Is there any season more perfect than summer? Drab sweaters are packed away in favor of breezy, bright frocks; juicy stone fruits are ripe for the pickin’; and a beautiful beach excursion is just a stone’s throw away. Simply look to the rainbow of bright, bold hues around you to create the perfect color palette for your summertime nuptials.
1. Citrus Squeeze: Tangerine, Orange, & Yellow
Nothing says summer like fresh, juicy citrus fruit! Dress up your “I do’s” in tart and tangy hues, including tangerine, orange and yellow, to evoke images of these timeless icons of summer.
The Bridal Party: Since orange can be less than flattering on some, lean on sunny yellow to outfit your ‘maids. To reflect the easygoing, playful nature of the palette, try a breezy style with a relaxed fit like the After Six 6753 bridesmaid dress in sunflower.
The Rest: With super-saturated, eye-popping shades like these, you want to be careful not to overwhelm guests with too much color. Let an all-white backdrop provide a neutral base, with accents of bright blooms like buttery begonias and deep orange gloriosa lilies doing the heavy lifting. For an extra pop of color, offer an OJ-infused signature cocktail.
2. Summer Sky: Pale Blue & Yellow
For the perfect summer wedding color scheme, simply look up at the sky. Pale blue and sunny yellow make the perfect pair for a chic midsummer affair.
The Bridal Party: Opt for a buttery yellow for your main gals to really amp up the cheery ambiance of the day. Pair a lightweight, relaxed style like the Social Bridesmaids 8159 dress in buttercup, a pale shade that flatters most, with a bouquet of roses, hydrangeas and other yellow and pale blue buds.
The Rest: Add unexpected touches to keep the mood lighthearted and fun, like glass hurricanes filled with lemons (perched atop a rustic lemonade stand, perhaps?), or a naked yellow cake with cascading pale blue blooms.
3. Peachy Perfection: Sage, Peach, & Gold
For an outdoor wedding, find inspiration in the blooming trees dangling their fresh seasonal fruits. Blend light, leafy sage with dainty peach for a Mother Nature-inspired feel, with pops of gold for added glamour.
The Bridal Party: Since you and your gals will be partying outdoors, go for a short, airy style with movement, like the Social Bridesmaids 8138 gown in apricot. The peachy shade is sure to really pop against the backdrop of natural greenery.
The Rest: Fill the room with lush greens and perfectly plush peach roses, and you’ll be able to keep the rest of the décor sweet and simple. Add just the subtlest hints of gold for an elegance touch, like metallic table numbers and towering golden candlesticks.
4. American Spirit: White, Navy, Dusty Blue, & Deep Red
If you’re hosting an Independence Day fête, let the holiday’s own patriotic scheme be your wedding muse. The trick to doing it tastefully without going full-blown Captain America is to keep it understated with a mostly white and navy palette accented by subtle hints of lighter dusty blue and deep red.
The Bridal Party: Since the Fourth of July is traditionally associated with laid-back BBQ vibes, outfit your ‘maids in navy frocks with relaxed, mismatched necklines, like the Jenny Yoo JY518 and JY517 bridesmaid dresses in midnight.
The Rest: Keep tablescapes mostly white with just a few pops of color to avoid overdosing on patriotic pride. Have a little fun with the food, too, with elevated versions of American classics like mini franks and grilled cheese during the cocktail hour, and cherry pie for dessert. Rather than throwing rice, cap the festivities by having guests wave sparklers for a stylish send-off.
5. On Island Time: Fuchsia, Aqua, & Sand
If a destination wedding isn’t in the cards, bring the tropics to your special day with island-inspired brights like bold fuchsia and ocean-inspired aqua against a backdrop of neutral sand.
The Bridal Party: Keep with the beachy theme and opt for a relaxed knee-length style with tons of movement, like After Six 6695 in azalea, a shocking pink shade that’s flattering on most and easy to wear again.
The Rest: The bolder the better, so set tables with heavy doses of color, like hot pink table runners and straw chargers beneath bright aqua plates and napkins for a serious seaside feel. Add small bundles of tropical blooms, like hot pink lilies, white orchids and aqua gerbera daisies, throughout the space, and offer coconut-infused signature cocktails with tiny umbrellas for a taste of the tropics.
6. Beachy Bohemian: Ivory with Bright & Pale Blue
If you and your hubby-to-be dig sun-kissed skin and salty hair, then a relaxed beach wedding is the way to go. Tap into the natural tones of the aqua sea, pale blue sky and fluffy white clouds with a color scheme that includes ivory and shades of bright and pale blue.
The Bridal Party: For your best gal pals, opt for a beachy halter style with breezy layers like Alfred Sung Style D720; mix and match shades of blue, like coastal and cerulean, for a laid-back boho vibe. Let guys enjoy the relaxed feel, too, with sand-hued suits and undone collars (no ties!).
The Rest: When it comes to coastal-inspired accents, the options are aplenty. Scatter aqua sea glass and white faux starfish across tablescapes; nest tall ivory pillar candles in beds of tiny seashells; and accent white and pale blue floral arrangements with coral-like pieces.
7. The Color Purple: Bright Purple & Pale Lilac
A perennial favorite, purple never disappoints. While there’s a place for the popular shade no matter the season, lighten it up for your summer wedding color scheme with a blend of bright purple and pale lilac.
The Bridal Party: A monochromatic scheme presents the perfect opportunity to play with mix-and-match shades. Stay toward the lighter end of the spectrum with After Six 6730 in regalia and passion to keep the look appropriate for summer.
The Rest: Nothing says summertime like seasonal lavender, so sprinkle a few fragrant sprays throughout the space, alongside cascading arrangements of fresh and modern Picasso calla lilies, hydrangeas and dendrobium orchids. End the day with a festive ombré cake, with increasingly saturated tiers from top to base.
8. Vintage Grape: Blush Pink & Burgundy
For the wine-loving couple, exchanging vows amidst the vineyards is an easy choice. Draw inspiration from the lush surroundings by pairing summer-friendly blush pink with notes of deep burgundy, which really pop against the gorgeous greenery.
The Bridal Party: Stick with the lighter hue for your ‘maids to avoid venturing into dark autumn territory, complemented by pale pink and burgundy bouquets. Choose an elegant, ultra-feminine style like Jenny Yoo JY516 in blush.
The Rest: Pepper cream and blush floral arrangements with gorgeous burgundy buds like deeply saturated dahlias for bold pops of color throughout the space. An all-white cake gets the same treatment when dressed with cascading rosé- and merlot-hued blooms. As a finishing touch, incorporate decorative wine bottles into the décor in the form of table numbers and unique vases.
9. Brazilian Bash: Red, Orange, & Hot Pink
Draw inspiration from beautiful Brazil and its signature jewel-tone cities with punchy pops of color ranging from bold red to tangy orange to hot pink.
The Bridal Party: Reflect the carefree party vibes of the Brazilian coast with a fun two-piece in juicy tones. Pair Dessy Collection T2974 cropped top in ivory with a lightweight tulle skirt like Dessy Collection S2977 in tutti frutti, firecracker, and ginger for a perfectly mismatched party.
The Rest: With such vibrant hues taking center stage, be sure to keep the backdrop neutral and light – crisp whites and blond woods will do just fine. Accent with pops of color, like beautifully fragrant blooms in the theme’s vivacious shades and a fruity signature cocktail.
10. Cool Contrast: Blush Pink & Navy Blue
Contrasting shades of blush pink and navy blue – basically the summertime version of black and white – come together in a cool, classic combo that never goes out of style.
The Bridal Party: There’s something to please both the guys and the gals with this versatile summer color palette. Balance the gents’ masculine navy suits with a ladylike style like Dessy Collection 2963 in blush, paired with bouquets of cream and light pink blooms.
The Rest: Lean soft and feminine with your décor to keep it seasonally appropriate, with blush as your main color dotted with accents of the deep blue hue. Dip navy and white striped sippers into spiked pink lemonade for a signature cocktail that’s spot on with the palette, and offer dishes of strawberry ice cream with fresh blueberry garnish for dessert.