Color of the Year – Radiant Orchid

A very important detail of wedding and event planning is aesthetics. A huge influencer of aesthetics is color, so it’s incredibly important to select a main shade for your event or wedding to portray the vibe you are shooting for. This year, PANTONE® has selected the color of the year to be Radiant Orchid. If it’s even possible I think I have fallen in love with a color. Radiant Orchid is incredibly versatile and can be used for a Spring, Summer, Fall, OR Winter event!

If you’re hosting a late Spring or early Summer wedding, you could pair Radiant Orchid with almost any lighter color. Think pinks, or lighter shades of purple like Lilac.

If you’re hosting a summer wedding and want a different feel. Consider pairing the Radiant Orchid with blues and steel grays.


If you are planning a little further down the line for a Fall or early winter wedding, you could pair Pantone’s 2014 color of the year with Pantone’s 2013 color of the year, Emerald Green. Just think of how lush and beautiful those two colors together would look! In fact, I know these are great wedding colors because I’ve attended a wedding in late September that used purple & green for their main colors and it was beautiful!

Would you use Radiant Orchid in your wedding? Are you already planning to? If so, please share! I’d love to hear what colors you’re pairing it with! If you have questions or ideas about how to incorporate these colors more into your theme, please ask in the comments section below.



Going Green in 2013

I’ve recently noticed green showing up all over the place in makeup magazines, bikinis, and nail color! I’ve noticed it so much that I decided I should probably find out why. PANTONE® has officially dubbed Emerald Green the color of the year! I am so excited to see this beautiful color start popping up everywhere, especially at weddings! According to PANTONE® the color is

“Lively. Radiant. Lush… A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.”

This is great news because we will be seeing much more elegant weddings this year, along with a more eclectic approach of combining the outdoors and natural beauty with more glamor and grace. And let’s not forget, LACE is extremely trendy right now too!Dessy Bridesmaid Style 2794

Now, I don’t know much about PANTONE®. I actually had to ask my fiance who or what they were! (Apparently I’ve been living under a rock.) So I don’t know how they go about deciding the color of the year or even when they make those decisions, but one has to think that the premiere of the new OZ movie this year might have had some influence.

Whatever the influence was, I am eager to see it being incorporated into weddings this year! I have actually heard from at least two brides recently that are planning on using green in their wedding. If I didn’t already have my colors picked out, I might even be tempted to use Emerald Green in my wedding and put my bridesmaids in it! greenshoes


Alicia and Me

Another wedding trend that I absolutely love is brides wearing colored shoes. I think the touch of color hiding under the dress is such a fabulous detail and really brings attention to the bride’s entire ensemble. Imagine how cute green colored heels would look with a shorter reception dress, if you picked one out. My sister was married in 2010 and her colors were green and purple. She chose to wear an ADORABLE pair of purple shoes under her super cute ball gown style wedding dress and I’ve been madly in love with the trend since. Alicia, my sister,  did also happen to be one of those brides that chose to wear a different shorter dress for her reception, probably to show off those super cute shoes. Too bad they probably spent more time getting passed around the bridal party than on her own feet!

Photo Source Mister Guy Photography

Photo Source Mister Guy Photography

Okay, we’ve covered the easy territory of dresses and shoes but what about favors and decorations? Well, as I’ve mentioned a few times, lace is super trendy this year. You can purchase colored lace and jazz up just about anything to create a simple yet beautiful decoration. You could wrap it around clear glass candle holders for centerpieces. OR if you opt out of a giant wedding cake and go with cupcakes instead, you could glue a little of the lace to the cupcake wrappers and give them a little character!

It may seem a little tough at first to use green as one of your wedding colors, but to me the possibilities are endless. If you need a little inspiration, check out Pinterest. There are plenty of Green wedding boards out there that you can get some great ideas from.