How to Use Pantone’s Color of the Year

Ultra violet. Really? As I’ve mentioned before, I plan content out pretty far in advance. Of course it’s always subject to change and I don’t actually write the posts till the month of, but I always know what I’m going to be writing about. Point is, I’ve had this post planned for months.

Pantone doesn’t release their color of the year until the beginning of December. That’s not exactly in line with my editorial planning but I deal with it. When this year’s color was release I was less than thrilled to say the least. Ultra Violet. What’s one supposed to do with that?

It’s bold, in your face and doesn’t exactly pair well with others in my book. However, Pantone didn’t ask my opinion when choosing it, so I guess I just have to live with it and find a way to make it work.

I know it’s going to be popping up everywhere with many vendors and even some of you trying to incorporate it into your wedding. Even though it’s not my favorite, I still believe there are a few ways you can utilize the color in a classic way.

Today I’ve put together a palette for every season and am telling you just how I would incorporate it no matter when or where your wedding is taking place. And who knows, maybe by the end of the year, I’ll come to love (or at least appreciate) it!



As I said above, purple is definitely not my favorite color. But, pairing this bright shade with other purple tones like lilac helps dial down it’s boldness factor. Incorporate the still popular mismatched wedding party trend by having your party wear varying shades of purple. Use a mix of purple wildflowers against neutrals like cream and loads of greenery and you’ll have a beautiful spring, garden like wedding.

How to Use Pantone's Color of the Year



Navy is one of my go to colors for a summer wedding. It’s a great neutral that pairs well with all my other favorite neutrals and surprisingly works well with ultra violet. This pairing isn’t for the faint of heart though. As shown in the inspiration image, it definitely packs a punch but works well together if bold is your thing.

How to Use Pantone's Color of the Year



While Spring and Summer were all about toning down the color, fall will allow you to embrace it a little more. Take advantage of its rich hue and pair it with other deep fall tones like plum and garnet. It’s a surprising combination but when done correctly, can be beautiful.

How to Use Pantone's Color of the Year


For winter, I love the idea of letting it pop amongst winter whites and beiges. With a snowy backdrop and a good use of neutrals, the color won’t overwhelm. This time of year, I would limit its use to wedding party attire and a few other subtle decor accents. Let the neutrals take center stage and allow ultra violet to win for best supporting actor.

How to Use Pantone's Color of the Year


What are your thoughts on the color? Do you plan on using it in your wedding or is it not for you? I’d love to hear what you think!

How to Use Pantone's Color of the Year





How to Use Pantone's Color of the Year