An Ode to Pantone’s Color of the Year

O, Ultraviolet, the color of the year,

Inventive and imaginative – that’s you, my dear.

Provocative and thoughtful throughout,

We know you are the wedding trend to bring out.

O, Ultraviolet, complex and contemplative as you are, 

We want you in everything, from the bouquet to the dessert bar. 

With your artistic expression and spiritual reflection, 

We can even see you in our confections. 

O, Ultraviolet, you can decorate everything in the venue, 

Kesh Events 

Or accent small things, like just the menus. 

Elegant Wedding Invites
We can place you with the dresses and the shoes, 

Badgley Mischka 
We can even color the booze. 

Monin Violette
O, Ultraviolet, we know you are here to stay,

So why don’t we get started designing you today?

Bridal Event: Brides Color School

It’s time to go back to school! Brides Magazine is hosting a bridal event featuring an event that will focus on the latest color trends for weddings. The soirée includes themed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

Thursday, October 1st
213 W. Institute Place
To RSVP, email

What colors are you having?

Is this a Chicago thing? Everytime a woman asks me about my wedding plans, I get the question, “So what are your wedding colors?” Really! I have probably been asked that two dozen times.

When I said that I hadn’t decided, I was offered up the suggestion of pastels — “They will look so good in May!”, I politely smiled while I was thinking NO WAY!

For most normal brides, it wouldn’t be such a big deal. I, on the otherhand, have spent HOURS agonizing on picking said colors. Originally, I wanted to pick a color that works with gold. Then, I found my venue. It has these amazing art deco chandliers from the 1920’s.

Silver became my accent color. Our venue also has complimentary sterling silver chargers. I plan to use sterling silver table card frames as well.

A long time Steel Magnolias fan, I’ve always modified the line from Julia Roberts to say, “Red is my signature color.” (If you haven’t seen the movie, she says that pink is her signature color. Sound like my colors are picked, right?

But then, I chatted with my friend A., a professional event planner. She used to plan weddings– some with six figure budgets. I told her my situation (silver is in, like red). Her response, “Well, it is very common.” sent me back to the drawing board. If there is one thing that I’m not, it is the type of person that likes to be like everyone else!

I have spent weeks looking at color schemes. Trips to the paint store were made to find a color combination. No luck.

Then, I saw the collector’s edition of Martha Stewart weddings showed a monochromatic design… and I love it!

My plan is now to do a monochromatic design in the color of scarlett.

My table linens– gorgeous metallic scarlett pintuck

My fabulous chivari chairs– silver

Napkin options. Napkins will be sitting on a sterling silver charger.

I need opinions!! PLEASE!!!