Popular Purple

August 27, 2014

Rebekah Westover Photography via Southbound Bride

According to bridal websites, purple consistently remains a popular wedding color. Purple can stand on its own, but many brides prefer their theme to consist of more than one color. If you like purple and are looking for compatible colors, there are a few things you can keep in mind to help you choose.


Photo Credit: La Fleur Vintage French Floral Design

Lavenders, violets, magentas, eggplants . . . Depending on how they are used, shades of purple can evoke a variety of moods with the right complementary color.


Danielle Fletcher Photography via Wedding Chicks

Some of my personal favorite purple combinations are

  • Purple and turquoise – for a fun, pretty mix;
  • Purple and pink – for a sweet, feminine feel;
  • Purple and royal blue – for a rich, royal air;
  • Purple and orange – to celebrate autumn;
  • Purple and yellow – for a light, springtime aura;
  • Purple and green – for a spring/summer quality;
  • Purple and gold or purple and silver – for classy elegance;
  • Peacock – for a unique, elegant effect;
  • Purple, black, and white – for a wintry, sophisticated twist. (Be careful with this combo: it is gorgeous if implemented with a good eye, but if you don’t nail it, your wedding could end up looking more like a Halloween party than a celebration of love.)



Marissa DeCinque Photography via The Frosted Petticoat

Be on the lookout for ways you can incorporate purple (or any color of your choice) as an accent: e.g., on the buffet line (think grapes, purple onions, blackberries, blueberries, purple figs, and raisins), via ribbons (on corsages, around bouquets, tied to chairs, and as bridesmaids’ belts), for your guys’ accessories (socks and boutonnieres), on your cake, and in your choice of flowers.

These wedding-flower favorites are available in purple hues:

  • Orchids
  • Hydrangeas
  • Calla lilies
  • Lisianthus
  • Lilacs
  • Hyacinths
  • Roses
  • Lavender (beautiful for a rustic-themed wedding!)

If you’re feeling crafty and want to send your guests home with a pocketful of purple, consider a DIY packet of lavender seeds. (Click here for a Pinterest board dedicated solely to lavender-seed wedding favors!)

As always, regardless of what time of year it is or what mood a color combination supposedly evokes, in the end, your wedding colors are your choice. Your wedding is truly an event where your opinion matters most.

P.S. Does anyone else love the cardigans-and-skirts idea for bridesmaids?