How to include Pantone’s Colour of the Year, Living Coral, in your wedding

Move over rose gold, there’s a new colour in town! Pantone’s announcement of Living Coral for the 2019 Colour of the Year was greeted by a big cheer from the wedding industry, who instantly knew that this bright, bubbly hue would be a huge hit with couples getting hitched.


Here, wedding industry experts offer their inspiration for how to include coral within every step of your wedding plans.

The new neutral 

Blush pink has long played a part as brides’ favourite barely-there hue. Coral sees this colour ramped up a level, adding warmth, romance and a nod to long, sweet summer nights with its saturated colour.

Champagne and Flamingos’ Jane Helliwell explains coral’s role as a new take on neutral, especially for summer weddings: “Coral pairs well with other colours, including grey, navy and gold. It also complements scents of rose, freesia or orchids, as well as sweet orange and marine ozonic notes – perfect for a coastal-inspired theme.”

Give coral a summertime twist by throwing in opulent pops of cerise or turquoise, or balance the brightness with sea foam blue and ivory for a charming winter wedding.

Distinctive accents

Embracing Pantone’s Colour of the Year doesn’t mean every element of your wedding needs to be bathed in the shade. For a subtler approach, use Living Coral to highlight certain details.

“Coral serviettes will brighten up white table cloths for the wedding breakfast and against a pale silver cloth will create a zingy contrast,” The Bingham’s Wedding Coordinator Chloe Reboul explains. “Coral could even be incorporated into the packaging of your favours.”


“As well as using coral for your main invitation colour, it can also be added as an accent on an envelope tissue lining, bellyband or wax seal,” adds Vaishali Shah from Ananya Cards.


Living Coral also has a place on wedding cakes, as The Frostery’s Cake Designer Suzanne Thorp tells us.

“Featuring the colour in tiny sugar blossoms will add warmth and small pops of colour to a wedding cake without taking over. But, for something more bold, large coral flower heads of peonies, dahlias and gerberas will create a dramatic display.”

How to include Living Coral on your wedding guest list

The Wedding Present Co’s Georgie Evans argues there’s a place for this gently bright hue not only in your wedding, but in your future together too.

“With its golden undertone, Living Coral is full of energy, warmth and optimism, making it the perfect pop of colour for your home. Add a dash of warmth and vibrancy to your wedding list with this stunning coral colour by selecting stand-out pieces in the shade, from a Pooky lampshade to scatter cushions from Oka.”


Coral bridesmaid dresses

Add a pop of colour to your bridal party with coral bridesmaid dresses. They work beautifully at both destination weddings on the beach, and at country chic weddings in marquees – if you wanted to lighten up a dark wedding palette, coral would also be beautiful at winter weddings – the possibilities are endless.


Coral confetti 

Add a subtle coral touch to your big day with coral coloured confetti; the punchy hue works well with ivory, orange and baby pink petals, advises Shropshire Confetti.


Coral wedding flowers and table decorations


Coral is easy to work into your colour scheme; add blooms in the hue to your bouquet, or adorn your wedding tables with punchy pops of the shade. This pretty decor is by Get Knotted and is a gorgeous way to embrace the Colour of the Year.