Pantone Colour of the Year 2018 – ULTRAVIOLET

Like all those eagerly awaiting a birth announcement; artists, stylists and creatives everywhere have been waiting for Pantone Colour Institute to release the Colour of the Year 2018.

And it’s…….

Since the announcement was made the Wedding industry seems to be evenly split over whether they love or hate this shade…. and I’m definitely on the love side of this fence.

As a self confessed purple fiend I actually jumped for joy at this announcement! Now I’m not saying go all out and violet your day – did any of you see the house on Rightmove that went viral on social media that was beautiful on the outside but everything inside was this shade (and I mean everything!) if you didn’t you can find it here

According to Pantone:

Inventive and imaginative, Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.

Well, I like the sound of that, don’t you?

Personally I find it’s a colour with soul – a great hue to mix up any palette and pretty versatile too blending equally well with pastels or brights in shades of pinks and lilacs as it does with the cooler palettes of blues and green – even adding in a secondary pop of colour such as yellow or orange this tone can still hold its own.

Wondering how to incorporate this colour into your styling, whether your after a bold colour scheme or looking for a deep accent colour, here’s some inspiration for you:

Happy planning



Wedding Hair Flair

The last couple of years the trend for wedding hair styles has been lots of side plaits, buns, chignons and soft curls. Classic up dos that will never date. What will the trend be for 2017 ?
 As weddings get a lot more casual with some choosing tipi tents, camping sites and countryside locations,  hairstyles are opting for a much softer look, vintage, waves, twisted rolls, bohemian.
So how do you go about choosing a wedding hairstylist, what makes one stylist better than another ?  It’s easy to be the cheapest but it takes skill, expertise, and experience over many years to be the best choice. With so many websites and social media to look through it can all be very helpful but also mind blowing !  
Recommendations from other suppliers and venues is a good starting point. Also go to their Facebook page to see if they are exhibiting at a local wedding fair this way you get to meet them. Presentation of website, gallery and feed back from recent brides is always a good sign.
A lot of stylists now do a complimentary consultation before making a booking so you get to know your stylist, this is also a good opportunity to discuss  hairstyles for you and the bridal party  and what can be achieved with your hair. It’s very important you are happy with their presentation and most of all want to have them around you on your special day.  If you do not have the time to meet, give them a call it’s nice to have an informal chat instead of just an email.
If your thinking about hair extensions for those brides who do not have enough hair in length or thickness to achieve your chosen hairstyle this can be discussed with your stylist at the consultation and she will give you the best advise. Some supply their own but make sure they are the best quality real hair and not synthetic ones which can badly damage your hair. 40% of brides now use them. Plus you get to keep them to use for another occasion.
It’s important to have a hair trial to see if your happy with the style, sometimes slight changes can be made on the wedding day but major changes are not possible to get you and your party finished on time. For any reason your not happy at the trial don’t be afraid to tell your stylist  it’s better for her to redo it, and get it right, rather than you having to rebook or trying to find someone else when there are all booked up. 
Make sure you take along your hair accessories so your stylist can create a style that compliments them.
Booking a wedding hair specialist will make you look and feel glamours, and compliment your whole outfit, you will have the photos to admire for the rest of your life
Todays Wedding Hair blog is courtsey of Valerie Butler from The Big Hair Day
Valerie is a fully qualified and highly experienced hair stylist. After initial training Valerie moved to London, gaining invaluable experience working in some top-class salons. An opportunity arose for her to travel the world, working on luxury cruise liners. It was during this time she developed a passion for creating elaborate hair styles
Turning her passion and creativity to the wedding market you can be confident that Valerie will create a truly reflective hairstyle for you on your special day.
Contact Valerie:
Valerie Butcher
Tel: 01684 566421
Mobile: 07812 540133