By Alyssa Clough

Published on March 21, 2016

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Photography by COLIN COWIE WEDDINGS VIA WEDDINGFORWARD.COM

blush

I mean, we couldn’t not! Light pinks have always held a prominent place in wedding color schemes, but blush is having a serious moment. As you probably know, a shade of blush was named one of Pantone’s Colors of the Year—and for good reason. 

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Photography by MINT PHOTOGRAPHY VIA STYLEMEPRETTY.COM

Faint blush hues can be incorporated to pretty much any part of your wedding, including these mismatched bridesmaids dresses. 

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Photography by POLKA DOT BRIDE

yellow

The smallest pop of yellow can go a long way when it comes to weddings. 

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Photography by JAMES MOES VIA VOGUE

If a true yellow isn’t for you, a deeper mustard shade is equally as stunning, particularly when it comes to florals. 

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Photography by JOSE VILLA VIA VOGUE

burnt bronze

This bronze, teal, and mint green invitation situation really speaks to us. 

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Photography by THEKNOT.COM

This DIY wedding backdrop is natural, breezy, and perfect for an outdoor or beach wedding. 

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Photography by JOSE VILLA VIA VOGUE

soft florals

Almost all brides favor solid bridesmaids dresses over prints, but these pretty floral dresses are too good to pass up. 

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Photography by ALI HARPER VIA SOUTHERN WEDDINGS

Summer brides having outdoor ceremonies should definitely consider a soft, watercolor floral for their bridesmaids dresses. 

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Photography by MILKBARSTORE.COM

deep purple

Dress up a naked cake with bright, bold purple flowers. 

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Photography by AMY HUTCHINSON PHOTOGRAPHY VIA THEBRIDESCAFE.COM

Make your bouquet stand out with a darker floral arrangement. 

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Photography by ONELOVE PHOTOGRAPHY VIA THE KNOT

metallics

Shiny surfaces are also having a moment. It would be totally feasible to incorporate gold, rose gold, silver, or brass into many different parts of your ceremony. The invitations, bouquet wraps, and balloons like these are easy, small ways to make details stand out.

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Photography by DIANA MCGREGOR VIA STYLEMEPRETTY.COM

Metallics and beading can also spice up otherwise plain nude or blush dresses. Look for a faint, pretty pattern like the one you see here to avoid jarring, over-the-top accents that might photograph poorly.

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Photography by SUMMER STREET PHOTOGRAPHY VIA ELIZABETHANNEDESIGNS.COM

black and white

A black and white color palette is usually saved for more formal winter weddings, but we’re totally feeling the combo for summer. When paired with other neutral fabrics like in this table setting, it totally works. 

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Photography by BRITTA MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY VIA STYLEMEPRETTY.COM

The chic, black dress paired with white flowers (you can even add a few blush tones, too!) will create a sophisticated vibe. 

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Photography by JESSICA BURKE VIA STYLEMEPRETTY.COM

lilac-gray

A little bit of lilac with a little bit of gray feels very current. It’s not too bright, can be effortlessly paired with a million other colors (including more neutrals, like a true gray), and can be found in florals, table settings, invitations, and dresses.

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Photography by SAMM BLAKE VIA STYLEMEPRETTY.COM

This soft, pretty shade is trendy, but will stand the test of time. 

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Photography by SABRINA LIGHTBOURN VIA VOGUE

pops of blue

Personalizing your space—even your dance floor—is important. Adding blues, whether the color is in your color scheme or not, works in most cases. See this beach wedding, for instance!

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Photography by MARIA MACK PHOTOGRAPHY VIA THE KNOT

This is just another example of how you can really transform an event space, even if you’re DIY-ing a streamer ceiling instead of renting (or designing!) a custom dance floor. 

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Photography by PINTEREST

nudes and champagnes

This is nothing new, but that’s because it works! Everyone is tan in the summer and the color palette naturally blends well with a sandy, beach wedding. 

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Photography by RUTH EILEEN VIA STYLEMEPRETTY.COM

See what we mean? Nudes and blushes photograph (and look, of course) so serene. And while nudes and champagnes might not be bright, they’re definitely not boring, either. The natural, neutral hues are calming, peaceful, and naturally just gorgeous. 

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Photography by TROY GROVER PHOTOGRAPHERS

all white

If you’d categorize yourself as an untraditional bride, consider an all-white wedding. This of course means other people will also be wearing white, but it looks so nice! 

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Photography by REID OF WHEN HE FOUND HER

Accessorize a white, gauzy tent with white table settings and flowers for a sophisticated country wedding feel.