Every year, Pantone declares one lucky hue to be the color of the year. For 2012, the top honors go to “Tangerine Tango”. Pantone describes it as “sophisticated, dramatic, and seductive” – in other words, perfect for a wedding! Get inspired by these ideas about planning a fabulous Tangerine Tango wedding.
Orange has been growing in popularity over the last few seasons, and now has really come into its own. When I think about how to incorporate a signature color into a wedding, the first two things that come to mind are the flowers and the bridesmaid dresses. You will have no trouble finding tangerine colored blossoms for bouquets and centerpieces. Just look at all of the flowers that grow in some version of tangerine, orange, or mango: roses, dahlias, poppies, gerbera daisies, parrot tulips, ranunculus, and mini calla lilies, to name a few. There are also some marvelous natural elements you can add for texture and variety, such as hypericum berries and orange Chinese lantern flowers. Even tiny little kumquat fruits can be mixed into bouquets, boutonierres, and centerpieces for a delightful surprise! Add yellow floral accents like craspedia to play up the heat of the tangerine and orange hues, or add touches of green like maiden hair ferns and hydrangeas for a cool contrast.
As for tangerine bridesmaid dresses, options abound. You should always match the style and fabric of your bridesmaid dresses to the season and formality of your wedding. Lightweight dresses in chiffon, organza, or matte jersey are fabulous for summer weddings. More substantial dresses in silk shantung or dupioni would be ideal for fall nuptials. Personally, I would steer clear of a shiny satin in a color as intense as tangerine, as it may become overwhelming. When the dresses make such a bold statement, keep the color of the bridesmaid jewelry more neutral. Classic pearls are always lovely, or you could opt for a subtle hue, such as sets of bridesmaid jewelry made from light topaz crystals. Also make sure that the bridesmaid bouquets will have enough contrast to stand out from their dresses.
I always like the see the wedding theme pulled into the wedding cake. For a subtle nod to the tangerine color, decorate a simple white wedding cake with clusters of kumquats (suddenly I find myself loving kumquats as a wedding decoration!). It would be an inexpensive and understated way to tie the theme into the cake. Another idea is to create a chic confection with a sophisticated geometric motif in tangerine over an ivory fondant frosting. Of course, you can never go wrong with using fresh flowers to decorate your wedding cake; simply match them to the centerpieces and the effect will be lovely.
Pantone also describes Tangerine Tango as a vivacious, spirited reddish-orange color full of heat and energy. It really sounds like an unbeatable choice for a wedding color, especially in the summer. How else would you use tangerine to decorate your special event?