Weddings : what do the colors mean ?

When you plan to organise your wedding party, you have very often colors in mind. Our unconscious mind associate colors with events. As far as I’m concerned, white is known to be the most famous color for wedding receptions. Anyway, do we know exactly what colors mean. Through history, dream language, religion and psychology, colors have symbolic meanings.   Let’s have a look to some emblems.

First of all, white means light and divinity. Egyptians used to put white shrouds on their departed relatives. Druids wore white clothes and so on. The wedding dress is white because this color represents purity, chastity and virtue. White flowers like lily or white birds like dove are emblems of peace.

Secondly, red is sometimes used in a wedding decoration because red is linked with the divine love. Red express life, optimism and sex. To a certain extend, red stands for conquest and seduction but also for power. In Peru, soldiers are in red !

What about yellow ? This equivocal color is not easy to define. On one hand, yellow is associated with gold and prosperity. Our unconscious mind link yellow to youthfulness, renewal and insight. On the other hand, yellow put together jealously and betrayal. It is said that Judas wore yellow clothes and in France, years ago, the strikers were called « the yellowmen ». Self-conceit is illustrated in yellow. Actually this color is bannished in many wedding receptions.        

Orange is mixed with positive red images and yellow emblems. This color is unrecognised for wedding decoration. That’s a pity ! Indeed, orange represents the endless wedding. On its contrary orange can be associated with hedonism and quircky people.

Green is closed to nature obviously and many of us know that green means hope. What about wedding ? In China, green represents easter and charity.   Green express regeneration and birth. It’s Venus’ color ! So, it’s also linked with retaliation and despair in catholic symbolism. On the whole, green is the color of people who look for gratitude and fame. 

As green, blue is a « cold » color in everybody’s mind. But blue has strong links with the divine representation. Blue is known to be the truth. Very positive emblems are connected with blue : faithfulness, loyaulty, stability, unselfishness and profund contemplation. Blue in wedding decoration should be used a little bit more, don’t you think!

Purple is more and more used in wedding receptions because this color mixed with red and blue represents love power, tenderness and sweetness. Be careful anyway, for Chinese people purple is the symbol of death.  

Finally, pink is a very suitable color for a wedding party. It’s the flesh color but it’s not linked with sex but with love and passion. Ideal for your wedding decoration !

To conclude, please avoid some colors that are not welcomed in a wedding party. Obvioulsy black represents the nigth and above the evil. Notice that black is also an emblem of freedom and independance. Grey is the sum of the white innocence and the black guiltness. It’s the color for the terrestrial death and globally it’s linked with sadness and disinterest. Last but not least, brown the earth color is strongly associated with selfishness, aggressiveness. 


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  1. will get married this year… aqua will be the color, what u think? and want to know the great color combination with aqua… thnx

  2. Dear Jean

    Blue is said to be a complementary color with orange
    So with aqua, I will suggest a deep orange or a vermillon
    What do you think ?

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  4. Hi Claire, I’m preparing a wedding and really considering white/dark brown/light green. I’d really appreciate you advice with these colors or another good combination. Thanks, Lucia

  5. Dear Lucia
    The colors you chose are beautiful. I will post certainely on Friday some ideas just for you …and the other readers. you’ll see that dark brown and light green match very well together !

  6. I’ve been planning my wedding for early summer of next year. The wedding will be in the evening and outdoors. I’ve been thinking of wearing a pale grey wedding dress… and dressing my wedding party in a dark golden color. What do you think?

  7. I am planning my wedding and will like to co-ordinate everything suitably. My colours are ivory, gold and burgundy. I noticed that there are different wedding emblems, e.g. double bells, double rings, doves, double hearts, do you have any explanations as tot he origins and meanings of these. Will be grateful for a reponse soon.

  8. Hi Ricia

    I am not that sure to know the exact meanings of wedding emblems. Obviously, the double means for the couple. Well, the heart of love, the bells are maybe linked with the church !
    But the best thing is to create your own wedding emblem, don’t you think ?

  9. Hi there, great site. I’m getting married next year on the tropical island of Rarotonga (I live in NZ) I’m going to have a beach wedding with bright fuchsia for my dress (will be a short design). Can you recommend bridesmaids and grooms-men colours? I would like the men to wear long shorts and sandals and bridesmaids to wear calve length dresses but can’t decide on colour.

  10. Thanks Claire, I really like the black dresses, I had a similar idea with the pink ribbon, but do you think black dresses will be ok on a tropical beach? What colour does the groom and groomsmen wear then? I thought maybe black with a pink flower or hanky or something, but that may be a bit dark for a beach wedding? What do you think?

  11. Hi! I’m getting married May 2011 and I’m wondering what colors to use. I’m wearing white, and my bridesmaids are wearing a cobalt blue. What would you suggest to match this? Thanks for your help!!

  12. Hi Claire,
    I plan on getting married maybe next summer! It’s going to be outside i wanted to have blue and maybe purple but i’m having a difficult time picking out what color for the brides maids dresses i plan on wearing a white dress

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