Pantone 2016 Colours

Every season, colour authority Pantone releases a sneak peek at what to expect for trending colours in upcoming seasons. The colours transpire through fashion, homewares and even to weddings. The Spring 2016 colour report got me excited for warmer weather, so today I thought it would be fun to inspire you with ideas to use these bright, beautiful colour tones in your own big day.

Rose Quartz

Try it with.. Glimmer gold, pale gray, dusty pink, sweet apricot, midnight blue or latte.

Rose Quartz Bridesmaid GownsRose quartz wedding bouquet

Bridesmaid photo by Nick Evans via Candice and Lyndon’s Noosa Beach Wedding Bouquet photo by Michelle Fiona Photography from Shan and Dale’s Elegant City Wedding

Rose Quartz is such a beautiful feminine tone for a wedding. This warm toned pale pink is such a subtle colour that it almost acts like a neutral, so while it looks beautiful and sweet paired with simple white. You could also mix it up and add soft apricot, a hydrangea blue, or even pair it back with other neutral tones like pewter greys and for a more formal look – a rich black.

See also Blush Pink in our colour book

Peach Echo

Try it with.. Blush pink, soft apricot, primrose yellow, hydrangea blue or spring green.

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Bouquet photo by Two Girls with a Camera via Maria and Dave’s Fun Summer Wedding. Bridesmaids photo by Jonathan Ong via Bea and Sam’s Urban Industrial Wedding

Perfect for warmer weather, the deep hues of Peach Echo are summery and delicious. Particularly prominent in beautiful blooms like dahlias and roses, when paired with tonal variations like pale pinks and soft apricots it makes for the most beautiful wedding palette. Or for something rather modern, consider it with pale grey or even blue.

See also Sweet Apricot in our colour book


Try it with.. White, pale gray, soft apricot, sparkling silver, dusty pink or zesty orange.

Serenity Blue Bridesmaid DressesSerenity Pantone Bridesmaid Dresses

Bridesmaids photo by Lucinda May Photography via Alison and Tyson’s Rustic Romance Wedding. Bridesmaids photo by Luke Simon Photography via Kelsey and Keith’s Hahndorf Summer Wedding

The clear tones of Serenity are such a fresh Spring tone. Particularly reminiscent of hydrangea blooms, Serenity has a lilac undertone to it and looks beautiful paired with plain white or gray. For something with a little more colour, try it with apricot, dusky pink or even a zesty orange.

See also Hydrangea Blue in our colour book

Snorkel Blue

Try it with.. Poppy red, white, taupe, latte brown, blush pink or zesty orange.

Snorkel Blue ShoesDenim Blue Bridesmaid Gowns

Blue shoes photo by Lizzy C Photography via Ruth and Benn’s Melbourne Museum Wedding. Bridesmaids photo by Natalija Brunovs from ‘i heart weddings’ via Elle & Rory’s Romantic Country Wedding

For those that want a darker colour for warmer weather, while still keeping a touch of Spring, then Snorkel Blue is for you. Not quite navy blue and not quite Sapphire blue, the tone of Snorkel Blue falls somewhere in between, combining the best of both worlds. Pair with white and red for a nautical look, peach and pinks for something feminine or taupe and latte brown for an understated affair.

See also Midnight Blue in our colour book


Try it with.. Soft gray, poppy red, sage green, blush pink, white or zesty orange.

Buttercup wedding bouquetButtercup yellow bridesmaid dresses

Bouquet photo by Tigs Macallan Photography via Naomi and Chris’ Sweet Daffodil Wedding. Bridesmaid photo by Sayher Heffernan via Hannah and James’ Winter Mountain Wedding

The brightest colour of the bunch – meet Buttercup. How can one go past this vibrant, cheery colour for a Spring wedding? A gorgeous combination with bright white, or for something more festive, zesty orange and poppy reds. Buttercup even works with soft sage greens and greys.

See also Primrose Yellow in our colour book

Limpet Shell

Try it with.. Champagne, blush pink, nude pink, zesty orange, white or sparkling silver.

Limpet Shell Bridesmaid DressLimpet Shell Shoes

Bridesmaid photo by Cookoo Design & Photography via Emma and Marc’s Heartfelt Wedding. Shoe photo by Roy Byrne via Krista and Adam’s Relaxed Beachside Wedding.

A clearer and softer tone of Aqua Blue, Limpet Shell is perfect for seaside weddings on the sand. Pair with it with taupe and nude pink for a beach side look or spice it up with zesty orange, primrose yellow and even poppy red for something brighter and more colourful.

See also Aqua Blue in our colour book

Lilac Gray

Try it with.. Midnight blue, lilac, platinum gray, blush pink, sparkling silver or black.

Lilac Gray wedding dress

Photo by Michelle Fiona Photography via David and Emily’s Gorgeous Barn Wedding.

The gorgeous purple tone to this lilac gray gives it the right amount of Spring warmth. Pair it with a beautiful dusty pink for something feminine, yet modern, or complete the gray look with platinum gray, pale gray and plenty of sparkling silver. For something ultra formal, lilac grey with carbon black will set the scene.

See also Pewter Gray in our colour book…  Iced Coffee

Try it with.. Lilac, blush pink, champagne, nude pink or hydrangea blue.

Coffee-colour-wedding-dressBridesmaid Dress in Milk Coffee

Bride photo by Glass Slipper Photography from Kate and Stuart’s Formal Cocktail Party Wedding. Bridesmaid photo by Louisa Bailey via Karina and David’s Elegant Melbourne Wedding.

We love a neutral tone here at Polka Dot Bride, so when Iced Coffee came along, I knew I’d fall in love with it. Whether you keep this one chic and sophisticated by pairing it with champagne, chocolate brown and glimmering gold or create a completely beautiful colour palette by adding hydrangea blue, spring green or lilac, it really sets the tone for a beautiful event.

See also Milk Coffee in our colour book Green Flash

Try it with.. Fairy floss pink, white, zesty orange, primrose yellow, black, copper or milk chocolate.

Green Flash Wedding DecorGreen Flash Bouquet-with-leaves

Chair photo by Welsch Photography via Elinor and Ash’s Garden Romance Wedding. Bouquet photo by Lucy Leonardi via Naomi & Ben’s Botanical Inspired Wedding.

The vibrant tones of Green Flash are so beautiful in a wedding colour palette and they’re easy to add with plenty of greenery. Create a bright and fun look by combining it with citrus colours like zesty orange and primrose yellow, something much more feminine with fairy floss pink or take it modern by adding copper and taupe.

See also Apple Green in our colour book…   Fiesta

Try it with.. Zesty orange, saffron yellow, hydrangea blue, blush pink or taupe.

Fiesta Red Bridesmaid Dress

Photo by Louisa Bailey via Louise and Ross

Red is certainly an appropriate colour for warmer weather and Fiesta, with it’s orange undertones looks magic paired with zesty orange and clean white. For something completely different, why not pair it with blush pinks or taupe? Hydrangea blue and Fiesta red would make such a fresh combination!

See also Poppy Red in our colour book