Color Basics

A guide to learn about color theory basics.

Blue Wedding Color Combinations

Blue can be combined with a variety of colors that each create gorgeous wedding color palettes.  Blue is a cool, dominating color in any palette.  It’s richness and strength make it the main focal point of any combination.

Even with this dominating nature different colors paired with blue can emit a variety of different moods.  Understanding colors, their personalities and how they interact with each other is an important key to choosing the right color combinations for your wedding day.  To say you want a blue wedding is only the first step in making your wedding color choices.

Blue and Green Wedding Flower Centerpiece; lantern, hydrangea, calla lily
Blue and Green Wedding Flower Centerpiece; lantern, hydrangea, calla lily

Blue and Green Wedding Flowers

Blue is a cool color, it is mellow and tends to recede.  The color green is actually a variation of blue, blue mixes with yellow to create green.  It too is a cool color on the color wheel.

Paired together, a blue and green wedding is calm, soothing and rich in deep colors.  Blue is the more classic of the two hues and dominates over green, whether both are used in color choices for flowers or one is picked up in accents like ribbon.

Pink and Blue Wedding Flowers, flower girl, pomander ball, photo credit: cedar
Pink and Blue Wedding Flowers, flower girl, pomander ball, photo credit:

Blue and Pink Wedding Flowers

The color combination of blue and pink is the opposite of our last choice.  Pink is a warm color, created from mixing red with white.  Pink is warm and radiates energy.

While blue with it’s strong nature still presides over pink they both get attention in this color pairing.  The two play off of each other giving energy and life to both blue’s rich nature and pink’s radiant nature.  Typically pinks will be picked up in flower choices while blues can be added to with accenting blooms, it also works for a fabulous ribbon color choice.

Blue and Orange Wedding Flowers, bouquet and stripe ribbon, photo credit:
Blue and Orange Wedding Flowers, bouquet and stripe ribbon, photo credit:

Blue and Orange Wedding Flowers

Another vivid color pairing is blue and orange.  The two colors are opposite of each other on the color wheel, this is called complementary colors.  Used together these types of colors bounce off of one another for a bold pop of color.

Anyone looking for a color rich and playful wedding can think about this color combination.  Dark blue or navy are more traditional, sophisticated hues perhaps picked up in bridesmaid dresses, orange is a bold, yet playful pop of colors that would work well in wedding flower bouquets.  The bride’s wedding flower bouquet can pick up blue trends from the bridesmaid’s dressed in a bouquet ribbon wrap.

One color, blue.  Paired with three different color choices can create three completely different looks.  When planning your wedding colors it is a good idea to ponder how each color will interact with one another to center in on the right wedding color choices.

3 Purple Wedding Color Combinations

Last week we defined color in the Wedding Planning: What is Color? post.  A basic understanding of how color is defined and how colors work together can be quite helpful when planning your wedding colors.

Color is a key element to consider not just when planning your wedding flowers but also when planning your whole wedding look.  Color will set the tone and mood for your special event and specific color combinations can help you get just the right look.

I am going to demonstrate the power of color with one of my favorite hues, purple.  Purple is a popular wedding color choice among brides, in part because it is traditionally seen as a feminine hue but also due to it’s versatility.

Purple is a secondary color created by mixing two primary colors, red and blue.  Red is  a warm color, blue is a cool color.  Purple can sway either way, hence it’s versatility. Combining more red to make purple, like a bright fuchsia, will lean more towards traits of warm colors.  While a combination with more blue, like a deep lavender, will hold more characteristics of cool colors.

Now we know what makes up the color purple, next how does purple interact with other colors?

Purple Pink Rose Hydrangea Gerbera Dasiy Bouquet $10.99
Purple Pink Rose Hydrangea Gerbera Dasiy Bouquet $10.99

Pink, Purple Palette

Combine a vibrant purple with a pink hue for a truly romantic and feminine wedding color palette.  Our rose, hydrangea, gerbera daisy faux flower bouquet creates a brilliant color spectrum that runs between purples and pinks.

Paired with a warm hue pink, purple acts on more of it’s warm color characteristics.  This palette is bright, saturated with hues that grab your attention.

Purple Grey Calla Lily Bouquet $21.49
Purple Grey Calla Lily Bouquet $21.49

Grey, Purple Palette

Paired with a cool, neutral grey hue purple can be quite sophisticated.  Purple acts on more of it’s cool characteristics in this palette colors are calm, mellow and well defined.

This sophisticated palette is ideal for a chic, modern wedding pair with metallics for a touch of glam.  The calla lily pre-made bouquet is the perfect flower choice with rich, exotic, lush faux flowers.

Purple Orange Yellow Bright Bouquet, dahlia, sunflower, cosmos
Purple Orange Yellow Bright Bouquet, dahlia, sunflower, cosmos

Orange, Yellow, Purple Palette

Orange, yellow and purple are complementary colors.  As we mentioned last week complementary colors are opposite of each other on the color wheel.  These colors paired together are bold and pop at first sight.

These colors are fun and playful in the bright rustic afloral bouquet with orange dahlias, yellow sunflowers and purple cosmos.  The perfect pop of bold color and gorgeous flowers for a vibrant spring or summer wedding

As you can see from our 3 purple color palettes one color can take on a lot of different looks.  With a little information about how color works you can get just the right color palette for your wedding day.

Wedding Planning: What is Color?

Picking wedding flowers and wedding colors are two huge decisions that often go hand in hand.  When trying to plan wedding colors where do you even begin?  You may have a favorite color you’d like to incorporate into wedding flower arrangements, you could start there.  But how do you coordinate additional colors into decor and arrangements?

Needless to say there are a lot of questions when it comes to picking your wedding palette.  A basic understanding of color theory and how colors work together can help immensely when choosing wedding colors.

Color Wheel Flowers, photo credit:
Color Wheel Flowers, photo credit:

The Basics

Color Theory 101, the color wheel.  The color wheel is a tool to organize colors and it is designed to show you the relationship between colors.

  • Primary Colors- Red, Blue, Yellow. The three colors all other colors are created from.
  • Secondary Colors- Green, Orange, Purple.  Mix 2 primary colors to create one of the three secondary colors.
  • Complementary Colors- Colors that are opposite on the color wheel.  These colors like blue and orange are bold together and tend to pop, grab attention.
  • Analogous Colors- Colors that run next to each other on the color wheel.  These colors blend well, harmoniously together like yellow, yellow-orange, orange.
Warm & Cool Wedding Colors, photo credits:;
Warm & Cool Wedding Colors, photo credits:;

Setting the Mood with Colors

Colors have many characteristics to describe them.  Warm, cool and neutral are another characteristic to classify hues.  These are important classifications and traits to pay attention to when deciding on wedding colors.

  • Warm Colors- reds, yellows, oranges, pinks.  They are vivid and tend to energize.
  • Cool Colors- blues, greens, purples.  Cool hues are soothing, calm and tend to recede.
  • Neutrals- whites, creams, beiges are versatile and work well with any color as an accent to bring out the other color’s traits.

Expanding Your Vocabulary

Color is a powerful element that will ultimately set the mood and scene of your event.  Understanding what defines color and how they work together will help you determine what type of hues will best fit what you’re looking for.  Here are a few more color terms that can be useful in locating just the right color for your wedding flowers and decor.

  • Tint- is the lightening of one color, by adding white.
  • Shade- is the darkening of one color, by adding black.
  • Tone- is the darkening of one color, by adding gray.
  • Monochromatic- the use of one color in your palette, can be used by incorporating tints, shades or tones of a particular color.

Looking for more color inspiration don’t forget to check out on pinterest for the latest color boards.  Or email mindy[at] for her to create you a custom wedding flower inspiration board based on your color and wedding flower choices!

Wedding Color Combinations

Growing up did you ever have a mood ring?  If I remember right you would hold down a finger on your ring, as a color appeared that was your corresponding mood.  Now if only picking your wedding colors were that easy right?

While I don’t hold a magical ring that can tell you the right color combinations for your special day, I did come across a recent blog post on DIY Wedding Planner admits, “with so many, many decisions to be made, wedding planning can be completely overwhelming, not to mention frequently frustrating.”  But they go on to boast, “choosing your wedding colors can be the easiest part and after that, it’s pretty much all down hill.”

Their post, Color of the Year, let’s us in on ten different color combinations to keep an eye out for in 2013.  Out of their ten picks I’ve highlighted three that all speak to a different wedding day “mood”.

Rainbow wedding-; photo booth-; rustic wedding-; blush wedding-
Rainbow wedding-; photo booth-; rustic wedding-; blush wedding-

Blush and Pewter Gray.  Soft pinks, blushes, cream and greenery mixed with pewter gray are my pick for a hopelessly, romantic wedding.  Softly lit votive candles with vintage china and glassware for your tablescape will add to the timeless elegance with this color scheme.  Keep things traditional with a floral centerpiece and timeless wedding flowers like garden roses.  A great DIY wedding project suggested by is to use diamond mesh to wrap around votive candles on reception tables.

Over the rainbow. asks, “why not try dressing them (bridal party) all in black, (groomsmen, too) with fun rainbow splashes of color in parasols, bouquets, shoes, socks, boutonnieres, and ties.”  This color scheme would fit fabulously with a fun, carefree and themed or destination wedding.  Remember the Retro Wedding Theme, the photo shoot paired bright mixes of flowers with a fun amusement park setting.  DIY wedding project pick, make your own DIY photo booth for guests at the reception using fun props and message boards.

Olive green and topaz.  Create a fresh take on a rustic, woodland wedding theme with this color combination.  Utilize the best nature has to offer with natural elements like tree branches, moss and silk florals for decor.  Combine polished metals and rich woodwork for a touch of elegance.  DIY wedding project,’s rustic centerpiece using natural branches, a moss table runner with flower heads and votive candles.  Find a step by step youtube video here.

Choosing a Palette for Wedding Flowers

When planning your wedding colors there is so much to consider.  Wedding color choices are really an endless rainbow of options.  We’ve blogged about wedding colors in the past especially when it comes to planning your wedding flowers.

Planning and finding wedding inspiration by color is a popular trend right now, many sites allow you to search by color, inspiration boards are popular resources for brides and pinterest boards are categorized by color. picked up on this trend in their recent blog post “Musts for you Wedding Flowers”.  They start off with, “brides have many choices today when it comes to their wedding flowers.  When making your selections, a good thing to consider could be to use more than one color.”

Lux wedding florists shares, “lavender gowns with lavender flowers could make for less than stunning pictures.”  Instead of a monochromatic color palette lux wedding florists suggests, “wow all your guests by using your flowers to place an accent color in your wedding ceremony.”  

Their tip is to consider a lime green wedding flower bouquet against a lavender wedding gown to make colors pop and look great in wedding photos.  You have to think of your wedding flower colors as part of your whole wedding day palette.  Whether you are going with a monochromatic, complementary or full color look think about your color choices and how they will work together.

With a monochromatic wedding theme, incorporate different shades of your one color.  If you have the color purple running throughout your wedding as the main color consider adding three different shades of purple in your wedding flower bouquets.  The varying shades with a touch of greenery will act as a nice accent and let your wedding flowers pop not fade into a sea of purple.

By choosing different wedding color hues you can play with how colors interact and look paired together.  Pick two or three different hues to incorporate throughout your wedding day.  Mix the colors into your wedding flower bouquet and then use the same colors throughout your wedding decor as accents in centerpieces, linens, lighting and even favors.

wedding flowers bouquet colors

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