Best Colors for Wedding Invitations

Traditional and Romantic Paper and Ink Colors

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There are no rules that say you can't use orange paper or neon green ink for your wedding invitation. However, there are certain colors that are traditional or lend a romantic feel to your invites. Whether you are aiming for formal and sophisticated or informal and friendly, consider these paper, ink, and accent colors.

Traditional Paper Colors for Wedding Invitations

  • Beige | relaxing; a neutral background color that's warmer than stark white
  • Light Gray | conservative; try it with dark gray or silver ink
  • Ivory | quiet pleasantness, softness; another neutral that's softer than plain white
  • White | purity, innocence; used with light or pastel tones, white is soft and spring-like

Traditional Ink Colors

  • Black | goes with almost any color; elegance, sophistication; you can adjust the actual shade of black inks for special effects
  • Dark Gray | softer than black; conservative, sophisticated
  • Brown | warmth, honesty, wholesomeness; use with warm beige paper for a less formal, friendly look
  • Gold | warmth, richness; use gold ribbons or braids on formal invitations
  • Silver | glamorous, distinguished; try silver foil embossing as an accent

Dark brown on a light beige or ivory paper can be a softer, less formal look than black on white. Consult your local printer if you want to use gold or silver (or other) metallic inks for your wedding invitations which generally isn't possible with desktop printing.

Romantic Paper, Ink, and Accent Colors

  • Lavender | nostalgia, romance, uniqueness
  • Pink | romance, charm, playfulness; all shades of pink get sophisticated when combined with black or gray
  • Red | passionate love, happiness, celebration

You can also use light or pastel shades of a great many colors for a soft, romantic look including many beautiful, ever popular light shades blue.

Pastel colors are considered Springtime colors. They symbolize rebirth, new growth, and new beginnings.

Don't forget that you need to have adequate contrast between the paper color and the ink color. If your invitation will include color photographs, consider how they will look on your choice of paper. You might try converting photos to duotones in colors that match your wedding.

Invitation Design Tips

If your wedding colors don't seem to transfer well to paper and ink, consider a traditional paper and ink (for text) combination then add your other colors (such as dark blue, deep purple, turquoise, forest green, etc.) as accent rule lines, borders, or decorative dividers in your invitation.

To save on the cost of DIY Invitations, consider using basic white/ivory papers, black ink, then adding a ribbon that echoes your chosen wedding colors for that little burst of color.

According to The Knot, "...you may want to incorporate your colors and a motif into your wedding invitations and then carry both through to the rest of your wedding paper (like the escort cards, menu cards and ceremony programs) for a cohesive look. While ivory, cream or white card stock paired with a black or gold font is the classic choice for formal wedding invitations, you can also brighten your invites with colorful or metallic fonts, paper stock, envelopes and liners."

Browse these wedding color ideas at The Knot and discover ways to use your wedding colors in your invitations.