Red color palettes are ideal for weddings in every season. Red can be fun and bold – perfect for outdoor summer weddings, or it can be warm and romantic to brighten winter nuptials. Red is also a terrific color for most holiday wedding events.
Why Choose a Red Color Palette?
Whether you’re creating a rich, luxurious atmosphere or something bright and cheerful, red is versatile enough to do it with style. Red is a passionate color, representing prosperity and good luck in some cultures – it’s not uncommon for red to be the color of eastern bridal gowns! There are several shades of red that complement a wide range of colors. The abundance of red flower choices is also a plus.
Red Flower Ideas
From romantic to exhilarating, the choices for red wedding flowers are amazing! You can’t go wrong with a lush bouquet of classic red roses. Red tulips, surrounded by bright complementary colors are a gorgeous choice for a spring ceremony, while bright poinsettias or lush chrysanthemums are great winter blooms. Consider using single red lilies for centerpieces and be careful to keep your color choice under control – a red color palette can be overwhelming without a balancing complementary shade to create the right mood.
Colors That Complement a Red Palette
Red can be paired with almost any color to create an array of atmospheres. The only hue I would recommend staying away from if you’re planning a red wedding is purple – the two of these attention-getting shades together can be overpowering.
Spring celebration. Vivid red, accented with cheerful yellow makes a fun combination for a spring wedding, especially casual outdoor events. Blend in a bright shade of pink or spring green for more formal affairs.
Classic romance. Red is often associated with love. Pair it with shades of pink for an enchanting color scheme. Reds, pinks, and whites are a must for a Valentine’s Day wedding but this color palette will work for any time of year.
Holiday weddings in red. I just mentioned the ideal Valentine’s Day color combination; red can also be paired with white or green for Christmas or with blue and white for Independence Day.
Evening elegance. Silver is a wonderful complement to a red color palette if you’re planning a formal affair. Black also makes an elegant, but bold statement alongside red.
Cool autumn. A rusty shade of red makes a nice foundation for a fall wedding color palette. Add soft oranges or deep yellows for a crisp autumn lineup of colors.
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