Pantone have announced that Ultra Violet is their Colour Of The Year for 2018, and it’s a gorgeous bright purple hue that works perfectly as an accent to your wedding colour scheme.

With the blue-based violet shade thrust into the limelight, it’s set to be a big wedding trend for 2018, so we’ve rounded up our favourite wedding ideas inspired by and including Pantone’s Ultra Violet colour.

The name alone conjures plenty of inspiration, from the floral aspect of violet to the space and astronomy theme of ultraviolet light.


Charlotte Ricard, founder and creative director of bespoke event planners La Fete, says that this shade works across all seasons.

“Purple is a colour that transcends seasons. It may be used more in conjunction with darker tones in the winter, such as ruby reds, emerald greens, etc. However, in summer it could be used more as a lavender tone with whites, pinks, greens and hints of darker purple.

“I would suggest flowers are the way to include Ultra Violet into a wedding. It makes a more sophisticated look, rather than a full explosion of purple which could be too much. Less is more, but you can play with various hues of purple and lilac, and don’t forget to blend in with whites/creams and touches of greenery,” she said.

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Charlotte recommends mixing ultra violet with metallics, marble and modern accents.

Here are our favourite ideas to weave Pantone’s Colour of The Year 2018 Ultra Violet into your wedding, from your bouquet to your bridesmaids dresses.


A blue-purple tone can look modern and stylish as seen in this Studio Sophie design.

Gold calligraphy really stands out against the muted purple background of this PYE invitation, which would look ideal for a winter wedding.

Keeping the floral theme, this Grace And Bramble set uses violet in a very feminine and elegant way.

A sprig of lavender and a matching ribbon are the perfect accent for your invites and smell gorgeous! See more from Adorn Invitations.

Cute and colourful, this Drawberry Jam design uses just a splash of Pantone’s trendy ultra violet shade to bring their wedding map to life.

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Bridesmaid Dresses

Kelsey Rose have included this gorgeous dusky violet dress in their collection, with an incredibly figure flattering cinched in waist.

ASOS’ purple lace midi prom dress is cute and stylish and available in their plus size range too.

Little Mistress’ wisteria coloured bridesmaid dress suits all colourings and translates across seasons, so it’s equally suitable for a summer or winter wedding.

This floor-length maxi dress from Debenham’s Debut collection embodies the spirit of ultra violet – bold, vibrant and beautiful.

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Image: The Wedding Flower Company

Hydrangeas are wonderfully multi-tonal and add interest to a bouquet.


If you’re considering a destination wedding, violet looks romantic and dreamy against a blue sea and bright white sand.

Image: The Blue Pigeons

Mix purple flowers with lush green foliage for a gorgeous summer bouquet.

Image: Worton Hall

Small feminine flowers make for simple but elegant table decorations that have lots of texture.

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Image: The Hospital Club

Purple lighting can really bring the wow factor to your ceremony decor.

Image: 41 Portland Place

The purple tones in the tableware complement the gorgeous overhead floral display perfectly. Try adding a sprig of lavender or an iris to your napkins if you don’t want to go all-out with the ultra violet theme.

Image: Handmade By Kelly

Dried petal are both environmentally-friendly and beautiful as confetti or on your tables as wedding favours.

Image: Cressing Barns

Purple suits a rustic barn wedding as much as a glamorous, high-end affair. These organza covers for your chairs are an easy, affordable way of including a splash of on-trend purple.

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For something stand-out, take inspiration from this tower of purple-hued macarons by Belinda’s Kitchen, which will be a showstopper your guests never forget.

Created for an Asian wedding, this La Belle Cake Company design shows off how beautiful purple looks against brilliant white. This colour scheme would be ideal for a winter wedding.

Metallics and textures elevate subtle shades of purple in this Cakes By Sophie Page creation.

Silky smooth buttercream and edible flowers really work for this woodland-themed cake by Cake Me By Surprise. Don’t be afraid of going all-in with the purple colour scheme on your cake!

Subtle pastel accents really bring this Bluebirds Bakehouse cake to life. The autumnal berries could be replaced with a different fruit to make it work across seasons.

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Hair And Make-Up


Nails, lips, eyeshadow: the huge variety of colours of purple mean there’s a shade to suit everyone, even if it’s more mulberry than electric purple.

Image: Sophie Murray Wedding Hair and Make-Up

Fresh flowers are a wonderful thing to incorporate into your wedding hairstyle. Either go big, like these mauve roses…

Image: Alex Anderson Bridal Hair Specialist

Or for delicate wildflowers, like this gorgeous hair design here.

If you’ve been inspired by Pantone’s Colour Of The Year 2018, check out how we used last year’s botanical colour greenery and find plenty more purple inspiration for your wedding here.