Trending Wedding Colours of 2021 and Why it Matters
By Raashka Mannie

11 August 2021

“It is a story of colour that encapsulates deeper feelings of thoughtfulness with the promise of something sunny and friendly,” said Leatrice Eiseman.

Colour is one of the foundations of expression when it comes to just about everything. How much colour, the saturation of colour, the colours themselves and even a complete lack of colour - it matters. Colour sets the tone for the lens through which we view the world, and your wedding is no exception. Now that you’re focusing on just how much colour matters, how do you begin to select a wedding palette?

In 2021, we’ve seen several fascinating, fizzy trends, from MOHO weddings to micro weddings, all with unique takes on what wedding style is. The overarching factor is how they embrace the times around them. Wedding colour palettes should do the same.

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Pantone's Colour of the Year 2021

Earlier this year, Pantone announced its official colour of the year: ‘Ultimate Gray’ and ‘Illuminating.’

They’re contrasting colours that shine when they come together - a very deliberate pairing on Pantone’s part. “Practical and rock-solid but at the same time warming and optimistic,” they said. “The union of PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating is one of strength and positivity.”

As times change for everyone and we strive to work towards a better and brighter future with newer goals in mind, this duo of colours is a symbol for togetherness that embraces the unknown. It’s all about the human spirit; it’s all about fortitude and happiness strolling forward hand in hand. What could symbolise a marriage better?

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Wedding palettes x wedding trends

So, when we look at the wedding trends that are blooming all around us, it’s easy to see where Pantone’s colour of the year slots right in. MOHO weddings, with their bold juxtaposition of textures and shades, embrace the combination of sunny yellow and cool greys. It’s both contemporary and carefree all at once, perfectly capturing the spectrum that that wedding trend adores so much.

On the other hand, micro weddings also allow for colour palette experimentation. With fewer guests and more personalised facets of your big day, it’s so much easier to coordinate all the little details. You can even have a colour-intensive dress code for your guests to follow because planning it is a cinch.

Then there’s all the sustainability that people are learning to embrace more and more with each passing year. This year in particular, it’s vital that anyone planning their wedding knows about their local wedding vendors and specialists. Fortunately, Pantone’s shades are natural parts of so many worldwide places and items. They lean into the eco-friendly edge, whether it’s because of brilliant sunflowers, sparkling lights or the steely backdrop of an industrial wedding. You get to choose.

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With flying colours...

Of course, there is more to wedding palette trends for 2021 than Pantone’s inspired choices. We’re seeing neon pops, from fuchsia to neo-mint, as accents to anchor wedding palettes in their glorious displays. This is especially true during summertime, as warmer weather makes these colours all the more vibrant and fun to work with, reflecting the light as they are.

Other stunning combinations for the warmer months include cinnamon and dusty rose, terracotta against verdant greens, rose gold and ruby sheens, as well as tried and trusted champagne paired with earthy beige. The greens are reminiscent of natural, organic touches, popular because of tropical wedding themes, delving all the way into retro vibes that come with their more startling hues. On the other hand, yellow and its many relations are energetic additions that help you to walk on sunshine.

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If you’re leaning towards cool or neutral tones, there are plenty of options for you to check out: navy and foil gold, mint and taupe, lavender, sky blue, inky blacks and harsh greys. These cooler picks are ethereal, dreamy and calming, which could very well play into the atmosphere you’d like to cultivate for your wedding. When incorporating neutral tones into your big day, they act as the anchors, ranging from minimalistic to boho, invoking a chic, relaxed vibe that some couples delight in.

Why do these trending wedding palettes work so well? It’s pretty simple: some of them complement one another, while others play off their clear contrast to result in a harmonious coupling. Quite the metaphor for your special day, right?

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