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The color scheme of your dreams for your wedding – would it have anything to do with the wearing of the green?

The Pantone color of the year is emerald, as we all know, and what better day to talk about it than on St. Patrick’s Day?

Badge of the Order of St. Patrick's

Badge of the Order of St. Patrick’s

It is interesting to note that the color originally associated with St. Patrick was blue – there actually is a shade of blue known as St. Patrick’s Blue. The Order of St. Patrick was established in 1783 as the senior order of chivalry in the Kingdom of Ireland. The color associated with the honor needed to differentiate it from the Order of the Garter (dark blue) and the Order of the Thistle (green). So they went with blue.

For a number of reasons, the color that became associated with St. Patrick’s Day evolved to green  – the use of the green shamrock that St. Patrick used to explain the Holy Trinity to the Irish people, the growing number of references to Ireland as the Emerald Isle, and the green uniforms worn by solidiers on March 17, 1798 to draw attention during the Irish rebellion. Even the term “wearing of the green” became popular in 1798 as part of a popular folk song associated with the rebellion.

Invitations in shades of green - love the white calligraphy!

Invitations in shades of green – love the white calligraphy!

So back to emerald – really, to green in all of its many variations. If you’re looking for ways to incorporate green into your wedding color scheme, you have a lot of options. For your convenience, I have created a Pinterest board for Emerald weddings, were you can find ideas related to everything from invitations to flowers to bridesmaid’s dresses to shoes and cake. And cake pops. And jackets, bow ties, and boutinnieres for the groom.

Are you adding green to your color scheme? Were you influenced by Emerald being named the color of the year?

Wedding inspiration – Pantone may say emerald, but does purple still reign for weddings?

Gorgeous purple floral decor at this Colin Cowie wedding

Gorgeous purple floral decor at this Colin Cowie wedding

I have been on Pinterest for almost exactly a year now. If you’re not familiar with Pinterest, you probably will be soon – or you may have a spouse/best friend/coworker who is a Pinterest addict – you get the idea. It is an online site where people collect images and display them grouped into boards; it is the digital version of a bulletin board.

As a photographer, scrapbooker, and general image collector,  I knew right away that Pinterest and I were made for each other. In the beginning, I had a personal page, but have since changed it to a business page for Carol Colman Creations. Thanks to some training from the very knowledgeable Melanie Duncan, I think my boards look pretty good. I highlight some Carol Colman Creations collages for weddings and other occasions, and dedicate boards to other celebration-related categories such as fabulous invitations and wonderful wedding photographs, along with things that just interest me such as fonts, pears, and peonies. Check them out the next time you’re on Pinterest. And if you don’t already follow at least one of my boards, I hope you will find something that sparks your interest enough to follow me so that you can stay up to date on my curated content.

One of my favorite things is to get emails from Pinterest telling me when one of my images is being “repinned” – in other words, other people on Pinterest liked one of my images enough to put it on one of their boards. After a while, you see some trends – it appears that the same pins show up as being repinned frequently. Among my most repinned images are a very cool wedding invitation (428 repins), a baby hippo swimming with its mother (304 repins), an on-the-street shot of Sarah Jessica Parker (252 repins), an image of a bible verse (318 repins), and a collection of blue and white china (179 repins). Most of these pins have been on my boards for months.

However, one of my newest pins is by far the most popular: 679 repins (plus 115 likes) as of 7:30PM on January 16. What is it? The beautiful image you see from Colin Cowie of purple floral detail on a wedding aisle. 679 repins in only 10 days! (It has taken 39 weeks for my number two pin to reach 428 repins.)

And the people who are repinning this pin are pinning a lot of other pins from one of my most popular boards, All Things Purple. Lots and lots of purple wedding-related images are being repinned at a fierce rate.

Now granted, I don’t have a board for emerald weddings (Pantone’s 2013 color of the year), or for tangerine tango weddings (Pantone’s 2012 color of the year), so maybe what I am seeing is an anomaly. All I know is that for a whole lot of people, purple is a part of their wedding. It may be shades of purple, it may be purple with black and white or with a whole host of other colors, but people want their purple.

So if you are looking for purple wedding inspiration, I have made it easier for you by collecting my purple wedding images onto a new board, Purple Weddings, and I continue adding to it. I expect that in time, other colors will get their due, as they attract my eye. Orange/tangerine may be next one the list (you will notice it is a big part of my new branding – I am in love with orange, but haven’t broken up with purple yet). I actually just love color, as you can see on the board What Hits You Is The Color.

Emerald? We will have to see how that plays out. I know some wedding mavens have suggested that mint is one of the trend colors for 2013. Do you think that emerald and mint can play nicely together? We’ll have to see what shows up on Pinterest , so stay tuned.

Are you thinking about having a purple wedding? What other color would you combine with purple?