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Hot topic: Pantone's Colour of the Year

Our experts advise on how to incorporate this year’s Pantone Colour of the Year Ultra Violet into your nuptials.

Less is more

Less is more

Q. How can I incorporate Ultra Violet into my wedding day?

A. Holly Episkopou says: With such powerful colours I always find that less is more. To be a trend-setter, while not letting the colour overpower your special day, I'd recommend adding splashes of ultra violet with varying intensity depending how much of a statement you wish to make.

To create a subtle feeling, while staying on point, a good place to start is by styling your place settings at your reception venue by pairing white textured paper name cards with ultra violet ink. I'd suggest getting a calligrapher to write your guests names for a more sophisticated, timeless feel. If you've already had your stationery printed then consider adding naturally dyed silk ribbon to hold your cutlery in place to bring the colour into your special day.

Ultimately, you can use the colour to make a statement by adding ultra violet flowers into your centrepieces along with bright whites and foliage for it to really stand out.

Subtle hints

Subtle hints

Q. How can I incorporate Ultra Violet into my wedding day?

A. Susie Young says: This year's Colour of the Year is bold and strong, so does need to be used with caution so as not to overwhelm your wedding.

When we style children's parties with hot pinks and purples, we make sure we always keep the stronger colours as a highlight against softer and more natural tones so that the brights aren't too overpowering.

When used as an accent colour, ultra violet is an amazing lift to a classic palette; mixed with traditional whites, green foliage and metallics, this strong shade adds a touch of class and a pop of colour that can really lift the whole look of your wedding flowers, décor and tablescape.

We'd recommend using it in floristry, such as the bridesmaids' flower crowns and hanging displays, as well as bringing in with fabric sashes, dyed hessian ties for the groomsmen and on napkins and favours for a more rustic feel.

Vintage-style jars of wildflowers or a floral palette with lots of other brights can work really well, or in a bright and colourful Mexican fiesta-theme with lots of bright papel picado bunting and streamers.

Ultra violet is also a great stationery colour, from the inside of envelopes to bold contemporary invites and table plans.

If you prefer a more classic look, we'd recommend using floral hints of ultra violet and greenery, mixed with whichever metallic you love most – this shade works with silver, gold and even copper, so is very versatile with the metallic wedding trend that seems here to stay for 2018 also. We use a lot of our metallic garlands and pinwheels with accent colours to make an impact!



Q. How can I incorporate Ultra Violet into my wedding day?

A. Annabel Grange says: Ultra violet! This trend is looking very popular for 2018 – think dark purples and lilacs, even a hint of a blue accent, with only a small amount of ivory and whites.

Use the strong base colour of purple throughout the flowers and venue decorations with lilac hues and silver or diamantés for the smaller venue styling accents such as the top table swags, favours, bows.

Round and shower bridal bouquets are both popular this year too – purple lisianthus gladioli, hydrangeas, veronica, anemone, campanula with lilac roses, agapanthus, carnations, gladioli, freesias – to name but a few of the flower options available! With a hint of white gypsophilia, and greenery to contrast. Not to be forgotten the amazing orchids look fab in deep purple and lilac!

Larger pedestal arrangements can be created with bold larger purple flowers (season dependent) such as allium, gladioli and alstroemeria. These make a statement not only at the ceremony but also look amazing at the reception.

Short, square vases with large, bold blooms – such as hydrangea – in purple look amazing for the ceremony tables then moved to the top table which can feature a larger purple satin swag.

Martini vases are still very popular for table centres, or tall wider vases with a modern striking arrangement of tall larger purple and lilac flowers. I'd use allium, gladioli, lisianthus, or alstromeria, hydrangeas with long, modern steel grass.

To set off the trend, set on a mirror plate with purple and lilac or even blue crystals, petals, lights, favours and napkins.

For overall venue styling, sparkling purple fairylit backdrops and ceiling drapes, and fairlights in a colour can be used for railings, bannisters, and outside trees and shrubs.

For the darker months purple up-lighters can be placed around the room or at entrance ways – why not light up a fireplace or the bar front in purple? Purple satin chair sashes with white covers work very well for this look giving a wonderful modern sheen with a strong colour; or for a very modern twist why not have a black cover with a purple sash? You could opt for chivari chairs and have a purple table overlay or runner to give more colour in the room.

Suits you

Suits you

Q. How can I incorporate Ultra Violet into my wedding day?

A. Danielle Harvey says: The bridal party attire is a great opportunity to introduce the colour scheme. The bridesmaids' dresses are an obvious choice, however the grooms' and groomsmen's accessories could also include a colour pop. A bespoke suit could incorporate your chosen colour scheme in to the jacket lining and personalised stitching – a monogram of the wedding date is a nice touch. Meanwhile, a purple pocket square, tie, cufflinks and even socks, can be a subtle nod to the theme of the day.

Psst! Next issue we have a grooms feature looking at how you can channel the Ultra Violet look on your big day.

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