Wedding Color Palette: Color Crush

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We love color and feel lucky to have jobs that allow us to play around to develop color palettes for our the weddings clients as well as for custom wedding invitations we design for our sister company, ’ello Paper.

If you follow the wedding industry or the design world in general, you know all about Pantone colors and probably get as excited as we do about their announcement of the “Color of the Year!”

This year, we heard a giant sigh from the wedding industry when Pantone announced Rose Quartz (a soft, dusty pink) and Serenity (a light, powder blue) as the “2016 Colors of the Year.”


It is no secret in the wedding world that blush, or Rose Quartz, is probably the most popular wedding color. We do love a the dusty soft pink, now called Rose Quartz, and we have designed several weddings based around this lovely, romantic color over the years.

The Fête wedding that stands out in our minds that used this gorgeous dusty, soft pink is Rachel’s wedding in 2011.  Rachel claims to be the trend setter of the Rose Quartz bridesmaid dress.  She looks so cute with her maids draped in blush—you are a trendsetter in our books, Rachel!


Wedding Photographer: Adam Barnes Photography / Wedding Venue:  Country Club of Virginia  / Location: Richmond, VA 

Just recently, Erin and Chris used Rose Quartz in their 2015 New Year’s Eve Wedding.  We blushed over the sparkly bridesmaids dresses she chose!

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Wedding Photographer: The Herrintons / Wedding Venue: The Commonwealth Club / Location: Richmond, VA 

Last year, we saw a lot more blues being used in wedding color palettes, and we have a few clients loving this soft blue hue as well.  Two of our 2016 May couples are using blues in their color palettes but have different style directions.

Rebecca and Chad chose various shades of light blue to achieve an elegant and timeless look for spring wedding at The Inn at Willow Grove in Orange, VA.

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Alex and Tyler are using more slate blues for their classic, romantic mountain wedding in Afton, VA in late May 2016.

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Now that Pantone has announced Serenity as a 2016 Color of the Year, we are sure we will see more weddings using this soft, romantic hue.

We love Pantone and their “2016 Colors of the Year,” but we decided to push the envelope a little and share with you a color we have been “Color Crushing” on lately and show you some ways to incorporate it in your wedding decor, fashion and interior design.

Fête Weddings “Color Crush” this month is…drum roll please…tangerine!

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We love tangerine because it is so bold and fun!  How can you not be happy when you see this color?  Plus, there are so many ways you can incorporate it into your florals, which is a great way to bring the color into you wedding without it being too loud.

When we are developing color palettes, we like to think of all the elements involved.  Having a wide color palette creates balance throughout the design, so we paired the tangerine with a soft blue (Serenity), a pretty peach, a sophisticated navy blue and a touch of metallic gold!

Overall our advice is not to be afraid of bold colors and don’t only think soft colors are for overly romantic styles!  Think of your color palette in a wide spectrum, keep the elements you are using in mind and have some fun!

1. Bridal Bouquet - Photography by Jose Villa, Floral Design by Primary Petals

2. Tangerine Gown – Photography by Louisa Bailey, Dress by Carla Zampatti

3. Interior Design

4. Suite One Studio Ring Dish

5. Nursery Design

6. Architecture

7. Wedding Cake –  Photography by Amy & Jordan, Floral Design by Petals and Lucy, Cake Design by Ruze Cake House

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