Colourful Ideas: Ten Ways to have a Living Coral Wedding

Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2019 is Living Coral, and we love it. Bright, bold and luscious, it has touches of pink without being too girly and brings a feeling of warmth and fun to every celebration. This golden colour goes great with celebrations and when combined creatively you can come up with some inspired ideas for a living coral wedding.

Coral isn’t just for summer weddings or those set in the tropics – it goes gorgeously in every season and with all sorts of colour combinations. We love the idea of pairing coral with:

  • Silver and grey
  • Yellow and bold orange
  • Navy blue and gold
  • Mint green and blush
  • Navy, white and dove grey

For more gorgeous combinations, Pantone has released a complementary colour shade palette that will give you some wonderful ideas for your wedding day.

While you can always include coral flowers in your bouquet, or choose bridesmaids’ gowns in this lovely shade, we have looked for some more clever and unique ways to incorporate this great colour into your special day.

Here are our top ten ideas for incorporating Living Coral into your colour palette for your wedding.

Living colour wedding stationery | living coral wedding
Stationery and photo by Diana Martins

Invitations that Delight

Start your celebration off on a living coral note by showcasing the colour in your invitations. You can either use coral as your base colour and make it shine, or just include small pops of coral with other more neutral or conservative colours.

The beauty of coral is that it lightens up many other colour combinations with a breath of life and excitement, without overpowering them.

Watercolour Effects

A romantic watercolour effect using a coral wash will also look great (and can be continued throughout your day in programs, table settings, favours and more.

Balloon Archway

We love the look created by balloon structures at weddings this year. You might like to arrange for a balloon archway to be your backdrop for your vows, or set one up to welcome guests into your reception. We also love the idea of a photo opportunity with everyone in the wedding releasing coral balloons into the air – this looks amazing.

Stunning Centrepieces

We love striking centrepieces with a difference. Think beyond flowers to other kinds of decorations, such as fruit, painted pinecones or starfish, candles, crystals or other bling. The bright and bold coral goes beautifully well with rose gold adornments or paint.

If you are thinking of flowers, you will find some lovely coral blooms like roses or peonies look fantastic when paired with the greys, blues and greens of succulents.

A Touch of Coral for the Bride

Why stick with traditional white? We love the effect of a touch of coral for the bride, such as a satin belt or a lovely floral crown. If you are really adventurous you could try an ombre effect for your wedding gown with a skirt that looks as though it was dipped in coral – just enchanting.

If you aren’t sure about wearing coral down the aisle, perhaps you could add some pizazz to your reception outfit instead.

Brighten up the Boys

Living coral isn’t just for the ladies; this versatile colour works wonderfully well for the men in the bridal party as well. How about giving them coral ties, suspenders, socks or bands on some cool fedora hats for them?

If you are having a beachy wedding, go all in and put the guys in coral shirts or suave jackets.

signature wedding cocktails | living coral wedding
Cocktail and photo by Wild Folk Flower Apothecary

Signature Cocktails

Arrange to have signature cocktails presented to your guests as they arrive at your reception, and make at least one of them a bright and vibrant coral colour. Cocktails that would work in this shade include margaritas or a modern twist on cosmopolitans, as well as the traditional champagne cocktail.

On your Cake

Decorate your wedding cake with a splash of coral colour as well – there are many ways that you can do this. We love sugar flowers for wedding cakes, as well as the trend for cakes adorned with crystals.

Donut or Cookie Favours

Arrange for your guests to take home custom-made cookies or delicious donuts for their favours. You can get these monogrammed or personalised, and they are sure to be appreciated.

Smoke Bomb your Photos

A recent trend in wedding photos is the creative use of smoke-bombing for effect and impact. You could showcase coral by getting your photographer or videographer to release a smoke bomb for some truly incredible and memorable shots.

Just make sure you keep in mind their are safety requirements for smoke bombs and you need to find a photographer that is familiar with using them.

You should never be restricted by just one idea or your first impression of a colour – there is so much you can do with this! If you have showcased some living coral wedding ideas on your big day, comment and send us pics so we can see how it turned out.

Main Photo Credits
Photography: Emily and Thomas Ganey | Venue: Christianson’s Nursery | Design and Florals: The Gather Design Company | Gown: Liz Martinez Bridal from En Blanc | Rings: Green Lake Jewelry Works | HMU: Yessie Makeup Artistry | Paper and Vow Books: Elmo Paperstories Ltd | Cake: Honey Crumb Cake Studio | Linens: BBJ Linen | Models: SMG Models, Charlotte Brown | Ring Boxes: The Mrs. Box | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab


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