Wedding Color Schemes

It’s officially mid-November and we’re getting into the holiday spirit! We’ve been seeing shades of red everywhere this time of year, and the version we’re really loving right now is true, bright red.

We’re inspired by the way this classic color appears in nature—as in red roses and fresh strawberries—and in weddings, such as Vera Wang’s red dress collection or a party of bright bridesmaids.

Whether you’re getting married around the holidays or you just love the eye-catching, happy color of love, check out our wedding ideas below. Think about dressing up a white wedding dress with a red shoe or statement necklace, or incorporate red into your beauty look with a bright lip or bold nails.

For more color palette ideas, check out our Pinterest boards or our posts on yellow, grey, berry or lavender weddings!


Vera Wang | kate spade new york garden path necklace | garland via Style Me Pretty | red bridesmaids via Wedding Chicks | strawberry dessert via Tartelette | Halogen ‘Marla’ Pump | Badgley Mischka ‘Petal’ Pump | Jill Jill Stuart Silk Chiffon Dress | red lips via Wedding Chicks | bouquet via A Crimson Kiss | Kendra Scott ‘Selma’ Earrings | heart cake topper via Style Me Pretty


Saukok Tiampo, regular contributor to REVEL, shares the latest light and bright palette of wedding details, just in time for summer nuptials.

Inspired by playful florals and refreshing fruit details, this Preppy Lemon + Green wedding palette is perfect for the hot summer months! Your bridesmaids will thank you for their romantic chiffon gowns in sunny yellow hues, complimented by fresh greenery and seersucker details for an extra dose of preppy goodness.

Hero‘Delicia’ Gown from Two by Rosa Clara | kate spade new york ‘shalyn’ pump | Calibrate Satin Tie in Light Maize | JS Boutique Ruffled Silk Chiffon Halter Gown

For more details on this Preppy Lemon + Green wedding inspiration, head on over to REVEL!

‘Til next time,


Anything gold and shimmering in wedding decor instantly takes your ceremony and reception space up a notch, and we think we just might have found the perfect pairing! Turquoise and gold together makes us think of luxury and summer, with just a bit of cozy and vintage tied in.

Have you ever browsed through your grandparents’ wedding album for inspiration? Look beyond the dated photos and you’ll see this charming duo (the colors and the couple!) in not only the decor, but the bridal and bridal party fashion, as well. Make this color scheme your own with elegant table settings, bridesmaid dresses, and maybe a pop of pink to really bring out the cheerful hue of turquoise.


Want this look? Check out some of our favorite picks from The Wedding Suite at Nordstrom:


Pictured: Amsale Wedding Gown Kendra Scott ‘Skylar’ Spear Earrings | Donna Morgan Peplum Dress

Nadri Crystal Bangle | Kate Spade Necklace | Kayu ‘Jen’ Straw Clutch Ivanka Trump ‘Hara’ Sandal


Mandy and the Team

Inspiration images via

Photo by: Austin Gros on Wedding Chicks via | Photo by: Studio222 Photography on Every Last Detail via | Photo by: The Daylight on Bridal Musings via |Photo by: Katie Stoops Photography on Inspired By This via | Photo by: Imbue Weddings on Polka Dot Bride via | Photo by: Love Life Images on The Brides Cafe via | Photo by: Yan Photo on Snippet and Ink via | Photo by: Imbue Weddings on Polka Dot Bride via | Photo by: Beaux Arts Photographie on Kelly Oshiro via

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We all know Pinterest is a bride-to-be’s best friend. (Let’s be honest, the same goes for a pre-bride-to-be—hello, secret wedding boards!) With thousands of beautiful, inspirational images of everything from gowns to flowers to food, we can’t get enough either!

One of our favorite pinning pastimes is finding inspiring color suggestions and images, and we know brides agree. So we’re thrilled to be partnering with The Perfect Palette on our Nordstrom Weddings Pinterest boards, to bring you ideas in every shade of the rainbow.

The Perfect Palette is THE source of color inspiration for parties, fashion, and of course, weddings. There are 54 shades to choose from on the Search by Color function, and more palette board ideas than we can count. The pairings are fresh and unique, and the color names (“cerulean”, “fig”, “latte”) take us back to our Crayola days.

Look for our shared Pinterest boards where we’re always pinning bouquets, table decor, bridesmaid dresses, bridal accessories and shoes…really, we’re as addicted as you are! We grouped colors in these categories so you can get mix-and-match inspiration.

BOLD BRIGHTS: think electric blue, hot pink, sunny yellow, grass green


SPARKLE & SHINE: think silver, gold, copper, pewter, bronze

PERFECT PASTELS: think peach, blush, mint, lavender, lemon

BLACK & WHITE: think, well, black and white (but oh, the combinations!)

Follow us and tell us what you like in your comments and repins!

We also have a NEW Shop by Color function for bridesmaid dresses on our site. Check it out!


Saukok Tiampo, guest contributor of REVEL, has us dreaming of spring with this lovely palette.

Our latest wedding look is inspired by an updated country affair, in peach and dusty blue. Pretty shades of peach with touches of lace make for a soft look that evokes spring, while the dusty blues add a bit of elegant contrast (this is no honky-tonk!) The addition of some woodsy neutrals gives it a rustic feel, ideal for an outdoor spring/summer celebration!

Nordstrom never ceases to amaze me with the amount of perfect pretties to be found in one place:

‘Dakota’ gown from Two by Rosa Clara | Kendra Scott Earrings | Badgley Mischka ‘Goodie’ Heels | ‘Jessie’ dress from Donna Morgan

Visit me at REVEL for all the details on this dusty blue and peach wedding inspiration, or to check out our wedding inspiration by color and style!

Did he pop the question? Submit your wedding colors/your inspiration, and you may just see us build you a board in REVEL by Request!

‘Til next time,

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This week, Cara, our Bridal Project Manager, ponders the allure of a winter wedding and throws together two thematic palettes: silver and cranberry.

While I was dreaming of a white Christmas (which I got, yay!), I also dreamed of a winter wedding. The season is so romantic and sparkly, couldn’t it be amazing? Imagine falling snow, twinkling lights, glitzy decorations, dancing the night away at the ball, you and your beloved in a horse-drawn sleigh arriving at your castle…

Oh, did I get a little carried away there? Maybe. But even without a castle, a winter wedding sounds magical. When we got engaged, I thought of a New Year’s Eve wedding almost immediately. (I even considered going for it this year, but that didn’t last long! Planning a wedding in two months didn’t seem possible, given that I can barely plan what to eat for dinner tonight.)

I’m still thinking a bit about doing a winter wedding next year. I keep seeing indoor settings that are just stunning, like a high-ceilinged lodge or loft space decked out with white candles, fresh green boughs and warm lighting. Or a quaint church with gold accents, crimson flowers and a lively band (Love Actually, anyone?). Of course I imagine all this with snow outside, and the chances of that in Seattle are slim. And trading my faux-fur stole for a North Face rain jacket just doesn’t complete the picture in the same way. 🙂

Roses by Reem Acra “Ivy” Gown | Table Décor | Jenny Yoo “Kiera” and Convertible Dresses
Eliza J Faux Fur Stole | Nina Comb | Nadri “Art Deco” Earrings | Glitter Pinecone | Eliza J Tulip Dress
Nina Beaded Clutch | Nina “Kylene” Necklace | Badgley Mischka “Salsa” Pump | Glitter Ornament
Wedding Cake | ML Monique Lhuillier Ruched Dress | Winter Bouquet

Christian Siriano Gown (at selected Nordstrom Wedding Suites) | Floral Table Runner | Xscape Satin Dress
Maggy London Bow Dress | Nina “Eiffel” Earrings | Majorica Bracelet | Tasha Hairpin | Flowers | Glint Clutch
Tree Party Favors | Stuart Weitzman “Stopstraffic” Sandal | Cocktails on Tray
Bouquet in Jar | Green Tablescape| ML Monique Lhuillier Chiffon Dress

I put together the collages above, inspired by the beautiful colors of the season and two gorgeous gowns. It’s interesting how different they feel–which do you like best?

Did you have a winter wedding? If so, I’d love to hear the details!



Check out the sweet navy-and-sorbet color combos happening over at REVEL–featuring the delicious ‘Tyler’ silk taffeta gown from La Fleur by Anne Barge (available for special order in our Wedding Suites).

Head to REVEL to find out where to get all the other tempting treats pictured, and browse our Fall 2012 Bridal Lookbook for more of our favorite bridal gowns.