Do you need a colour scheme for your wedding? Strictly speaking, no - the style police aren't going to turn up on the day and demand to see your moodboard. But the thing about wedding colour schemes is that they make it so much easier to put together a beautiful look for your celebration.

Once you've chosen your wedding colours, you'll be a whole lot clearer about which wedding décor ideas will work for you. You don't have to stick to your palette religiously - we're not talking matchy-matchy. Just work within your chosen colour families and you'll be able to create a cohesive, pulled-together look.

Your wedding colours will also help you clarify the feel you're aiming for. Soft and romantic? Blush pinks will put that across. A joyous, party-centric feel? Jewel tones or citrussy brights will lift the mood.

To get you inspired, we've picked out our favourite wedding colour schemes for 2020 and beyond.

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1. Ocean Blue, White & Green

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Blue and white together creates such a fresh, Mediterranean-inflected feel, particularly with vibrant green foliage in the mix. You can add extra warmth with earth tones, such as the terracotta pots seen here. When choosing your shades of blue, think in terms of different shades of the oceans, from dusky blue to turquoise. 

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You can include some paler blue touches, but make sure you have the darker shades in there, too - if you go for all pastel against white, you lose the holiday-fresh vibe.

2. Mixed Pastels

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Pastels have long been associated with weddings. To give the look a contemporary edge - while still keeping the romance - combine a diverse range of colours in pale shades. Pinks, yellows, blues, purples, greens: putting them all together like this feels more current than combining just one or two colours.

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Metallic touches bring an added crispness. Don't limit yourself to the tableware - the cake can go metallic, too, feeding into the overall look.

3. Peach & Turquoise

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There's something so joyously elegant about this colour combination. If you want to dial up the contrast, you could swap out the peach for a coral, but we think the gentler hue works particularly well against the turquoise. Add gold accents for glamour.  

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When you're working with a palette of strongly contrasting colours, you don't necessarily need large floral displays - single-stems in vases will make a real impact. 

4. White & Green

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This classic colour palette is all about easy elegance. For a cohesive look, we recommend sticking with the same shades throughout: dazzling white against bright foliage green is our preference, but you can always soften the effect with an ivory and sage.  

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White wedding cakes are traditional, but you can give yours a contemporary spin through sugarwork details, from flowers to ruffles.

5. Burgundy, Dusky Pink & Cream

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Burgundy adds a seductive tone to the prettily romantic combination of dusky pink and cream. This is a colour palette that works in any season, giving a look that's both rich and delicate.

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If you think the look needs more drama, add in some hot pink - those colour pops will really make floral arrangements sing.

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6. Pale Green, Blush & Blue-Grey

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We're being super-specific with the shades here for a reason. This is a delicate, elegant combination, but it does rely on colour-precision to keep it feeling fresh. A dove grey, for example, would bring the look down, while a brighter green would overwhelm the other colours.  

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You can add pops of colour, as here with the teal wine glasses, to liven up your reception tables. 

7. Yellow, Purple & Pink

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We know this look isn't for everyone. But if you're going to inject your day with playful exuberance, combining colour-clash brights is the easy way to do it. Yellow, pink and purple are your base, but you can up the ante with blue and green, too - just so long as they're bold.

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It's possible to soften the look by dialling down the brightness a couple of shades, and having single-stem flower vases dotted around rather than large arrangements.

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8. Green, Pale Yellow & Apricot

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You may associate a tropical colour scheme with juicy brights, like fuchsia and vibrant orange. However, this combination proves you can achieve the same paradise-island effect with gentler hues. The green, of course, has to be fresh and bold, reminiscent of the rainforest, but a buttery yellow and apricot have plenty of zing while still staying elegant.

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Keep the place settings simple to really let the colours sing - the raffia place mats here are perfect.

9. Mixed Jewels

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This is a look that pulls together a lot of different colours. The base is a rich, dark purple, against which jewel tones really stand out: ruby red, sapphire blue and emerald green. Mix in some pastels for softness, and gold touches for a luxe finish. 

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10. Pure White

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A pure white look can be so refined. Just make sure it doesn't end up looking too stark - soft candlelight, for example, will create the right mood amid all your white flowers and décor.

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Texture will also help when it comes to adding softness, so take that into account when choosing your blooms. Orchids are ideal - if you go for roses or tulips, make sure you don't have too much stem showing. The point is to achieve an all-white effect, not the white and green we showed you above.

11. Rust, Burnt Orange, Scarlet & Wine

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This is the perfect colour palette for an autumn wedding, as the combination reflects the naturally occurring hues of the season.

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Using these colours in your bouquet results in a wonderfully vibrant effect.

12. Red & Sage/Silver-Green

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Red and green is a classic winter wedding look. To keep it elegant rather giving than full-on Christmas vibes, we advise choosing a muted green - a pretty sage or a silvery, ashy green - and a dark red. 

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In your floral arrangements, add some delicate, textured blooms, like astilbe, to soften the look. READ MORE: 17 reasons to have a winter wedding

13. Pastel Pink, Black & White

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We love a palette of strongly contrasting colours, like the prettiest of pinks against black and white. There's just a hint of retro '50s glamour about this combination, particularly if you add some metallic details.  

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The effect depends on the pink being a powdery, pretty shade - a bright pink gives a very different look.

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14. Navy, White & Gold

 

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Navy, white and gold combine to create a wonderfully refined wedding look. For extra romance, you can include some subtle pastel touches, in the palest of pinks and periwinkle.

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This is a combination that works across so many wedding elements, from bridesmaid dresses to the cake.

15. Pink Ombre

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Choosing just one colour and using multiple shades makes for a chic and cohesive wedding look. Pink lends itself particularly well to this because there's so much variety, from romantic blush to notice-me fuchsia.

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One shade of pink alone risks being too sugary, but mixing up the shades gives you a carefree and contemporary look.

Once you've set your colour palette, it'll be easier to decide on your floral décor. So you know what to budget for this, we explain how much wedding flowers cost.