Wedding Inspiration from Pantone’s Colours for 2021

Cheese Studio Fotografia Slubng via Margo & the Bees Blog

Pantone has released its Color of the Year for 2021, and in breaking with tradition two different shades were selected; Ultimate Gray and Illuminating Yellow.

Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute explained their choice on selecting two independent colours and how they see it as a metaphor for everything the world has experienced this past year. We really love her quote:

“As people look for ways to fortify themselves with energy, clarity, and hope to overcome the continuing uncertainty, spirited and emboldening shades satisfy our quest for vitality. PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating is a bright and cheerful yellow sparkling with vivacity, a warming yellow shade imbued with solar power. PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray is emblematic of solid and dependable elements which are everlasting and provide a firm foundation. The colours of pebbles on the beach and natural elements whose weathered appearance highlights an ability to stand the test of time, Ultimate Gray quietly assures, encouraging feelings of composure, steadiness and resilience.”

Leatrice Eisman – Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute

We took these trendy colours and put together a stunning mood board of wedding inspiration photos. Yellows and grays are not common for weddings these days, but that’s why they are so exciting to work with! Being ahead of the trend is a fantastic way to make sure your big day really makes a mark. From bouquets to centrepieces, bridesmaids’ dresses and wedding cakes, there are so many ways to use these stunning colours in your destination wedding design.

Ceremony Arches

Ugo Photography via (left) and (right)

Use yellow florals with gray accents like sheer draping fabric to tie the colour scheme into your ceremony. Gray and yellow chair sashes are another way to pull off the look!

Bridesmaids’ Dresses and Bouquets

Get creative with your bridesmaids’ dresses and bouquets! Whether you want to incorporate one or both of Pantone’s Colours of the Year, your options are endless to create a unique look! Gray dresses and yellow bouquets or mixing and matching gray and yellow dresses is a fun way to add some personality to your best gals wedding day look!

Lyndsey Clara Photography (left) and Phosart Photography Cinemography via Whimsical Wonderland Weddings (right)


For flowers, think sunflowers, roses, ranunculus, dahlias, gerbera daisies, tulips, yellow orchids or calla lilies. To add a touch of gray you can use iris florentina, salvia white sage, moon carrots or silver brunia.

You can even add a custom coloured ribbon to tie it all together. (left) and Kay English Photography via (right)
Kary Bartlett Photography via The Wedding of My Dreams (left) and Wedding Forward (right)

Groomsman Boutonnieres (left) and Ugo Photography via (right)

We love these fresh takes on groom’s boutonnieres. Make your future husband feel special by creating a custom piece just for him!

Reception Decor

Susan Elizabeth Photography via Wedding Wire (left) and Kayla Barker via Martha Stewart Weddings (right)
Wedding O Mania (left) and Madeline Ryan via 100 Layer Cake (right)
Rebecca Yale Photography via Martha Stewart Weddings (left) and Aaron Delesie Photography via Style Me Pretty (right)

Linens, flowers, chairs and place settings – the options are endless for how to incorporate a touch (accent) or a lot (focus) of these two colours into your reception. Our personal favourites include table runners and coloured napkins to add a touch of trendy shades to an elegant affair!

Wedding Cakes

From custom icing, to a colourful dessert bar – your wedding cake/dessert table is the perfect place to incorporate these stunning colours!

Jose Villa Photography via Style Me Pretty (left) and Kate Zimmerman Turpin via The Scout Guide (right)

We hope you enjoyed these examples of how to use Pantone’s Colour of the Year. We can’t wait to see how our Luxe couples use them in their big day!

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