THE COLOUR PURPLE
The colour purple represents magic, mystery and, of course, royalty. It is a bold, confident colour that holds its own whether with black or white. As such, it makes the perfect colour to use for a wedding. You don’t have to wear a purple wedding dress – the careful use of purple accents can be enough to bring even a white wedding vibrantly to life. Below is a selection of ideas for using the colour purple in your wedding theme.
You don’t have to choose your bridal bouquet according to what is seasonally available or even what is possible to grow – take these stunning rare purple satin roses with black leather leaves from Bouquet by Rosa Loren. Your bouquet is what your guests will first see of you as you make your entrance and these bouquets are certainly for the bold, modern bride who wants to make a statement. Virtually any colour is possible and they will last a lifetime. Boutonnieres and corsages are also available. Take a look at: http://www.etsy.com/shop/BouquetByRosaLoren
Your bridesmaids’ dresses are the perfect way to signify your wedding colour theme, especially if you prefer your own gown to be more traditional and white. Here are some really pretty purple bridesmaids’ dresses I found right here on the Dressy Girl Kouture site. I love the breathtaking rhinestone details, chunky rocks and decorative beading.
Even if you decide to go with the traditional white dress, there is nothing as cool as a coloured heel to make it pop – and what a perfect excuse to get a gorgeous pair of shoes. It’s also a great way for you to match with your bridesmaids. Check out these gorgeous suede peeptoes from Yves Saint Laurent.
A boned undergarment is a must under your wedding gown as it will give you fabulous support without any straps to worry about. One as glorious as these from Bridal Hotspot could even be worn as an outer garment bodice. Teamed with anything from a sleek pencil-line skirt to a long, tulle ballerina skirt. Take a look at them at: http://www.bridalhotspot.co.uk
A colourful headpiece can be just the burst of colour your wedding gown needs – especially when its the same accent colour as your shoes and bouquet. Here’s a fabulous selection I found on Etsy.
The two purple flower fascinators on the left are from British accessories designer, Amanda Sutherland of A Sutherlands Designs: http://www.etsy.com/shop/asutherlanddesigns
Top right: Purple fascinator from Californian millinery designer, Arturo Rios: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ArturoRios
Bottom right: Purple Haze headpiece and corsage from Dutch designer, Ingeborg Steenhorst: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ingeborgsteenhorst
Don’t underestimate how you can integrate your wedding colour theme into your make-up. Be a bit daring and try something a little different. Check out the 2 video tutorials below to get a bit of inspiration.
Purple Gradient Nail Art Tutorial by Jen from From Head To Toe
Violent Lips Tattoo Tutorial from Vintage Or Tacky
Carrying your colour theme through to your wedding menu is such a fun idea.
Top right: even a traditional white wedding cake can hide a surprise for your guests – layers of purple and mauve.
Bottom right: I just had to add this one – jello shots – brambleshots to be exact – certainly one for the adults only. They’re not as hard to make as they might appear but they look super stylish. You’ll find the recipe here: http://jelly-shot-test-kitchen.blogspot.com.au/2011/05/bramble.html
Bottom left: there’s been a lot of chatter about signature wedding drinks lately. They’re becoming more and more popular and are a great way to give your guests something to talk about. Try this one out – it’s called Purple Rain – vodka, blueCuracaoand cranberry juice.