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20 Crazy Wedding Colour Combos That Actually Work!

There are certain colours that we all know match: black and white, blue and silver or purple and gold. But those aren’t your only options for your wedding. Unexpected combos like tangerine and wasabi are pretty, new and totally original.

by Anja Winikka

  • Tangerine and Wasabi

    There are certain colours that we all know match: black and white, blue and silver or purple and gold. But those aren’t your only options for your wedding. Unexpected combos like tangerine and wasabi are pretty, new and totally original.

    This fresh palette calls for a modern reception space, like an all-white loft or even a fun and funky downtown exposed-brick venue.

    Clockwise from top left: Marni Rothschild Pictures, Next Exit Photography, Jennifer Lindberg Weddings, Mark Davidson Photography, Artistic Imaging, Gaston Photography, Jenica Johnson Photography, Mel Barlow Photography, Nashan Photographers, Think Photographics, Adam Frazier

  • Cherry and Mocha

    Red is making a comeback, and we love how the brown softens the look.

    Clockwise from top left: Bonnie Berry Photography, Emilie Inc. Photography, Open Image Studio, Heather Waraksa, Carrie Patterson Photography, Tamsen Photography, Olivia Leigh Photographie, Jen Huang Photography

  • Bubblegum and Grassy Green

    Here, the bright pink just pops when set against a fresh green backdrop.

    Photos compiled by Justine Lorelle Blanchard

    Clockwise from top left: CHRIS GUILLEN Photography, Phreckles Photography, 6 of Four Photography, Kriech-Higon Photo, Katie Moss Photography/Sugar Plum Invitations, Ira Lippke Studios, Pen Carlson, Next Exit Photography

  • Butter and Gold

    Sophisticated and neutral, think of this combo as the go-to colour palette for a formal wedding.

    Clockwise from top left: Next Exit Photography, Mark Staff Photography, Mary Ellen Bartley, Ron B. Wilson Photography, IN Photography, Adam Nyholt, Antonis Achilleos, 6 of Four, Millie Holloman Photography, Julia Newman Photography, Taylor Haynie Photography

  • Chocolate and Vanilla

    Dress it up or down — you can’t go wrong with such a clean palette.

    Clockwise from top left: TANJA LIPPERT Photography, Amy Carroll Photography, Table4 Weddings, Heidi Ryder, Q Weddings, Michael Howard Photography, Jennifer Davis Photography, Leigh Miller Photography, Jen Lynne Photography, Leslie Gilbert Photography, Courtney Dellafiora

  • Canary and Cotton Candy Pink

    Sweet, simple, and far from boring — bright yellow and soft pink make for one of the prettiest combos.

    Clockwise from top left: Agnes Lopez Photography, Adrienne Page Photography, Lauren Rutten Photography, C Studios, Stephanie Williams Photography, Jeff Tisman Photography, Shutter Love Studio, Holland Photo Arts, Javon Longieliere Photography, Tracy Carolyn Photography

  • Navy and Fuchsia

    Modern meets preppy with this bold pairing. Just be careful not to overwhelm your entire room with such a bright palette!

    Clockwise from top left: The Schultzes, Pen Carlson Photography, BKB Photography, Vlad Foto, Kelly Brown Weddings, Freed Photography, Kristen Taylor Photography

  • Canteloupe and Grapefruit

    The key to pulling off this combo is to use a more subdued version of both colours so that they complement and don’t compete.

    Clockwise from top left: Krista Photography, Heather Parker Photography, Corbin Gurkin Photography, Orange Passion Photography, Photobolic, Klose Photography, Michelle Walker Photography, The Schultzes, Kristin Spencer Photography, Liga Photography

  • Sunflower and Sea Glass Blue

    Perfect for a waterside wedding or even an outdoor springtime reception, pull it off with yellow flowers and blue accents.

    Clockwise from top left: Camilla Pucholt Photography, Justine Ungaro Studios, Blue Castle Photography, Audrey Snow Photography, Antonis Achilleos, L Photographie, Liz Linder Photography, Our Labor of Love, Jonathan Canlas Photography

  • Navy and Black

    Even though it’s black, there’s something so preppy about it when paired with navy.

    Clockwise from top left: Leo Patrone Photography, Orange Passion Photography, VUE Photography, Renaissance Studios Photography, Studio3z Photography, Sam Hughes Photography, Fidelio Photography, Leo Patrone Photography, Shane Snider Photography

  • Pumpkin and Slate

    For the I’m-so-not-a-frilly-person bride, we love the way the grey plays down the intensity of the orange to create a modern look.

    Clockwise from top left: Corbin Gurkin Photography, Cameron Ingalls, Images By Berit, Ron B. Wilson Photography, Ira Lippke Studios, Zenia Photography & Nicole Caldwell

  • Eggplant and Gobstopper Pink

    This jewel-toned palette is the perfect pairing for the couple who wants their wedding to look sophisticated — not stuffy.

    Clockwise from top left: Woodward + Rick Photographers, Inc., Mitch Ranger Weddings, Kella MacPhee Photojournalist, Antonis Achilleos, Boyd Harris, Steve DePino Photography, Shelly Kroeger Photography, Wendy Maclaurin Richardson Photography, PIX OF LIFE, Amanda Hein Photography

  • Powder Blue and Plum

    The best part about these colours is how surprisingly translatable they are. Push the deeper plums if you’re having a formal ballroom wedding, or wash your reception in powder blue and little splashes of dark purple for a more casual vibe.

    Clockwise from top left: Mark Lund, Erin Hearts Court, Kortnee Kate Photography, Our Labor of Love, Joseph Prezioso Photography, Cleverly Candid Photography, Kim Box Photography, Amy Carroll Photography, Jodi Miller Photography, Julia Newman Photography, Kelly Hornberger Photography

  • Grey and Lemon

    Industrial and mod – introduce a colour combo like this on your invites and your guests will get the picture.

    Clockwise from top left: Jihan Abdalla Photography, Tom & Jerry Schmidt Wedding Photography, Erin Hearts Court, R Wagner Photography, Stephanie Williams Photography, Lindsay B Photography, Modern Wedding Photography, Dan & Anne Almasy, Perez Photography

  • Wintergreen and Lavender

    A very approachable and easy to execute combo – purple looks so sweet when paired with soft green.

    Clockwise from top left: Kristin Spencer Photography, Gail Chatelain, Life Mosaics, Antonis Achilleos, Shane Snider Photography, Jennifer Colina Photography, ShutterLove Studio, Nick Brown Photography, Strut Photography, Amy Carroll Photography, Jen Fariello Photography

  • Lemon and Lime

    Preppy and fun — this is such an easy palette to pull off. Take it literally and decorate the space with lemons and limes, or just use it as your colour guide.

    Clockwise from top left: RedTree Photography, W. Scott Chester Photography, Saba Photo, Loneman Photography, Liz Linder Photography, The Parsons Photographers, Millie Holloman Photography

  • Burnt Orange and Sky Blue

    You have to be diligent about the balance of colour with such a bold combo, but we love how unexpected the pale blue is when paired with a spicy orange hue.

    Clockwise from top left: CHRISSY ALBRIGHT photography, Chris Joriann Photography, Think Photographics, Laffler Photography, Gwyneth Colleen Photography, Antonis Achilleos, Jamie Hammond Photography, Red Loft Studios, Henry Photography

  • Peony and Nickel

    Flirty but not too feminine — we love the way the nickel grey balances out the girlie pink hue.

    Clockwise from top left: Kelly Brown Weddings, Nyla Photography, Caroline Johnson Photography, Elyse Hall Photography, Kern-Photo, Carrie Patterson Photography, Jaime Clapp Photography, Anna Kuperberg Photography, Kelly Brown Weddings, Jonathan Canlas Photography

  • Peppermint and Aqua

    There’s something so playful about this pairing, perfect for a garden country-club wedding or even a laid-back beach wedding.

    Clockwise from top left: Boutwell Studio, Amy Martin Photography, Jodi Miller Photography, Kristin Vining Photography, T&J Studios, Mary Kate McKenna Photography, Melia Sorenson

  • Strawberry and Lime

    Summertime is the perfect season to break out this bright combo. Bonus: Such flower-friendly colors will be easy on your florist (and your budget).

    Clockwise from top left: Julie Mikos Photographer, Julie Mikos Photographer, Antonis Achilleos, Sarah Bastille Photography, W. Scott Chester Photography, Eyespy Photography, Jocelyn Filley Photography, T&J Studios, Tanja Lippert Photography


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