Some people get really excited about the Oscar or Grammy nominations. Others are stoked for the NFL draft or transfer deadline day.

For us, it’s the announcement of the Pantone Colour of the Year.

In 2014, it was Radiant Orchid. Last year, it was all things Marsala. But this year, the tend predictors at Pantone threw a curve ball. Choosing not one, but two Colours of the Year.

Introducing Rose Quartz and Serenity.

Two dreamy hues (that happen to be awesome for weddings!) and work just as beautifully together, as they do apart.

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The Pantone Colour of the Year is always eagerly anticipated by fashion and interior designers, graphic artists, and event planners every year.

The chosen hue tends to inspire everything from runway collections to wallpaper choices, and of course, wedding colour palettes.

So while it doesn’t mean you have to go all out pink and blue with your 2016 wedding, you may find this year’s tones influencing your choice of stationery, or in the offering of bridesmaid’s dresses you see in stores.

Rose Quartz & Serenity Moodboard

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Clockwise from top left: Photo by Lina Tesch Photography // Photo by Michael And Carina Photography via Style Me Pretty // Invitation by Buffy Weddings on Etsy // Photo by Danielle Poff Photography via Hey Wedding Lady // Photo by Hilal und Moses via Frieda Therés // Photo by Lauren Balingit via Once Wed // Photo by Jose Villa via Trousseau & Co // Stationery by Little Miss Press,  Photo by KT Merry via Flutter Magazine // Photo by Isabelle Selby Photography via Style Me Pretty // Photo by 5ive5ifteen Photo Company via WedLuxe // Photo by Photo by Laura Gordon Photography via Style Me Pretty

Last year’s hue, Marsala was adopted more by grooms (think cool velvet burgundy jackets) and in decor, paired with luxe golds and rich greens.

But for all that was opulent about Marsala, this year’s hues are light, airy, ethereal and feminine, which makes us think 2016 brides, in particular, are going to be head of heels for them.

Rose Quartz borrows from the big trend for blush weddings, but with rose gold undertones, it avoids falling into the realm of ‘baby pink’. This means that although it’s quite feminine and romantic, it’s also grown-up, modern, elegant, and extremely versatile.

As for Serenity, well it’s a colour that’s hard to put your finger on. A dusky blue hue, it falls somewhere between a cornflower blue (which is really popular when paired with peachy tones) and a lilac purple. This makes it really fresh and pretty, without looking too stark or cold.

Rose Quartz & Serenity Wedding Inspiration

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Photo by Hilal und Moses via Frieda Therés

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Photo by Laura Gordon Photography via Style Me Pretty

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Stationery by Karli Noel CalligraphyIvy & Stone Photography via Burnett’s Boards

Including Rose Quartz & Serenity in Your Colour Palette

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Whether you use them separately, or together, Rose Quartz and Serenity are versatile shades, that will pair up with a multitude of wedding styles and colour palettes, whether they’re softening a modern monochrome palette, enhancing a vintage soiree, or adding a little elegance to a rustic setting.

As lavender shades sit right in the middle of these two hues, these tones go particularly well with both.

A soft cream will really lift the dusky feel of both colours and give it a soft yet bright polish.

While sage green tones in wood or foliage would pair particularly well with Rose Quartz or Serenity-coloured florals or fabrics.

As for metallics, we love the idea of incorporating copper or rose gold to bring out the blush pink tones in Rose Quartz, while silver will really enhance the steeliness in Serenity.

Rose Quartz & Serenity | Pantone Colours of the Year 2016 | Bridal Musings Wedding Blog

Row One L-R: Photo by Michael And Carina Photography via Style Me Pretty // Photo by Ann-Kathrin Koch Photography via Bridal Musings // Photo by Alex Lee from Young Hearts via 100 Layer Cake // Photo by Hilal und Moses via Frieda Therés // Photo by Koby Brown, Archetype via Style Me Pretty.

Row Two: Photo by Danielle Poff Photography via Hey Wedding Lady // Photo by Tamara Gruner Photography via Ruffled Blog // Photo by Jose Villa via Trousseau & Co // Photo by Jose Villa via Honey of a Thousand Flowers // Photo by Anita Martin Photography via Bridal Musings.

Row Three: Dress by Milamira Bridal via Bridal Musings // Photo by Anouschka Rokebrand via Style Me Pretty // Photo by Kristyn Hogan // Photo by Isabelle Selby Photography via Style Me Pretty // Photo by Jennifer Kulakowski via Style Me Pretty.

Row Four: Photo by Ria Mishaal Photography via Bridal Musings // Photo by Lina Tesch Photography // Invitation by Buffy Weddings on Etsy // Photo by Jessica Lorren via Once Wed // Dress by Antonio Berardi.

Row Five: Stationery by Little Miss Press,  Photo by KT Merry via Flutter Magazine //Photo by Tamara Gruner Photography via Ruffled // Photo by Depict Photography via Bridal Musings // Photo by Rosencrown Photography via Bridal Musings // Photo by 5ive5ifteen Photo Company via WedLuxe

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Photo by Koby Brown, Archetype via Style Me Pretty

So, we’d love to know, do you plan to use either of these pretty hues in your 2016 (or 2017!) wedding?

We can’t wait to see how they’re incorporated by couples, photographers, stylists, designers and planners in the year ahead. Watch this space!

Be inspired by more gorgeous colour palettes from the archives.