Wedding Colors Convey Meanings-Tips from a Professional Wedding Planning Expert

When choosing the colors for your wedding and wedding reception you may want to consider what do your favorite colors mean? Take a look at the list below, you may find a new favorite!

Diamond White: Purity, Innocence, Reverence, Youth, Goodness, Simplicity, Humility, Cleanliness, Peace, Protection, Fairness (White is brilliant and bright and stands out to the eye. For an ethereal effect, use a second soft color such as pink or light blue or soft yellow or light green.)

Black: Sophisticated, Elegant, Conservative, Modern, Mysterious, Assertive, Nostalgic, Power, Wealth (Black is a color that may be used year-round. Black and white themes add elegance to a wedding - Think, black-tie. Black with Silver is especially elegant and evokes feelings of opulence and grandeur. Be careful not to overdo! You don’t want to have folks feeling that they’re attending a funeral!)

Blue, Light (Aqua, Sky, or Turquoise): Happiness, Health, Peace, Tranquility, Uplifting, Fun-loving, Fresh, Vibrant, Harmony, Unity, Truth, Confidence, Creativity, Patience, Calm, Cinderella, Happily-Ever-after (When paired with Ivory or Silver Blue is especially beautiful. Or using blue with white brings a sense of tranquility and peace and is said to bring luck and love! Blue is a year round color.)

Blue, Navy: Preppy, Superiority, Authority, Order, Loyalty

Blue, Royal: Grand, Traditional, Loyalty, Stately, Sophisticated, Faithful

Brown: Earth, Nature, Home, Reliability, Solidity, Wholesomeness, Dependability, Friendliness, Steadfastness, Outdoors, Comfort, Simplicity, Endurance (Brown represents warmth and honesty in your marriage. As a neutral tone, shades of brown – think taupe, beiges, or creams, may be balanced with many colors. To add dimension and warmth to brown try coupling it with gold, copper, or rust!)

Champagne: Refined, Traditional, Rich, Conservative

Gold: Lavishness, Luxury, Wealth, Prosperity, Warmth, Tradition (Pair Gold with reds, burgundies, and purples to add warmth)

Gray: Modern, Understated, Sleek, Security, Reliability, Modesty, Dignity, Maturity, Solid (the new champagne)

Green: Nature, Life, Growth, Health, Harmony, Peace, Calmness, Generosity, Fertility, Inventive, Environmentally-Conscious, Modern Sensibility, Inventive (Green evokes a soothing, harmonized, calming mood, the perfect blend of the warming effects of yellow and the cooling effect of blue. Green can be used year round with crisp, lighter shades in the spring and going toward more emerald and olive tones in the fall and winter.)

Ivory: Elegant, Quiet, Pleasantness, Luster, Softness

Lavender or Lilac: Romantic, Soft, Dainty, Ladylike, Traditional

Orange: Transition, Energy, Balance, Knowledge, Inspirational, Stimulating, Warm, Inviting, Courage, Bold, Daring, Trendy (Soft Oranges, think cream-sickle, are good for spring, tangerine shades for summer and use burnt orange for fall. Orange mixed with gold, Coral, is a wonderful color for beach weddings!)

Pink, Pale: Happiness, Playfulness, Sense of Fun, Love, Friendship, Compassion, Grace, Gentleness, Joy (Pale pink is a wonderful choice for Spring Weddings or when paired with silver is cooled down for an elegant wedding feel.)

Pink, Hot: Energized, “Girl Power”, Love, Friendship, Abundance, Lively, Playful (Hot Pinks are a good choice for Summer Weddings and can be warmed with Gold or contrasted nicely with Greens)

Purple: Royalty, Mysterious, Glamorous, Growth, Spirituality, Nobility, Luxury, Ceremony, Wisdom (Purple in your wedding symbolizes dignity, tolerance, and togetherness. Purple has both the warm properties of red and the cool of blue. Try shades of Lilac and Lavender early in the year, and deeper purples and eggplant shades for winter and fall.)

Red: Love, Passion, Excitement, Energy, Heat, Dramatic, Desire, Beauty, Strength. In China Red means Good Luck, Happiness, Celebration, and Prosperity (The obvious choice for a Valentine or Christmas Wedding. In the fall use deeper shades such as burgundy or rust, think fall leaves. Red stimulates faster breathing and a faster heartbeat. Red is an attention getter and is best used as an accent color.)

Silver: Wealth, Glamour, Sophistication, Sleek, Modern (Silver says “I can afford it, but prefer not to flaunt it.” Silver will pair nicely with almost any color. Adding silver to black and white will make colors pop! Try adding Silver to blue for a beautiful winter wedding.)

Yellow: Happiness, Optimism, Idealism, Sunshine, Summer, Cheerfulness, Joy, Friendship, Hope, Energy, Welcoming, Home, Cooperation, Intellect, Confidence (Yellow will grab attention and create a happy atmosphere. Remember to use softer shades of yellow such as butter or cream for spring and darker shades for fall!)

Whatever color(s) you choose remember, the wedding day is all about the bride and the groom, so choose the colors that work best and mean most to the two of you.

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Rose Haller is a Professional Wedding Planner, specializing in LDS Weddings and LDS Reception Planning for 30 years. She is Editor-in-Chief and Chief Creative Officer of and Celestial Publishing.

Rose was a Musical Theatre Major as an undergrad. Rose has both a Degree & a Professional Designation in Clothing Manufacturing and Merchandising. She and her husband, Dr. Howard Edward Haller, live in the Pacific Northwest, they have six grown children and a growing number of grandchildren; they are both active members of the LDS Church. (The Complete Online Planner for LDS Weddings) (Providing Elegant LDS Wedding Reception ideas!)

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