Whether it is Shabby Chic, Vintage, Rustic or Victorian, one of the most popular wedding themes for 2012 is pastel. Blending pale colors or shades of the same color has made ‘pale’ the new black and brides are scooping it up in droves. Although pastel colors may seem ‘washed out’ to some, they can be as eye-popping as neon if put together properly with table decor, flowers and other elements of the wedding. Don’t fooled by words, there is nothing shabby about these ideas!
Flowers – Combining pastel flowers in various sizes, shapes and degrees of (pale) color will give your theme an understated elegant feel.
Bridesmaids - Look for soft, flowing chiffon, delicate silks, and lace overlays in one or several shades of delicate color.
Bridal Gown - Whether you are looking for a simple sheath, layers of ruffles or something in between, pastel bridal gowns are everywhere.
The important thing to remember is that although you have chosen a pastel palette, your wedding shouldn’t look like a bowl of after dinner mints. Adding the right touches in moderation will allow your guests to absorb the calming effect of the subtle shades of color. Consider choosing shades that compliment one another such as rose and champagne, lilac and cornflower, peach and grey or cream and sage.
-Penny Frulla for Bridal Expo Chicago