Wedding Inspiration from Pantone’s Colors of the Year 2021

February 22, 2021

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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 the choice of two independent colours being selected, as a metaphor for everything the world has experienced in 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 colors 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 at Luxe are so excited to take these colours and provide you with a stunning mood board of wedding inspiration photos. Yellows and greys 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 centerpieces, bridesmaids’ dresses to wedding cakes, there are so many ways to use these stunning colours in your design.

Ceremony Arches (left photo) & (right photo)

Incorporate yellow florals with grey accents like sheer draping fabric to tie the color scheme into your ceremony. Grey and yellow chair sashes are another way to complete the look!

Bridesmaids Dresses & Bouquets

Get creative with your bridesmaids! Whether you want to incorporate one or both of the Pantone Colors of the year, your options are endless to create a unique look! From grey dresses & yellow bouquets, to mix and matching your girls dresses this is a fun way to add some personality for your best gals!

via Lyndsey Clara Photography (left image) & Whimsical Wonderland Weddings (right photo)


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

Don’t forget about a custom colored ribbon to tie it all together. (left photo) & (right photo)
The Wedding of My Dreams (left photo) & Wedding Forward (right photo)

Groomsman Boutonnieres

via (left photo) & (right photo)

We love these fresh takes on the grooms boutonniere. Make your future husband feel special by creating a custom piece just for him!

Reception Decor

via Wedding Wire (left photo) & Martha Stewart Weddings (right photo)
via Wedding O Mania (left photo) & 100 Layer Cake (right photo)
via Martha Stewart Weddings (left photos) & Style Me Pretty (right photo)

From linens, flowers, chairs and place settings – the options are endless for how to incorporate a touch (accent) or a lot (focus) colors into your reception. Our personal favourites include table runners & colored napkins to add a touch of color to an elegant affair!

Wedding Cakes


From custom icing, to a colorful dessert bar – your wedding cake/dessert table is the perfect place to incorporate both or one of these stunning colors!

Via Style Me Pretty (left photo) & The Scout Guide (right photo)

We hope you enjoyed these examples of the Pantone Color of the Year & cannot wait to see how our Luxe couple’s use them in their big day!