All right, I’m about to go out on a limb. I promised you this was not an ordinary wedding blog. We do not rehash the same tired ideas and advice. I’m about to rock your world. Get ready. Make sure you’re seated securely, lest the power and shock value of what you read next blows more than your back.

You can have more than two colors.

Still with me? If not, read it again. I’ll wait. You need to understand that everything you’ve thought about wedding colors…is wrong.

“But Lexie,” cries the anonymous crowd, hunched in front of glowing monitors in disbelief, “the colors are like the foundation of the whole event. Take away the color rules and…the whole blessed thing falls apart.”

“Yes.” replies Lexie, “That is true…for the generic wedding.”

The truth which no one wants to acknowledge is…we’ve seen every two-color combo imaginable. Every one. And we’re bored. Who says we can only have two colors? I say, you can use three, four, or maybe even five complementary colors in your overall scheme. The key (yes, you know bullet points are coming), is scale.

The Primary Color

This is the main color you will see in your design. It can be any color you want, but think of color like light. Light that is flattering to people and makes a room glow is warm: yellows, oranges and reds are fantastic for this. However, Purples and Blues work too. They make things look cooler (literally) and bring an edgier vibe to the party. Dig down to the variation/hue/shade of your desire.

Okay. Primary color is chosen. Before you call up your mom and girlfriends, take note: your bridesmaids dresses don’t have to be in the primary color. They can be dressed in any color you have in the scheme.

Bridesmaids in a non-primary Black. It works.

See? I’m willing to bet some imaginary money that black was not the primary color of this wedding. It looks like pink was one of the colors, but hey! The ‘maids don’t have to be in the primary color.

Now that you all think I’ve tossed all the rules into the wind, here’s one just to prove I still have some structure: the only color that doesn’t work well as the primary is green.

Before I hear the groans and moans and protestations, consider: have you ever seen yourself lit in green? Can you wear green? Even if you love the color (which I do. And I can even wear most shades, too), just trust me on this one. I was the MOH in a wedding in which the main color was grasshopper green.

Back. Away. From. The. Green.

Secondary Colors

Between one and two other colors that work well with your primary color. There are a lot of ways to choose these, and I refer you back to that primary school art class staple: the color wheel.

I can see you picking out colors now. You can’t hide from me!

Colors next to each other are complimentary. Colors directly across from each other are contrasting. Either one works. For a more daring look, go with contrasting. Something bit more subdued and refined calls for complimentary. Cool? All right, moving on. Stay with me, we’re almost through.

Accent Color

This is your final color. It’s going to show up as a little surprise, a little something one wouldn’t necessarily expect. It will be used very sparingly. You can use any color here: white, green, even black.

Yes, I just gave you leave to use green in your wedding. Just not as the primary!

Okay? Now that you’ve got all those fresh, dangerous ideas in mind, here are some visual aids:

Examples That Work

Examples That Don’t Work