It has been 20 years since Pantone began announcing their annual Colour of the Year. In 2016, Pantone named two colours, Rose Quartz, a soft pink, and Serenity, a purple-blue. In 2017, the Colour of the Year was Greenery, a bright, vibrant green that is reminiscent of those bright, fractal succulents (perhaps a gentle nudge to be thinking green, and more about the environment). In 2018, the Colour was Ultra Violet—a purple so rich it was almost cosmic. This year, Pantone has looked back on its environmental theme just a touch perhaps—2019's Colour of the Year is Living Coral (yes, as in, the opposite of dead coral, which we're hearing a lot about right now).
The vibe is all about connectivity. "PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral emits the desired, familiar, and energizing aspects of color found in nature," The Pantone website notes. "In its glorious, yet unfortunately more elusive, display beneath the sea, this vivifying and effervescent color mesmerizes the eye and mind. Lying at the center of our naturally vivid and chromatic ecosystem, PANTONE Living Coral is evocative of how coral reefs provide shelter to a diverse kaleidoscope of color."
What better could you want for your wedding colour scheme? Living Coral encourages a hard look at our present habits and lives to pave the way for a more connected existence: one of equality, empathy, and thriving instead of surviving. It also happens that Living Coral is a sweet, modern take on a wedding day classic: blush.
Our little hearts have run wild designing a Living Coral dream wedding, the subtle way (if a Living Coral gown is in your future, we highly encourage this too. You do you.). This is what we've found.
Spruce up your cocktails and mocktails!
We are huge fans of signature cocktails, and as we all know, weddings and alcohol go together like two peas in a pod. This is the perfect reason to create a fabulous mocktail as well, especially in the spirit of connection. Whether someone is not drinking, or is the designated driver, or just doesn't want to get too out of control in front of the in-laws (looking at you, spouses-to-be), having a non alcoholic option that isn't just water is a thoughtful and fun thing to do! Here are two of our recipes of choice:
- 1 oz cognac (Hennessy works great)
- 1.5 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
- .5 oz cointreau
- .75 oz fig simple syrup (here is a fabulous recipe)
- 1 ripe fig
- Muddle one ripe fig in a cocktail shaker
- Add the rest of the ingredients to the shaker
- Fill with ice and give 'er a shake for 20 to 30 seconds
- Strain into a glass filled with ice and garnish with a fresh halved fig
Watermelon and mint soda
(Bon appétit's healthy-ish has an awesome salted watermelon margarita recipe which you could also make non alcoholic by subbing club soda for the tequila and going light on the salt.)
We created this recipe in house and find it extremely refreshing: it's not too sweet, has a great colour, and is just a little fancy with a mint sprig as garnish.
- 3 oz watermelon juice (just leave out the salt from this recipe)
- .75 oz mint simple syrup
- mint sprigs
- club soda
- Muddle a mint sprig in a cocktail shaker
- Add watermelon juice and mint simple syrup to cocktail shaker with ice
- Shake shake shake!
- Strain into glass, garnish with a little mint sprig
- Fill to the top with club soda and a few ice cubes.
It's easy to incorporate subtle hints of Living Coral into your tablescape. Thread a few coral flowers through your centrepieces, or create coral place markers. We love the use of coral candles, if you can find them (or make them yourself!) because they glow with such a lovely warmth. Coral napkins or coral chargers, if you're doing a full meal, provide a nice touch of colour to punctuate the rest of the tablescape. If you're feeling really bold, go for the full table cloth! Coral looks great on the beach, hint hint.
A great design is integral to having cute and well received invitations, without a doubt. But colours matter too! Choosing Living Coral to announce one of the biggest days of your lives together is absolutely in the spirit of connection, and it looks great. Especially for summer weddings, this look is so on point for evoking a warm, fun evening spent dancing with your best friends.
Bridal party jewelry and boutonnières
We love the idea of full coral bridesmaid gowns (fun fact: coral looks amazing on just about everyone!) but in the spirit of subtlety, how about some cute coral accessories? These could be the sashes you order for your bridesmaids, your earrings, your to-be-spouse's tie, or better, the groom's and groomsmen's boutonnières! How cute, right? This adds a little burst of colour to the otherwise often very neutral colourschemes of the wedding party.
We probably don't need to convince you of this. Grab a few coral roses or peonies (!!! we love peonies) to weave through your bouquet, add to floral installations, or to dot your tablescapes as noted above. This one is easy, and if your coral flower of choice in season, it will actually save you money.
Favours and props
Photobooth? Roving photographer? Want a feather boa to dance with, because who doesn't? Colour coordinating your wedding props might seem like overkill, and maybe it is, but for us Type As out there, it makes a huge difference to have all of your photos and your dance floor vibrating with a cohesive colour scheme. We're perfectionists, what can we say? Similarly, if you are sending your guests home with a little gift (anything from cake to candles to lip balms to disposable cameras, whatever your heart wants!), incorporate some Living Coral. We love cloth wraps rather than paper to cut waste, so find some coral cheesecloths to wrap treats. If you're designing the packaging for any of your favours, like a candle wrap, make it coral. Easy peasy, and so satisfying to see everything looking all matchy-matchy.
Ultimately, you can definitely swap any colour you'd like in for Living Coral here. There is such a thing as too much of a good thing, and you can have too much colour in your wedding scheme. We saw lots of light blue and coral together, which might seem like a great idea, but kind of vibrates and becomes hard to look at. This is why we are huge fans of subtlety. Living Coral against whites, greys, creams and ivories, or even a burnt orange or camel colour will look gorgeous and not give anyone a headache. Always a plus!
Did you incorporate a coral colour in your wedding, or have you found any Living Coral inspo you can't get out of your head? We'd love to see! Let us know in the comments below, and check out our Pinterest board for more inspo here.