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Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Color schemes for spring and summer weddings


Spring and summer wedding color schemes are some of the industry’s most romantic and beautiful shades.

With bright florals, sunny venues, and sleek dresses, the spring and summer seasons are an easy and fun time to plan weddings.

One of the very first steps of planning a wedding in any season is deciding on a color scheme. You have to do this before moving on to the next steps of the planning process, like florals, decor, bridesmaids’ dresses, and more.

However, with so many bright color schemes and combinations, it can be daunting to narrow them down and maybe even a stopping point along your planning journey.

This doesn’t have to be the case, and it may be beneficial to consider some color combinations and narrow down your choices early on in the planning process. Then, you and your partner can select your favorite color combination and decide on one from there.

You can use many different methods to find a color scheme that will work perfectly for your spring or summer wedding. You can select from your saved inspiration photos on Pinterest, pick one color you love and let your wedding planner help you decide the rest, or choose from some popular color schemes.

Building off of one color: Pantone’s Peach Fuzz

If you want to select one iconic color and build a scheme off of that, consider using Pantone’s 2024 color of the year– Peach Fuzz.

According to Brides.com, PANTONE 13-1023 or “Peach Fuzz,” is a warm shade between pink and orange. And it will be on display throughout many weddings this year.

Peach Fuzz works well with complimentary pinks, oranges, yellows and purples. Some shades include lavender, chartreuse, tangerine, burnt orange, apricot, rose and soft baby pink. These will work together to create a romantic “sunrise” type of color scheme.

Order a swatch of peach fuzz and start playing around with how you want to incorporate the color into your wedding– whether through floral arrangements with this as one of the predominant hues or through stationary, table decor, cocktails, etc.

Selecting from popular 2024 color combinations

Like all wedding trends, the New Year has brought in new popular wedding color schemes that we will likely see in many spring and summer weddings this year.

The Knot predicts that we will see more “bold” color schemes this year, even during the spring and summer, when color palettes are usually on the softer, lighter side.

Aimee Monihan, founder of Destination Occasions, an event planning company specializing in destination weddings around the world, predicts for “The Knot” that joyful mixes of blues, light purples, yellows and corals will have their moment this year, as well as bolder tones like “Barbie Pink,” shades of red and deeper purples.

If “red” stands out to you as an unlikely spring color, consider how popular the color became throughout late 2023. People have found many ways to incorporate different bright shades of red into their everyday style, and the wedding style will likely be no different in 2024.

Consider the romantic color scheme of red, pink and white, or bright red, tangerine orange, soft yellow, cream, and green hues.

The Knot also predicts that lilac, periwinkle and lavender will work well together for the spring and summer. You can play around with different shades and consider adding deeper tones of blue and green if you’d like.

Lime green is also predicted to have a moment in 2024; spring and summer would be its time to shine.

This color may sound jarring, and it doesn’t often get used for wedding palettes, but it emotes a happy, upbeat energy that could be beautiful with the right complementary colors.

Consider pairing it with bright pinks, yellows, oranges, and maybe a disco ball or two partially contemporary look that fits perfectly with a classy, modern wedding setting,” explains Su.

Want a less traditional choice? “Consider succulents, which do well with heat and little water,” says Fraser.

Ask McCord Jones, and she’ll recommend roses, carnations, alstroemeria, cushion flowers, and mums, “as these varieties demonstrate better heat resistance and longevity. Also, you might want to consider using preserved, faux, or dried flowers to help capture an attractive floral vision while ensuring resilience.”

Whatever flowers you select, remember that they’ll need some extra TLC if you plan to keep them outdoors on a hot day.

“Ensuring the freshness of your flowers under the sun and in high temperatures hinges on one crucial factor: water and hydration. The absence of a water source poses a significant risk – particularly in soaring temperatures,” cautions McCord Jones. “Even wet floral foam has limitations, so opt for a floral design that can incorporate a vase of water if you can.”

Fraser seconds those sentiments. “It’s important to keep the flowers and water and away from direct sunlight until absolutely necessary to take them out for set up,” he suggests. “If using a vase, the vase should be well cleaned out beforehand. Trim the stems at an angle underwater for maximum absorption. The water should be lukewarm but not extremely hot or cold, and if the flowers are being used for more than a day, the water should continually be refreshed each day.”

Misting flowers can help keep them fresh and vibrant. McCord Jones says a practical solution for floral arches or installations involves a thorough spraydown with a water-filled pump sprayer.

For more petite floral arrangements, a simple bottle of water or the use of Crowning Glory floral spray is recommended.

“If you have a boutonniere or corsage, which obviously cannot be put in water, you can place them in the refrigerator intermittently, but not too long, or they will get too cold,” Fraser continues.

The bottom line? Play it safe and discuss your flower species and presentation options thoroughly with your florist or wedding planner before your big day to avoid floral frustrations.


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