Refreshing and Revitalizing Green

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Each year, Pantone selects a Color of the Year that expresses the current global mood and attitude.

The 2017 Color of the Year is Greenery. Pantone calls it “a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew,” as well as a life-affirming shade, “emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.”

“We are excited about this Pantone color of the year,” says Ashley Stork, owner and lead planner and designer of I do I do! Wedding Planning in Alabama. “This has been a huge trend in the wedding industry and we are seeing so many ways to incorporate it into wedding designs. Personally, I love the various color hues and textures that can be done with it.”

Check out some ways to add this fun color into your wedding day.

Fit for Florals

No doubt Greenery fits in with floral arrangements from bouquets and garlands to wreaths and accents on tables.

“A huge advantage to brides is that using natural green and leafy elements can help save on your floral budget,” says Irene St. Onge, owner of SOIRÉE Special Events in New York City. Onge notes that greens pair well with the majority of wedding flowers, including white, taupe, pink, coral, yellow and more. She suggests getting creative by incorporating fresh herbs, succulents and ivy for winter weddings.

To make Greenery a main color in your floral arrangements, Connie Tao, owner of Connie Tao Designs in California, suggests using a lot of greenery in the arrangements and only small pops of other colors. “This arrangement lends itself to more tropical, plant-based bouquets,” Tao notes.

Dress in Green

Bridesmaids dresses are the perfect place to impress with green. “Greenery is a pretty strong spring color, so I definitely see it being used with shorter bridesmaid dresses. Something fun and flirty works very well with this lively color,” says Tao.

The groomsmen can show some green too. In one wedding Tao worked on, the groomsmen donned striped pink and green ties to match the green bridesmaid dresses. Onge notes that a long, all green tie is dapper too.

Brides can get in on the fun by adding some green to their gown, especially if they’re wearing white or ivory dresses. A green colored belt, colored gem jewelry, or even a pair of green heels will make a mark. “You can wear them again and it will be super original,” says Onge.

If you’d rather bring green to your top half, headpieces and crowns are a current trend and easy to incorporate green into.

Add Green to Decor

Splashes of Greenery can be added to almost every bit of decor throughout your wedding. Stork says start with green motifs in your wedding stationary from save the dates and invites to table cards and thank you notes.

At the ceremony, add green ribboning on aisles or to a wedding arch if you’re going that route. At the venue, options are galore from lush pops of greenery on table runners, table clothes and napkins to candles and chair accents. However, Tao warns if the bridesmaids dresses are green, stay clear of too much greenery on the tables. “You don't want them disappearing into the tables,” she notes.

Green can even extend to the ceilings, suggests Onge. “Instead of hanging lanterns or paper lanterns, which have been around forever, brides can incorporate hanging or draped greens from ceilings,” she says.

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