11 ways to theme your wedding around Pantone's 2018 Colour of the Year

11 ways to theme your wedding around Pantone's 2018 Colour of the Year

Published 11th Dec 2017

With the news that colour authorities Pantone has picked 'Ultra Violet' as its Colour of the Year for 2018, here's how to incorporate it into your wedding day

In an official release from Pantone, the soft, romantic hue is described as 'an enigmatic purple shade that evokes the inventive spirit and imaginative thinking that challenges the status quo'. And it doesn't end there: "A spiritual, cosmic hue, Ultra Violet pushes the boundaries of what inspires us to look upward and outward to the future".

Sign us up! If you're curious about how to incorporate this gorgeous shade into your wedding day, we've found some beautiful ideas, just for you...

Start with...

The stationery. From your save-the-dates and RSVP cards through to your menu cards and Order of Service - use shades of violet to set your colourscheme from the off.

Images via fabmood and Ruffled.

The dress

Pick a gown with a subtle brush of purple - whether an ombré skirt of an embroidered top. Ethereal and oh-so gorgeous.

Images via Stina Kase Photography and Etsy.

Or follow the lead of this glorious glam-ma and wear a violet gown, completed with accessories in lighter shades of purple.

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And naturally...

No bridal (or groom-y!) look is complete without the perfect violet floral flourish.

Images via Flower Design Events and Emilie White.

Beauty buzz

Pick an element of your make-up you want to add a violet shimmer to: be it a smoky eye, a bold lip or even a hint of pearlescent violet highlighter. 

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Ultra-violet waves

Love dying your hair different colours? Consider a shade of purple: from vibrant purple all the way through to softly-softly lilac.

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Nail it

For a more discrete colourscheme nod, violet nails are a must.

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Girl gang

Create your very own Fifty Shades of Purple line-up (it's a thing...) by asking your leading ladies to wear outfits in ombré shades.

Image (left) via Instagram; photography (right) by This Modern Romance.

In bloom

Naturally, if you're having a colour-themed wedding, you need to include a nod towards it in your floral choices. Violet works well as either a lead colour or a toned-in shade - alternatively, twist violet ribbon around the stems for a pretty finish. 

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Same goes for your tablecentres, too! Whether you pick single stem displays or full-on floral arrangements, violet fleurs make for an effortless way to brighten up your tables.

Images: Tom Ravenshear

Sweet thing

Now, on to the cake! Violet makes for a rich, curiously decadent icing choice: again, go ombré for a whimsical, romantic feel, or choose block colour sections for a more classic look.

Images via Southern Blue Celebrations and Pinterest.

Violet delights

Finally! Serve up dainty macarons, tantalising cake-pops, bowls of lavender-infused sweets... Serve with paper cones and sloganned napkins for added #InstaValue. Enjoy!

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