Neutral Color Palettes for Soft and Muted Weddings
Looking for a peaceful palette for your wedding? Go neutral. Mixing creamy, soft tones with each other creates a stunning color scheme that is muted and refined. Because these colors go so well with each other, you can mix and match with ease. Just remember to go with light shades that fall within the same warm or cool tones.
These gray invites are perfectly chic. Above, the gray is highlighted with strokes of pale blush. Below, the powder gray invite featured foiled branches along its border.
If you don't want to go with gray, opt to use creams and barely-there blushes, like with this letterpress save-the-date below.
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.
But 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 (above), mixing and matching allows each friend to wear something that reflects her style and highlights her best features. This bridal party below is a gorgeous mix of lavender grays, nudes, and rich creams. With their floral crowns and baby's breath bouquets this color palette helped this bride achieve the ethereal-boho vibe she envisioned.
If you want to inject a bit of glam into your subtle palette, add a touch of shimmer. Use champagne or blush hued sequins in your bridesmaid dresses (above) or to your own peachy gown (below). As long as you keep it to a minimum, this little bit of razzle dazzle will enhance your creamy neutrals, rather than completely overpower them.
For your centerpieces and wedding decor, use similar flowers and greenery as in your bouquets. But also add more texture to give depth and dimension to your softly decorated reception. The goal is to make your reception simply feel like it is awash in pretty. Above, this sweet centerpiece is contained in a rough wooden box, alongside faux bird nests, and ivory rosette linens. Without adding any color to the table, these uniquely textured elements make your decor more interesting.
Don't forget the mercury glass! Especially if you like vintage-inspired design, mercury glass votive holders will add the lightest touch of metallics to your tables, while still adhering to your neutral palette. Plus, the glow through the tinted mercury glass will warm up your centerpieces and linens.
If you don't want white linens, opt to use creamy, neutral flowers and a light slate blue tablecloth (above).
The name of the game with is palette is subtlety, so look for decor items that lend to its naturally dreamy aesthetic. Eucalyptus leaves provide their own sort of soft neutral, with their pale hue (above, left). As mentioned above, using a light hand with metallics is lovely with this scheme, so just find tiny places like table numbers to dust something with sparkle (above, right).
Kraft paper is fantastic for rustic brides who love this soft palette. Below, these favor boxes contain sweet sandwich and shortbread cookies wrapped with burlap and linen.
Of course, we can't forget the cakes. After all, they are at least 90% of why you're getting married, right? Creamy, muted neutrals are perfect for wedding cakes. Not as stark as all-white, but soft enough to look natural and sweet, pale blushes, mints, and nudes are divine on a wedding cake.
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