As you sit down to imagine your dream wedding, one thing plays a major role in the overall look and mood of the event: color!
Every bride has basic color preferences, but in reality, color experts actually set the seasonal trends regarding which tones will be most desirable. For years, Pantone, the global authority on color, has surveyed the designers of New York Fashion Week and beyond to bring you the season’s most important color trends for fashion and design. They recently released their report which previews the most prominent hues for spring of 2012.
According to the report, for spring 2012 designers are inspired by “diverse influences, showcasing a range of styles and lifestyles, from free and playful and light and breezy, to contemporary classics. Colors likewise reflect these differing moods, encapsulating vivid brights, soft muted tones and fun-loving pastels.”
“Consumers look to spring for renewed energy, optimism and the promise of a brighter day,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “They have learned how color can help them alter a mood and provide the vitality and enthusiasm that enables them to experiment with new looks and color combinations.”
These colors and combinations can create a perfect palette for brides as they design the color scheme for their weddings. From linens to flowers to bridesmaid dresses, color will play a critical role in creating a unique look for a wedding that will be memorable to guests on the big day and create a beautiful “pop” of interest in the wedding photography.
According to Pantone’s report, some of the standout shades for spring include:
“Provocative Tangerine Tango (named Pantone’s color of the year for 2012), an enticing juicy orange, is a vivacious and appealing refresher to enliven anyone’s outlook this spring.
Providing a jolt of energy, Solar Power, a deep, but bright shade of yellow, radiates warmth and cheer.
Fanciful Bellflower, a distinct ornamental purple, exudes uniqueness and creativity. Scintillating and sexy, Cabaret is a sensual and intense rosy-red — an excellent choice for summer clothing and cosmetics.
Sodalite Blue, a classic maritime hue, brings order and calmness to mind. Like an anchor to a ship, this dependable shade works with every color in the palette.
Cockatoo, a tactile blue-green, is sure to make your spirits soar. This unusual hue
adds a whimsical touch to the palette and will surely make a statement this spring.
Margarita, a piquant yellow-green, lifts spirits with its refreshing and stimulating glow. Reminiscent of a blossoming garden on an early spring morning, fragrant Sweet Lilac evokes the fresh scents of summer. This delicate pinkish lilac adds a touch of romance to any wardrobe.
Natural versatile neutrals add practicality to this season’s brights. Driftwood, an adaptable blend of beige and gray with a slightly weathered feel, and Starfish, a perfect warm summer neutral, complement all colors featured in this season’s top 10.
For an ultra-bold vibrant wedding look this spring, try mixing Bellflower with Tangerine Tango and Cabaret.
Combine Margarita with Sweet Lilac and Cockatoo for a subtle alternative, or combine Margarita with Sweet Lilac and Driftwood for a more practical variation. Solar Power is best juxtaposed with Sodalite Blue. For a safer bet, add a natural neutral like Starfish to the mix.”
So, practically speaking, how can these trendy colors be incorporated into your wedding look? The sky is the limit! Invitations and save the date cards can give your guests the first clue about the featured colors for your event.
Next, visit your florist with swatches of your favorite shades. She will most likely be able to suggest the best floral interpretation of your dream palette!
Venues will be able to advise you about color options for table linens, chair sashes, table scaping and lighting. You might be surprised to learn just how many fabulous colors are really available!
Even food can be colorful! Talk to your cake designer about creating a colorful masterpiece in your selected hues. Even candy buffet artists can base their work completely on color preference!
Finally, color can (and should) be utilized in your bridal party’s fashion choices! If you cannot select just one color, create a beautiful palette by putting bridesmaids in different colored dresses! How about Tangerine Tango, Solar Power and Cabaret for a bold, citrus-y look or Cockatoo, Margarita, and Sweet Lilac for a more subdued, sophisticated look? Of course, the groomsmen’s accessories could be selected in colors to match!
Don’t be afraid to embrace unique colors and combinations when planning your wedding, it can truly allow you to create a memorable visual masterpiece!
Source for color descriptions and information on Pantone: Pantone Fashion Color Report, Spring 2012.