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Aug 15, 201710:22 AM
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Make It Rain

Pantone honors the late Prince with his own hue

For decades, Prince Rogers Nelson inspired people all over the world. That influence and inspiration continues since the musician’s untimely death.  In honor of the multi-talented Prince, Pantone Color Institute announced last week that it has teamed up with the Prince Estate to immortalize the artist in a color.

The singer is famous for songs such as “Little Red Corvette” and “Raspberry Beret,” but we don’t think anyone was surprised when the debuted color was a purple hue. “Purple Rain” was both a film and an album made by the late star and is ultimately the color everyone associates with him.

The hue is based off of Prince’s custom made Yamaha purple piano – a piece Prince was going to take on tour with him before his unexpected death in April 2016 – and is named for the symbol Prince once famously changed his name to, also known as “Love Symbol #2.”

Purple is one of the world’s favorite colors and we can’t help but love it, too. It’s a deep, grapey hue, with plum and fig undertones well suited to fall.

Paired with cooler colors this purple is perfect for any wedding or Big Day event.

A few color combinations we like are with other purple shades, greens, cream or neutrals, magenta or pink hues, and even brown shades.

An easy way to incorporate the color is in a bouquet or arrangement of flowers. A few flora that fit the bill are hydrangeas, dwarf iris, anemone and moon shadow carnations. Line a table with a “Love Symbol #2” colored lace table runner, topped with wooden boxed centerpieces filled with purple and green blooms to complete your reception look.


Adding the color to your bridal party attire makes for a good color incorporation, but one that won’t be too overbearing – like long flowing gowns in “Love Symbol #2” matched with a bow tie of the same color.

A couple can even go as far as adding the color into their food. Add flowers or purple sugar detailing to the cake. Ask your bartenders to create a purple specialty cocktail for a cocktail hour or reception.


Purple of any color is elegant, regal and sure to be pretty. It could come in at any point in your wedding day and add a bit of romance. And it makes for the perfect excuse to play any Prince song, including “Purple Rain,” on loop at your reception.


What do you think about the hue? Let us know in the comments. 



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“Let Them Eat Cake,” is the official wedding blog of New Orleans Bride Magazine. The LTEC blog is the joint labor of love for Kelly Massicot and Melanie Warner Spencer. Massicot is web and social media editor for Renaissance Publishing, a contributing writer for New Orleans Bride Magazine, wedding junkie and fond lover of cake, especially petit fours from Chateau Coffee Cafe. Spencer is the editor of New Orleans Bride Magazine, writer of the “Bon Vivant” blog and a Francophile obsessed with Marie Antoinette and those tiny cakes from Chateau Coffee Café. You can reach Kelly at Kelly@myneworleans.com and Melanie at Melanie@myneworleans.com.




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