It’s that time of year again when Pantone announces their color of the year, and for 2019 they’ve chosen Living Coral. Inspired by coral reefs, one of Planet Earth’s most biologically diverse ecosystems, it’s a golden-orange shade that Pantone describes as “sociable and spirited” and that they say “welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity.” Sounds perfect for a wedding to me!
However, while we love working with color, we always advise our couples be selective when they choose a bold shade like Living Coral. This is especially true for Colorado weddings, where you want the beautiful natural surroundings to be the star of the show! Fortunately there are lots of elegant, natural ways to bring a splash of coral to your 2019 wedding. Here are five of my favorites:
1. Bright bouquets: One of the prettiest ways you can include Living Coral in your wedding is by choosing coral blooms, like blousy coral peonies or punchy coral dahlias. A coral and blush bouquet makes a beautiful statement for the bride against a white wedding dress.
2. Bold bridesmaids: You might not think so, but coral looks great on all skin tones, making it a perfect choice for your bridesmaids and adding a splash of color to your ceremony without being overwhelming. You can do this through block color, prints that include coral, or a combination of both. If you’d like something more subtle but still very fresh and flattering, consider coral for your makeup or nails.
3. Coral centerpieces: Just as coral blooms look beautiful in a bouquet, they make for lovely centerpieces too, adding depth to blush and peach arrangements. For a glamorous look, choose gold vases or opt for a natural look with raw wood (perfect for a rustic chic Colorado wedding).
4. Stylish stationery: Your invitations and wedding day stationery are a perfect place to include a dash of color that will get your guests into a celebratory mood.
5. Cool cocktails: Bright signature cocktails will really liven up the cocktail hour! Try a Coral Reef – a mix of gin, aperol, club soda and elderflower liqueur.
I’m looking forward to seeing plenty of Pantone Living Coral at summer weddings. But what if you’re not a spring or summer couple? Don’t panic! While the color feels very summery and tropical, it can work just as well for fall when combined with natural textures and neutrals like cream and taupe, or even for winter – perhaps with a deep teal or plum. Play with different palettes until you find one that’s right for you!
Photo by Frances Marron