How to Use the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year in Your Wedding

We are LIVING for this hot hue.

coral wedding
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If you're the kind of bride who wants to incorporate the most of-the-moment trends into her wedding, then say hello to the recent 2019 Pantone Color of the Year—Living Coral.

Perfect for bold brides who want to venture outside the box, this bright hue isn't your typical wedding color, which makes it all the more cool and original. Inspired by lively underwater ecosystems, this saturated orange-golden shade is described by Pantone as "sociable and spirited." The energizing tint "encourages lighthearted activity," explains Pantone. Like busting a move on the reception dance floor, perhaps?

You don't have to go all-orange-everything to successfully pull off 2019's top color trend. You can embrace bright and blooming pops of color in your bouquet, or colorful calligraphy on your wedding stationery. These minimal accents still pack a statement-worthy punch. Alternatively, you can go big and bold by drenching your ceremony backdrop or reception decor in this playful, summery shade.

Since we're officially living for Living Coral, we rounded up 11 wedding details in 2019's Pantone Color of the Year that can lighten and brighten your big day.

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Welcome Sign

Photo by Meghan Christine Photography; Event Design and Coordination by Harmony Creative Studio

Use this trendy color right from the start by incorporating it into your welcome sign. A wedding welcome sign in bright orange and coral ombré hues ensures that your guests won't miss the message and sets the tone for a vibrant celebration.

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Ceremony Program

Marble-Inspired Wedding Program

Photo by Sandy SooHoo

This ceremony program got a punchy dose of color thanks to sweeping calligraphy in summery shades like coral, pretty pink, and lemony yellow. Using the Pantone Color of the Year on smaller details like your programs or table numbers is a great way to include the shade, without overwhelming.

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Photo by Tulle & Grace Photography; Bouquet by Forage & Fleur

How gorgeous is this bundle of blooms? A bouquet featuring bright coral poppies is perfect for a summertime bride who wants to bring the sunshine with her as she walks down the aisle.

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Floral Chuppah


Photo by Forged in the North

This couple strung chrysanthemum flowers in varying shades of coral, yellow, orange, and pale pink from their chuppah for an unexpected pop of color at their ceremony.

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Ceremony Walls

Wedding Ceremony Space with Splashes of Orange

Photo by Sara Monika, Photographer

Go on and paint the town—or in this case, the ceremony walls—in golden orange and coral hues. This modern monochromatic look will get your guests talking... and snapping plenty of Instagrams.

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Bridesmaid Dresses

Photo by Melissa Beattie Photography

Bridesmaid dresses are often used to emphasize the color theme at a wedding, making them a great place to use the Pantone Color of the Year. Perfect for a spring or summer celebration, bridesmaid dresses in Living Color and other color-coordinating hues can provide a pop of fun.

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Paper Lanterns

Balloons on Wall

Photo by Sanaz Photography; Design by GATHER Events; Production be Be Inspired PR; Lanterns by Under the Paper Lantern

If you want every photo from your event to include this eye-catching color, use paper lanterns in ombré-like colors as a backdrop for your photo booth or string them around the entire reception space.

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Wedding Cake

Photo by Mikkel Paige; Cake by Emily Aumiller of Lael Cake

Forget white. This modern wedding cake is ready for a beach bash with its watercolor wash of colors and pineapple cake topper. Who knew Living Coral could be so delicious?

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Lounge Area

Photo by Charla Storey Photography

Liven up your lounge area with a dose of Living Coral. Citrus-toned blooms pop against white chaises and chairs, giving your guests a gorgeous spot to relax during your wedding festivities.

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Wedding Dress

Courtesy of Leanne Marshall

For nontraditional brides craving something a little more colorful than your typical white wedding dress, a gown doused in sunset shades totes major wow factor. If you don't want to go all in on a Living Coral gown, opt for an accessory like jewelry in the popular color.

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Harrison Studio

Give the groom a sweet and subtle dose of Pantone's 2019 Color of the Year with a bright boutonniere. Using the shade in a boutonniere can carry your color theme through the entire event or be a lone pop of color to make the groom really stand out.

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