding with the color purple, without sacrificing much of the calming effect of the color blue. The mix of blue and red that creates purple has a slightly more romantic aesthetic: perfect for your cold-weather wedding! While blue matches the temperature outside, purple warms things up and will put your whole guest list in a warm and fuzzy, loved-up mood!

Trade White for Champagne

A small minimalist wedding cake on a table surrounded by gold candles.

While there will likely be white additions to your big day regardless of your color palette, many couples choose to highlight this traditional color in elements other than the dress. In fact, it’s becoming increasingly popular for celebrities to include the color in nearly every detail of their wedding for a modern and ethereal motif. If you live in certain areas, a white wedding in the winter would simply coordinate with the outdoors. And there may be some hesitation to use white when considering that it may compete with the bride’s dress.

And I don’t just mean the drink! Champagne (or a very light tan) has all the sophistication of white without taking away from the wedding dress. It’s an incredibly versatile hue; while it can emulate the high-class beverage when seen on sparkling table runners, it can also bring a more rustic vibe to your big day if you want to include burlap into your décor. Like purple, the warmer tones will accent the sweet feelings of the day.

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