Pantone Color Of The Year 2014 : Radiant Orchid – The Ultimate Wedding Guide

Pantone crowned Radiant Orchid as it's 2014 Color of the Year. And I couldn't be more thrilled with this pinkish purple as the “It” color of 2014… you know I Love Love purple!!! And I mean, the name couldn't sound more wedding-ish, Radiant Orchid. According to Pantone, this color is “an enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones” that “inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health”… absolutely perfect for a wedding color palette!

It might sound silly, but retailers and designers pay attention to Pantone's yearly selections. And the “global color authority” takes the Color Of The Year very seriously. This modern and feminine hue is a “surprisingly versatile shade” that will be seeing everywhere next year. And, of course Radiant Orchid is going to make its way into the wedding world, so prepare to see it in everything from floral design and cakes to the color of a bride’s nail polish and lipstick.
The hue also offers a sharp contrast with Emerald, Pantone's color of 2013, as it at the opposite side of the color wheel. So, move over Emerald Green, Radiant Orchid is here! 
Here's a carefully curate collection of vibrant orchid wedding ideas to make your event memorable. (image source)

Vibrant Orchid Wedding Bouquet. Polish your look with a bouquet that displays radiant orchid and you’ll have an ensemble to ensure all eyes are looking at YOU! You can obviously use orchids, but we found that hydrangeas and roses feature this pretty shade of pink purple very well. {check my series 12 Stunning Wedding Bouquets for more inspiration}
BELOW IMAGE CREDITS {Photography: Rowell Photography // Floral Design + via Rachel A. Clingen}

BELOW IMAGE CREDITS {Photography: Darin Fong // Floral Design + via Aileen Tran}

BELOW IMAGE CREDITS {Photography: Rowell Photography // Floral Design + via Rachel A. Clingen}

Radiant Orchid Wedding Centerpieces. This pretty hue is extremely versatile and will allow for a huge range of color combinations for your centerpieces. You want a Spring/Summer wedding day look? great! use the pastels. You want a Fall/Winter look? then there are plenty of rich, bold shades to pick from!  
BELOW IMAGE CREDITS {Photography: Elizabeth Messina // Floral Design: Jeff Leatham}

BELOW IMAGE CREDITS {Photography: Justin DeMutiis Photography // Event Design + Planning: Fabulously Chic Weddings // Floral Design: Libby's Flowers // via SMP}

BELOW IMAGE CREDITS {Photography: KLK Photography // Wedding Planning: The Special Day Event Planning and Design // Floral Design: The Mille Fiori // via SMP}

Radiant Orchid Wedding Decorations. Vibrant and inviting, Radiant Orchid represents much of what weddings do. You may want to brig it all around the decor or incorporated in some contrasting touches. According to our friend Sara from Burnett's Boards “Radiant Orchid is a nuanced color that will change slightly depending on what it is paired with”, so take this into consideration when using this hue for your wedding decor.
{Below image credits} Photography + via The Youngrens  //  Event Design: Karen Tran}

{Below image credits} Photography: Andrena Photography  //  Event Design: Square Root Designs // via Ceremony Blog}

BELOW IMAGE CREDITS {Photography: Joseph Matthew // Floral DesignKaren Tran }

BELOW IMAGE CREDITS {Event Design: Collin Cowie}

{Below image credits} Photography + via Pam Scott

{Below image credits} Photography: Linda Chaja Photography // Design: Alegria by Design

Radiant Orchid Wedding Cakes. Your sweet confection deserves the attention! Here are some ideas on how to apply the color of the year to your wedding cake. {If you want to get some more fab cake idea, hop over to our Cake section and check out one of the most gorgeous cakes, true work of art…}

{Below image credits} Photographer: Anna Kim // Cakes Design:  Hawaiian Cakesations // via Pacific Weddings
{Below image credits} Photographer: Aaron Delesie // Cake: The Resort at Pelican Hill // Florals: Nisie’s Enchanted Florist // via Wedding Chicks
{Below image credits} Photographer:Hayley Holness // via Paper Blog

 Radiant Orchid Wedding Fashion. To accomplish a cohesive look on your wedding day, incorporate Radiant Orchid into your bridesmaid dresses or accessories for you and your groom.
The Dessy group has a great variety of bridesmaids frocks in this specific shade, just like this one. Click here to see them all!

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{Below image credits} Photographer:Stephanie Yonce Photography /// via Ruffled

Food. Surprisingly, you’ll find a lot of  foods for your wedding menu in this pretty shade of purple if should you choose to take your theme to the table. From eggplant to grapes, martinis and cake-pops, even ice-cream or soup puree, your table will look and taste great too!  {visit my post Non Traditional Wedding Fodd to see more ideas}

We're also predicting that peonies and hydrangeas are going to be seeing less on wedding florals, as we welcome more orchids into wedding centerpieces and bridal bouquets. Making orchid the go to wedding flower of 2014.

We would love to know your thoughts on Pantone's Color Of The Year. Would you use Radiant Orchid for your wedding??? Leave a comment and let us know.