Define Color, Featuring Fall Wedding Hues

What’s hot? Color.

Color can be the most important element of your wedding day.  It is a powerful tool that will set the atmosphere, draw attention and/ or make a statement. reports the hottest thing happening at receptions is color; big, bold color.  Gone are the days of color used to accent white wedding decor, it has stepped into the forefront of wedding decorating.

But where do you start? lays out a few tips when choosing color combinations.  Make sure you consider your location and venue, whether it is a neutral palette or already packed with decor.  For inspiration find colors you like in art galleries, magazines, fabric stores, paint swatches ect.

Color Lesson 101

As you begin your search for the perfect wedding color scheme you will quickly learn it is not as easy as picking pink, purple, green or blue.  As you are searching for different color options you will most likely come across an array of terms like hues, tints, shades, tone, warm vs. cool colors.  Confused yet?


I’m going to break it down to the basics; here’s your go to guide for understanding color concepts and terms while in search for your perfect wedding day hues.
Color 101 is in session and it all starts with a color wheel or circle, which is an organization of colors or hues.  The color wheel is designed to show you the relationship of primary, secondary and complementary colors.


  • Primary colors are your 3 colors that all other colors are made from, Red, Blue, and Yellow.
  • Secondary colors are the mixture of two primary colors, Orange, Green, Purple.
  • Complementary colors are opposite of each other on the color wheel.
  • Analogous colors are colors run next to each other on the color wheel.

Within these distinctions of colors there are also terms to know such as tints, shades and tones.  Tints are lightening a color by adding white, Shades are darkening a color by adding black and a tone is adding gray to a color.  Colors are also often described as warm, cool or neutral.

  • Warm colors are vivid and energize, your reds, yellows, oranges.
  • Cool colors are calm and tend to recede, your blues, blue green, blue violet, purples.
  • Neutral colors are versatile and easy to pair or accent your more colorful hues. These are white, black, gray, cream, browns, and tan.

A lot of information just to define color, right?  Don’t worry you wont be quizzed on this.  It is just to provide a basic concept of how colors are defined and categorized.

Fall Hues

Now let’s put this information to work and apply it to a few popular hues for your fall wedding.  Whether you are planning a simple outdoors wedding, romantic rustic wedding, country chic wedding or barn wedding fall hues are known for their rich, deep tones while also providing some pop with vibrant warm colors.

  • neutral colors: silver, gold, creams, brown and taupe
  • warm colors: burgundy, burnt orange, crimson red, fuchsia, golden yellows
  • cool colors: dark green, navy blue, egg plant purple, turquoise, slate blue, lavender, plum suggest when choosing your fall wedding colors, remember to limit yourselves to two-three colors so as not to take on too much.  Let’s try out a few combinations:

Fall Wedding Colors, Dahlia Silk Flowers


Those deep rich shades associated with fall colors can be reached pairing
burnt orange and rich burgundy accented by greenery pictured left in’s bold dahlia silk wedding flower arrangement.  The orange shade and rich, red burgundy are an analogous pairing of colors, because orange and red run next to each other on the color wheel.  Beautiful arrangement for any autumn wedding or country chic wedding.





Fall Wedding Flowers, Billy Buttons, Cornflowers’s arrangement of golden yellow, billy buttons and blue, cornflowers are the perfect example of complementary color choices.  Blue and yellow are located opposite of each other on the color wheel.  What a fun, fresh take on traditional fall hues; use this idea to add a little pop to your outdoor wedding or barn wedding.




Romantic wedding, lavender, wheat bundles



A great example of soft, romantic fall tint and the use of neutrals is found in’s lovely lavender shot.  Lavender is a pale tint, which is the lightening of a color by adding white, of violet.  This cool tint sets a calm, soft atmosphere accented by a touch of warmth in the wheat and crispness of the white flowers, sheer ribbon and lace.  Make sure and read Kaila’s post In Love with Lavender Weddings for how to incorporate lavender into your fall wedding decor.



It’s easy to see how color can be the most powerful tool to define your wedding day.  Armed with a basic understanding of relationships on the color wheel, and a few common terms you’ll be able to decipher the cryptic code of color.  Whether you go with deep, rich fall tones, soft, cool tints or bright, complementary colors you’ll be able to better understand how color can step into the forefront of your wedding decor.

Still not sure where to start? Check out color quiz and take a spin on fun color tool.