The color experts at Pantone have released their 2021 Color of the Year, but with an extra surprise. For the second time in its history, Pantone has selected two colors to represent 2021: Illuminating (Yellow) and Ultimate Gray. These colors reflect the strength we witnessed last year as well as the hope for the future that we carry with us in this new year. Visualizing this year’s vibrant weddings, we pulled together wedding weekend looks featuring the Pantone 2021 Colors of the Year.
Wedding Weekend Looks Featuring The Pantone 2021 Colors Of The Year Swatch
Image Credit: Pantone Color Institute

 

Illuminating Yellow

The bold color Illuminating brightens any day and reflects the joy of your wedding weekend. Play up this color for a carefree summer wedding or for a sunny outdoor reception.

Wedding Weekend Looks Featuring The Pantone 2021 Colors Of The Year Illuminating Rehearsal Dinner
 

Rehearsal Dinner

Pair these Illuminating sandals with this Anne Barge polka dot dress for an outfit that’s simultaneously classic and fun. V-necks and delicate strappy heels are timeless details that allow textured ruching and bright colors to take center stage as you greet your guests for the first round of wedding weekend festivities.

Dress: Anne Barge
Earrings: Annisa Kermiche
Bracelet: Annisa Kermiche
Purse: Amina Muaddi
Shoes: Bottega Veneta

Ceremony

Intricate beading, dimensional lace, and a subtly sexy sheer sheath add visual interest to this ivory gown and enough flexibility to play up Illuminating accents. If you’re feeling classic, opt for gold or pearl jewelry and some muted gold ankle-strap sandals, but if you’re feeling fun, try these Gianvito Rossi leather strappy pumps. From the trendy gold chain ankle tie to the pointed toe, these yellow treasures are sure to be a showstopper when they peek out from under your gown.

Dress: Allure Bridal
Veil: Dareth Colburn
Hair comb: Azazie
Earrings: Olive Piper
Earrings: Jennifer Behr
Shoes: Nina
Shoes: Gianvito Rossi

 

Wedding Weekend Looks Featuring The Pantone 2021 Colors Of The Year Illuminating Ceremony
Wedding Weekend Looks Featuring The Pantone 2021 Colors Of The Year Illuminating Reception

Reception

The delicate lace detailing on this Eva Lendel jumpsuit has us speechless. Embellishments on golden silk-satin mules bring cohesion to a statement-shoe outfit. Add one or two more touches of yellow with a beaded headband or a delicate clutch for a finishing touch.

Jumpsuit: Eva Lendel
Headband: Jennifer Behr
Headband: Autumn Adeigbo
Earrings: Anne Sisteron
Earrings: Nadri
Shoes: Manalo Blahnik
Clutch: Judith Leiber Couture
Clutch: Francesca’s

Bridesmaids

Dress your bridesmaids in a silky sunshine yellow to accentuate the radiance of your wedding weekend. Pair neutral strappy heels and classic diamond jewelry with your bridesmaids’ gowns to soften the look and to play up elegant shades of gold.

Dress: Show Me Your Mumu
Dress: David’s Bridal
Jewelry Set: Dareth Colburn
Earrings: Hueb
Barrette: L. Erickson
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Clutch: Garland Bags

Wedding Weekend Looks Featuring The Pantone 2021 Colors Of The Year Illuminating Honeymoon
Wedding Weekend Looks Featuring The Pantone 2021 Colors Of The Year Illuminating Groom

Groom

With a few pops of Illuminating accents, your groom will look on-trend while sporting a classic blue or gray suit. The yellow polka dots on these Tie Bar navy dress socks will peek out from a pair of classic Italian leather derby wingtip oxfords and coordinate with a golden yellow tie. Add a yellow rose boutonniere to your groom’s or groomsmen’s outfits for a subtle wink to this Pantone trend.

Suit: Generation Tux
Suit: Generation Tux
Tie: Generation Tux
Tie: Generation Tux
Pocket Square: Tie Bar
Boutonniere: Budget Bride
Socks: Tie Bar
Shoes: Cole Haan

Honeymoon

Have fun and let loose as newlyweds in bright Illuminating fashion. Keep the fabrics light and breezy, but with lots of color. Timeless sandals or espadrilles and simple jewelry are sure to complete your daytime look. When it’s time to hit the beach, grab a yellow swimsuit and a big floppy hat to soak in all the sun. And what outfit would be complete without a fun pair of sunglasses to match the mood?

Dress: Zimmermann
Dress: Lemlem
Swimsuit: Johanna Ortiz
Swimsuit (top, bottoms): Norma Kamali
Earrings: Van Cleef & Arpels
Necklace: Van Cleef & Arpels
Shoes: Saint Laurent
Shoes: Clergerie
Handbag: Prada
Sunglasses: Moscot
Sunglasses: Gucci
Sunglasses: Linda Farrow
Hat: Eugenia Kim

Wedding Weekend Looks Featuring The Pantone 2021 Colors Of The Year

Ultimate Gray

Pantone’s other 2021 color Ultimate Gray is a neutral and dependable shade that will create a timeless wedding aesthetic for many years to come. Brighten the neutral tones of gray with accents of sparkle to make your wedding palette feel both classic and on-trend.

Wedding Weekend Looks Featuring The Pantone 2021 Colors Of The Year Ultimate Gray Rehearsal Dinner

Rehearsal Dinner

The soft blue and silver detailing in these two gowns shimmer with elegance, matching the glow of a soon-to-be bride. Opt for diamond studs and subtle sparkle pumps for a showstopper look that feels effortless.

Dress: Retrofette
Dress: Oscar de la Renta
Shoes: Kate Spade
Ring: Kendra Scott
Necklace: Kendra Scott
Earrings: Nordstrom
Clutch: Loeffler Randall

Ceremony

Modern brides are looking beyond traditional ivory in favor of statement-making shades, as seen in this Monique Lluillier gown sporting elegant metallic accents. Pair it with this editorial-inspired beaded veil and sparkly pumps for a more glam look or with these stunning pointed-toe Jimmy Choos to create a ceremony look reminiscent of movie stars of old.

Dress: Monique Lhuiller
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Veil: Gigi Burris
Bracelet: Swarovski
Earrings: Nordstrom

Wedding Weekend Looks Featuring The Pantone 2021 Colors Of The Year Ultimate Gray Ceremony
Wedding Weekend Looks Featuring The Pantone 2021 Colors Of The Year Ultimate Gray Reception

Reception

Turn heads at your reception as you take on 2021’s biggest trends, from the two-piece gown to a crystal-embellished headband. Ultimate Gray’s soft neutral hue allows plenty of room to add sparkle to your silhouette and accessories and flaunt a playful look for the celebratory festivities ahead.

Top: Anna Campbell
Skirt: Anna Campbell
Shoes: Chloé
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Headband: Jennifer Behr
Earrings: Nordstrom
Fur: BHLDN

Bridesmaids

One of 2021’s biggest bridal trends is the mismatched bridal party. Hues of gray, silver, and metallics complement each other and create elegant cohesion—even if your bridesmaids are wearing different dresses. Accessorize your besties with delicate diamonds or subtle silver necklaces to tie your trendy bridal party looks together.

Dress: Brandon Maxwell
Dress: Watters (WTOO)
Shoes: NINA
Necklace: Nordstrom
Earrings: DANNIJO
Earrings: David Yurman
Purse: Steve Madden

Wedding Weekend Looks Featuring The Pantone 2021 Colors Of The Year Ultimate Gray Bridesmaids
Wedding Weekend Looks Featuring The Pantone 2021 Colors Of The Year Ultimate Gray Groom

Groom

Choosing Ultimate Gray for your groom will create a sleek and polished ceremony look. Both this Tom Ford timepiece and these Gucci loafers shine with smart silver accents, elevating his sophisticated look and complementing your timeless aesthetic.

Suit: Brooks Brothers
Suit: Bonobos
Watch: Tom Ford
Tie: Stefano Ricci
Tie: Givenchy
Silk Pocket Square: Brooks Brothers
Belt: Tom Ford
Shoes: TAFT Clothing
Shoes: Gucci

Honeymoon

Whether it’s asymmetrical necklines, ruching, or ruffles, add some fun flair to this neutral shade as you soak up some sun on your honeymoon. Pair some sparkly flats and earrings with slate gray shades and a mask for stunning looks you’ll want to wear long after the wedding is over.

Dress: Ramy Brook
Dress: Zimmerman
Sunglasses: Chanel
Face Mask: Night
Bathing Suit: Evarae
Earrings: Oscar de la Renta
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Shoes: Valentino

Wedding Weekend Looks Featuring The Pantone 2021 Colors Of The Year Ultimate Gray Honeymoon

Power Duo

If you’re still deciding on a color palette for your 2021 wedding, the combination of gray and yellow presents a stunning color scheme for your ceremony, reception, and honeymoon—no matter the season. Warm yellow hues are perfect for spring and summer celebrations and softer shades complement the changing leaves as the season transitions to fall. Cooler tones of gray are fit for wintry celebrations but is a dependable shade for any color scheme at any time of the year.

Wedding Weekend Looks Featuring The Pantone 2021 Colors Of The Year Combined Ceremony

Ceremony

Flaunting both Illuminating and Ultimate Gray allows you the flexibility to mix and match your favorite pieces. Lean into your fairytale fantasies by pairing yellow strappy pumps with this stunning Monique Lluillier gown that Emma Watson’s Belle could have easily donned. Add Jennifer Behr’s delicate Vinessa multi-Swarovski crystal earrings for a refined and regal finishing touch.

Dress: Monique Lhuiller
Shoes: Gianvito Rossi
Hair comb: Azazie
Veil: Gigi Burris
Earrings: Nordstrom
Earrings: Jennifer Behr
Bracelet: Swarovski
Clutch: Rae of Light

Reception

Who says Ultimate Gray can’t be bold? Take center stage in this fashion-forward Eva Lendel jumpsuit accessorized with a gold headband and matching clutch that are as bright as your newlywed smile.

Jumpsuit: Eva Lendell
Headband: Jennifer Behr
Headband: Autumn Adeigbo
Earrings: Nordstrom
Earrings: Nadri
Clutch: Judith Leiber Couture
Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Wedding Weekend Looks Featuring The Pantone 2021 Colors Of The Year Combined Reception
Wedding Weekend Looks Featuring The Pantone 2021 Colors Of The Year Combined Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids

If you want to add a little more contrast to your mismatched bridesmaid looks, have your bridesmaids stun in silvery gray gowns and your maid of honor shine in Illuminating yellow. Pair silver and gold accessories accordingly for a metallic-inspired tribute to Pantone’s 2021 colors.

Dress: Brandon Maxwell
Dress: Show Me Your Mumu
Barrette: L. Erickson
Necklace: Dareth Colburn
Earrings: Hueb
Earrings: David Yurman
Purse: Steve Madden
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Shoes: Nina

Shades equally stunning and powerful styled together or apart, Ultimate Gray and Illuminating Yellow offer endless possibilities for your 2021 wedding. Pantone describes the color combination as “a marriage of color conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting.” These wedding weekend looks featuring the Pantone 2021 Colors of the Year show how your wedding colors can serve as symbols that reflect the unity and hope we strengthened in 2020 and carry with us into 2021—because nothing is more enduring, uplifting, and beautiful than a witness of love shared on a wedding day.