For over 20 years, the Pantone Color Institute has selected the "Color of the Year" – meant to be a symbol of the new year to come. The 2021 Color of the Year has been announced as the marriage of two hues: Ultimate Gray and Illuminating. Selected to convey a message of strength and hopefulness for the new year, the combination of these two colors – more simply, grey and yellow – highlights "how different elements come together to support one another," the Pantone Color Institute shares, describing their choice to use a practical and solid hue as well as a warming and optimistic tone. "A message of happiness supported by fortitude, the combination of PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating is aspirational and gives us hope. We need to feel that everything is going to get brighter – this is essential to the human spirit," the institute adds.
Many 2020 brides had their fair share of disappointments this year, so the message behind the selection of these two colors is especially uplifting for pairs planning their weddings. If you're still undecided on a color palette, the combination of grey and yellow can also create a beautiful wedding color scheme for celebrations in any season, though the warm yellow tone would lend itself best for spring and summer celebrations, as well as fall fêtes to complement the changing leaves. With this new announcement, we'll likely see more wedding décor featuring yellow and grey tones – whether for pre-wedding events or the big day! For brides and grooms who wish to incorporate these shades into their celebration, we've gathered a number of ways to do so below.
View 21 grey-and-yellow wedding ideas inspired by Ultimate Gray and Illuminating, the 2021 Pantone Color of the Year! To see more from each of these real weddings, click on your favorite photos!
"Nikki" yellow heels made in Italy, $495 by Tamara Mellon
Bridesmaid Dresses & Bouquets
Wedding Ceremony Décor
Flower Girl Dresses
Flower Petal Ceremony Aisle
Photo by Ashley Paige Photography; Floral Design by Flowers by Cina
Escort Cards + Wedding Favors
Drinks & Cocktails
Rehearsal Dinner Tablescape
Photo by Elizabeth Messina; Planning & Design by Bob Gail Events
Wedding Reception Centerpieces
Wedding Menu Design
Candles & Table Linens
Reception Table Floral Arrangement
Guest Seating at Wedding Reception
Sweetheart Table Décor
Wedding Cake Table
Photo by Maya Myers Photography
If you preferred Pantone's "Color of the Year" from years past, gather inspiration from 2015's Marsala, 2016's Rose Quartz and Serenity, 2017's Greenery, 2018's Ultra Violet, 2019's Living Coral, and 2020's Classic Blue selections.