Wedding Colors

I love LOVE love purple. All shades of it.  And now there’s a wedding coming up where the bride wants to have purple too.  Oooh..

Well, not all purples are the same and not all work together.  I am going to try to help come up with a few palettes that the bride can choose from (and stick to once she picks one!!).  These are just ideas and suggestions.  It’s not the exact items that are important, but the color and FEELING of the images that are. The “boards” below can continue to grow and change over time. Clicking on the boards will open them up in Polyvore where you can get more information and see better photos.  Please leave comments at the bottom of the blog!

Ready? Okay, here we go.

First up is a grape/berry/gold palette.  Rich purple shades that will pair well with the colors of the Harvard Club that you see here:

Shades of deep fuschia to pink with little shots of a fresh green in the flowers would be beautiful.  The goal for the bouquet is to “pop” off the deeper tones of the bridesmaids’ dresses. Delicate gold jewelry that doesn’t compete with the rich colors, and/or bold jewels in the same tones will look fabulous. Bolder lip color in berry tones and softer browns to champagne colors on eyes. Little bit of gold shimmer.
The colors in the room can overlap with shades varying from cranberry to maroon and violet to lavender, keeping away from the blue tones and more toward the red ones.  Gold to add a little sparkle to the tables in candle holders, chargers, picture frames, possibly some birdcages and vases.

Menbur Ruffled Clutch
$108 –
Chain handbag »

6 GBP –
Oasis rings »

Yellow Gold Drops Earrings
120 EUR –
Yellow gold earrings »

Purple Bouquet

Second up is more of a monochromatic option in softer tones that will not compete with the colors in the room.  Shades of pewter, silvery lavender, and soft mauve tones with hints of amethyst,navy and and a little spring green round this out.  Imagine the tables with a navy runner under silver cachepot filled with flowers that have some fruit for added interest and color.  Silver candle holders, chargers add a little classic sparkle, and soft gold to antique brass tones also work well.  Consider slipcovering chairs to a lighter color.
The dresses are soft and elegant in tone and the makeup is complementary- more dramatic on the eyes with a lighter shade of natural pink/beige/mauve on lips.  Shoes can be silver to pewter.  
bridal party in lavender by CKNest featuring a purple dress
bridal party in lavender

Platin Evening Dress Poland
829 EUR –
Dresses »

$394 –
Purple dress »

Luxe pink ribbon shoes
45 GBP –
Pink shoes »

Purple knot crossbody bag
10 GBP –
Purple handbags »

Glitter and Pearl Bangle Stack
14 GBP –
Pearl bracelets »

Clinique Color Surge Eyeshadow Quad
$25 –

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Another idea is more of a lilac/periwinkle/blue palette.  Again, the dresses are a little softer in color, allowing the flowers to really show.  Lots of variations in the bouquets ranging from indigo to light lilac, again with pops of green, and possibly some turquoise to peacock green (not shown).  The bridal bouquet having lots of ivory mixed in with the blues and purples.  Table linens in a medium shade with a lighter complimentary color in the napkins. 

Jewels in several shades all work together.  Shoes can be a shade lighter or darker than the dresses, but matching exactly is a no-no (too prom-like).  Cheeks should have a hint of pink blush (in the right tone for the girl, of course) and natural lips will look pretty with soft purple tones on the eyes.  

One shoulder drape dress Lilac
212 GBP –
One shoulder dress »

Calvin Klein Scarlet
$109 –
Calvin klein pumps »


Wedding flowers – Purple, lilac and blue wedding flowers | Wedding…

And last but not least… I can’t believe I forgot to include this one! Here we go:

This one is similar to the first, but the purple tones move more toward a deep plum to eggplant and had more gold added in.  The colors are rich and elegant and saturated.  Flowers are bright and deep, no white colors mixed in.  Ivory linens with gold accents on the tables. Ivory to champagne tones for candles and lush floral centerpieces.
The ladies wear a rich lip color and naturals/pinks/browns on eyes.  Consider soft champagne gold for shoes and accessories.

65 GBP –
High heels »

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Christine, they are all gorgeous. You are so talented! I like them all but think 1 and 2 feel more “fresh”/seem to pop more.


Oops. Forgot to add the wedding is on August of 2011.

jenifer warren

Question: What time of year is this wedding?

I live number 1 and number 2 but too me it would depend on the time of year. I think #2 is more of a spring feel to it while number 2 since the colors pop more are good for winter and summer (for different reasons).

Nancy Valerio

Christine.. Love the blog!!

I love..LOVE the first presentation and the last presentation… I think you could pull that off anytime of year.

The other presentations are just as beautiful but without knowing what time of year, can't make a definite decision.

You have excellent taste… anything you suggest she'd be a fool not to with your suggestion.

If I ever get married again.. can you help????


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