So the Pantone Colour of the Year 2023 has been announced and this coming year it is 'Viva Magenta' - a colour that comes from the red family. As a lover of warm colours I was immediately drawn to the warmth and depth of the colour and can't wait to see how people use it in their designs over the coming year.
Using colour in design isn't everyone's cup of tea, and it can be quite daunting. As someone who loves colour, but is often very shy with its use; I wanted to share a few ways that you could incorporate the colour into your wedding (or event) design. Using colour doesn't have to mean that you go all out and have everything at your celebration coloured - see the image from the recent Peperami wedding that I planned. The brief for that wedding was to turn the traditional on its head - using colour certainly helped to achieve this, but sometimes (most of the time in my opinion!!) less is definitely more.
When choosing colours for your wedding or celebration, I would recommend sticking to a core base of 5 colours. You could match Viva Magenta with a champagne colour for a luxurious look; or navy for a super-contrasting, regal look; or even pair it with blushes to make the Viva Magenta the sole deep tone in your colour palette.
How to incorporate Viva Magenta into your wedding design:
In your bridal bouquet - a few stems in this colour can really elevate your bouquet without being overpowering.
The Bridesmaids' dresses - think different shades of the same colour like the amazing Jenny Yoo!
You could use Viva Magenta as the font on your stationery - adding a pop of colour to your menus or invites if you have a more subtle champagne coloured paper.
Charger plates - having coloured charger plates can add an element of colour to your tablescape without being overbearing.
Your shoes - your shoes aren't always on show (if you're wearing a long dress) so this is a perfect way to add the Pantone colour of the year in to your wedding design.
Your make up - hear me out! I don't mean panto style - but Viva Magenta or a tint of it could make the perfect lipstick (check with your MUA that it suits your skin tone!)
Table runners - just adding a hint of colour to your tables without being OTT - if you choose organza or chiffon the transparency of the fabrics will give a really subtle hint of colour.
Your favours - think cute iced biscuits in Viva Magenta and perhaps a few in a different tone to make an impact.
Your table centrepieces - you can use the colour in your centrepieces with maybe some berries in that colour or a few hints in your floral displays.
On your wedding cake - you can incorporate the colour in details on your cake, maybe with the flowers or if you're decorating your cake with coloured macaroons, for example.
If you're feeling a bit braver you could try...
The Groom's suit
Draping in your venue
A fully coloured cake with metallic elements
Your actual marquee - there are some gorgeous options out there!
Whether you love the Pantone Colour of the Year 2023 or not, you could use these hints and tips to bring in an element of colour to your wedding using your chosen colour palette!
Photo courtesy of Forever Beta