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2023 Top 10 Wedding Colors for Summer
A lot goes into planning a summer wedding, but before you can get into the details, you have to decide on a color palette.
With so many possibilities, that can be harder than it seems.
It doesn’t matter if you like bright colors or neutrals, or if you love boho, classic, or quirky styles. We’ve got the perfect color palette for you!
Without further ado, here are the top summer wedding colors for 2023.
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Moody Blue and Viva Magenta
When holiday-themed color palettes are done properly, they can look classy and festive. In the summer, that means a fresh combination of blue and red.
Focus on moody blues and Pantone’s color of the year, Viva Magenta. To make sure your color palette looks fresh, avoid incorporating too much white. Find unique ways to inject color into your décor, like using blue glass compote bowls and unique florals, like Amaranthus.
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Orange, Lemon, and Viva Magenta
Another one of our Pantone color palettes is the perfect combination for spring, as long as you love bright colors!
Vibrant oranges and bright yellows make this wedding color combination perfect for festive, cheerful celebrations. This color palette really comes alive when you take the title seriously and incorporate lemons and oranges into your décor. Turn lemons into name cards and cover desserts with orange slices.
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Mustard and Desert Rose
If a color palette with bright orange and lemon yellow is a bit too much, but you’re still looking for happy wedding colors, mellow things out with mustard yellow. When paired with desert rose, you get a more understated combination that’s equally as cheerful as color palettes with brighter hues.
The best way to make this summer wedding color palette come alive is to incorporate plenty of texture into your décor. Think smooth chiffon table runners and velvet bridesmaids dresses for upscale weddings, and burlap and rough cotton for more informal affairs.
Forest Green and Bark
Our forest green and bark color palette comes straight from our list of melanin wedding colors, but they are among the best summer wedding color ideas, regardless of your skin tone.
Having your wedding in a forest is an obvious choice, but you don’t have to stand among the trees to make this color palette come alive. Incorporate wooden décor items, like wood slabs and woodgrain charger plates into your reception décor. Skip the flowers and focus on greenery with leafy bouquets and ivy-covered arches.
Among the most surprising wedding colors for summer is brown, but brown wedding colors are having a moment in 2023! If you love this trend, keep it simple with a palette that features shades of brown.
This color combination lends itself well to boho weddings with plenty of pampas grass and bunny tails. It’s also great for thrifty couples who want to decorate with mismatched bottles, chairs, and stemware in a variety of shapes, sizes, and textures.
If our boho brown color palette is a little too much brown, tone it down by making brown an accent color. When combined with shades of fairytale mauve, brown melts into the background, creating the perfect combination of feminine and masculine hues.
Give your wedding an old-world look with faded fabrics and heirloom varieties of roses. Floral bridesmaids dresses and patterned ties look lovely with this color palette, as do suede accessories, like shoes and ties.
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Black and Terracotta
Black wedding colors are a no-brainer for couples who envision a more formal affair, but this inky hue is being used in unique ways in 2023. One of our favorite summer wedding color combinations involves another popular wedding trend—terracotta.
Surprise guests with a unique combination of terracotta candle holders and black candles and arrange terracotta-colored roses in black ceramic vases. Keep things more formal with black bridesmaids dresses and tuxes, or let loose with fun accessories, like flower-adorned fedoras and floral bridesmaids hoops.
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All White—With a Twist
White tops the list of the best summer wedding colors of all time, but it comes with some challenges. It can be hard to keep all that white, white.
One of our favorite wedding color trends of 2023 is having separate color palettes for your ceremony and reception. It allows you to get the pristine, classic, white wedding you’ve always wanted, but you still get to play around with color at your reception. Incorporate colored florals and add punches of color to things like your napkins and backdrops.
Champagne wedding colors are a great alternative to white. In the summer, they are especially lovely when paired with shades of berry.
Actual berries scattered on charcuterie boards and berries used in desserts are great ways to celebrate the bounty of the summer season. Have even more fun with this color palette by incorporating it into your wedding day look with berry lipstick and berry manicures.
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If you’re looking for a trendy, fun, and loud color palette, look to Barbiecore pink! Shades of bubblegum, neon pink and fuchsia are popular with fun-loving brides and grooms as we all anticipate the new Barbie movie that comes out in 2023.
The bolder, the better when it comes to this palette. Colorful grooms can wear pink suits and brave brides can wear a mini dress or don a pink veil. Orchids are right at home at a Barbiecore wedding, as are fun, playful details, like feathers, neon signs, and balloons.