Preppy Yellow and Gray Inspiration

Recently a reader emailed me asking for yellow and gray inspiration. I gleefully dug into serious inspiration research to find beautiful details for yellow and gray weddings. Here's what I found: Yellow and gray is an amazingly versatile color palette. Couples who choose a yellow and Gray color palette can be preppy, modern, casual, elegant, rustic, vintage, or handmade. The possibilities are seriously endless. For for the next few weeks I will be throwing a different yellow and gray inspiration post into the mix.

Preppy Yellow + Gray Inspiration

 Preppy Gray + Yellow

Inspiration Board Credits: From Left to Right, Top Row: Billy Buttons and Boutonnieres from Snippet and Ink via Photo Bucket, lacy invitations from Fossil; Second Row: Sweet Treats from Unknown via Blog Spot, bride on sofa from Green Wedding Shoes; Third Row: seer-sucker boutonniere from Etsy (note: product no longer available for purchase), damask cupcake holders from Style Me Pretty, bride and bridesmaid with yellow bouquet from Perfect Bound; Last Row: Photo booth images from Wedding Window, gray pompom from The Slightly Obsessive Bride

From my Style Circle blog:

Yellow and Gray color palettes are so versatile. Here pinstripes, gray damask, and delicate gray pom details are fun and elegant for a preppy-inspired wedding. Soft yellows are fresh and clean and allow bolder yellows to pop. Little bits of black, like the wrought iron photo booth frame, ground this preppy wedding, and giving it a bit of edginess.

Other Preppy Gray and Yellow Wedding Ideas

Incorporating you color palette into your dessert bar.

In addition to using pretty pale yellow frosting and bright yellow colors for French macaroons, you can also place pretty white cupcakes in gray cupcake holders, like in the image in the inspiration board above.

pale yellow cupcakes and bright yellow french macaroons

Pretty Yellow cupcakes from A Simple Photograph via Style Me Pretty; Bright Yellow French Macaroons Photographer Unknown via I Do Inspiration

Double duty refreshments and place cards

I love it when couples work smarter not harder by making their pretty details do double duty. Here pale yellow lemonade in mason jars can also serve a refreshing place cards. This little trick can also be quite eco friendly, as your guests can reuse their glass thus cutting down on the resources needed to wash multiple glasses for each guest.

pale lemonade in mason jars with a pretty round label
Lemonade served in Charming Mason Jars from Sarah Yeats via Para Ti Novia

Mixing bright and pale colors

There is something so sweet about the way colors pop when you mix pale and bright hues. Variations on the same color or mixing hues can be effective with any detail, from favors to place settings; from bridesmaids dresses to bouquets. It's a simple way to reinforce your theme and color palette without being too matchy-matchy.

Preppy yellow and gray bride and groom place cards, yellow favor bags, and pale yellow and gray pom poms

Top image of Mr & Mrs. Place settings from Kim + Phil Photography via Punch Portland, Bright yellow favor bags AND pom poms in a paper cone from Sarah Yeats Photography via Style Me Pretty