75 Colorful Wedding Ideas That'll Make Your Big Day Pop

These splashes of color pack a serious punch

Updated 04/20/19

Photo by Cami Jane Photography

We love a classic neutral palette, but the soft trend now has some serious competition in the form of bright, vibrant hues and bold patterns. Colorful wedding ideas may not be a part of the typical wedding scheme, but that’s exactly why we love them—they mark a fun departure from ubiquitous delicate tones and will wow your guests with their splashy stand-out shades.

There are a few approaches you can take when it comes to colorful wedding ideas and a vibrant scheme: Choose one or two colors to really pop against an otherwise achromatic palette, mix a few shades in a similar color family for a consistent look, or go all out with a rainbow of colors to bring your decor to life. Don't be afraid to mix and match or contrast—unexpected combinations can turn into the most unique and personal touch of the day. Rich jewel tones of marigolds, plum, and teal put a spin on colorful wedding ideas for an autumn wedding, while jade green, sunny yellow, and cobalt blue bring a punch to modern tropical nuptials.

And of course, Pantone's color of the year, living coral, is always a safe bet for a splash of fun.

Having a multicolored palette can inspire a whole new style for your wedding that you may not have otherwise—Spanish-inspired details, eclectic bohemian vibes, whimsical Moroccan settings, Palm Springs paradise creations... But if want to forgo a theme in favor of a subtle vibe, you can still work these colorful wedding ideas into a contemporary or romantic setting by balancing them with more neutral elements. Florals always do the trick here, such as a garland of vivid orange and yellow blooms wrapped around a golden altar arch or a lush bouquet of magenta flowers and lilac runner as the centerpiece to a rustic farmer's table.

We also love pops of citrus and fruit accents as a way to playfully bring in color.

These 75 colorful wedding ideas offer up splashes of color that pack a serious punch. Browse them all down below!

Photo by From SF With Love

A mandala fashioned from bold orange and magenta flowers creates a sacred spot to exchange vows.

Photo by Amy Arrington

A pop art inspired canvas with colorful, funky brush strokes serves as a masterpiece of a seating arrangement display.

Photo by Leslie D Photography

Forget traditional white—this bright yellow ruffled confection topped with vibrant blooms proves that color is all a wedding cake really needs.

Photo by Jenny Haas; Planning by A Charming Fête; Florals by Molly Taylor & Co.

This fun bar set up takes on hacienda vibes with a wall of patterned blue tiles and a bounty of citrus accents.

Photo by Alyssa Marie Photography

Amp up your ceremony seating with a rainbow of colored streamers along the aisle for a fun twist.

Photo by Amos Photography

A lush ceremony arch of dark greenery and pops of orange florals is just right for an autumn wedding.

Photo by Peyton Rainey Photography

Ombré escort cards bring a splash of sunshine to a blank wall.

Photo by Priscila Valentina

Eclectic bohemian meets Moroccan in this playful lounge set up. A macramé backdrop, bright flowers, and playfully printed pillow and rug combine for a statement look.

Photo by Inga Avedyan

A pooling bold cobalt blue tablecloth fits in well with the lush surroundings, combining with a running centerpiece of sunny candles and rich green flora for a tropical flair.

Photo by Izzy Hudgins Photography

A ladder hosting miniature teal and magenta dreamcatchers makes for a bright boho escort card display eliciting bit of festival inspiration.

Photo by Charla Storey Photography

Summery blooms in citrus tones adorn a white chair for an effortlessly chic look—the perfect way to liven up a lounge area.

Photo by Faye Cornhill Photography

White balloons with tails of colorful streamers put a twist on the classic aisle marker. Festive and fun, they're enough to make any bride want to dance down the aisle.

Photo by Katie McGihon

Luxe meets earthy in agate place settings of rich plum with gilded edges—just right for the indie bride.

Photo by Studio EMP

Ombre has never looked as hot as it does in this rainbow of a reception table setting. Found Vintage Rentals reupholstered all chairs with velvet to match the La Tavola linens—talk about a work of art.

Photo by Christa Kimble

This DIY ceremony backdrop is a masterpiece. The arch, made of trees, frames an abstract canvas painted by the bride herself, bringing a personal touch to the ceremony.

Photo by Katie Stoops Photography

Ribbons in sorbet hues drape across a ceremony chair, accented by a festoon of florals in mimicking tones, for a wildly elegant finish.

Photo by Chloe Lapeyssonnie

What an entrance—a rich indigo departs from the typical wooden welcome sign, greeting guests as they enter the ceremony under a curtain of blue wool pom-poms.

Photo by Lilly Red Creative

A rich magenta wool runner is the showstopper in this bohemian setting of wild organics, creating a sense of warmth and moody romance.

Photo by Cami Jane Photography

Vibrant, colorful glassware and a butter-colored runner coalesce on a rustic wooden farmer's table for some fiesta inspiration.

Photo by Brandon Kidd Photography

Coral blooms and sultry junglelike leaves adorn a wood and macramé folding screen for a punch of paradise.

Photo by Cassie Loree Photography; Styling by Blooming House Collective

This warm and earthy cake display takes on autumnal gold with its creamsicle colored fabric, fruits and sweets, and seeded eucalyptus bouquet. A table handcrafted from worn barn wood finishes off the vintage rustic feel.

Photo by Ashley Errington Photography

Magenta and orange streamers hang from a gold graphic-printed lantern, exuding Persian vibes.

Photo by Shane Shepherd

This seating chart is all fun and games. Neon strings bring contemporary color to an otherwise earthy display.

Photo by Braedon Flynn; Venue: Casa de Monte Vista

A Palm Springs vibe with a gypsy flair, this lively sweetheart table dances in color.

Photo by Dana Cubbage Weddings

An ornate cotton candy pink couch of the likes of Marie Antoinette and a lavish wall of foliage and bright blooms pair up for a feminine garden-inspired lounge area.

Photo by Jenny Quicksall Photography

A jewel-tone palette and rich, cascading garland pop against the clean, marble interiors of this reception space for a look of glamorous modern romance.

Photo by Vienna Glen Photography

Bold colors are all the more effective in a minimalist setting. A simple vintage bohemian rug with cerulean details, flanked by cactuses, has a hip, indie feel.

Photo by Ben Q Photography

A Technicolor streamer backdrop makes a loud statement of whimsy and fun.

Photo by Redfield Photography

Pentagon wall pockets in metallic chartreuse and sprawling greenery with oxblood and marigold florals create modern, organic wall art with geometric flair.

Photo by Nicole Leever

A purple ombre photo backdrop with macramé accents has just the right amount of bohemian touch.

Photo by MorningWild Photography

Up, up, up and away—how fun is this seating plan? Jade green balloons announce the table number while jewel-tone tassels along the strings hold each guest's name.

Photo by Lilly Red Creative

Luxe and enchanting, teal and purple accents thrive in this lush oasis, their hues made all the more vivid by the blank canvas of an industrial table and chairs.

Photo by Gideon Photo

This hot pink reception is a step back in time to 1960s Palm Springs, with midcentury mod chairs and cactus centerpieces.

Photo by Lauren Kinsey

This opulent lounge area takes on old-world romance. Where ivory velvet and gilded decor create a lavish feel, a bold teal adds an unexpected touch of sophistication.

Wedding Ceremony Space with Splashes of Orange

Photo by Sara Monika, Photographer

A ceremony space with both a shock of color and element of artistry is stunning and unique. A huge sunburst of Pollock-inspired paint splatters adorn the walls, complemented by a chandelier of greenery with cascading orange ribbons and flowers.

Photo by Plum & Oak Photography

An eclectic dessert display with knickknacks and jewel-tone pillows and linens is moodily cozy.

Photo by Joy Michelle Photography

The colorful details in this seaside escape are minimal but intentional, with a patterned rug, glass vases, and vibrant flowers popping against the neutral hues of the shore.

Photo by Elyse Hall Photography

Perky blooms in salmon and mandarin tones subtly liven up raw wood, making this earthy, organic gazebo a summer's dream.

Photo by Laura Goldenberger

Maximalism is at its finest in cool green and blue shades, with a decadent centerpiece of succulents in this crisp desert tablescape. A smoke bomb–inspired velvet tablecloth and copper flatware and glassware throw in more texture.

Photo by Raya Photography

This is one creative cake table. A jade green cabinet, wooden pallet backdrop adorned with imaginative paper designers, marquee lights, and book accents come together for some vintage whimsy.

Photo by Nichols Photographers

Patterned linen napkins in pink put a preppy spin on this place setting.

Photo by Sarah-Jane Ethan Photography

We're not sure what a bathtub of overflowing flora is doing here, but we love every bit of this charming décor piece. Hot pink and red florals pack a springtime punch and some garden fever.

Photo by Joelle Elizabeth Photography

A dip-dyed wedding gown is a stunning alternative to choosing just one color for your bridal look.

Photo by CHARD Photographer

Bridal designer (and trendsetter) Hayley Paige wore not one, but five wedding gowns for her big day, our favorite of which was this spectacular crop-top ball gown with floral appliqués. Plus, check out that “fairy dust” background!

Photo by Josh Elliott Photography

More brides are rocking nontraditional hair colors—how dreamy is this pastel hue?

Photo by Nick and Lauren Photography

We can’t get over this bride’s incredible teal-green hair and sparkling gown.

Photo by Chris Klas Photo

Make a bold statement with magical rainbow strands.

Photo by Roberta Facchini Photography

Instead of blowing your budget on a flower wall, take the DIY approach with oversized paper flowers.

Photo by J Wiley Photography

We spotted this balloon arch in an engagement proposal, but we think it would be just as wow-worthy as a ceremony backdrop.

Photo by Rachel Elaine Photography; Event Design and Coordination by Events by Jade

We’re obsessed with this boho-chic setup! Recreate the look with an arch embellished with greenery and round rugs in a kaleidoscope of colors.

Photo by Flora + Fauna

Transform a basic white backdrop with funky patterns and a garland.

Photo by Heart & Sparrow Photography

We heart these adorable and cost-effective aisle decorations.

Photo by Amy Galon Photography

In place of a traditional basket, ask the cutest member of your bridal party to hold a giant confetti-filled balloon.

Photo by Flora + Fauna

Or pop balloons and throw confetti around on the morning of your wedding, resulting in awesome, fun-filled “getting ready” shots.

Photo by Amy & Jordan Photography

Smoke bombs are the hottest wedding photo trend, and they add a dreamlike quality to your couple’s portraits together.

Courtesy of Chancey Charm

The bride loved flowers so much that her florist, Bride & Blossom, made that the focus of her event with a suspended installation for her ceremony atop the Hudson Hotel in NYC.

Photo by Jana Dillon Photography

Hanging chandeliers of flowers by Steven Boyle Design decorated the ceiling of this tent wedding in Hawaii.

Photo by Erika Layne Photography

Taylor and Hov's Creative Director, Sugar Taylor, and Garette Turner of BRIGHTLY Ever After knocked it out of the park with this incredible 25-foot installation that they designed for a bridal shower. It included whimsical shapes, faux flowers, marble balloons, clouds, and a slew of other materials.

Photo by Amy & Jordan Photography

Take geometric accents to next-level status with this heart-shaped lucite seating chart.

Photo by Rachel Elaine Photography; Event Design and Coordination by Events by Jade

A dream catcher-inspired seating chart by Lane Love Design set the stage for an enchanting woodland bash.

Photo by Jenny DeMarco Photography

Agate is trending, and this seating display with wreaths is one of the most creative variations that we’ve seen.

Photo by Kelly Braman Photography; Event Design and Coordination by Hey Gorgeous Events

Gold unicorn escort cards let guests know they’re in for a rollicking good time.

Photo by Alexa Lynn Photography

For a subtle take on the whimsical theme, consider these beautiful watercolor escort cards.

Photo by Rita Clifton Photography; Event Design and Coordination by Stephanie Rose Events

Liven up your wedding stationery suite with a watercolor motif.

Photo by Mary Costa Photography

This beautiful reception is proof that you can incorporate neon accents without going overboard.

Photo by Rachel Elaine Photography; Event Design and Coordination by Maxwell + Gray Events and Laura Cadenhead

We’re digging this eccentric tablescape featuring a fern layered by transparent plates and a geometric-shaped place card.

Photo by Anna Roussos Photography

A cactus place card is totally steal-worthy for a desert soirée.

Photo by Emily Wren Photography

Agate table numbers add a fanciful touch to any reception tablescape.

Photo by Jessica Maida Photography

A “unicorn petting zoo” was a smash hit at this real wedding.

Photo by Rita Clifton Photography; Event Design and Coordination by Stephanie Rose Events

Raise your glasses to a delightful toast: champagne paired with cotton candy!

Photo by CHARD Photographer

We love the textured effect of this multicolor wedding cake.

Photo by Kelsea Holder Photography; Event Design and Coordination by Paper Cake Events

Nothing reverts us back to the glory days of our childhood faster than a Funfetti cake.

Photo by Lucy Munoz Photography

Naked cakes dripping with frosting are popping up all over Pinterest.

Photo by Nick and Lauren Photography

Are you throwing an evening reception? Light up the night with a smoke bomb.

Photo by Nick and Lauren Photography

For a twist on a balloon release, save it until your sendoff at the end of the night as opposed to doing it after the ceremony “I dos.”

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