Real Bride Perspective: The Color of the Year

“Pantone LLC, an X-Rite company and the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, today announced PANTONE® 17-5641 Emerald, a lively, radiant, lush green, as the Color of the Year for 2013”.  Source: Couturecolorado.com

“Pantone LLC, an X-Rite company and the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, today announced PANTONE® 17-5641 Emerald, a lively, radiant, lush green, as the Color of the Year for 2013”.  Source: Couturecolorado.com

According to Pantone LLC Emerald is the color of the year.  Does that mean to have a trendy awesome wedding I should use this color?  What about the blue that’s been everywhere?  How does a bride decide on a color scheme for her wedding? It’s very easy to pick the color that society says is “in”.  However what color do you really want to see 20 years from now in photos?  I personally don’t want to cringe and explain to my kids that the color was very cool in its time. 

Sitting at home googling best fall wedding colors I realize that forcing a color into my wedding is just not me.  The couch I am sitting on is brown, the walls are cream and around the room are shades in between.  Brown and cream will be my wedding colors.  At first I was worried that my wedding was going to be “blah” but I have found a way to make it work; patterns and texture!  I have decided on subtle polka dot bridesmaid dresses, a cake with a different texture on each tier, wooden floral accents in the bouquets, patterned linens and paisley groomsmen vests.  The centerpieces will differ by table between floating candles, lanterns and tall curly willow bouquets. Although my bouquets do have a pop of color, they are nice complement to my neutral palate. 

As the details start coming together I am so excited to see the final product on my wedding day! The best advice I can offer is to acknowledge color trends but ultimately pick a color that fits you.  When it’s the right color scheme the details will easily fall into place.  

- Sophia