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Best winter wedding color schemes for a gorgeous cold weather wedding

November 28, 2023

With engagement season upon us, we know many of you are dreaming up the perfect season in which to say I Do. While warmer temps and a bounty of blooms make an obvious case for spring and summer weddings, there is something so special about choosing a wedding in the winter months. It’s a fun surprise for guests: surely they’ve gone to countless summer weddings, but it’s unlikely they’ve been to many with the uniquely cozy, celebratory vibes that winter brings. Plus, there’s no greater opportunity for an elegant design than in winter. Winter wedding colors can range from bold and bright jewel tones to classic neutrals or a touch of sparkle, and they all have an air of magic about them. If you’re tying the knot from late November through February, consider one of these spectacular wedding color schemes below!

snowy winter wedding
Jess Leigh Photographer

Winter Wedding Colors: Black and White

Let’s begin with a classic winter wedding color scheme: black and white. This palette is at its best in a winter wedding, where you can trade in bright color for cozy textures, chic and modern wedding fashion, candlelight, and hopefully, a light dusting of snow!

black and white bridesmaids for a black tie wedding in london
Holly Florence Photography

We love this winter wedding theme as channeled by black and white bridesmaids for a black tie wedding in London.

Black and white winter wedding invitations
Claire Kreklow

If your winter wedding is on the more formal side, opt for minimalist black and white wedding invitations to set the tone for a stylish and sophisticated affair.

Jewel Tone Wedding Colors

Pink, mauve, and burgundy winter wedding colors
Olivia Leigh Photographie

There’s no need to forgo color just because you aren’t having a spring wedding. Choosing a jewel toned wedding color palette allows you to get creative with color without feeling out of place for the season. This gradient of fuchsia, pink, and mauve above is perfect for a December wedding whether your ceremony is indoors or out.

jewel toned winter wedding invitations
Albatross Wedding Photography

Looking for maximalist wedding inspiration? Mix at match an array of your favorite jewel tones for a bold wedding color scheme that aligns with those festive winter vibes. Layer different colors, textures, and prints for a maximalist, joyful theme, as seen in this colorful winter elopement here.

elegant seating chart with winter wedding colors emerald, gold, black, and blush
Andrew and Mashaida Tran

If you’re inspired by jewel tones, there are truly so many wedding color combos to create. Rather than super bright and maximalist, the emerald, gold, black, and blush tones in this San Francisco wedding make for an elegant black tie wedding theme that blends the best of nature and the city.

jewel toned winter wedding tablescape
Katie Julia Piper

One more beautiful idea for a winter wedding palette: moody jewel tones! Low lighting to illuminate lush flowers creates such a romantic, intimate atmosphere that you can channel anytime between late fall and early spring.

Rustic Winter Wedding Colors: White and Green

rustic winter wedding table with white and greenery

The palette of gray, white, and green seen in this adorable, snowy Austrian alps wedding is the perfect way to keep things romantic and intimate while being a bit less formal than a black tie wedding. Perfect for a wedding in the mountains!

groom and black tux with bride in fur | white and green winter wedding colors
Claire Kreklow

Another way to give a black and white color scheme a more festive vibe is to add fresh greenery. Love the bride’s feather coat too, obvs!

green wedding party for winter wedding
Bonphotage Associates

For a December or Christmas wedding inspired by the holiday season, emerald green, white, and gold make a classic winter theme.

Champagne & Sparkle

NYE wedding ideas
Shoot With Bliss

Choose champagne as your “neutral” and add a bit of sparkle to channel the excitement of the season… especially if you have a NYE wedding date in mind!

champagne sparkly bridesmaid dresses for winter wedding NYE
Esme Whiteside Photography

Holiday parties ARE what make winter so special right? So why not go all out with shimmer and sparkle, from your bridesmaids dresses to your lighting and beyond.

Burgundy and Blush

burgundy and blush winter wedding colors - fall bridesmaid portrait

Burgundy and blush make such a beautiful winter wedding color scheme because they balance the moodier colors of late fall with traditional blush tones we all love to see in weddings. See this wedding here!

blush and red wedding portrait with tulle wedding dress - valentine's day winter wedding colors
Kaity Body Photography

Add red and black to your burgundy and blush palette to take the romance up a notch, as seen in these gorgeous portraits here.

Winter Wedding Blues

grey blue bridal party for winter wedding
Wyld Bee Photography

That light, grey-blue is the blush of winter wedding tones. Accent it with grey or silver and fresh greens for the perfect balance between rustic and romantic.

Valentine’s Day wedding colors

valentine's day wedding with black and pink bridal party
Corazon Photography

Come February, the holiday season may be officially over, but there’s still so much to celebrate. Whether or not you opt for a Valentine’s Wedding or any other winter wedding date, you can channel the most romantic day of the year with black, pink, and red.

red wedding dress for winter wedding
Hello Sugar

And if you really want the WOW factor, don a red or pink wedding gown with lots of volume and movement. See more from this Valentine’s Day wedding here!