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Weddings and Pantone's Color of the Year 2014


Similar to our rejuvenated outlook on life, as we enter into the New Year there is also a fresh approach to wedding color trends. Pantone’s annual announcement of the Color of the Year invites us to bid farewell to 2013 and its emerald hues, while welcoming 2014 and Radiant Orchid.

Wedding color trends will flip to the opposite side of the color wheel in 2014 with Radiant Orchid, a beautiful jewel tone described as a mix of purple, fuchsia and pink. The characteristic of this hue is a perfect blend of saturated color and femininity without being overwhelmingly “girly.”

The shade also shifts nicely throughout the seasons in deeper, saturated tones for winter and fall, while a lighter, watercolor inspired palette works marvelously for spring and summer.

Spring weddings will pair Radiant Orchid with pale pinks such as blush, lavender or mint. These soft tones will encompass the freshness and beauty of the spring season.

Moving into summer, Radiant Orchid will take on more vibrancy with color combinations to include vivid pinks, teal or crisp white. The brightness of these tones will enhance the color and flare of warm summer weddings.

As summer fades to fall, the shade of Radiant Orchid deepens and becomes more saturated. This tone pairs beautifully with navy blue and olive greens, as well as dark shades of purple. Another bold, winning combination with this year’s featured color includes deep plumb, steel gray and fuchsia.

To increase the color’s sophistication for winter weddings, add metallic accents, such as gold-rimmed charges or candle holders. Additionally, mirrored accents and crystals will make these heavier tones sparkle while adding a regal feeling to your Radiant Orchid scheme.

Whatever season you choose to say “I do,” wedding flowers will be spectacular in 2014. For obvious reasons, 2014 nuptials will see an increase in this year’s color choice namesake. Orchids will make grand appearances in cascading bouquets, impressive centerpieces and simply sophisticated boutonnieres.

If your budget does not allow for volumes of pricey orchids, this flower combines beautifully with many other blooms. The simple lines of the orchid paired with voluminous flowers such as hydrangeas, dahlias or peonies create a striking display for bouquets and centerpieces alike.

The Radiant Orchid color scheme will also create a stunning look for your wedding attire. Spring and summer bridesmaids will impress in light, chiffon tones of Radiant Orchid, possibly adorned with rosettes or soft bow details. Fall and winter bridesmaids will also be radiant in this color while donning heavier (perhaps satin) dresses. Much like the overall wedding color palette, Radiant Orchid works as an accent or primary color for your bridesmaid’s attire.

Your groomsmen will also turn heads accented in this year’s hue. From ties to vests and even suspenders, Radiant Orchid pairs nicely with the traditional black tux, as well as less formal gray or beige suits.

From head to hem, to tablescapes and cakes, the color trend for 2014 is sure to wow your guests and create a brilliant vision for your wedding. Pantone introduces this hue stating, “Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health.” So, let’s welcome the freshness of the New Year with great anticipation of what Radiant Orchid will offer our wedding season.

For more information on choosing your wedding colors and Pantone's Color of the Year trends, click on the related links below to read How to Choose Your Wedding Colors!
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