Pantone Colour of the Year 2018…But I don’t like it!!
You’ve been planning your wedding day for the past few months. You have envisaged the whole scene and obtained every colour swatch under the sun. Shades of pastel loveliness, a light and bright Spring and Summer palette, just perfect for your beautiful, vintage July ceremony. You have been waiting anxiously for the annual announcement by Pantone of their Colour of the Year to solidify to the world that you are so on trend. And then they announce the Pantone Colour of the Year 2018 is….Ultra Violet?!
Purple is not in your plan! Bring back 2016’s romantic Rose Quartz or last year’s botanical beauty Greenery! Ultra Violet may seem too bold and provocative for a vintage style wedding ceremony but if staying on trend is important to you, there are many different ways to incorporate it if you are clever…
What feel does Ultra Violet conjure up to you?
- Regal – purple is a very rich colour and conjures up images of wealth and decadence. 2018 will see another Royal Wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle so the regal feel of the colour may appeal to those looking to celebrate the year of their ceremony alongside royalty.
- Spirituality and peace– purple has long been a calming colour and is often associated with the practice of mindfulness. We have many Amethyst crystals in our house which are the most beautiful shades of purple and they offer a relaxing vibe which could be wonderful for a wedding with a natural feel. It can be even more relaxing when teamed with earthy green tones.
- Creativity – purple also carries artistic connotations, it is seen as the colour of expression and individuality. If you find your taste as a couple is unique, you may choose to embrace the Ultra Violet trend to create some inspiring fashion statements, stationery or venue décor for your big day.
- Futuristic – purple has a mysterious vibrancy that makes me think of the great unknown. It’s an optimistic colour with the promise of the future and a nod towards our great cosmic universe. It can provide a modern twist to a wedding, especially if teamed with a hint of metallic. Perhaps opt for rose gold or subtle copper rather than silver if you want to avoid the outer space theme…
How to use Ultra Violet wisely: 50 Shades of Purple
There are many subtle ways to incorporate a bold shade such as Ultra Violet into a more traditional ceremony should you wish to include it in your day. We have listed some of these below!
My recent gardening obsession has awoken all kinds of newly inspired colour fascinations! There are so many beautiful flowers in all shades of purple, depending on what season you are planning to get married. I have just planted some lavender, heathers and alliums (the lollipop flowers!) in varying shades of purple – from lilac to electric – and they look fab. You can also find roses, iris and orchids in this colour. You can pair them with 2017’s Pantone Colour of the Year ‘Greenery’ for a natural, rustic feel that will ensure you stay on trend – vintage style.
Cakes and Sweet Treats
I have to stop looking at cakes as it’s not helping the January diet plan. However, I have so many wonderful colleagues and friends who make the most delicious cakes and sweet treats for weddings that are just pure works of art. You can incorporate purple into your dessert table with macarons, cupcakes and sugar flowers on your cakes. If you are opting for a woodland themed or rustic style wedding, why not ask your cake designer to add edible pansies in shades of purple to your cake? They can look stunning, especially with neutral shades such as ivory and white.
Our area of expertise! We have been asked to add shades of purple to invitations, place cards and table names through the use of ribbon and coloured fonts. Whilst Winter has prevented me from getting out in my garden the past few months, I have recently found a new artistic hobby experimenting with watercolour! There is some beautiful wedding stationery out there that has been created using watercolour pencils and paint. It’s a fantastic way to include subtle shades of purple into your wedding as it enables varying degrees of colour and intensity. Team it with textured paper, modern squiggles and botanical prints and you could achieve purple perfection!
This will all depend on your individual style but there are few ways to add a touch of ultra violet to your tables. Vases with flowers in varying tones of this colour can look stunning as table centrepieces. Use coloured glassware or enhance your guest’s favours with a touch of purple ribbon to give a simple nod towards the trend.
Fashion and Accessories
I’m not sure anyone could (or would want to..) convince their husband to be to wear an Ultra Violet Austin Powers suit for their wedding day. But you may be able to get him to wear a designer tie or pop a hanky in his pocket in this colour. Buttonholes featuring purple flowers are also equally effective and shouldn’t compromise his masculinity. Where as you may not want your bridesmaids in striking ultra violet, you could go tonal. They are so many shades of purple from soft, vintage shades such as lilac, lavender and lupin to bolder tones such as aubergine, plum or magenta. Who says they have to all match??
If you don’t like it, don’t use it!
Most importantly, if you don’t like it- don’t do it! If you’re not bothered about being on trend and are more of a traditional kind of girl (I hear that), then stick to your guns. No-one said Pantone have to determine how fashionable your wedding day is. In years to come, your guests won’t be saying: ‘Oh wasn’t that ceremony so wonderfully on trend with Pantone Colour of the Year 2018?’. Instead they will remember the small details, the atmosphere and the faces of all those who were lucky enough to be there. But if Ultra Violet purple happens to be your most favourite colour ever and you feel the universe has aligned it with the year you are getting married…then use our suggestions above to make the most of it!!
And remember, all Vintage Twee’s stationery is customisable! So if you see something you like and want us to add some Ultra Violet in the mix…just ask 🙂