For the past 18 years, the Pantone Color Institute proclaims a particular color “Color of the Year.” Semi-annually, the world-renowned paint and color company hosts a private, uber secret meeting of reps from the world’s top color standards groups. After much debate, the Color of the Year is chosen. The color is believed to connect with the zeitgeist – German for “the spirit of the age.”
This year, Pantone announced that the 2018 Color of the Year is Ultra Violet. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the institute, said:
“We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to Pantone 18-3838 Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level. From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive ultra violet lights the way to what is yet to come.”
When I got my first look of Ultra Violet, inspiration flooded me like a tsunami. This shade of purple is absolutely wedding material, especially as an accent color.
If you feel the same, Etsy has already started selling Ultra Violet wedding accents and accessories. From hair clips to jewelry to ceremony and reception decor, you will have no problem finding exactly what you need if you choose Ultra Violet for your wedding. Below, you will find some of my favorite Etsy picks featuring this beautiful color.
As usual, remember this quick word of advice: don’t be afraid of ordering from outside of North America. Custom and handmade items can take a few weeks or more to make and ship, regardless of where you buy from, so instead consider each Etsy store’s online reviews when deciding on an item. Plus, be sure to read all the store’s instructions and policies so you can be sure to get the perfect Ultra Violet wedding accessory for your big day.
Ultra Violet Wedding Accents & Accessories
This beautiful hair accessory is made with hand dyed ribbon and French ombré wire ribbon for the leaves, along with beads, crystals, and pearls. Each leaf, petal, and flower is hand made and stitched using traditional ribbonwork techniques. It can be custom made for you without hardware, a hair clip, a brooch pin back, a ribbon for a wrist corsage, or with both a brooch pin back and hair clip.
This unity candle set is wrapped in ultra violet satin ribbon, and the pillar candle features a large, beautiful crystal brooch. It is wrapped with vellum paper with your names, date and, a personalized quote. The two taper candles can also be customized.
This pearl necklace includes an Ultra Violet flower, hand sculpted petal by petal by the seller. Therefore, each necklace is unique and special. The chain is silver-plated, although antiqued brass and gold-plated are available. You will also receive a free set of pearl earrings.
This 6.3″ basket is made of created out of of satin, ribbon, a crystal brooch, and rhinestone mesh. Consider pairing this darling basket with these silk or dried flower petals.
This absolutely stunning Ultra Violet wedding fascinator is adorned with sequins, feathers, and silk flowers. This vintage-style hat comes with a hair clip, but hat elastic can be used upon request.
This gorgeous wedding suite is personalized just for you. This is not one of those “customize it yourself” downloads, which can be confusing. Each suite design will be customized by hand to fit nicely and look professional.
Coordinate your groom and his guys with the rest of your wedding with these Ultra Violet bow ties. Each satin bow tie is pre-tied and fastened with adjustable clips.
This amazing Ultra Violet cake serving set is tastefully adorned with gems and sequins. Plus, for just a few dollars more, you can get it laser engraved, creating a treasured keepsake.
This Ultra Violet convertible dress can be wrapped in an infinite amount of ways – strapless, halter, backless, deep-v, one-shoulder, etc. It is also available in two lengths in two different styles. This is a perfect way to offer each of your bridesmaids a unique look, while keeping some continuity to your bridal party.
This Ultra Violet Instax wedding guest book with includes custom gold lettering. Inside, you will find advice and best wishes cards for your guests to fill out. You also have the option of choosing cards that fit Instax instant photos, so your guests can take photos of themselves. You can purchase an Instax camera on Amazon.
Editor’s note: Due to the pandemic, some of the general wedding planning advice we share may not be applicable or possible due to restrictions on events. Please adhere to all current regulations and stay safe and healthy! Get more pandemic wedding resources here.