Indian weddings are famous for their vibrant rituals and ceremonies charged with vivacious auras and joyful emotions. The homes and the wedding venues are resplendent with color, splendidly adorned with traditional and modern hues. Weddings in India are extravagant affairs, which is evident from all the decorations and the finery on display.
Colors used at Indian wedding ceremonies have a much wider meaning than simple aesthetics. Each color in each traditional decoration is representative of a spiritual concept, as it were.
Take for example saffron, the most famous color in Indian culture. It comes from the female parts of the saffron flowers and is produced by placing these either in water or, in case of lavish offerings, in milk.
Saffron is a hue between yellow and orange. In fact, there is nothing quite like this color and, if made naturally, saffron is accompanied by a powerful though sweet smell! In my opinion, one can almost taste the color! Saffron is also one of the three main colors in the Indian national flag or the tiranga.
Here are some bright and lively Indian wedding color schemes. You can use them on Indian theme decorations – for celebrations like baby showers, festivals, and, yes, even weddings!
There are five colors in Indian Sunset color palette. The hex codes and the corresponding closest english names of these colors are Rainbow Indigo (#263062), Metallic Seaweed (#05848A), Rajah (#FFAC68), Bittersweet (#FF7163) and Mystic Maroon (#AA4C8A).
There are six colors in Indian Festivities color scheme. The hex codes and the corresponding closest english names of these colors are Ocean Blue (#5C33C0), Medium Purple (#855DD7), Lime Green (#2CD924), Pantone Yellow (#FBDF00), Orange Soda (#F95F41) and Red-Purple (#E50D78).
Made up of four colors, the Indian Traditional color scheme is a uniquely attractive scheme. The closest names and the exact hex codes of the colors are Hershey’s Dark Chocolate (#460B2F), Carmine (#9A031E), Beer (#FB8B24) and Metallic Orange (#E36414).
Importance of yellow at Indian weddings
One of the preliminary ceremonies at an Indian wedding is the haldi (turmeric) ceremony. It typically takes place in the mornings and invites fun and laughter. First a paste is made by mixing turmeric powder with water and milk. This paste is then applied lavishly to the face and limbs of the bride and, in some communities, the groom too. Once it has dried, the paste is scrubbed off to yield clean, soft and supple skin.
The haldi ceremony is, thus, a cleanser of sorts symbolising virtuousness and righteousness.
Marigold – the close cousin of yellow
Marigold, a close cousin of yellow, is another color extensively employed in the Indian culture. The name of the color comes from the vivid flowers that grow all around the country.
Consisting of six colors, the beautiful Bright Indian Wedding color palette is made up of Dark Magenta (#911C8A), UCLA Gold (#FFB501), Yellow Rose (#FFF100), Heat Wave (#FF7800), Mexican Pink (#DE0983) and Quartz (#4B4B4B).
Indian wedding venues are typically decked up with different shades of marigold. The color, which is orangish-yellow, is optimistic in nature and signifies prosperity and opulence.
In fact, not only at weddings but at temples and other holy places too, one sees the presence of marigold in abundance. Deities are offered marigolds, as garlands or single flowers. The prasaad or holy offering is also tinted marigold.
Indian Festival uniquely beautiful scheme has four colors – Tangerine (#F28601), North Texas Green (#049940), Yellow Rose (#FFF001) and UE Red (#B80004).
Yellow, along with its avatars like marigold and saffron, impart a joyful atmosphere to the wedding and are representative of happiness and bonding under the aegis of the heavens.
Green – A New Beginning
The presence of green at Indian weddings and festivities is felt at the very doorstep – no puns intended. One can see it in the form of the bandanvaar (garland of leaves and flowers) at the entrance of the homes of the bride and bridegroom. Green symbolises life, freshness, fertility and harmony – all the qualities to make a marriage successful.
The wedding yellow and green palette makes the most of these shades and is appropriate for the occasion. FYI, the bandanvaar is made from mango leaves which are, typically, of deep green color.
Mirage of Gold is an awesome scheme with a set of six colors. The hex codes and the equivalent names of these colors are Marigold (#EAA220), Philippine Yellow (#FFCB02), Golden Yellow (#FFDF01), Japanese Laurel (#397E26), Chinese Gold (#CC9900) and Lincoln Green (#185D00).
This brings us to another hue of green, one which is used in the mehendi (henna) ceremony. Henna, when dry has a dull brown color… almost drab. It takes up a dull green color after being mixed with water and other solvents just before its applied on the limbs of the bride (and sometimes the groom too).
Nowadays, henna designs are highly ornate involving Indian motifs like the paisley. However, they can be very elaborate and may feature vignette from folk lore and popular stories.
Henna, once applied on the hands and feet, is cured with lemon juice and oil and left to dry. It is then flaked and scrubbed leaving behind a beautiful and strong auburn color.
From Indian Culture Theme is an awesome scheme with a set of five colors. The hex codes and the equivalent names of these colors are Chrome Yellow (#FFA900), Vivid Orange (#FF5C01), Wine Red (#B01432), Jonquil (#EECF1A) and Meat Brown (#F0A936).
Indian Mandala uniquely beautiful scheme has six colors – Light Sea Green (#19B0A5), Palatinate Purple (#63155A), Cerise (#DE3970), Crayola’s Maize (#FBC442), Medium Champagne (#FAEFA4) and Dollar Bill (#86BA53).
Consisting of six colors, the beautiful Indian Design #2 color scheme is made up of Orchid (#E078DC), Minion Yellow (#EEE757), Crayola’s Bright Yellow (#FFA522), Crayola’s Blue-Violet (#845ABE), Pastel Green (#77DD63) and Cerise (#D7375E).
Indian Traditional Wedding uniquely beautiful scheme has four colors – Deep Lemon (#EEC219), Jazzberry Jam (#BA0F6B), Carmine Pink (#DE4E4E) and Royal Orange (#FE9345).
Hope you like our unique and bright color schemes for Indian weddings and festivals. We made these with a lot of love and affection. If you use them in any design, do let us know.
Please note that the hex color codes and the RGB values are for digital media while CMYK is for print. Also, the CMYK color values have been calculated from the hex codes through known formula and are only approximates.