Some wedding planning companies like Confetti in UK already
make it easier for brides by producing table and favour wedding
colour schemes that coordinate. These two photos
show two different tables from Confetti UK with cake, favour,
table and drape decorations themed in blue. Looking at these colour schemes with
their tints and shades I would say that
it owes much to the base colour of Pantone Amparo Blue, one of
this year's top fashion colours - see immediate right.
And here are some more blues in bridal party
garments - a deep marine
based blue and some fashionable soft blue pastels. 2010 is the year of
pastels and these gowns might suit main guests within the
bridal party such as bridesmaids, female ushers, or for a very
formal wedding, mother-of-the-bride. Long gowns are a great choice when the wedding starts
late afternoon and soon moves into formal evening mood. Make
sure your dancing shoes are comfortable as well as colour
Below - Bridal Party Marine Based Aquamarine Soft Blues.
Note the pastel blue coordinating brocade figured waistcoat and
cravat that the bridegroom model wears.
Left - The perfect ball gown for female ushers or evening and cruise wear.
Long Dress - Bolero Available -
Frank Usher Group AW10 Collection. Frank Usher Dress Number
FV998 Col 127.
Above Centre - Turquoise Blue Long Dress £195 - Coast at
Above Right - BHS Wedding Collection - SS10 Men's Blue Waistcoat
& Cravat £30, Men's
White Wing Collar Shirt £25, Dominique Blue Obi Bow BHS Occasion Ladieswear
Dress £120, Alice Headband £12, Necklace £10, Bracelet £10.
And if a simple cover up is needed, lots of
retailers with wedding sections such as BHS, have suitable
boleros in high fashion colours. This bolero is a blue version, which may be
just the blue you seek. Right - BHS 2010 SS10 Womenswear Bright Blue
BHS Stockist Tel: 0845 196 0000.
This dressy embellished beaded bolero and dress are from Fifty Plus.
caters for a broad size range, and particularly for the more mature figure
of many mothers of the bride. Evening dresses
with cover ups jackets are well suited to early cocktail hour
Far Right - Fifty Plus Bolero from £35, Dress from £70. Fifty Plus Spring/Summer
2010 Womenswear. UK Stockist Tel: 0871 231 2000.
See more wedding fashion garments in bright
colours further down this page.
One thing worth remembering is not to
give up when the item
of your choice is sold out. EBay is always worth checking as
the wedding market is the one fashion market where garments you
buy have been worn only once.
So as you can see, just taking one colour with the vague name
blue can throw up all sorts of difficulties for anyone involved
in planning bridal or other special occasion events. All
that is about to change now that Pantone have joined with Dessy to ease these colour
Today look no further than the wonder of a Pantone Wedding
Colour Guide. Reader, if you are planning your wedding complete
colour coordinated reception, flowers and bridal party wear, then
this colour planning tool will make your life so much easier.
On Jan. 20, 2010, The Dessy Group, a leading manufacturer of
bridesmaid dresses and bridal apparel, joined forces with
Pantone, the global authority on colour, to launch the PANTONE
WEDDING™ colour guide.
Pantone is the provider of professional colour standards for
the design industries. In 2010 it has produced the ultimate colour reference tool for
brides and wedding planners. The PANTONE WEDDING colour guide is
part of PANTONE WEDDING, a collection of colour tools that make
it easy for a bride to achieve a perfectly colour-coordinated
wedding for any year.
chief executive officer of The Dessy Group has said "Since the
launch of PANTONE WEDDING, we have been inundated with calls
from other wedding vendors." He continued to note "The
colour guide is
the reference tool the wedding industry has been waiting for to
connect and coordinate wedding products and services. Wedding
vendors, brides and all wedding professionals now have the
ability to communicate and match colours quickly and accurately
from day one of the planning process."
Laurie Pressman of Pantone hopes that with the PANTONE
WEDDING colour guide, brides will be empowered with a professional
colour tool to select, communicate and
match their wedding colours with confidence, ease and accuracy.
Pantone's Spring 2010 guide provides inspiration for brides to
develop unique colour themes. Brides-to-be can select from 194
colours within a compact colour guide. The guide will help them
express their creative
vision for that all-important day. The Pantone Wedding guide is
small enough to fit inside a
bag, consequently, the Bride-to-be can carry the Pantone guide on shopping trips to eliminate any
colour guesswork and create the best colour coordination.
Thanks to the PANTONE
WEDDING colour guide, brides, wedding planners, fraught mothers,
mothers-in-law-to-be and wedding
vendors can now all speak the same colour language when matching
bridesmaid and flower girl dresses, accessories, menswear,
flowers, invitations and tabletop design.
According to the Pantone Press Report -
The PANTONE WEDDING colour guide includes all 194 PANTONE WEDDING
Colours available from spring 2010 from Bridalwear group Dessy, including
PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise, see right, the 2010 colour of the year.
Chromatically arranged by colour family, each colour in the
fan deck is numerically referenced and named for easy
identification and communication. Designed for portable use, the
Pantone Wedding Colour Guide is 4¼ inches wide by 1½ inches high and 2 inches deep,
with a full page devoted to each of the 194 colors.
In addition to the new colour guide
in the form of a fan, PANTONE WEDDING includes
perfectly matched individual paper swatch cards in all 194
PANTONE WEDDING Colours for spring 2010, this means that the
cards can be used on their
own or in combination with Dessy’s popular fabric swatches to
communicate wedding colours. Each paper swatch card, measuring 8½ by 11 inches, can be divided into 14 chips with the Dessy
colour name and PANTONE WEDDING colour reference number on the
back, and given to bridesmaids, wedding vendors and anyone with
a colour-related task. To make colour selection and coordination
even easier, the Dessy website (www.dessy.com/PANTONE) features
a special section dedicated to PANTONE WEDDING with interactive
tools, including inspirational Style Boards, to help brides
choose their wedding colours and accompanying bridal apparel. See further below for
pricing and availability of the product. Please note
we do not sell this product on fashion-era.com.
Manufacturers and retailers specialising in bridal and occasion party wear
will find this resource a boon. Getting the exact shade of
aquamarine, jade, mint or turquoise will now be a problem of the
Right - Rare Opulence Mint Chiffon Bandeau Dress by Rare
Opulence Premium Collection.
Usher, Monsoon and Debenhams are all UK names that spring to
mind when thinking about a great selection of fashionable
garments suitable for a wedding.
colourful pieces on offer from retailers include these lovely
outfits suitable for important guests like mother of the
bride or even bridesmaids.
Turquoise and aquamarine make powerful, but pretty stand-out
colour statements. This dress and jacket is pretty enough for the bride
at a civil wedding, or for her attendants or guests. The halter
and bandeau dress would also be ideal for glamorous weddings
such as a beach wedding in
hot climates and of course for showing off freshly tanned limbs.
Left - Frank Usher SS10 - Aqua Satin Back Crepe Strapless
Dress & Bolero Jacket - Style No: FT52500. Centre - Frank Usher
Group SS10 Dusk Collection - Style no:DT82015 Apple Green
Bridesmaids Dress Rose Neckline. Right - Frank Usher Dusk SS10
Baby Pink Short Bustier Drape Detail Dress - Style no:DT8205 .
As well as blue tones, the raspberry pink colours stretch
from candy pink to rich aubergine. The raspberry family is a
popular wedding colour choice in 2010. Raspberry pink can be
used to create opulent wedding settings and add a mystical
Bazaar like touch.
Left - Confetti UK - Marrakesh Nights Table - Themed Wedding.
Old Metal Votive Holder £2.49, Petals
£24.99, Gold Camera £2.49, Ribbon from £1.99, Chocolate Balls
£9.99 for 500g, Butterfly Glass Cutout Cards £5.99 for 10,
Gold Glitter Butterflies £16.99 for 24, Gold Metallic Butterfly
Confetti £1.99, Gold Disposable Camera £2.45.
Confetti UK 2009/2010
Whether a dress, short or long, or a gorgeous well cut
trouser suit, it is possible to look glam yet blend in with the
colour mood set by your wedding hosts. This pink trouser suit right is from a company called Elégance who
now also show online.
Elégance Spring/Summer 2010 Shocking Pink Shimmering Jacket,
£249. Sizes 10-22 (56231). Elégance Silk Top, £39, Sizes 10-22 (52591)
Elégance Shocking Pink Shimmering Trousers, £119, Sizes 10-22 (56221). Elégance
Sandals with decorative beads and crystals, £199 sizes 3-8
(48100). This trouser suit would suit a stylish very modern mother of
bride who just does not see herself in a pretty pretty dress. It
could also suit the normally jogger dressed more casual guest who wants
to feel so special on an important day. Elegance Stockist Number: 0870 990 9904.
Near Left Duo Image - BHS Wedding SS10 Bridesmaid on left: Merlot
Short Dress £90,
Alice Headband £12, Bracelet £12. Bridesmaid on right: Merlot
Long Dress £120, Earrings £6, Bracelet £12 BHS Wedding
Far Right - Frank Usher Group AW10 Collection Aubergine Stretch Satin Dress with Animal
Print Chiffon Sleeve - FV7625 Col 327. This dress has been
occasion wear for the ushers or mother-of-the-bride in mind.
have different views of how a Mother-of-the-bride should dress
for a wedding. I think in reality it depends on the woman and
her own style. Some women will look best in formal outfits in
luxury fabrics like this hot peony pink Frank Usher outfit left.
Others will look more at home in a dress with fantastic shoes
and bag, preferring a fascinator to a hat or just having
beautifully groomed shining hair. These days headwear is not
obligatory at weddings, and for evening functions a hat can
quickly become superfluous.
But if you want to have fun with your outfit and take
advantage of the fact that weddings, Ascot or other Ladies Days
are some of the rare occasions today when we can indulge in a
little fantasy hat dressing up. If you are a hat lover then blow
caution to the wind and dress to the nines.
Both these rich pink peony garments are by wedding garment specialist Frank
Usher from their 2010
collection. Coterie, Dusk and are all ranges from the Frank
Left - Mother of the Bride - Frank Usher Group
SS10 Collection Coterie SS10 :Style No. CT839 Peony Dupion Silk
Strappy Dress & Bolero Jacket.
Far Right - Frank Usher SS10 Collection Style No: FT7614 Peony
Stretch Satin Short Asymmetric Dress - One Shoulder Bow.
is always a favourite choice for weddings, not just for the
bridesmaids, but also for the guests. More neutral outfits that will
also make everyday wear can be jazzed up and enlivened with
bolder, brighter accessories like this soft pink corsage which
is so versatile! It can be used as a hair accessory and a
Pink Silk Flower Corsage - £10 From Bags of Sparkle Jewellery
- Stockist Number: 020 8296 9939 or
if your pink has more red in it then add a touch of coral pink with this petal ruffle clutch
bag or even mix and match and clash bold brights. It is a bag
that will get conversations going it's so distinctive. At just £29.99 from River Island
SS10 WW Collection it is also quite good value for money.
River Island Stockist Tel: 0208 991 4904.
Pink has such a broad range from the softest nude tones to
rich vibrant fuchsia. These short dresses are each very different
within the pink range and each is occasion wear from the UK high
street and also available online.
Above Left - Monsoon Summer Cocktail Party - Fusion Oops
Dress £90/€153 Peach Pink Sequin Party Dress.
Centre Left - Super Ruffle dress, £75 at Mint Velvet SS10
Collection. Evening Fuchsia Occasion Pink Shift Dress.
Centre Right - Coral Pink Dress by Coast at Debenhams Summer Collections.
Far Right - Pink Autograph Dress £59 Marks & Spencer Main
If a short dress is your occasion wear of choice then
consider a matching dress and jacket or a Knee coat. Two piece
dressing is always so easy, and when it is in a rich lush fabric
like this Hobbs purple outfit who could resist.
If you select a
floral frock or maxi dress, you would not be out of place this year.
Just make sure that the fabric is good quality and the print
flattering. Imagine how you will view the photos in a decade or
two so make sure your outfit is the one you'll remember for all the right
reasons, not the wrong reasons.
Above Right - Still in the pinks but with a rich rose print.
Stunning Dress £199 and Mac Coat £249 from Hobbs Limited Edition
Collection. Hobbs say "This printed silk wool dress, is
exquisitely seamed to mould to the body. A statement zip closure
appears at centre of the back."
Near Right - Hobbs Two Piece Purple Dress & Jacket. What a
marvellous rich tone of purple, enhanced by the shimmering
finish of the silken material. A young mother-of-the-bride
would have heads turning with envy if she wore this ensemble.
mothers may look for more length in their pieces. Lots of older
women dislike their knees which get a bit more knobbly and
fleshier with age. Likewise some women carry excess water in
midlife so flowing styles and tops with looser midriff designs
help cover a multitude of figure flaws. This may also be a time
when Sculptz and Spanx products earn their keep.
If your shoulder and décolletage are still good, then don't be
afraid to show off your best features. Enhance your best bits and play
down the less attractive parts.
Far Left - Frank Usher Group SS10 Collection - Coterie SS10 Style
No: CT842 Lavender Dupion Silk 3 Piece - Jacket available.
Centre - Halter Neck Dress £65 - Kaleidoscope Spring Summer 2010
- Kaleidoscope Chiffon Evening Dress Ref.26G501WK9.
Far Right - Formal Purple Strapless Waterfall Drape Gown by
Coast at Debenhams.
making colours like the lilac purple mauve tones here all add a
special touch at any wedding or blessing ceremony.
Purple has thrilled women for several seasons. Purple and all
the soft pastel tones it produces have always been favourite
colour choices for weddings. My mother had a purple velvet
bridesmaid dresses at her winter wedding decades ago, and when it
came to my own wedding I chose an iris colour as shown below.
Colour selection and coordination planning for
your wedding has never been easier. When I planned my own wedding
two decades ago I wanted blues, but not just any blue, my
favourite blue and I kept referring to a small miniature iris my
sister had growing in her garden border. As a result my bridesmaids'
dresses were the colour of that particular little iris! I can
that iris now, dancing in the wind.
The colour had to fit several criteria. I had been looking for a colour that looked good on both
blondes and brunettes, which I liked at the time, and would still like in years
to come. The colour also had to be acceptable to the young 'fussy' bridesmaids. That
iris and a reel of matching sewing thread was my reference
for everything to do with colours and contrasts for the
wedding. On the far right is a swatch from a photo of the actual
fabric, and near right is a tool picker swatch from one speck of
the original. See what depth of colour variation can exist just
within a small piece of fabric.
Describing a precise colour is hard. Is my iris colour
shown above, anything
like the iris flower you visualise?
In fact the lower square to the right is actually part of a
petal of a
real iris within the true blue iris colour range I selected,
rather than the purple based deeper tone of thick velvety
rich purple irises.
My point is that colour matching is difficult, because people
see colour differently even without the complication of computer
monitor variation, this is why Pantone colour tools are so
In fact the lower square to the right is actually part of a
petal of a real iris within the true blue iris colour range I
selected, rather than the purple based deeper tone of thick
velvety rich purple irises.
See my point - colour matching is difficult and everyone sees
colour differently, with bright pretty blue being no exception.
Clearly the world of weddings will be easier for everyone now
that Pantone has teamed with Dessy to create the Pantone Wedding
PLEASE BUY THIS PRODUCT DIRECTLY FROM DESSY AS WE DO NOT
SELL IT. The PANTONE WEDDING colour guide is available immediately for
U.S. $35. PANTONE WEDDING individual paper swatch cards in all
194 colors are also available for U.S. $10. Individual fabric
swatches are available in 6-by-6 inch swatches or by the ½ yard
and range in price from $15 to $40.
All products are available
at www.dessy.com. PLEASE BUY THIS PRODUCT DIRECTLY FROM DESSY AS WE DO NOT
About The Dessy Group
The Dessy Group is a leading manufacturer of bridesmaid dresses,
social occasion dresses, flower girl dresses and destination
wedding gowns under the labels Dessy Collection, After Six,
Alfred Sung, Lela Rose Bridesmaid and Sandals Destination
Founded in 1939 by Margot Rosenthal, A & M Rosenthal, now
The Dessy Group, got its start designing bridal veils and
attendants headpieces. In the 1950s, Margot’s daughter Ronnie
and her husband Andrew took over the business and added
bridesmaid dresses to the Dessy line. Today, the business continues to
thrive under the leadership of Alan Dessy and design direction
of Vivian Dessy Diamond. www.dessy.com
Pantone LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated,
has been the world’s colour authority for 45 years, providing
design professionals with products and services for the
exploration and expression of creativity. Always a source for
color inspiration, Pantone also offers designer-inspired
products and services for consumers. More information is
available at www.pantone.com .
Confetti.co.uk have all your wedding and party occasion needs
such as coloured or blue confetti, coloured favours, blue
flowers, blue glasses, blue place settings and other special
style table themes for weddings. Of course they do have many
other colours a various schemes such as those shown in these
artificial tree table decorations.
Something Blue Cake Stand Confetti UK.
3 tier wired filigree cup cake basket £15.99.
Cup cake wraps £5.99 for 10.
Blue table theme glasses £39.99 set of 6 white wine glasses.
Laser cut glass place cards £6.99 for pack of 10.
Laser cut favour boxes £7.99 for pack of 10.
White filigree basket cake stand £15.99.
Laser cut table number £6.99 for pack of 10.
White filigree table number holder £6.99.
Blue Hydrangea petals 70g £19.99.
Blue Bonboniere £2.99 pack of 10.
Cones £5.99 for a pack of 10 - Confetti Something Blue.
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