Pinterest Announces "Rust" the Wedding Color of the Year

Move over Pantone, Pinterest has declared that 2023 is the year of "Rust Married," with couples embracing copper, chestnut, and everything in between.

Ready to say "I Do" to this hue? We've gathered tips and inspiration from industry experts below.

"Consider a bold-colored tux! Grooms look fabulous in rust, terracotta, or tangerine-hued suits or tuxes. Let this be the moment for the groom to stand out, and put the rest of the wedding party in a complimentary color. Rust pairs beautifully with tan, black, or even light pink. When choosing rust for your bridesmaids' dresses, consider varying the colors, fabrics, or patterns slightly. Other colors in the rust family to entertain include burnt orange, terracotta, copper, and tangerine. These colors look gorgeous in satin, velvet, chiffon, and other luscious fabrics." —Marissa MacLeod, Lightner Museum Weddings & Events

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"A fun way to incorporate rust into your wedding with the vessels you choose. This especially applies if you're using plants for your wedding, but it can even work with vases as well. And when you combine it with a patterned tablecloth that has the rust color accented in it, the two really work well together." —Jamie Chang, Mango Muse Events

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"Why not set the tone and palette through your printed items with save-the-dates and invitation suites that include pops of your accent rust color? Whether it's through paper selection, letterpress colors, envelope liners, or ink, it can serve as a sneak peek of what is to come while still being soft and elegant." —Nora Sheils, Bridal Bliss

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"Our couples have been really loving incorporating rust tones into their weddings. Some fun ways that we have seen clients do so are through their personal florals. Not just by adding in rust color roses or large florals but incorporating fun dried elements with the rust tones to make their bouquets pop. The couples aren't just focusing on their bouquets either. We had a mountainside couple use some dried rust elements for the groom's boutonniere that was pinned on his custom burgundy suit."—Sam Nelson, Owner, EVL Events

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"Drink always tastes the best in a rust color. Grab your favorite bourbon or whiskey-based cocktail and get mixing. Colors don't have to be used for just florals and tabletop design but can extend into every aspect of your events. Consider the popular Old Fashioned, Hot Toddy, or Kentucky Colonel." —Samantha Leenheer, Samantha Joy Events

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"Add the color rust to a bouquet of faux (or real) flowers. While this may seem simple, you can see how this color will mix nicely and richly with whites, cremes, and some deep blues, depending on your theme. In my most recent clientele, they used fabric flowers in their bouquet that were very close in tone to actual outfits. Others loved using the wooden flowers with unique textures  andglossy tones of this color." —Jen Sulak, Weirdo Weddings

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"Elevate your guests' place setting with a fun piece of stationery, inviting them to take a shot of tequila at a destination wedding in Mexico. This adds a fun pop of color and warmth to the ever-popular blues and greens of a tropical destination wedding."—Jen Avey, Destination Weddings Travel Group

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