Introduce your big day to the hue of the hour, "Ultra Violet."

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If you're diving into the wedding planning process come January, put Pantone's 2018 Color of the Year on your radar. Moody, dramatic, and celestial all at once, "Ultra Violet" is a rich, gem-toned purple shade-a vast departure from 2017's lush "Greenery." Since you're about to see this luxe shade everywhere, we've rounded up five subtle ways to include the royal purple hue on your big day. Your wedding doesn't have to have a purple color palette to feature the shade. Add just a pop of "Ultra Violet" to you day by weaving the shade into a multicolored bouquet, or wrap one of your wedding cake's tiers in deep purple fondant for a modern look.

However you decide to honor the color of the moment, it's sure to add a bright, bold, and beautiful touch to virtually any accent.

Lush Bouquet

The moody, deep-hued bouquet seen above was way ahead of its time-the anemone, scabiosa, magnolia, thistle, sweet pea, orchid, and berry arrangement featured pops of "Ultra Violet" throughout.


Bright Bridesmaid Dresses

Take a hint from this Milwaukee wedding and dress your 'maids up in the vibrant hue. These short dresses, made by the bride's talented mother, were inspired by the popular styles and colors of the 1950s.

Credit: Bradley James Photography

Ombré Paper Goods

"Ultra Violet" looks just as lovely when paired with other members of the purple family. The ombré envelope lining of this watercolor invitation suite, designed by Laura Hooper Calligraphy, fades from rich plum to lavender.


Out-of-This-World Reception Lighting

Looking for a unique way to pay homage to the Color of the Year? Bathe your reception in "Ultra Violet" light (no sunscreen necessary!) like this couple did. The result is reminiscent of a saturated sunset.

Small Wedding Cake with Crown

Royal Cake

If you love the electric amethyst shade but want to toughen it up a bit, take a note from this couple's wedding cake. The accent tier started out as a punchy purple, but quickly evolved into a moodier variation thanks to a bit of black.


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