Every year people all over the world from wedding planners to florists to fashion designers anticipate the color of the year. Pantone LLC, a group of people gather to decide what color will be the new trend for the new year. People are inspired by the newly chosen color. It will be seen on runways, red carpet events, and maybe even at your wedding.
The Pantone color for 2014 is Radiant Orchid. The color is said to inspire confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. You may think this color is too bold for weddings, however, there are many ways to incorporate Radiant Orchid into your wedding even if it is just in small doses.
Accessories for the Bride
In most cases the bride is wearing a white or off white gown and a neutral shoe. Perhaps you could dawn a touch of orchid with a purple stilletto? Brides love a surprising element like an unexpected colorful and fabulous shoe. There are different ways to incorporate Radiant Orchid into the shoe you choose to wear, whether it be the entire shoe, a few words written on the bottom or maybe even Radiant Orchid rhinestones on the heel of the shoe. Be creative, it’s your shoe, your color; people will love whatever you choose to do. You could even wear the shoes again after the wedding with a suit, jeans, cocktail dress or anything that pairs well with them in your wardrobe.
Radiant Orchid pairs well with its sister shades of lavender, purple and pink. This would be great for bouquets for either the brides or bridesmaids bouquets. You can also have your groomsmen’s boutonnieres Radiant Orchid to match your bridesmaids flowers.
An elegant flower that is also eye catching is the Phalaenopsis Orchid. This radiant orchid blooms cascade down a dramatic stem. It is a beautiful flower to use in your wedding where it can make an appearance in your bouquets, centerpieces, floral garlands or even as hair accessories. Also, putting a Phalaenopsis Orchid in your hair that is Radiant Orchid extends the color that you are looking to bring into your wedding.
Bridesmaid’s dresses and groomsmen’s ties and vests are ways many couples get their scheme across. You may think that having all of your wedding party in Radiant Orchid may be too much. You can alternate with the sister shades previously mentioned to use an ombre color palate. If you do not want different color dresses or vests/ties you may consider a Radiant Orchid sash for the dresses and only ties for the men. Radiant Orchid is a beautiful color and will make a statement no matter what you choose, play around with your options see what your best fit is.
Print materials are used to introduce your color scheme to your guests. Invitations, seating cards, programs, menus, favor tags and more are all details your guests pay attention to. Radiant Orchid is a great pop of color to stand out on printed materials.
Linens, chair covers, centerpieces and tableware are all a vehicle to incorporate Radiant Orchid into your décor. Uplighting is also a great way to use Radiant Orchid into your décor. You can use dim lighting around the room with colors in uplighting focused on the dance floor, the couple, or the bar. If uplighting the room is not what you want at your wedding, consider using a monogram on the wall in the Radiant Orchid palette. Along with the monogram, using throw pillows on lounge furniture or using colored tie backs on chairs will help display the Radiant Orchid in a more subtle display.
Food and Cocktails
When considering ways to display your color scheme, do not forget about the food choices and cocktails. Consider your wedding cake. You could have Radiant Orchid flowers displayed on the cake, the cake itself as an ombre color, or even having a different flavor for each layer.
Cocktail hour is a great way to display your color scheme by having a color coordinating specialty cocktail drink. A great Radiant Orchid cocktail is:
1 oz Pom or pomegranate mixer/juice
½ oz wild blueberry mixer/juice
1 oz vodka
½ oz raspberry Chambord
Add ingredients to cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until cold and frothy.
Pour through strainer into chilled glasses.
Radiant Orchid is a bold choice for a wedding color, but play around with it, see what you like best and go with it. In the end, your color palate is your choice and as long as it is used tastefully, enjoy it and own your decision.
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