Nothing is quite as classic and dreamy as a neutral palette on your wedding day, especially if you’re looking for a soft and romantic ambiance. Neutrals are becoming one of the most popular choices among brides when it comes to wedding colors this season.
When deciding which neutral wedding colors to add, know that the selection of shades within any one color is abundant. Mixing and matching shades can actually add more elegance. It’s all about choosing the colors and shade that match your personality and desired vibe best.
Choosing wedding colors based on emotions:
The color palette below is a quick and easy reference for some neutral wedding colors inspiration. When considering which colors to choose, remember that each color “family” gives off a different feeling. For example, stick to blush, light pink, and “light mulberry” (shown below) for a more romantic and playful feel. For something more refined and stylish, however, choose darker neutral wedding colors like maroon, rose, dark pink, etc.
How to mix and match neutral wedding colors:
When mixing and matching wedding colors, a good rule of thumb (using the example palette below) is to mix and match colors within the same column or family. “The best way to mix and match your neutrals is most definitely with your bridal party. “Although you can always find one neutral that looks good on everyone, mixing and matching allows each friend to wear something that reflects her style and highlights her best features,” says MyWedding. Be careful not to go overboard with different shades of neutrals. For example, stay within the warm tones family, such as light pink and peach, or if you go in the opposite direction, stay within the cool color family, such as grays and tans.
Add glamour to your palette:
If you want to add glamour, try adding a touch of a shimmery neutral color, (staying within your color family) such as touches of champagne to the bridesmaids dresses. “This little bit of razzle dazzle will enhance your creamy neutrals, rather than completely overpower them,” says MyWedding. Shimmer looks great paired with nude and neutral colors, and is an easy and subtle way to add a small touch of glam! (and who doesn’t love a little glam!?)
Photo: Materials World
Neutral colored wedding gowns:
Many brides are even bringing neutrals into their wedding dresses, which is definitely a nontraditional way to add this trend! “Blush wedding dresses are so popular that they’ve almost become a trend – many designers create beautiful gowns with lots of feminine details to make the bride look like a princess,” says happywed.
For the non traditional bride, a blush gown may be a great way to make a bold statement, but if it’s not for you or you’re set on a classic white dress, there are still MANY unique options to include neutrals in your wedding colors palette.
Take a look at the wedding board below featuring the pink neutral family. You can see that there are so many ways to incorporate neutral wedding colors!
Photo: Burnetts Boards
Add neutral colored flowers:
One of our most favorite and easiest ways to incorporate neutrals into a wedding is with flowers! “To bring this palette to your flowers use muted blooms like pale peach peonies, ivory roses, and anemones. Mix them with gorgeous neutral greenery like succulents, dusty miller, ferns, and brunia berries to add dimension and subtle beauty to each bouquet,” says MyWedding.
You may also want to check out eucalyptus flowers, popping up on the wedding scene. “Eucalyptus leaves (shown below) provide their own sort of soft neutral, with their pale hue,” says MyWedding.
For our DIY brides, check out these Whimsical Flower DIY Centerpieces – not only do they add a magical touch to your wedding, but they’re also a great way to sprinkle some neutral colors onto your reception tables.
Add neutrals to shoes and other wedding accessories like purses, hair accessories, shoes, invites, etc.. See our full list below for even more ideas!
Add neutrals to:
- Wedding Invitations
- Wedding favors. Try these Personalized Sweet Caramel Rolls
- Bridesmaids dresses
- Adding neutral flowers to your cake
- Neutral colored drip frosting on your cake
- The ceremony chairs and/or chair ribbon
- A sash/belt
- Shoes (bride and/or bridesmaids)
- Jewelry (bride and/or bridesmaids)
- A purse (bride and/or bridesmaids)
- A tie or boutonniere for the groom and/or his groomsman
- Table cloths (or napkins for a more subtle pop of neutral tones) at the reception
- Pink rose petals or other neutral flowers along the aisle
- The bouquets
For even more neutral wedding colors inspiration, check out our Neutral Wedding Palette Inspiration Pinterest board
One of the tastiest and most unique ways to add neutral colors to your wedding is with a donut wall! Donuts? Yes! The trick is to use a neutral color donut (shown below) or add frosting to match your color palette. Learn more about donut walls and how to create your own!
Photo: Good House Keeping
NEUTRAL DIY 1: Neutral Table Skirt
This DIY table skirt (shown below) is soft, playful and perfect for our boho brides! First, find pieces of neutral fabric – remembering to stay within the neutral color family you chose. You can go to any fabric store to find some inexpensive fabrics in a wide variety of colors. Cut the fabric into long skinny strips and hang them around the edge of your table – Viola!
“Neutral fabrics in shades of beige make for a carefree and whimsical, yet romantic table skirt.” says Hillary Hoffower on Brides.com. This look works best when applied to only one or two tables, for example the champagne and/or place card table. Finish or enhance this look by placing a bouquet of white flowers on top for a sophisticated reception entrance.
- A small table
- Neutral fabric of your choice
- Glue to attach the fabric to the table
- Flowers for the table that look best with your fabric of choice!
Check out the complete DIY tutorial and make your own!
NEUTRAL DIY 2: Fabric Ball Aisle Decor
These DIY fabric balls are a great (and inexpensive) alternative to flowers along the wedding aisle and an easy way to add neutrals to your decor. They add both texture and color to your wedding ceremony. When creating your own, feel free to get funky and creative in your fabric choices. For a fun pop of glam, try champagne or glitter fabric for one or two of your balls throughout the aisle.
Photo: Bridal Guide
- 4 yards assorted fabric
- Hot glue gun
- Twelve 6-inch Styrofoam balls
Check out the full DIY tutorial to start creating!
NEUTRAL DIY 3: Flower Hair Comb
We are always looking for awesome DIY’s for brides and this one is, well… pretty awesome. This DIY is a simple and subtle way to add a neutral touch of color to your hair – personalized to your style. It’s elegant and classy and it’s also incredibly easy to make! This comb (shown below) paired with a low messy bun updo makes for a very romantic and feminine look that matches your wedding colors perfectly!
Photo: Jewel Salem
- An 11 cm comb
- A hot glue gun
- Pearls, fake neutral flowers, gems, plastic flower gems, and anything else you want to glue on the the comb!
- Quick tip: you can get all of these materials all in one place at any craft store, such as Michaels!
Follow this super simple and stylish DIY tutorial and make your own!
From roses, to dresses, to cheap DIY projects, adding neutral to your wedding colors is a piece of cake (no pun intended). If you’re looking for the perfect color palette to add to the elegance of your day while still being classy yet trendy, give the neutral trend a try.
Are you (or someone you know) planning a wedding with a neutral color palette?
If you’re planning a wedding with a neutral wedding palette, or including creative neutral decor, accessories, or DIY neutrals, leave a comment below and let us know!
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