Your wedding doesn’t have to be the old-fashioned black and white wedding your mother (or grandmother) had. Today’s weddings pop with color! When you’re shopping by colors, pink, no matter how much you love it, usually isn’t the first color you’d choose—especially for a groom. But most of today’s men aren’t afraid to wear pink and any shade of pink—from pale to hot—would look awesome as your wedding dress! The color can bring polish and style to your celebration rather than be a “girlie” color. Just read on for 12 great ideas!
Punch up Your Programs
Some programs can be so bland—and costly if you have them printed. Save money and spice up your programs by printing your details on white card stock. Then slide each program into a tinted vellum sleeve. These sleeves are available in a few pink hues so they’ll go perfectly with your color theme. Be even more creative by punching holes in pink construction paper and scatter the “confetti” into each sheath.
They say “less is more” and, in this case, they’re right. Using a neutral backdrop like beige and white linen tablecloths will really make your pinks pop. Top your tables with a beautiful pale pink velvet runner, glasses of sparkling rose champagne, gilded candles and a vase or two filled with garden roses, proteas, dahlias and andromedas in various shades of pink.
Pink is universally attractive to all skin tones. Why? Everybody’s skin has a rosy undertone. So pick a feature on the face—like gorgeous cheekbones—and enhance it with a bit of pink blush. If lips are your (or your bridesmaid’s) best feature, select a complimentary pink shade of lipstick. You could even play up the eyes with a small amount of very soft pink eye shadow.
If your spouse-to-be is a guy that considers pink a girl’s color, maybe you can convince him to wear cuff links with just a bit of pink on them. He shouldn’t have a problem with this—especially when he realizes he can wear a jacket over the shirt and hide the cuff links while still keeping with the color theme.
On the other hand, if your man isn’t afraid of pink then show it off! Choose a shirt in pale or medium pink that’ll look fantastic against a navy suit; these same shades also look sensational with a gray suit—for summer, a heather gray linen and for winter, maybe a slate wool suit. Yet if you’re event is black tie, then the palest of pink shirts is best.
“Thank You” Treats
You want to make sure you thank your guests for coming to your ceremony. Set up a small table by the exit full of yummy bite-sized treats and pink bakery boxes placed at one side. Inside the boxes can be parchment paper with the words, “Thank you!” scribed on it. Allow your guests to select their favorite treats to take home. Some tasty treats you could provide are: small candy hearts or pink Hershey kisses, mini cookies with pink frosting, petit fours, mini pastries or cupcakes with pink ganache—you get the idea.
Highlight Your Bridesmaid’s Flowers
Your bridesmaids are like flowers—no two are alike. So why should their bouquet be alike? Provide some different bouquets and allow them to pick their favorite. If one of your bridesmaids likes the vintage look, she’s sure to love a cluster of lisianthus, garden roses and dusky protea. Those bridesmaids that love the softer side of pink will choose a bouquet full of beautiful astilbes, curcuma and zinnias. For the bridesmaid loaded with personality, a nice bouquet might consist of andromeda, curcuma, Yves Piaget roses and protea.
Brighten Up the Ring Pillow
It’s so easy to express your love and joy with ribbon. First, purchase a small, white- or ivory-colored cushion—or make your own. Next, make it pretty with several stitches of hot pink ribbon; for example, you can create the first letter of your married name or a heart. Let some of the silky ribbon hang down freely and use it to tie the wedding rings to the pillow.
This is another great way to get your groom or the groomsmen to incorporate some pink into their attire even if they’re not huge fans of the color. If you’re having a formal celebration, a silk handkerchief in a solid hot or medium pink color will really make a statement against a black tux. For a casual wedding, try a pink patterned handkerchief that’ll bring out the fun side.
Remember when the bridesmaid’s dresses had to be the same style and color? Well, in today’s weddings, your bridesmaid’s dresses don’t have to match. Use a style of dress and hue of pink that will complement each bridesmaid.
If your guy isn’t scared of pink but doesn’t want to go crazy with the color either, then perhaps a nice pink bow tie will work for him. Small white polka dots on a light pink or watermelon colored bow tie will create a stylish, fresh statement.
You can’t forget to include pink drinks in the festivities. However, you want to make sure the drinks will be tempting to beer drinkers as well as mixed drink lovers. What you’ll have is liquid magic! Try the Blushing Ingénue which blends strawberries, ginger, egg white, vodka and bitters; the egg whites is what gives this delicious drink its foamy top. Another great concoction is Coconut Castaway which combines coconut water, vodka, watermelon and prickly pear purée—these pears are what give it that ruby hue. A Pink Panther will satisfy anyone with a combo of amaretto, grenadine syrup, vodka and pineapple juice.
There are many shades of pink out there so don’t be afraid to splash it around on your wedding day. As these ideas suggest, there are endless possibilities when it comes to using pink in your ceremony. Each hue will make your wedding colorful, fun and memorable.