bride and groom pose for romantic wedding photo in field surrounded by trees and wildflowers

Photo: Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography

Don't get us wrong — we still swoon over soft color palettes as much as the next pastel-loving couple. But who's to say that romantic wedding ideas can only showcase barely-there hues, like blush, ivory, or gray? While it's true that pastels naturally create an ethereal, romantic feel for your wedding day, this type of palette isn't for everyone. Bright and bold colors, like hot pink and marsala, can be equally romantic, especially if you're going for sultry versus sweet. If you needed any proof, take this inspo courtesy of Texas-based photographer Allison Jeffers and a talented team of vendors, including Jessica Frey and Uptown Events & Travel.

These romantic wedding ideas prove that sometimes, you don't need a pastel color in sight.

romantic wedding invitations decorated with flowers and blush and burgundy colors

Photo: Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography

Colorful Invitation Details

Forget barely-there pastel watercolors — decorate your wedding stationery with colorful, whimsical patterns that pack a punch. This particular invitation suite is the perfect balance of bold typography and eye-catching floral motifs.

pear cut engagement ring in burgundy velvet ring box

Photo: Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography

Burgundy Ring Box

A trendy pear cut engagement ring needs a box that's equally as stylish. This burgundy velvet Mrs. Box is a luxe alternative to the soft blushes and creams that we've seen over the last few seasons.

colorful wedding bouquet with pink and red flowers surrounded by fresh greenery

Photo: Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography

Bright Pink and Red Bouquet

Spice up a blush and greenery wedding bouquet by adding bubblegum pink and red flowers. Peonies, roses and proteas are just some of the colorful blooms in this arrangement.

bride wearing elegant classic veil and lace wedding dress with chapel train

Photo: Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography

bride with medium length hair and loose curls with pearl hair comb for wedding day

Photo: Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography

Statement Hair Accessory

Dress up your 'do with a romantic hair accessory that takes your bridal look to the next level. A long hair chain can be worn around the back of your head or vertically blended with your strands like this. We're loving the sparkly rhinestone and pearl details seen on this vine-inspired accessory.

elegant bride with lace low back wedding dress and colorful bouquet

Photo: Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography

Low Illusion Back Dress

If we're talking romantic wedding ideas, this Allure Bridals dress totally nails it. The low back is paired with an illusion lace panel to create a sexy-but-sophisticated look.

bride posing with bridesmaids wearing bright pink and burgundy bridesmaid dresses

Photo: Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography

Red Carpet-Worthy Bridesmaids

No pastel chiffon here — these 'maids are total stunners in head-to-toe color. The dark merlot dress would be gorgeous at a fall wedding!

bright pink and maroon bridesmaid dresses

Photo: Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography

bride wearing lace wedding dress poses with trendy groom dressed in velvet burgundy tuxedo

Photo: Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography

Velvet Is the New Black

Grooms can get onboard with one of the biggest 2018 wedding trends by donning a velvet jacket. Last year's top color for groom's attire was navy blue, but this burgundy hue is extra-romantic and is becoming more popular by the day.

close up of groom

Photo: Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography

colorful altar decorations for outdoor wedding ceremony

Photo: Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography

Back to Basics Altars

From greenery arches to flowing fabric backdrops, elaborate altars have been a huge component of romantic wedding ideas in recent years. Switch things up by going back to basics with colorful floral arrangements on either side of the altar. Sometimes less is more, especially if you're getting married at a venue that already has existing decor!

outdoor wedding ceremony in a garden with wooden arbor and colorful flower aisle markers

Photo: Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography

outdoor wedding reception tablescape at garden with colorful pink and red flowers

Photo: Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography

Uncovered Reception Tables

Another 2018 wedding trend we're loving is uncovered reception tables. Skipping the linens doesn't mean your tables will be boring — use vibrant centerpieces and other accents to create visual interest.

long wedding table decorated with low centerpieces of pink and red flowers with greenery

Photo: Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography

gold lasercut spanish wedding table number sign

Photo: Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography

Gold Accents

What's a bold color combo without a flash of metallic? Gold is the perfect accent color for warm tones like pink and red. Incorporate this shimmering color into your place settings, flatware, or table number signs à la this centerpiece.

centerpieces and table number signs for romantic garden wedding

Photo: Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography

romantic wedding place setting decorated with tapas menu card and single rose bud

Photo: Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography

Rose Place Setting

What's more romantic than a red rose? Place one at each table setting as a simple but sweet surprise for your guests. The end result is so pretty!

Photo: Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography

Signs with a Twist

When it comes to romantic wedding ideas, you can't top these gold lasercut chair signs. If you speak Spanish, these "Señor" and "Señora" signs would look beautiful at your wedding! You could also adapt this idea with any of the other four romance languages.

groom

Photo: Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography

romantic wedding lounge idea with vintage maroon leather couch and white fabric backdrop decorated with greenery and pink flowers

Photo: Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography

Lounge Area

A wedding lounge area is becoming a must-have for modern couples these days. Not only are wedding lounges an opportunity to showcase unique furniture rentals, like vintage sofas and chic end tables, but they encourage people to mix and mingle when guests aren't seated at their tables. This tufted leather sofa balances out the flowy fabric backdrop with its clean lines and rich brown color.

dramatic red, black and gold wedding cake with five tiers and gold

Photo: Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography

Dramatic Wedding Cake

Fluffy white buttercream cakes not your style? Art-inspired cakes are trending for 2018, and a red and black design makes a serious statement if you want the wow factor for your dessert table. Finish off a dramatic cake with a custom topper — we love this one that reads "mi amor".

romantic wedding photo idea bride and groom hugging at elegant garden wedding venue

Photo: Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography

Vendors

Venue: Garden Grove | Event Planning: Uptown Events & Travel | Event Design: 10th Collection Event Rentals and Jessica Frey Photography | Bride's Dress: Allure Bridals from Celebrations Bridal | Accessories: Eden Luxe Bridal, The Mrs. Box and Mugsby | Rentals: Whim Hospitality and Mancino Rentals | Invitations: Peach Paper + Design | Floral Design: The Flower Girl | Catering: Paellas, Tapas & More | Cake: Cakes Rock | Photo Booth: Oh Happy Day Booth