How to Choose Your Wedding Venue Color Scheme


Wedding planning involves making countless decisions, both big and small, and one critical point you need to have nailed down to get started with decor is your wedding venue color scheme. The right colors set the tone during the ceremony and create ambiance through the reception that showcases your unique personality. When selecting a color scheme, consider the following elements.

Overall Wedding Style

The overall style of your wedding can help to bring you closer to your color scheme. If you distill your big day into a single word, what is it? Depending on the type of wedding you are planning, you may come up with words such as lovely, elegant, and upscale, or you may think of words such as bold, edgy, or modern. Each of those words evokes different sensations and mental images that could get you closer to your final color scheme.


While deciding on colors, also take into account the season. While spring weddings tend to have lots of pale colors, winter weddings tend to feature warmer colors with deep tones. Traditionally, summer weddings boast bright lively colors, while fall brings to mind the palettes associated with changing leaves.

Combine the season with the overall style of your wedding. For instance, an edgy theme for a winter wedding might involve deep purples, bold reds, a bit of black, and some silver accents. A casual summer wedding might call for bright, lemon yellow paired with lavender or summery shades of coral and teal blue for a beach wedding.

Complimenting Favorites

In other cases, you may want your wedding venue color scheme to showcase your favorite color. Regardless of your theme or the season, it’s always okay to include your favorites—after all, this is your wedding. If you decide to feature your favorite color, you need to build your color scheme around that color. As a general rule of thumb, you can go for complementary or contrasting color schemes.

Complimentary color schemes combine colors that are near each other on the color wheel, and they often combine several different shades of the same color. Purple and blue with varying shades of violet and silver accents is one example. Blues and greens with varying shades of turquoise and jeweled undertones is another.

Contrasting Colors

To create a contrasting effect, play with colors on the opposite sides of the color wheel. These colors “pop” when they are together. Imagine a centerpiece modeled after the colors of a bright red strawberry and its green top, or bridesmaids in blue dresses carrying bouquets of orange lilies. That’s the type of effect you can expect when you go with contrasting colors.

Your Style

There are a lot of unwritten rules about color schemes, but the good news is that you don’t have to follow any of those rules. Some people say that black and brown can’t go together, but if you want black suits for the groomsmen and brown dresses for the bridesmaids, that can create an elegant effect. Similarly, if you don’t want red at a winter wedding, you aren’t committed to having it; you can go in a completely different direction. Use other people’s opinions, online portfolios, and bridal magazines to get ideas, but ultimately take your color scheme in the direction you want.

Planning a wedding is a lot of work, but when you have your wedding at the Essex Room, we can help with everything. Questions? Call us today at 508-335-7656 to book an appointment with one of the North Shore’s premier wedding venues.