Hot 2019 Wedding Trend - Living Coral

It's that time of the year again - the Pantone Colour Institute have announced their colour of the year for 2019!

For the past 19 years, Pantone’s secret cabal of colour experts have searched high and low to discern one colour that captures the zeitgeist. This years search took them to the depth of the ocean and is unveiled to be a colour known as 'Living Coral' (16-1546).

Although it may seem more pink in nature, Pantone describes Living Coral as "an animated, life-affirming peachy shade of orange, with golden undertones".

A departure from last years's regal shade of Ultra Violet, 'Living Coral' embodies playfulness, energy and a yearning to reconnect with nature and to affirm a sense of life.

Pantone Colour of the Year is a colour snapshot symbolic of what's taking place in the culture at a moment in time.

Pantone explain that "the overriding influence this year was the environment. Top of mind was the arresting beauty we see in nature and the importance of preserving the environment... Think of coral reefs, they provide shelter and sustenance to marine life and here we are watching them disappear".

A Living Coral colour scheme will breathe life, love and vibrancy into your wedding look and will also make for stunning photo opportunities.

However, embracing Pantone’s colour of the year doesn’t mean every element of your wedding needs to be bathed in the shade. For a subtler approach, use Living Coral to highlight certain details.

For instance, it will work beautifully with grey, navy and gold. It also complements scents of rose, freesia or orchids, as well as sweet orange and marine ozonic notes – perfect for a coastal-inspired theme.

'Living Coral' is also a shade that will work across all seasons - give it a summertime twist by throwing in opulent pops of cerise, or balance the brightness with sea foam blue for a charming winter wedding.

Set the coral vibes from the beginning and choose an eye-catching coral for your invitations, right through to your table seating plan on the day. It could also be added as an accent on an envelope, tissue lining, bellyband or wax seal.

Coral serviettes will brighten up white table cloths for the wedding breakfast and against a pale silver cloth will create a zingy contrast. Coral could even be incorporated into the packaging of your favours.

We're obsessed with this vibrant coral hue, so here are our favourite ways to incorporate the shade into aspects of your wedding!

1. Coral always suits a rustic barn wedding or a festival themed bash, and hanging coral lanterns from the ceiling, bunting and paper fans would be a beautiful addition to either. A coral ribbon backdrop is also an easy way to theme your reception, especially when combined with complementary shades.

2. Coral tones in your tableware such as candles and rose petals, will complement your gorgeous coral flower arrangements perfectly.

3. Choose a gorgeous Living Coral tiered confection with details such as fresh or sugar flowers. Dessert tables also work well with this colour scheme, as peach and pink sweets, cakes, marshmallows and macaroons are relatively easy to find or make. They may have a peach or pink grapefruit flavour, which is something to bear in mind!

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