Orange Is the New White for Weddings

Orange Is the New White for Weddings

You probably roll your eyes at the old knock-knock joke that ends, “Orange you glad I didn’t say banana?” And plenty of people roll their eyes at the idea that orange, the color of traffic cones and failed faux-tans, could ever be used as a romantic wedding color. However, orange makes a surprisingly fresh choice for wedding décor–and since it’s one of the lesser-used color schemes, you’ll be safe from accidentally copying your friends’ celebrations.

Orange Weddings for Every Season

For autumn weddings, the choice of orange is easy. Orange is not only the color of nature’s spectacular fall leaf show; it’s also the color of seasonal pumpkins (which make fabulous wedding decorations) and delicious pumpkin cocktails. Halloween weddings get an extra boost from orange colors—if you don’t want your wedding venue to look like the “spooky” section of your local grocery store, skip pairing it with black and just keep the cheerful tones of orange as a colorful homage to the holiday.

Spring and summer weddings also benefit from the choice of orange colors, because the fresh citrus tones sparkle in the sunlight (and who doesn’t like cold, orange-infused water on a hot day?). Even winter weddings are perfect choices for orange. Not only do highlights of intense colors brighten an otherwise-frosty color palette, but the winter months are when the most types of oranges are in season. That means you can find different sizes and colors of oranges to turn into gorgeous, affordable centerpieces–and maybe even juice them for morning-after mimosas!

Use Multiple Shades Together

When you think of the word “orange,” what color pops into your head? Banish all visions of safety-orange vests on roadside work crews–that’s hardly a romantic color. (Unless you’re into neon wedding colors, that is.) Like every color, orange comes in a spectrum. The brighter end is invigorating and fresh, with happy connotations of citrus and sunshine. The darker end incorporates burnt umber and softer earth tones. Try pairing a reddish-orange with an orange that has more yellow in it. Or use multiple tints and shades of the same orange hue as a “single color rainbow.” 

Take Advantage of Natural Décor

If you’re a true orange lover, you probably get sick of defending your favorite color from people who associate it with the shag carpet in badly-decorated 1970s motels. Bring people’s attitudes around by reminding them, visually, what orange is really all about. Take advantage of naturally orange items for your wedding decorations.

Especially affordable if they’re in season, oranges make bold, colorful highlights for your wedding tables. Float them in tall vases as table centerpieces. A combination of whole, halved, and sliced oranges makes the centerpieces more visually interesting. Float candles or flowers (or both) at the top. Don’t forget to combine different types of oranges, since the variations between sizes and hues is especially pleasing to the eye.

Mini pumpkins are the perfect way to incorporate orange into autumn weddings. Not only are they cheerful and adorable, but if they’re used whole, they have a much longer shelf life than their larger, carved cousins. That means you can buy them a week (or even two or three) before your wedding and still have plenty of time to arrange them to your satisfaction before they show any signs of wilting.

Want something orange and unarguably romantic? How about orange roses? In the language of flower gifts, an orange rose symbolizes enthusiasm, passion, and gratitude–all perfect emotions for a wedding! From “Autumn Magic” roses to “Zambra,” there are literally hundreds of beautiful orange rose varieties from which to choose.

Roses aren’t the only orange flowers, of course. For more affordable (and often more eco-friendly, if they’re locally grown and in-season) flowers, try vibrant, sturdy marigolds and orange zinnia. Orange tulips are striking when used long-stemmed in flower arrangements. For a softer effect, try the pastel tones of Dalmatian Peach Foxglove. Don’t forget the Orange Cream dahlia, Bird of Paradise, and Asiatic lily if you want to make a large impression. To fill in the gaps, potted California poppies add dashes of color to stairways and table tops.

Be Bold; Be Unique

Choosing orange as a wedding color means you’ll be in the spotlight, so it’s important to be confident about your choice. Add orange highlights to your formalwear; perhaps orange shoes or jewelry for the bride, and an orange tie or kerchief for the groom. Go ahead and ice your wedding cake with extravagant layers of orange frosting (orange creamsicle inspiration, anyone?). If you’re really ready to embrace the color, go all-out with an orange wedding gown. Then you can roll your eyes and tell the skeptics, “Didn’t you hear orange is actually the new white?” 


Lisa is a special needs teacher and a hugger. She always makes time for everyone and lightens up everybody’s lives with her presence. When she is not chasing her students around the yard, she finds time to write about what she truly loves, and you guessed it, its people and relationships.