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Rose Quartz and Serenity – colours of the year, or another word for sunset?

Serenity, until December at least, was a state of mind. Rose quartz was a beautiful stone… and yet we are going crazy for these two ‘colours of the year‘. They’re all over wedding blogs with styled shoots, Pins, and mood boards – creating the perfect wedding palette and colour scheme to inspire brides worldwide.

Rose quartz & serenity wedding colour palettes

I’ve talked before about wedding colour palettes being far more than they used to be: gone are the days of one-colour weddings with blocks of Cadbury purple or teal splashed across every available accessory. I believe in colour palettes – choosing a combination of tones will make your wedding look fabulous.

The English Wedding Blog Pinterest page has plenty of boards for different colour schemes and combinations… I’ve even created a rose quartz & serenity board to inspire your big day!

I’m just not sure I believe in Pantone telling us all what the perfect palette for the year should be!

Oh Pantone, you clever marketeers, you. Girls are ruling the internet with visual sharing platforms and an overload of pretty dominating our screens. And you noticed.

You chose your colours of the year for their appeal to pinners and instagrammers – and brides, and wedding stylists.

And you nailed it.

Now we all want a bite of your rose quartz and serenity cake – and a quick search on Pinterest shows we can buy all the stationery we’ll ever need in our new favourite colours already.

But more than once this week I’ve caught myself gazing at the sky. I’ve been running on the beach at sunrise. I’ve strolled along the pier at sunset. And my heart has it all wrong. I look at the sky and think of the words rose quartz and serenity. And I kind of wish those names had never been invented.

Damn you, Pantone.

I want to see beauty as itself.

I love beautiful skies, and nature, and its vaguely unsettling to see them as a wedding colour scheme for the year.

My eyes and my heart want to see a sunset and appreciate it only for what it is: pink, blue, and magnificent, and never a marketeer’s dream for the wedding industry.

There’s nothing wrong with using these stunning colours for your wedding styling. But don’t feel you have to.

Plan your wedding, choose your colours, be inspired by the internet… but don’t limit yourself to the popular colour scheme of the year. And don’t forget to enjoy the occasional sunset together with nothing more in your mind than how beautiful the world can be.

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I’m off to see if I can write calligraphy on some rose quartz slices for a styled wedding shoot…Claire

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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