15+ Ways to Infuse a Pop of Color Into Your Wedding Day

Give your wedding an extra dose of fun with these colorful ideas.

wedding ceremony
Photo: Wild Whim Design & Photography via LuckEleven Events

1. Encourage guests to wear bright colors. "I am so lucky, many of my clients love pops of color in their wedding design just as I do! One of my favorite ways to incorporate color is beyond the design of the event: encouraging your guests to wear fun colors and patterns. As they fill up most of the space, the whole event will brighten up. Bonus points for a color palette!" —Melanie Levin, Owner, LuckEleven Events

2. Leave white plates behind. "Forget white plates. Embrace new table top options that include pink, gray, blue, and even black plates as a surprising pop of color. Bear in mind that whenever choosing a plate color, consider your menu. The color of the plate should contrast and accentuate the food being served on it." —Mandy Connor, Owner, Hummingbird Events & Design

wedding table place setting
Photo: Zac Wolf Photography via Cape Cod Celebrations

3. Try color-blocking your wedding party. "Color is the new way of the world, and there are endless ways to incorporate it into your special day. One of my favorite methods is color blocking! For this style, you choose a palette of varying (but complementary) colors and group them together throughout your event. This could look like blocks of certain colors down the center of a long table or across several tables in your floor plan. You might also consider carrying this through to your wedding party and offering each member of your wedding party a different flower or color for their bouquet or boutonniere." —Alexandra Dennison, Owner & Lead Planner, Eventlightenment Planning

4. Show off some color with your bouquet. "There's nothing more beautiful than a classic and neutral wedding, but adding pops of color into your details make it a fun surprise. Your wedding bouquet is a great detail to have as your pop of color, as most wedding dresses are white, and it makes a fun contrast to the neutral color dress. Once you're done with your ceremony, your bouquet can be repurposed on your sweetheart table, cake table, or welcome table in your reception to keep the pop of color throughout the night." —Casey Stamouli, Owner & Lead Planner, Casey & Co. Events

bride and groom
Photo: Laurken Kendall Photography via Bridal Bliss

5. Make a splash at cocktail hour. "Serving vibrant cocktails that match your wedding theme not only delights the taste buds but also creates a cohesive visual experience. The vivid colors of the cocktails against the backdrop of vibrant red rose bushes and happy guests make for fantastic photo opportunities and unforgettable moments." —Anastasia Shevchenko, Sheff Production Photography & Videography

wedding cocktail
Photo: Sheff Production Photography & Video

6. Opt for ombré. "Another way to use color is to work within a single color story, but varying shades of that color. For example, you might work within a blue color palette, but incorporate shades from deep indigo to a brighter teal to a paler light blue — similar to ombré, but without the strict gradient structure. Compile all of the shades together for an explosion of colors and a dynamic (and different) look1" —Alexandra Dennison, Owner & Lead Planner, Eventlightenment Planning

ombre wedding ceremony aisle
Photo: Deyla Huss Photography via Bridal Bliss

7. Embrace maximalism. "The name of the game is 'elegant maximalism' when it comes to tablescape design. Go big on your tablescape. Don't stop at the floral elements in terms of color expression. Carry color through to your glassware, flatware, linens, floral, and non-floral elements (hello, fresh fruit!) This makes a bold statement that goes above the beyond standard centerpieces design as the color focal point to your tables." —Mandy Connor, Owner, Hummingbird Events & Design

wedding tablescape
Photo: Henry and Mac via Hummingbird Events

8. Choose colorful candles. "Colorful candles can add an unexpected pop of color to a tablescape and are available in many sizes and styles to complement any wedding day style." —Stephanie, Cape Cod Celebrations

9. Have a colorful cake! "Say goodbye to the traditional white cakes and spring and opt for a beautifully designed cake that becomes a vibrant focal point. There are so many options when working with color — incorporating multiple colorful layers that reflect your, adding intricate designs, or bold patterns — the possibilities are endless. A colorful cake not only looks great, but it also adds a fun and exciting touch to your wedding celebration. Everyone will want a photo of it!" —Taylor Brione Ballard, CWP, Experiences by Taylor Brione

colorful wedding cake
Photo: Lev Kuperman via Hummingbird Events & Design

10. Add color to the groom’s boutonniere. "Making a statement with a bold and colorful boutonniere on the groom's tuxedo adds a touch of charm and personality to his attire. The vibrant colors complement the overall theme of the wedding and showcase the groom's sense of style and confidence." —Anastasia Shevchenko, Sheff Production Photography & Videography

colorful groom boutonniere
Photo: Sheff Production Photography & Video

11. Highlight color with your napkins and linens. "Your napkins and other linens are a great way to highlight a color that compliments the aesthetic of your event — my favorite places to source these are Nuage Designs or BBJ La Tavola." —Ashley Lachney, Owner, Alston Mayger Events

wedding tablescape
Photo: Mikhail Glabets via Hummingbird Events & Design

12. Focus on the day-of little details. "Add pops of color to your day-of details like table runners, cocktail napkins or flower bouquets." —Colleen, The Handkerchief Shop

wedding tablescape
Photo: Henry and Mac via Hummingbird Events & Design

13. Try changing into a colorful outfit. "There are many ways to incorporate color, and I'm thrilled that vibrant tones are on trend. I love a vibrant outfit change to really kick off the party. So many options!" —Nora Sheils, Founder, Bridal Bliss + Co-Founder, Rock Paper Coin

14. Add a pop of color to your reception décor. "I love how many of my couples are embracing bolder color choices for their big day. I've had couples use customized neon signs, bold cake and dessert displays, and smoke bombs to bring pops of color into their celebration. Honestly, it brings a fun element to the day and allows guests to dress up in a colorful theme, too! I don't think this trend will go out of style as long as it's done right, feels cohesive, and feels like you!" —Kari Dirksen-Smith, CEO & Lead Planner, Feathered Arrow Studio

15. Set the tone with your stationery. "Set the tone with eye-catching invitations in shades of peach and blue, which can instantly grab your guests' attention. The combination of these colors brings a sense of elegance and fun, giving your guests a glimpse of the excitement they can expect at your wedding. Adding playful pink and deep blue accents to your wedding stationery injects a sense of whimsy and uniqueness. These colors bring an element of surprise and creativity to your invitations, making them stand out and leave a lasting impression on your guests. Embrace the magic of colors and let your wedding radiate with personality and charm. Let your imagination run wild and bring your dream wedding to life with a delightful burst of colors!" —Anastasia Shevchenko, Sheff Production Photography & Videography

wedding sign
Photo: RT Faith Photography via Alston Mayger Events

16. Create a colorful escort display. "Add color to your wedding day with unique and personalized details! Help guests to their table with a bold escort wall or card. Have fun with it and make it your own." —Jessica Rodriguez Hanselman, Crossed Keys Estate

wedding escort card display
Photo: Gabbie Burseth via Feathered Arrow Events

17. Have a colorful tablescape. "Floral is usually a go-to choice for adding pops of color to your wedding day — however, don't neglect the power of your tablescape! Menu cards, place cards, napkins, and linens are all elements you can consider when inserting pops of color into your design. A fun and bold choice is adding color with your chair selection." —Angela Carter, CMP, Carter Group Creative