We turned to the latest collections and of-the-moment destinations for hints on what color combinations your summer wedding should steal.
Summer weddings are prime calendar real estate, thanks to warm weather, flowers in bloom, and the ability to use bold color with a devil-may-care laissez faire. Two hues does not a color palette make, and tapping into the spectrum of your chosen shades is an ideal start to creating a design concept that is dynamic and festive, without the event looking themed. Don't be afraid to go bold, take risks, accent with metallic, or set your chosen hues on a background of light or dark neutrals to anchor your palette.Inspired by travel, architecture, florals, food, and—of course—fashion, these are the most innovative color palettes for a summer wedding. Expert tip: Screen shot the palettes that speak to you, and show them to your planner, designer, and florist; thank us later.
The ease and rusticity of the south of France puts soft neutrals and pastels on the brain—but the floral abundance of this region is far more bold. Fields of lavender and sunflowers abound, and in the region's famous open-air markets, bright citrus sits alongside crates of neutral-toned mushrooms, eggs freshly baked breads, leafy greens, and butter in its most natural shade of soft yellow.
For this look, pair the most controversial of the color wheel's complements, shades of yellow and violet, together. Then, accent with eggshell, sky blue, and shades of oatmeal and beige for a look that's unexpected and fresh for an outdoor, garden, or countryside affair.
Pictured: Erdem Spring RTW 2019; Anna Weatherley dishware
Look toward cultures that don't shy away from color–like Morocco, where vibrant cobalts of the Jardin Marjorelle and clear sky blues serve as a backdrop for turmeric-toned carnations, golden ochre, shades of fuchsia, bright spices and rich orange hues, capped off with metallic touches, rust, and light neutrals. Merge these warm pops with natural blues and greens for a palette that feels adventurous, but works in harmony without question.
Case in point: Maria Grazia Chiuri sent these tones down a catwalk at El Badi Palace for Dior's latest Resort 2020 collection—complete with fire and a surprise performance by Diana Ross—in (yep, you guessed it) Marrakech.
Pictured: Dior Resort 2020
Consider this the Big Little Lies color palette–inspired by Montecito, Big Sur, Carmel-by-the-Sea, and the array of bold and burnt hues along the California coastline. For this look, mix warm reds, oranges, and yellows with shades of cyan and turquoise for a look that begs to be complemented by air plants, grasses, and organic ceramics.
In this color world, aim for table linens that have a grain to them, like a silk linen, and find perfectly imperfect vessels, plates, and servingware that all feel hand-spun. This is all about low maintenance, rustic, luxury capped off with an unexpected use of warm brights.
Pictured: Off-White Fall 2019
This array of ivories, soft shades of grey, and hints of patinaed blush and black is the update to that all-too-expected blush-and gold palette we simply never want to see again.
While Florentine and Italian décor brings deep-toned velvets, mustard tassels, and gold gilding to mind, the streets of this romantic city also tell a different color story. Against stonework colored in oatmeal, beige, dove and steel grey are hints of Carrera marble in black and white, paired with shades of pale yellows and soft pinks from the frescoes on the ceilings overhead.
Use this array of neutrals for a cool girl take on a classic summer affair. This, brides-to-be, is the modern-day-minimalist's palette.
Pictured (top left): Giambattista Valli Haute Couture shot for BAZAAR.com at Villa Balbiano by Christian Oth
The Blue Ridge Mountains are the east coast answer to the breadth of color, nature, and texture the west coast has in droves; and as a result, some of the country's best and most innovative wedding venues are located in their midst.
While you may not be booking at Blackberry Farm, The Greenbrier, or The Biltmore Estate (although we highly recommend them), embracing the color palette their backyards inspire is highly encouraged. Tawny neutrals, indigo and goldenrod yellow, paired with terracotta and mossy greens are a welcome update to the nautical, New England blue-and-white palette we've come to know and love.
Be sure to mix and match prints and textures in this palette to keep it fresh for summer—with that said, these tones would wow in the autumn months, too.
Pictured: Rodarte Spring 2019; Seletti cake plates
Two words: tropic thunder. Caribbean colors, like these saccharine blues, greens, yellows and pinks, create events where guests can't help themselves from smiling. These events feel best ocean or seaside, and use the sunset to tint the wedding's key moments, like a bright and boldly designed ceremony.
If you're going to go down this road, go big or go home. Embrace this palette in every way and off-set it with the bright white and alabaster of picket fences and white-sand beaches. Go tropical with all of your accents, especially the florals, but beware: using anything unnatural will look like you're trying to throw a theme party, rather than an authentic experience.
Pictured: Delpozo Pre-Fall 2018
The stark white and bright blues of the Greek flag, paired with the rich and pastel pinks of the country's summer sunsets inspired this palette, which looks crazy chic when accented with the country's native bougainvillea.
Per Giambattista Valli's latest Haute Couture collections, mix lavender, buttercream, blush and pops of bubblegum with this signature azure blue and bright white for a look that feels inventive and feminine—with an edge.
Pictured: Giambattista Valli Couture Spring 2019
Think red rocks, light leathers, cacti, epic golden sunrises, clear skies, and denim blues and you've landed on the new way to do neutrals.
The American (Mid)west is an endless source of ways to embrace rugged riffs on color, and the textures of this region complement the handcrafted textiles and prints that also have roots here. Mix in those textures when using this palette, and if you're looking to infuse color, opt for a more muted orange, green and plum, they'll feel most at home (on the range).
Pictured: Ronald van der Kemp Couture Spring 2019
Look to the sea and below for new ways to mix up your favorite cool tones of blue and purple, accented with the corals of the ocean floor.
From watercolor inspirations to iridescent textures of seashells, rainbow fish, and beyond, think fluidly when approaching this end of the color spectrum for a look that is sophisticated, yet fresh. Compliment shades of aquamarine, lavender, and magenta with sandy neutrals for a look that brings the beach to the ballroom—and beyond.
Pictured: Zuhair Murad Couture Spring 2019
While Scotland brings to mind grass-covered rolling hills and classic hunter-greens, the highlands offer so much more for those seeking color inspiration.
Enter the epic sunsets along the north coast; when set against the lush greenery of the Brith Isles, they evoke color combinations that are far more chic than an inventive take on tartan. Consider this the feminine side to an inherently masculine color range.
Balmain's Spring 2019 Haute Couture collection tapped into these neutrals and unexpected pastels for this tonal story–grassy greens, tawny neutrals, a muted lavender-grey and rich browns.
Pictured: Balmain Couture Spring 2019
From chic umbrellas to limoncello and pasta, the vibrant, colorful hues of the Italian Riviera inspired this palette, full of lemon trees, greenery, and stone tones.
Create a color palette that is warm and apropos for the summer months by accenting these bold shades with subtle textures of grey and white. Avoid too many thematic elements here for a festive feel; too many lemons and tiles and it'll quickly go costume.
Pictured: Chanel Couture Spring 2019
A landscape of dry sand and mountain ranges inspire a warm palette of ochre, goldenrod, sepia, and pops of pink for a chic style worthy of a warm-weather soiree.
With these tones and this look and feel, keep your props and florals to a minimum, and accent with wildflowers and cacti plants (in small doses). Take note: touches of black takes this rustic palette to new heights.
Carolina Herrera's Resort 2019 collection infused rustic floral elements and pops of color with an otherwise simple setting for a look that feels festive, modern, and It-girl approved. Take notes, and channel these tones (and this overall vibe) for your day-of or rehearsal dinner in the desert.
Pictured: Carolina Herrera Resort 2019
For the globe-trotting bohemienne who loves blush but dares to be different, reinvent this basic bridal shade.
This look is more fashion than faux pas; add in organic elements, greenery, and natural blues for a palette that is romantic and rich. Employ plush textures, velvet, and jewel- toned accents in ruby and sapphire.
This look might initially seem suited for a winter or spring soirée, but balancing with florals that are in season for summer make this take on the basic blush palette feel surprisingly fresh.
Pictured: Photograph by Richard Phibbs for BAZAAR UK
It's time to throw away the traditional bridal rule book.
For Fall 2019, Paco Rabanne sent a swirling mix of prints and patterns down the runway that read more, "you do you" than "get the look." From disco-inspired flairs to leopard and peacock prints, pair bright greens and fuchsia with cerulean blue and beige neutrals for a color palette that is vibrant, but most importantly true to you.
Feathers, animal prints, and natural textures will bring your fabrics and tabletop decor to life in unexpected ways with these tones, which will wow your guests and create an undeniably fun atmosphere.
Pictured: Paco Rabanne Fall 2019
The South of France is our inspiration for some of the most sophisticated shades—like subtle hues of blue, green, clay, and sand.
Complimented by an aesthetic that is relaxed and low key, but still feels fashion-forward, these tones feel like a visual vacation. Complement creamy ivory with robin's egg blue, sage, and a soft orange for a luxe feel best embodied the effortlessness only the coastline in the summer months can provide.
Pictured: Zimmermann Resort 2019