Classic Blue 2020 Pantone Color of the Year Wedding Ideas

Every year the color experts at Pantone announce what they have deemed as the “Color of the Year.” The annual color choice ranges in hue and popularity, with some years’ announcements being met with more colorful reactions than others. To celebrate a new decade, Pantone announced that they would be ringing in 2020 with Classic Blue.

Pantone Classic Clue color swatch with a sketched model in front of it wearing strapless gown in deep blue.
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“We are living in a time that requires trust and faith,” shares Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. ” It is this kind of constancy and confidence that is expressed by PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue, a solid and dependable blue hue we can always rely on. . . PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue encourages us to look beyond the obvious to expand our thinking; challenging us to think more deeply, increase our perspective and open the flow of communication.”

Wedding party photo with bride and junior bridesmaid wearing white ball gowns and sitting on a luxurious couch with six bridesmaids standing behind the couch with one shoulder Classic Blue bridesmaids dresses and holding bouquets, each with one Classic Blue flower
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Pantone’s selection for the 2020 Color of the Year is one that seems to be made just for the wedding industry. Expand your thinking with these ideas for a Classic Blue Color of the Year wedding. One thing’s for sure, this will be the easiest year to check off your “something blue.”

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One of the easiest ways to add a pop of color to your wedding, no matter what color you choose, is to paint it on your nails. Manicures and pedicures are an effortless way to express yourself and can incorporate as much of the color you choose, from subtle colored French tips and accent nails to full manicures on long acrylics.

Hands displaying shiny classic blue manicure on both hands
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Make a head-turning entrance into your wedding ceremony in head-to-toe blue. If a bold statement isn’t your speed, try a white gown with Classic Blue embellishments.

Etsy wedding dress in classic clue with subtle rhinestone embellishments spread across the skirt and floral ruffle applique spread from the shoulder bone down to the thigh on both rhe right and left of the back
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Incorporate Late Loved Ones

Having a wedding can be a bittersweet occasion if lost loved ones are missing from your celebration. Keep them close to your heart with a swatch of something they owned that’s Classic Blue stitched into your dress or jumpsuit. Another option is to add tiny frames or locket charms with the photos of those who have passed and tie them around your bouquet with a solemn blue ribbon.

Bouquet wrapped in blue ribbon and tied with a charm to honor a late loved one
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Classic Blue is the perfect color for classic pieces. Show off your something blue as a sash with your wedding dress, keep it hidden in the form of a garter, or give just a peek with your shoes as you walk down the aisle.

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Pantone may claim they’re different shades, but we think that sapphires and blue topaz come pretty close to being Classic Blue, not that you need any excuse to wear bling. Blue topaz and sapphire stones can be worn in several ways from stud earrings to statement necklaces to brooches.

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Bridesmaid Dresses

Get the bridal party in on the color scheme with Classic Blue bridesmaid dresses. Have everyone wear matching gowns, rock the color in different styles, or have only one member wear a Classic Blue dress and create a colorful gradient from there.

Bride and four bridesmaids sit on a bar at the wedding venue, all looking to their left with their right legs crossed over their left, showing off their classic blue bridesmaids dresses and red shoes.
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Classic Blue eye shadow will create a stunning look you’ll never forget. Your bold eye will leave you feeling glam and fabulous, which is the way everyone deserves to feel on their big day. If a bold eye look is out of the norm for you, go for a subtle hint of blue liner or a coat of blue mascara for an extra pop.

Close-up of eye to show off gradient from orange to teal to blue eye shadow from inner to outer lid with a think line of blue eye liner under the eye
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Getting Ready

Want in on the 2020 color trend but already have other wedding colors picked out? Get Classic Blue robes or flannel shirts for your crew and snap photos of everyone getting ready in the matching color.

Six women stand with their arms around each other so the camera can see the back of their blue robes. Each robe is embroidered in white cursive with their role in the wedding on the back. There are four bridesmaids robes, one bride, and one maid of honor bathrobe.
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Suits and Tuxedos

Classic Blue is a regal wedding color, making it a classic choice for tuxedos. If a blue suit is too much color, opt for a colorful tie or cumberbund to round out a black tuxedo look.

Grooms and groomsmen in classic blue three piece suits with the groom in the center of the group wearing a gold vest under his blue suit.
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Even the youngest wedding attendants can get in on the Pantone fun! Dress up your flower girls, ring bearers, junior attendants, and other little helpers in blue.

Bride and groom are kissing in back while three little girls stand in front of them wearing matching sleeveless Classic Blue dresses covered in floral print on the skirts. The little girls and one little boy are making surprised faces while the couple kiss.
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Classic Blue can be incorporated into your wedding paper suite, no matter what style of invitation you’re going for. Make it the primary color, or use it as a subtle accent color or color for the font you choose.

Blue tri-fold wedding invitation with white detachable RSVP card for guests to mail back.
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Blue may not be the most common floral color, but it can be a gorgeous addition to bouquets. Hydrangeas, delphiniums, and asters are just a handful of blue flowers that look great in bouquets.

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Place Settings

Give each guest their own something blue by setting the table with linens, chargers, napkin rings or even utensils in the popular hue.

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Place Cards

Whether you go the route of traditional paper tent place cards or something more creative, blue backdrops offer a lot of options for typography colors as metallics pair perfectly with the richness of Classic Blue. Geodes are a fantastic solution for incorporating several shades of blue into your color palette and give your guests a special keepsake to take home.

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Candles, linens, dancefloor appliques, lighting, floral arrangements, furniture, the opportunities for a Pantone-inspired reception are endless. Decorate your space with this 2020 color for a seamless look.

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Bite into a piece of Pantone with a Classic Blue cake. The deep, sky-like color offers a variety of ways to decorate the empty canvas of a wedding cake. Celestial inspiration, geode creation, gold-leaf designs, it will be hard to choose just one. Good thing cakes can have several tiers!

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Guest Attire

Jump in on the Pantone trend and rock the color to whatever wedding or event you attend in 2020, making you fashionable all year. Not sure where to find the perfect Classic Blue? Rent the Runway has a myriad of colorful looks to choose from like this Venette Velvet dress.

Couple gazing into each other's eyes while drinking champagne at a wedding. Woman is wearing a Classic Blue velvet Rent the Runway dress with a high slit on her left leg.
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What do you think? Will you be adopting the Color of the Year into your wedding, or skipping the Classic Blue altogether?

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