French for "shaded," ombre refers to a gradual shade change from light to dark or from one color to another. And let me tell you, it's everywhere! From the spring 2011 fashion runways to celebrity hair (cue Drew Barrymore, Rachel Bilson, and Sarah Jessica Parker) to modern manicures, it seems that the pretty gradations of color are the newest thing.
Perfect for a summer wedding, soft and subtle ombre elegantly hints at color without requiring a commitment to one bold hue.
If you love it as much as I do and want to get the look for your big day, here are a few ways:
1. Treat your stationery suite with an ombre design so your guests get a hint of what's to come.
2. Give your bridesmaids a dip-dyed scarf. For a how-to, check out this from Martha Stewart Living's crafts department.
3. Ask your florist to create centerpieces like this one.
4. Talk to your baker about applying ombre buttercream to your cake.