Color of the Year 2014: Radiant Orchid


While the creatives at Pantone are just realizing the power of purple, the team at Colin Cowie Weddings has been well aware for years. Radiant Orchid, Pantone's 2014 Color of the Year, evokes love and happiness through a beautiful mix of pink, purple and fuschia, making it a fantastic symbol that can be incorporated into any wedding element.

The Table Settings

Consider all of the elements of a wedding tabletop: the linens, the dishware, the candle holders, the centerpieces. The opportunities for incorporating this purple hue are truly endless. Utilize lavender napkins or place purple candle holders throughout the center of the table. In need of some shine? Combine metallic or crystal elements with purple accents to make a luxurious statement.

The Cake

Whether you prefer a grand display or modest masterpiece, using purple in a wedding cake is a great way to incorporate your theme. Ornate cakes can showcase purple fondant with piped icing in a different hue, while simpler cakes can don white frosting and purple sugar flowers. For the brides who want it all, consider a two tiered wedding cake with textured purple ombre icing. 

The Flowers

With a name like Radiant Orchid, it's only fitting that we showcase this beautiful bloom. Sturdy purple moth orchids are a great way to accent tables, decor and bouquets. Tuck into dinner napkins, pair with floating candles or create springtime centerpieces with single blooms for an elegant look.

The Fashion

Colored wedding dresses are a major trend this bridal season. Instead of cream or white gown, try a layered dress in a soft purple shade. If you'd prefer a traditional wedding dress, consider asking your bridesmaids to wear purple gowns and groomsmen to wear similarly colored bow ties. This way, you can combine trend with tradition all while incorporating your color theme.


--Keely-Shea Smith

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