One of the most popular wedding colours of 2013 is purple. Here’s how to incorporate this bold and beautiful colour into your wedding day with our top five purple wedding ideas.
1. Purple bridesmaid dresses
Consider injecting some colour into your wedding day with purple bridesmaid dresses. This bold colour seems to suit most complexions and hair colours so all of your bridesmaids will look beautiful and feel comfortable. You could contrast with some brushed gold jewellery or make a statement with turquoise notes, such as hair accessories or drop earrings. Silver also works well with purple too so how about silver sandals or a sash? Purple dresses are easy to come by too, so you won’t need to worry about hunting down the perfect gown.
2. Purple wedding menu
It’s not only the fashion elements of your wedding day that can reflect your purple colour scheme; it can be your wedding menu too. Why not enjoy a beetroot and goats’ cheese tart to start? Or incorporate purple sprouting broccoli into your main meal? There are also purple majesty potatoes, purple cabbage, purple asparagus and even purple carrots to choose from. And for dessert, try a blackberry and plum crumble, lavender macaroons or purple iced cupcakes. And finally, for the drinks there’s only one that will make the cut - the classic cocktail Purple Rain of course.
3. Purple wedding decoration
Create a purple haven for your wedding day by choosing bright purple drapes to hang from the ceiling and curtains that envelope the room. Have purple fairy lights, purple ribbons tied to the backs of chairs and purple vases for your centrepieces. To avoid looking too overpowering, consider having lilac tones to contrast with your purple elements. Or, keep it simple with white to balance out the brighter elements. Too much of a good thing ...
4. Purple wedding flowers
Lavender, lilacs, hyacinths, hydrangeas – your purple flower options are endless. Flowers are possibly one of the simplest ways to introduce purple to your wedding day as nothing needs changing or tweaking – a purple flower is a purple flower! Choose white or cream flowers as a contrast and incorporate green or orange elements as these shades compliment purple nicely. Mixing brighter and softer shades of the same colour works well to create texture but an all-purple wedding bouquet made up of the same flowers can be very effective too.
5. Purple wedding tables
Now it’s time for a spot of DIY. It is quick and simple to buy lots of purple ribbon to tie around the cutlery on your wedding tables, which would be complimented by purple napkins detailed with your initials or a motif of your wedding gown. White crockery with purple detailing would add a subtle hint of this fabulous colour but the biggest impact will come from a bright purple table runner or tablecloth. Butterflies, feathers and gems are all synonymous with purple too so you could incorporate these symbols to add extra detail.