Few things will have more visual impact on your wedding than the colors you choose. Your color selections will influence the dresses and jewelry your bridesmaids wear, the color of your table linens and flowers, the invitations and so much more. And while it’s totally within your bridal rights to go with complimentary shades of pink, or a classic black, white and red combo, if you’d like to set the tone for your wedding using 2016’s trendiest colors, here is what you need to know.
Where Do They Come From?
Wedding color trends come from a variety of places, like the runways of both general and bridal couture, floral trends and, of course, interior design. If you’re looking for inspiration that can help set your wedding apart, while still feeling very “now,” look to these for suggestions of a lead color.
2016 is slated to be another hot year for rich jewel tones, desert-inspired tones, and modern takes on pastels. And according to Pantone, the first name in color trends across the board, 2016 fashion will shirk gender and cultural traditions, favoring unexpected color combinations for men’s and women’s fashion, as well as décor. What that means for your wedding, is that your groom and his party are no longer limited to black, blue or grey suits. Think outside the box and let his favorite color, or a trending tone, set the stage for unexpected and awesome bridal party fashion!
Where Should You Go With These Trends?
Just because the trends are set, doesn’t mean you have to stick to them. Many colors never go out of style. Besides, it’s far more important to choose colors and decor that speak to you and your groom, regardless of what the fashion magazines are saying. Twenty years from now you may not want your wedding photos to scream, “so 2016.” To avoid planning a wedding too trend-heavy, and risking having an identical color palette to any other betrothed pals, let one color trend guide you to create a combination all your own.
For instance, take Pantone’s color of the year and pair it with a tone that is unexpected.
Other ways to help make the color palette your own:
- Let your location and wedding date inspire your decisions. If you’ve chosen a rustic venue and a fall wedding date, you probably don’t want an overly beachy-themed color palette. Instead look to local flowers and greenery as inspiration.
- If you and your fiancé share an alma mater, choose your favorite school color as a starting point. If you don’t want the wedding to scream collegiate, consider an interesting, non-school-related secondary color, meaning UT burnt orange with a rich green instead of white, or Aggie burgundy with a bright pink, instead of silver.
- The first thing that comes to mind when you think about your wedding is a great jumping off point, as well. For instance, if you know you’ll say your “I do’s” oceanside, start with sea-glass inspired colors. Or, if you know a great big coffee bar will take center stage at your reception, start your palette with latte and caramel-y tans and browns, then add pops of color to add interest and make the palette your own.