How to Use the 2020 Pantone Color in Your Wedding

A bride and groom sitting on a blue classic car.

Each year, Pantone names a “color of the year” and for the first year of the new decade, the honor has been given to “Classic Blue,” (AKA Pantone 19-4052). This is a beautiful, simple hue that can easily be added to your wedding day in a multitude of ways. Pantone claims this color was chosen for the feeling of calm, confidence, and connection it inspires. These feelings fit perfectly with a wedding! Using Classic Blue as part of your wedding theme will keep your celebration on-trend without going too crazy as far as color scheme is concerned. If you’re in search of ideas for how to incorporate this shade into your big day, look no further.


The stationery suite for your wedding (such as your save the dates and invitation) is an easy place to incorporate this color into your big day. Whether you go with a Classic Blue font or get creative with colored paper, this is a simple way to spotlight the shade. Consider using a Classic Blue envelope or adding the color to a custom envelope liner if using it as the font color or paper color isn’t for you.

Bouquet Sash or Ribbon

Adding a Classic Blue sash or ribbon to your bouquet as well as those of your bridesmaids is a nice detail that will really stand out in photographs. If you don’t want such a bold statement, have your bouquet sash monogrammed in the color for a more subtle effect.

Statement Shoes

A pair of blue velvet heels with bows on the heels.

Opt to add Classic Blue to your wedding through a pair of bold statement shoes. Walk down the aisle in a pair of classic suede blue stilettos or go with a white heel with blue flower appliques on them. Shoes are a stylish and fun way to not only incorporate this year’s Pantone color, but also to add in your something blue to your bridal look.

Linen Patterns

Linens are another great place to incorporate this hue into your wedding day. Think more than just solid napkins and tablecloths, though. Go blue and bold with patterns that showcase this color. Think florals, chevron, or anything else geometric that will really make your tables pop. This is a wonderful way to add depth to your reception room and to really catch the eyes of your guests the minute they walk into the space.

Table Accents

A tablesetting at a wedding with blue napkins and blue floral plates.

If linens aren’t your thing, opt for a bare table with blue accents that will really pop. Blue drinking goblets or glasses with some texture to them are a fabulous way to do something different with color at your tables that will really shine.

Bridesmaid Dresses

If you really want Classic Blue to have a presence on your big day, there are so many bridesmaids dresses that come in the hue. Find some that flatter your bridal party and allow them to soak in this tranquil color on your big day.

Ceremony Runner

Take the Classic Blue color of the year to your ceremony by having a runner in this color down the aisle. This will really make the center of your ceremony pop, and will provide great contrast in photos with a bride in white walking down a blue aisle.

Ring Box

A blue velvet ring box with a diamond engagement ring in it.

If you’re looking for a way to incorporate the Pantone color into your wedding that’s perfect for your detail photography, go for a velvet Classic Blue ring box. Not only is this a special touch in your detail photographs, but it’s a great keepsake that you’ll love and use forever.

Reception Lighting

The right lighting can really set the mood of your big day, so go for something bold in the Pantone color of 2020. Your guests will love this effect and it will really put your wedding on trend. If you want to take the lighting to the next level, have your monogram or a motif in the lighting for something extra photo-worthy.

Wedding Cake

A wedding cake with pink and blue flowers.

Your cake is another place to add some color at your reception. Go for colored fondant or have special blue flowers added to the design to adorn your cake.

Reception Furniture

Giving your guests a place to kick their feet up during your reception or cocktail hour has never been so chic! Rent a velvet couch in Classic Blue to allow guests a bit of luxury while also being on trend, color-wise. Vintage blue furniture will make a statement that also photographs well.

The Pantone color of the year is definitely one to consider for your big day as it can be a major player or one for small details, all while positively contributing to the aesthetic.

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