Ombré comes from the French word meaning “shaded.” It can also be described as a gradation of colors from dark to light, which can sometimes be in the form of different-hued stripes but always in the same color family.
The ombré craze started out in the fashion world and has since worked its way over into all areas of wedding design, especially for spring and summer weddings.
Having such a theme at your wedding adds depth and layers to the event’s aesthetic. For example, you can take a long table and line it with floral arrangements that start out the darkest shade of pink on one end and then gradually end up with the lightest shade of pink on the other, adding more visual interest than row after row of identical centerpieces.
What’s so great about this trend is the many ways it can be incorporated into your wedding, from programs to favors to even wedding dresses. According to Cigall Goldman, the founder and CEO of mazelmoments.com (which caters to the Rockland and Hudson Valley areas), “I’ve seen ombré wedding cakes—we’re seeing shaded fondant as well as ombré-layered fillings, where cutting the cake offers an added surprise. And, from the bridal bouquet and boutonnières to the table centerpieces, ombré flower arrangements make for great photos.” Another example: bridesmaids wearing dresses in varying shades of the same color, giving some texture and a looser feel to those group portraits than you’d have if all of the bridesmaids’ gowns matched each other perfectly.
An ombré theme also gives you much more flexibility to not be confined to one specific shade of a specific color throughout—you don’t have to go searching to find the exact tone of honeysuckle pink for all parts of your wedding. You can play with all of the shades within the color of your choice. And, with wedding planning, the more options you have, the better.
Photo by Halina Sabath
|Macaron favors by Macaron Paris (macaronparis.com)|
|“Aura” dress, $900||
Photo by Thomas Park
Photo by Jade & Tim O’Connell, Uplift Photography
|Ossining bride Samara Kaufman dresses her bridesmaids in different shades of purple|
|Calla lily bouquet by Petals by Alice (petalsbyalice.com)||
Photo by Cappy Hotchkiss Photography
|Invitation and Escort Card by Laura Damiano Designs (lauradamiano designs.com).|
|Ombré cake by Lulu Custom Cake Boutique (everythinglulu.com)||
Photo by Lulu Custom Cake Boutique