One of our favorite aspects of wedding planning is choosing the wedding colors. It’s also one of the biggest decisions made because it influences so much – from the invitations to the cake to the bridesmaids dresses to the flowers to the linens. Regardless of how little or how much color you decide to incorporate, though, you first have to decide what colors to choose.

While it can seem like a daunting task, there are a couple of secrets tricks that make it simpler. We’re including three ways to choose the perfect color scheme for your big day, one big don’t, and a couple of ways to make the most of your colors without getting overwhelmed.

Choose colors that are already important to you. 

This is probably the most popular and obvious way to choose a color scheme for a wedding, and with good reason. If you have a color that is important to you (like your alma mater color(s), a color that reminds you of the place you had your first date, or your favorite color since you were a kid), there’s a natural inclination to choose it for your wedding day because it’s something you already know you love and won’t be tired of when you see it in photos 10 years from now.

Choose colors that surround you.

Look at the colors that you already gravitate towards in your day to day life so you can incorporate them into your big day. Do you have a certain color of clothing that you buy again and again? What colors do you decorate your home with? Is there a place you love to go that you could incorporate colors from? See if you can pull colors from that to inspire your wedding color scheme. If your entire closet is filled with neutral colors, you may consider keeping your wedding tones more understated as well. If you look around your house and realize that you constantly pick up blue candles and pillows when you visit Home Goods or TJ Maxx, then blue may be your color. Or, if the Texas Hill Country brings your heart joy every time you look at it, try a mix of greens with subtle pops of wildflower colors or sky blue.

Choose colors based on art.

This is our biggest recommendation for people who have no clue what they want their color scheme to be. If there aren’t colors you naturally gravitate towards, that’s okay! Or, if you want to have some fun with it and embrace something that you wouldn’t typically choose, this is the perfect way to find colors that you love together. Abstract art is typically best for this, because the colors are the focus, not necessarily the design, so you can really see which one jumps out at you and envision how it would come together with your wedding day.

Don’t choose a color based on one wedding photo. 

We’ll be the first to say that we love wedding photos. Absolutely adore them. But one of the biggest mistakes you can make when choosing your wedding color palette is running with a set of colors solely based off of one photo you saw on Pinterest or Instagram. It seems counter intuitive because we love utilizing Pinterest and Instagram to find inspiration, but if you just use one photo and don’t search for those colors used in different ways, you might be disappointed when it comes to life. For example, say you see a photo of a bouquet that you love or one reception set up that showed some flowers and linens. That only shows you those colors in that exact combination in that specific lighting situation & photo editing style. A photo you love can be a great jumping off point, but make sure you truly love the colors for what they are, not just that particular photo. In the photos in this blog, the Dooley’s have a clear color theme and you can see how it runs through multiple aspects of the day, but it also looks different in each application. Furthermore, even if you chose the exact same colors they did, it would look a little different on your own wedding day based on how you incorporate the colors and how prevalent they are. It’s easy to see one stunning photos and think you’ll love something, but make sure you dig a little deeper, pull swatches, and ensure that it’s right for you.

When choosing your wedding colors, it’s also important to think about how you want to include them in your big day. For a lot of people, when they think wedding color, they think bridesmaid dresses. While that’s totally fine, you also don’t have to choose one main color that you use absolutely everywhere, nor do you have to choose just one color.

You can have a neutral wedding with small pops of color or tones.

You can have a wedding that fully embraces every shade of one color.

You can have a wedding with multiple different colors.