This year one of the most popular trends in color palettes is paring creamy neutrals with fun pops of color to make your event anything but basic. Here are a few helpful tips and color combinations to help you find the perfect look for you.

Grays. Depending upon what shade of gray you love, there are plenty of great accent colors to keep your gray looking classic, and not woeful. If you prefer a deep charcoal gray, try a light pink if you want to be pretty and ladylike, or a cherry red to keep things modern and elegant. If you are leaning towards more of a frost or sterling gray, try an equally pale yellow for something understated, or a bright coral to infuse your wedding with plenty of cheer.

Taupes. These grayish brown shades are my favorite neutral. Both light and dark shades work beautifully with tangerine and deep, bright pinks like honeysuckle or posie. If you want something more delicate, pair a more grayish taupe with an icy lavender or Capri blue. Greens and taupes can also be fun, but try to avoid making it look too much like a camouflage theme. Just use small amounts of a bright kelly or shamrock green.

Beiges. The slightly tan shades can range from just a couple steps beyond off-white all the way to a light cappuccino. For preppy fun, pair beige with a nectar pink or vibrant aqua. If you want more color saturation, try  fuchsia or a festive orange-red.

Creams. It's not until you start planning a wedding until you realize just how many shades of white there are. If you want a mostly white wedding, but do want there to be an element of color, make sure it is bright, but not overly jarring. Cornflower blue, similar to the color found in hydrangeas, is a great way to incorporate a classic look. If you are having a very simple outdoor wedding and want to keep a natural mood, combine cream with a little green, such as appletini.

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