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?
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.
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?