2020 wedding color trends, wedding color inspiration, wedding color ideas

Top Wedding Color Trends for 2020

Selecting your wedding colors isn’t as easy as it sounds – how do you decide when there are so many options out there? And do you even have to pick a color scheme?

Often, couples already have their colors in mind by the time they start selecting invitations, so I hear a lot of color opinions from my clients that let me see firsthand where the trends are going. Of course, a stationery designer like myself can also help when it comes to creating a color scheme for your big day and designing a branded look from start to finish for your event. (Check out my post about custom invitations for more on our design process)

Why choosing your wedding colors is important

For an expert opinion on wedding colors, I’ve enlisted the help of one of my favorite Austin-based wedding planners, Ellen Westcott of Westcott Weddings.. Before we dive into inspiration, let’s hear what the she has to say about all things color!

Q: What are your favorite wedding colors for 2020?
Ellen: Honestly, any and ALL color! I love white and green, but I’m all about a bold color palette full of life and energy and fun!

Q: Are there any colors you are tired of seeing?
Ellen: Controversial answer, but I think “dusty blue” has run its course 🙂

Q: Is it necessary for a couple to choose a color scheme for their big day? If so, why?
Ellen: Yes! Like all things design-related, it helps to have something to fall back on when you are evaluating the rest of your design decisions. One of the first things I work on with my couples is a design board that is meant to capture overall look and feel, color palette, style, tone and texture.

Throughout the planning process, when fun ideas pop up, we refer back to the mood board to make sure it fits and advances the overall story we’re trying to tell throughout the day. If it does, hooray — we pursue it! If it doesn’t, we save it (or pass it off as a fun idea for a bridal shower or otherwise). Your color palette will dictate so many of your other decisions — flowers, paper, rentals…the list goes on!

Q: Any tips for how to pick a color scheme? Should this be done early in the planning process?
Ellen: Pick your venue first and then as one of your first steps, start designing your day, including the color story. I think it’s important to enhance what the venue has (vs. fighting against it), which is why it’s good to have your venue secured before you become too attached to any particular look. From there, collect images you love — they don’t have to be wedding images! (In fact, it’s actually better if they’re images that just inspire you — fashion, interiors, travel, etc.) Chances are, you will see a common theme surface…and of course, if you need help finding it, that’s what we’re here for!

Thank you, Ellen, for these incredibly helpful tips! For some serious wedding-envy, go check out Westcott Weddings’ instagram page.


My top color picks for 2020


Like Ellen, I love so. many. colors. But I do have some strong favorites right now! Without further ado, here are my top color picks for 2020:

FOREST GREEN

Sophisticated, Eclectic, Urban-boho

Forest green wedding inspiration is hands down the color request I am hearing most from couples at the moment. My top tip for styling this color: Go clean and modern for a fresh take! While I love the rustic woodsy weddings you see all over pinterest these days, right now I’m enamored with a minimal take on the greenery trend, pairing forest green with white (plus touches of black, copper or cream) for a minimal, chic vibe.

Forest Green Wedding Inspiration

Clockwise from top left: Once Wed / Junebug Weddings / Ellie Gillard Photography / 3 Deseos y Medio / Green Wedding Shoes / Fine Day Press

Suggested Invitation Pairings:

PAINTERLY INVITATION

MINIMALIST INVITATIONS


TERRACOTTA

Natural, Earthy, Modern

I’m loving terracotta for weddings right now! This warmly exotic shade brings to mind an “old-world” feel (think Italian frescoes and Mediterranean rooftops) and can pair with a myriad of styles from tropical to romantic. I’m digging it as a modern, eclectic look when combined with warmer shades, or minimal with black and white.

Bonus: It’s a super flattering shade so your ‘maids will be happy!

Terracotta Wedding Inspiration

Clockwise from top left: Westcott Weddings / Pinterest / Fine Day Press / West End Photography / Westcott Weddings / Pinterest

Suggested Invitation Pairings:

ESSIE INVITATION

ARTISAN INVITATION


CLASSIC BLUE

Fresh, Luxurious, Calming

Pantone’s 2020 color pick, Classic Blue, is the perfect choice for your big day. This wedding color is strong enough to stand on its own, without being overpowering. I like it paired with softly neutral florals and lots of greenery, as shown in the inspiration below.

Classic Blue Wedding Inspiration

Clockwise from top left: 100 Layer Cake / Fine Day Press Custom Invitation / Martha Stewart Weddings / Green Wedding Shoes / Pinterest / Carats and Cake

Suggested Invitation Pairings:

INDIGO INVITATIONS


GOLDEN YELLOW

Bold, Artistic, Unexpected

Golden yellow is a major fave for me. This ochre hued wedding color can evoke strong love-it-or-hate-it reactions and I’m firmly in the LOVE camp on this one. Like terracotta, a golden yellow inspired wedding can be styled as modern-chic or take a more boho styling situation. This color stands up to strong branding and a clear point of view. Picture a Wes Anderson-styled wedding à la Margot Tenenbaum and you’ve got the Golden Yellow mindset in a nutshell!

Yellow Wedding Inspiration

Clockwise from top left: Hilde / Jenny Yoo / 100 Layer Cake / Style Me Pretty / Intimate Weddings / Fine Day Press

Suggested Invitation Pairings:

ELEMENTAL INVITATION

IKAT INVITATION


MAUVE

Sophisticated, Romantic, Neutral

Mauve made a big splash in 2019 and is still going strong as a 2020 wedding color! It’s a more modern take on the classic blush (which will never go away and IMO is a color you also can’t go wrong with – I will forever be a blush fan and I’m not ashamed to admit it. It’s all in how you style it, friends!)

Mauve can act as a perfect neutral shade to build your wedding decor around – it plays nicely with other neutrals like taupes, goes super sophisticated with black and cream, or pair it with a surprising complimentary tone like mustard or dark greens and blues.

Mauve Wedding Inspiration

Clockwise from top left: Once Wed / Green Wedding Shoes / Fine Day Press / Pinterest / Style Me Pretty / Wedding Chicks

Suggested Invitation Pairings:

OMBRE INVITATION

PASTEL MODERN INVITATION

Modern yet romantic wedding invitation suite with soft watercolor textures

Well, there you have it! Those are my top wedding color picks for 2020, along with the perfect invitations for each. You can find tons more wedding inspiration on our Pinterest profile!

xo, Ashley