The crew at the Pantone Color Institute recently announced the spring 2014 color report, the group of hues most likely to be featured in fashion designers’ spring collections.
Pantone describes it as “a palette made up of soft pastels and vivid brights,” and the #1 color for next spring is the vibrant Dazzling Blue. (If it looks familiar, this particular shade is the color of the Facebook logo, as well as New York’s Citi Bike bike-sharing program.) It’s also a color fast on the rise in wedding décor. Here’s a look at how to bring the bold blue to your wedding celebration, whether it’s just a touch or all-the-way.
A Juicy Combination
At this Costa Rica destination wedding, the bridesmaids wore electric blue strapless dresses accented by punchy orange necklaces and bouquets of orange day lilies and orchids. It’s a great example of blue being breezy and fun, but still special.
Blue Light Special
Never underestimate the power of lighting! This photo is from a celebration I designed that took place in an all-white venue. Dramatic lighting in a vibrant blue color transformed the look of the space.
Here’s a close-up from the same event. I love how the different surfaces of glass, white linens, metallic silver, and even the transparent chairs reflect the soft blue light throughout the room.
A Shoe In
Brides have been enlisting their feet to bring “something blue” to the ceremony for a while now, resulting in fun photos like this from photographer Shang Chen. (Although Chen reveals that the bride whose feet are pictured actually did use blue as one of her main wedding colors.) “Most of my clients are not 100 percent traditional and thus don’t usually have the ‘something blue’, though I’ve seen it in the form of shoes, fingernail colors, jewelry, or something else.”
The invite sets the tone of the party. Here’s a rich blue invitation from Wedding Paper Divas by designer Jenny Romanski that feels exotic and sophisticated, with a lotus flower motif and text in a goldenrod hue.
“You can’t go wrong using ‘something blue’ in your invitations. It works with every style, from traditional to modern,” she says. “For quiet elegance, use pastel tones such as light turquoise, powder blue and peppermint. To infuse drama, use rich hues like sapphire, ultramarine, and indigo.”
Dazzling Blue is a serious jewel tone. Consider mixing it with others of its kind for a regal, luxurious, and striking combination. Case in point: the dignified but still decadent décor of New York’s trendy Gramercy Park Hotel penthouse, which would be a fabulous honeymoon destination after a blue-hued celebration.