What Pantone's Colors of the Year Mean for Your Wedding

Wedding Dresses, Wedding Style & Decor
Pastel Wedding Dresses

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According to Pantone, 2016 is the year pastels are making a comeback, and we're not complaining! For the first time in its history of color forecasting, Pantone's Color of the Year for 2016 names not one, but two colors as next year's big ones: Rose Quartz and Serenity.

The geniuses behind the color of the year turned to the biggest trend of 2015 -- "mindfulness" -- for 2016. "We wanted compassion, which today a lot of people are looking for," Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of Pantone's Color Institute, told the Wall Street Journal.

So what does that mean for all of you getting married in 2016? Ample opportunity, and plenty of time, to incorporate the calming colors into your big day. Just imagine this conversation with your bridesmaids:

Bridesmaid: What's your wedding color?
You: Serenity.

It's got stress free built right into the name. And mixed together, they kind of look like the most beautiful sunset!

Pantone Color of the Year

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We've seen pink wedding dresses come down the runways and aisles for years but maybe 2016 is the year this trend really takes over. Expect many more celebs to pull a Jessica Biel for their wedding day and opt out of traditional white. Or imagine walking down the aisle in a floating sky blue frock as designed by Naeem Khan, Claire Pettibone and Hayley Page. Talk about ethereal! And the best part, you don't even need a something blue.

Serenity Pantone Wedding Dresses

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And your bridesmaids are in luck. Blush pink is flattering on everyone and such a delightfully sweet color palette. Imagine the bridesmaids in light pink while the groomsmen rock a powder blue suit. Or flip that to the girls in pale blue and the guys in light pink, very 1920s.

See more: Pink Bridesmaid Dresses

Edgier brides may want to jump on the celebrity trend and make these colors part of your hair look. From Nicole Richie to Kelly Ripa, Kaley Cuoco, Hilary Duff, and Kylie Jenner, pastel hair has been a rising trend among the star-set and wouldn't it be just adorable on you and your girls for the bachelorette party weekend? Totally worth a try for the pictures alone.

And what does this mean for your registry, you ask? Since Pantone gives retailers and planners a little heads up on what to expect before making the big announcement, you can assume your favorite registry items are all geared up to come in Rose Quartz and Serenity next year. Is there anything cuter than a light blue mini Keurig? Or, how about a pink KitchenAid?

Pantone Keurig Brewer

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But these colors are not just about fashion and design, according to the company's release, "Joined together Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace." Exactly what the world needs in 2016.

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