By: Cory Peters
If you’re planning a fall or early winter wedding, and you want to incorporate a trendy wedding color, look no further than the Pantone Color Institute for guidance. “For 20 years, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in several industries, including fashion,” the Institute’s website explains.
The color experts at Pantone selected “Living Coral” for 2019, inspired by designs they saw during New York and London Fashion Weeks. Living Coral is a warm shade described as, “A nurturing color that appears in our natural surroundings” and also one of the true Arizona wedding colors!
This so-called life-affirming hue with a golden undertone promises to energize and enliven your event. And by the way, if you’re looking ahead to 2020, word is Pantone will be going with ocean-related colors. Think shades of blue, green and brown.
There are several possibilities for weaving living coral into your wedding celebration:
Ink, envelopes and cover design colors can be customized to precision with living coral. Whether you use an Arizona wedding invitation designer or do it yourself, the invitation will be the first impression to set the tone for your wedding. The thank-you note will be the last your guests see. These printed pieces are perfect for establishing your theme, incorporating Arizona wedding colors.
Your bridesmaids and groomsmen will look vibrant in living coral! Whether wearing patterned designs or solid prints, the wedding party will create a unifying appearance. Bridesmaids can also wear lipstick, nail polish, and jewelry in the color of the year. Groomsmen attire can include ties, pocket squares, and socks to match. Parents and other family members of the bride and groom can join in the color coordination, for some fantastic photos.
The color of the year is perfect for bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, flower girl petals, and table centerpieces. Roses, carnations, lilies, gerbera daisies, peonies, and gladiolus are all perfect possibilities.
If your wedding will include candles, there’s another opportunity to work in your color. Consider different sized candles in groupings. You can also dress up candlestick holders with coral ribbon.
If you’re hosting your rehearsal dinner or bridal shower brunch in your backyard, imagine how lovely living coral flowers and candles will look a freshly manicured lawn as your backdrop. Sprinkle some coral flower petals on the grass for contrast. Consider hiring a local lawn service to give your yard a little extra TLC prior to the event. Ask your landscaper to dot the edges of the yard with coral cactus!
Rent wedding linens in your color of the year shade, and/or napkins that serve to tie-in the tables with your theme. You can also mix and match linens with neutral colors, so your accent color really pops. Designate the bridal party’s head table with a bolder shade to stand out. You can use this same shade for the table displaying your wedding cake.
Surprise and delight your guests with colored food, drinks, and party favors. Small colored containers filled with colored candies and a tag with the date and name of the newlyweds will be a fun takeaway for your guests.
You might ask your wedding cake designer to include coral filling between layers. (Strawberry filling with a touch of yellow food coloring works great!)
Finally, you could have a bartender mix up a special cocktail for the occasion in your color, with a garnish that will look great in photographs. You could also create a nonalcoholic punch with the same visual effect. Food&Wine magazine conveniently compiled a list of coral-colored concoctions, such as watermelon margaritas, for your consideration. Cheers and congratulations!
Cory Peters is a wedding photographer who does her best work at outdoor venues. She’s photographed couples tying the knot on the ski slopes in Colorado and in the Everglades in Florida. She has a passion for shooting flower gardens all over the world.