Selecting the Perfect Fall Wedding Color Palate

Deciding on colors for your wedding is a very exciting first step! However, if you’ve been planning your wedding for a long time, you may have trouble narrowing your color choice down to just a few main colors and accents. There are so many wonderful colors to choose from, and your palate is only limited by your imagination!

If you need some inspiration, you can always look at wedding invitation sites for ideas on colors that work well together. Going this route an easy way to ensure that your invitations, thank you cards, and other correspondence match your colors. This strategy may also help you to think creatively!

The autumn is a lovely time for a wedding because there are so many beautiful colors to choose from to set the stage. We service outdoor weddings across the state with our luxury restrooms, which means that we’ve seen thousands of color combinations across all four seasons. Here are some of our fall favorites:


Gold and silver make for wonderful autumn colors, especially for evening weddings. Metallic colors add a touch of elegance, making weddings feel lavish and indulgent. Some couples choose to stick with either gold or silver, while others combine them together with whites and creams to create an extravagant, yet tasteful, look.


Deep reds, dark oranges, and rich browns come together beautifully, especially when paired with leaves, cranberries, and rustic wooden décor. This is a popular color palate for barn weddings in Michigan, making it a classic autumn choice.


Bringing the colors of leaves into your big day using vibrant yellows, oranges, and reds is a wonderful way to celebrate the season. These bright colors found in nature ensure that your wedding won’t end up looking too drab. It also serves as a reminder of the season even when the celebration moves indoors. Remember, you don’t have to use each color equally, you can choose or two main colors, and use other foliage-inspired hues as accents to keep it from becoming an assault on the eyes.

End of Summer

Fall isn’t simply the start of a new season, it’s also the end of another. If you’re looking for a unique color palate just as the seasons are changing, you can select fruity summer-end colors like mango, peach, and cream to give your wedding a playful softness. (You may even get some deals on these types of colors as retailers close out their selection in these hues for the season.)


It takes the right couple to pull off a Halloween color scheme, but black and orange can be a fun way to celebrate the throughout the fall months with your wedding. A daytime or evening wedding with the right amount of orange and black can create a fun family-friendly vibe. (We’ve even seen couples ask guests to come in costume to their Halloween-themed wedding, but that’s entirely up to you!)


Typical autumn colors of red, orange, and yellow with a contrast of very dark blue or bright purple can set your wedding apart from other seasonal celebrations. Using an “off script” color like blue or purple for larger areas like tablecloths will give your autumn colors opportunity to shine against a, unexpected backdrop.

Monochromatic with a Twist

Gray gradients and monochromatic color schemes are a sophisticated choice for weddings year-round, but using too much black and white can create a feeling that’s too somber. That’s why you’ll want to add a pop of color like yellow to round out your color choice. Going monochromatic with a twist is a great way to give your wedding a touch of fun amidst the elegance of stronger colors. It also personalizes your choice by adding a more custom feel to a standard color palate.

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6 Practical Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Colors

Planning a wedding involves a lot of decision-making and one of the first decisions you’ll make is choosing a color scheme for your wedding. But with so many great colors to choose from, how will you ever decide which ones to pick for your big day? These real-world tips will help you find the perfect colors for your wedding:

  1. Consider the Setting
  2. One thing that will greatly influence your color choice is the setting for your wedding. Each venue will have a different look that can help you to rule out certain colors. For instance, an outdoor wedding will typically have lighter/brighter colors like greens, pinks, and yellows rather than dark dramatic colors like plum, black, or burgundy. Since you most likely have to reserve your wedding venue before doing anything else, this big decision that you’ve already made will set the stage for choosing the right colors for your wedding.

  3. Go Seasonal
  4. Nothing is easier than using the season when your wedding will occur as a basis for your color scheme! Going with some playful greens/yellows for a spring wedding, a warm palate of reds/oranges/browns for a fall wedding or an icy palate of whites/blues/silvers for a winter wedding is a great way to ensure that your colors will look picture-perfect!

  5. Incorporate a Theme
  6. If you and your partner have a shared passion or particular style, you may want to incorporate that theme into your wedding. For instance, these popular wedding themes have distinct color palates:

    • Rustic Charm – browns, pastels
    • Modern – black, deep reds/blues/purples
    • Vintage – ivory, soft pinks, browns
    • Fairytale – pinks and purples
    • Beach – blues and greens
    • Classic – white
    • Nautical – complementary blues
    • Garden/Outdoors – greens, yellows, pinks
    • Retro – bright neon colors

    You can get even more creative if you’re feeling adventurous, centering your wedding theme around your favorite place, time period, movie, TV show, video game, or holiday.

  7. Create a Vibe
  8. Your colors will set the tone for your wedding, with deeper colors indicating a more formal wedding and lighter colors indicating a more casual wedding. Bright colors convey a high energy vibe while pastels and muted soft tones convey a more laid-back vibe. Knowing how you want your wedding to be perceived and what guests should expect out of the event can help guide you in the direction of a particular color palate.

  9. Pick Your Favorites
  10. If all else fails, just choose our favorite colors for your wedding! You’re already selecting your favorite dress style, menu items, and time of the year for your wedding, so why not just do the same for our colors? Picking your favorites ensures that you’ll feel good about the big day regardless of what anyone else thinks. (Plus, you’ll be the one looking at the pictures and videos years later, not Aunt Edna.) Go with your gut and choose what you think looks great!

  11. 6. Keep it Simple
  12. Some people hear the term “color palate” and assume that they’ll need a whole slew of colors to splash on everything related to their big day. The truth of the matter though is that you really only need one or two colors (three max) to create a good-looking color scheme for your wedding. You don’t want to overdo it and end up having your wedding venue look like a tie-dyed shirt (unless of course, that’s the theme you decide on!) Keep in mind that as you start to stack up wedding essentials like invitations, table linens, floral arrangements, bridesmaids’ dresses, etc. there will be some natural color variation from item to item, so you’ll already have some variety in your color scheme.

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote for your wedding today!