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  • Writer's pictureSydney Schatz

2020 Color of the Year Inspiration

Updated: Nov 4, 2020

Since 2000, the Pantone Color Institute has picked a color to represent the coming year. Each December the results are published in the Pantone View, which many florists and designers use to help guide clients and designs for future projects. The Pantone Color Matching System is a largely standardized color production system which allows different manufacturers in different locations to have a common reference to make colors match without having direct contact with each other. In other words, Pantone is a very respected entity in the wedding and event industry. This December Pantone declared that the ‘Color of the Year’ for 2020 is…*drum roll please*… Classic Blue. They have stated that Classic Blue is “elegant in its simplicity. Suggestive of the sky at dusk, the reassuring qualities of the thought-provoking Classic Blue highlight our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.”

If you are wondering exactly what “Classic Blue” looks like, here is picture of their swatch. I am considering it to be slightly lighter than Marine Blue, but not quite as bright as Cobalt or Royal Blue. Now, you might be quickly realizing that if you want to use this color to help accent your wedding, it will most likely not be done through the floral as there are not too many naturally blue colored flowers – unless you dye them or use silk flowers – so today I want to give you examples and pictures of other ways to incorporate the color elegantly into your big day. Do note that all of the following pictures can be found on the ‘A Piece of Harmony Events’ Pinterest account. I have attached the link at the bottom of the page, so click on that to browse through all things bridal inspiration!

Due to the nature of Classic Blue, if you can’t incorporate the color into your flowers, the next best thing, in my opinion, is through the napkin or runner. This still allows the color to be a highlight of the tablescape – especially if you use neutral tones in your floral.

To continue on the tablescape train, you can also incorporate the rich color into décor pieces as part of the centerpiece, such as candlesticks. Depending on how much you are looking to incorporate the accent color, it does work well and helps the cohesiveness of the table when you have the napkin and the candlestick the same color. Another option is the place cards, if you decide you want or need to have those on the table.

Photo taken by Hannah Smith Design

If you are thinking, “I want the color to be a little more subtle, but I still want to incorporate it on the table”, I have an idea for you, something you probably wouldn’t think of – glassware. There are several vintage rental companies and thrift stores out there with colored glass and glassware in their inventory. This is a great way to give the table a pop of color without having to add any additional elements.

Okay, let’s move away from table accents. How else can you incorporate the Classic Blue as a bold pop of color into your big day? How about as part of your ensemble? For the bride, a great subtle way to do this is with your shoes. Another option, which would be a little more visible for your guests, is through the ribbon on your bouquet or even your nail color. If you are a fan of the classic wedding rhyme which calls for “something blue”, this kills two birds with one stone, since the ‘Color of the Year’ is a blue!

Photo taken by Gingersnap Studios

For the groom/groomsmen, using this color can be accomplished through their ties or bowties and even their socks (it’s always fun to do a silly sock picture with the guys).

If you want to be a little bold with color in regards to the ensemble, you can always have the bridesmaid dresses or the tuxes be this classic rich blue color.

Photo taken by Gingersnap Studios

Other ways to subtly incorporate the color into your big day could be through the invitations or a fun blue signature cocktail or even personalized blue cocktail napkins. (Side note: I do offer personalized cocktail napkins as part of my Event Management package).

Lastly, another one of my favorites, if you decide to have a lounge setting at your reception, is by using pillows as an accent.

Did this help get your creative juices flowing? I hope so! Of course, these ideas are not ALL the ways to incorporate this beautiful blue color into your design, but they are a pretty good start. Drop some of the unique and creative ways you’ve incorporated an accent color in your wedding below!

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