DIY Wedding Ideas

3 Purple Wedding Color Combinations

Last week we defined color in the Wedding Planning: What is Color? post.  A basic understanding of how color is defined and how colors work together can be quite helpful when planning your wedding colors.

Color is a key element to consider not just when planning your wedding flowers but also when planning your whole wedding look.  Color will set the tone and mood for your special event and specific color combinations can help you get just the right look.

I am going to demonstrate the power of color with one of my favorite hues, purple.  Purple is a popular wedding color choice among brides, in part because it is traditionally seen as a feminine hue but also due to it’s versatility.

Purple is a secondary color created by mixing two primary colors, red and blue.  Red is  a warm color, blue is a cool color.  Purple can sway either way, hence it’s versatility. Combining more red to make purple, like a bright fuchsia, will lean more towards traits of warm colors.  While a combination with more blue, like a deep lavender, will hold more characteristics of cool colors.

Now we know what makes up the color purple, next how does purple interact with other colors?

Purple Pink Rose Hydrangea Gerbera Dasiy Bouquet $10.99
Purple Pink Rose Hydrangea Gerbera Dasiy Bouquet $10.99

Pink, Purple Palette

Combine a vibrant purple with a pink hue for a truly romantic and feminine wedding color palette.  Our rose, hydrangea, gerbera daisy faux flower bouquet creates a brilliant color spectrum that runs between purples and pinks.

Paired with a warm hue pink, purple acts on more of it’s warm color characteristics.  This palette is bright, saturated with hues that grab your attention.

Purple Grey Calla Lily Bouquet $21.49
Purple Grey Calla Lily Bouquet $21.49

Grey, Purple Palette

Paired with a cool, neutral grey hue purple can be quite sophisticated.  Purple acts on more of it’s cool characteristics in this palette colors are calm, mellow and well defined.

This sophisticated palette is ideal for a chic, modern wedding pair with metallics for a touch of glam.  The calla lily pre-made bouquet is the perfect flower choice with rich, exotic, lush faux flowers.

Purple Orange Yellow Bright Bouquet, dahlia, sunflower, cosmos
Purple Orange Yellow Bright Bouquet, dahlia, sunflower, cosmos

Orange, Yellow, Purple Palette

Orange, yellow and purple are complementary colors.  As we mentioned last week complementary colors are opposite of each other on the color wheel.  These colors paired together are bold and pop at first sight.

These colors are fun and playful in the bright rustic afloral bouquet with orange dahlias, yellow sunflowers and purple cosmos.  The perfect pop of bold color and gorgeous flowers for a vibrant spring or summer wedding

As you can see from our 3 purple color palettes one color can take on a lot of different looks.  With a little information about how color works you can get just the right color palette for your wedding day.

Style Inspiration from Top Wedding Designers

Any bride can dream about having a designer wedding gown.  And why wouldn’t it be a dream come true to have a beautiful, high-end dress styled by fashion designers who dress the rich and famous like Beyonce, Kate Hudson, Victoria Beckham, The Kardashians and Michelle Obama?

While the glossy wedding magazine pages and our pinterest boards are filled with countless celebrity and designer styles we can stop dreaming and start putting these inspiration images to work.  That is right, if you can’t have your own designer labeled wedding gown why not borrow some style inspiration from your favorite designer?

A recent post on therichest.com, “The Top 10 Most Popular Wedding Dress Designers”, showcases the who’s who among bridal fashion designers.  Lets see what types of style and wedding ideas we can snag from these A list names.

Hayley Paige with Calla Lily Bouquet
Hayley Paige with Afloral Calla Lily Bouquet

Hayley Paige

  • Modern, fun, fresh
  • Touch of refinement
  • Polished silhouettes

Hayley Paige is the perfect style profile for a modern, chic wedding.  Wedding decor will be sophisticated, well put together like Paige’s silhouettes with fresh, clean design and decor elements.  Calla lily bouquets and flower arrangements or submersible arrangements are the right combination of modern style and refinement to be paired with this wedding look.

Carolina Herrera with Afloral Cream Rose Bouquet
Carolina Herrera with Afloral Cream Rose Bouquet

Carolina Herrera

  • Classic, traditional
  • Lack of fuss
  • Dressed the first ladies from Jackie Kennedy to Michelle Obama

This style profile is for a traditional, romantic wedding.  Decor items will be kept simple and not overly complicated or over done.  Think of centerpieces composed of one or two types of wedding flowers and paired well in classic vase choices with softly lit votive candles as accents.  Wedding flowers are kept simple with the classic beauty of roses in pink, white or cream, red.

Pronovias with Cascading Peacock Feather and Orchid Bouquet
Pronovias with Cascading Peacock Feather and Orchid Bouquet


  • High style
  • Wide cascading trains
  • Dressed supermodels such as Miranda Kerr, Bar Refaeli and Doutzen Kroes

The high style profile is over the top, high-end style.  Wide, cascading trains demand attention.  Wedding decor will have to be taken to the same level.  Tall and large flower arrangements will catch guests eye adorned with hanging crystals and garlandWedding bouquets can also mirror the drama and theatrics of wedding gown trains, cascading bouquets are a re-emerging trend that could fit well within this profile.

Ines di Santo with Vintage Rose Corsage
Ines di Santo with Vintage Rose Corsage

Ines di Santo

  • Bridal Couture
  • Femininity
  • Attention to originality, construction

This style profile is all about femininity and the beauty of romance.  The vintage wedding theme is a perfect pairing with di Santo’s style.  Wedding decor will be styled with attention to detail and originality in focal points popular in vintage wedding themes right now.  Metallics in gold and silver are sophisticated accents to romantic, lush wedding flowers like traditional roses, anemones, ranunculus in muted feminine hues.

While most of us will never be as lucky to walk down the aisle on our wedding day in a designer, couture wedding gown we can still learn a thing or two from our favorite designer.  Keeping pinning and flipping the pages of celebrity stylists and then sit back and examine why you love their looks.  Do you love the elements of classic style, modern and chic or vintage with a touch of femininity? 

Chalkboard Wedding Decorations

Chalkboard Wedding Decoration Ideas
Chalkboard Wedding Decoration Ideas; mineforeverapp.com; etsy.com seller riverroadrustic; bhldn.com

Chalkboard decor is everywhere!  This hot trend is huge in wedding decor right now.  And it is the perfect wedding decoration for a rustic, woodland, country or even vintage wedding.

Chalkboard decorations are so popular because brides can customize them to create special touches in their wedding day for a small cost and ever smaller effort.  They  range from effortless to easy when it comes to DIY wedding projects.  Here are some creative ways to use chalkboard decorations in your wedding, followed by two great wedding chalkboard project ideas:

  • Signs: greet guests, announce the ceremony program, instruct guests where to sit, place by a favor table or guest book table.
  • Menus: food menu, label a buffet or dessert table, drink menu.
  • Little Details: use as escort cards, table numbers, label a candy buffet, bridal party chairbacks.
Wedding Chalkboard Menu Ideas; mywedding.com; squidoo.com
Wedding Chalkboard Menu Ideas; mywedding.com; squidoo.com

Ready to-go Chalkboard Decor

“Our Love Story” chalkboard sign is a sentimental, creative way to add some personalized touches to your wedding day, and a fun project for the bride and groom to-be to work on and reminisce over.  The “Mr. Right & Mrs. Always Right” chairback idea is an equally unique wedding decor project that requires minimal time and steps to create.  Simply order the size chalkboard your looking for and decorate with chalk or chalk paint markers!

DIY Chalkboard Drink Menu
DIY Chalkboard Drink Menu

Easy DIY Chalkboard Drink Menu

Chalkboard decor can make for a fun DIY wedding project.  Make your own version of the DIY drink menu from our inspiration photo.  Materials needed are wooden basswood plaque, krylon chalkboard paint from afloral.com, blue painters tape and a plate stand available at your local dollar or craft store.

Note: Use chalkboard paint in a well ventilated area or outdoors. 

  1. Lay down newspaper or an old cloth to place the plaque on.
  2. With the blue painters tape, tape off a border around the plaque.  That area will not have chalkboard paint on it when finished.
  3. Make sure the tape edges are secure by going over them with your fingers.
  4. Shake the chalkboard spray paint can well.  Go over the plaque using a sweeping, back and forth, motion to evenly cover the area. May need 2-3 coats.
  5. Let air dry for the required time suggested on the paint can and until dry to touch.
  6. Remove painters tape and viola!

Another great thing about chalkboard decorations is after your wedding day there are countless ways to re-purpose them into home decor!

Quick, Easy DIY Bright Rustic Wedding Bouquet

Can I let you in on a little secret?  Do you know you don’t have to be an avid crafter or have any crafting experience to DIY, Do-It-Yourself, when it comes to your wedding flowers and wedding decorations?

Earlier this week Kristen gave us some great tips and inspiration photos to create Three Simple Bouquets for the DIY Bride using one or two products. Today I have some more tips on how to make a DIY wedding flower bouquet.  This DIY Bright Rustic Bouquet would be perfect for anyone looking for a simple project, a quick arrangement and flowers on a budget.

Here is how we keep it simple, quick and under a budget:

DIY Bright Rustic Bouquet
DIY Bright Rustic Bouquet; pre-made ranunculus bouquet, 4-5 yellow ranunculus, 8-10 rose buds, 4-5 fuchsia roses, click the photo for a link to purchase all these items listed

This DIY Bright Rustic Wedding Bouquet inspiration comes to us from stylemepretty.com.  We are going to create our own DIY version of this bouquet using afloral.com silk wedding flowers and accessories.

Simple.  This bouquet isn’t too complicated it is primarily composed of ranunculus stems with a few roses and rose buds tucked into the arrangement.  This is a simple, easy and quick DIY project because we are going to use a pre-made silk flower bouquet as the foundation of the project.

The pre-made silk ranunculus bouquet captures the bright hues found in our inspiration photo with the same type of flowers.  Note: the pre-made bouquet pictured does include some purple florals and green buds, you may leave them in for an extra pop of color or omit them to get the same look as the inspiration bouquet.


To start the pre-made bouquet is the foundation to add more floral stems too and build a fuller bouquet.

  1.  Disassemble the pre-made bouquet by removing the wire securing the stems.  Still holding the bouquet together with your hands, slip out the purple and green buds and remove the greenery.
  2. Trim the ranunculus, fuchsia roses and rose bud stems into single blooms and remove greenery.
  3. Next using the inspiration photo as reference slip singular stems into the bouquet. Note: add yellow ranunculus along the outside of the arrangement, the rose buds are tucked in along the outside and travel up through the bouquet and the fuchsia roses slip into place filling out the rest of the bouquet.
  4. Select a few stems of greenery to sit low underneath the base of the bouquet.  Then trim all of the stems to an equal length.
  5. Secure the bouquet with wire or floral tape.
  6. Finish the bouquet with burlap ribbon as a bouquet wrap.

Using silk flowers keeps this DIY wedding bouquet affordable, using a pre-made bouquet keeps it quick and easy.

Tip: go for an even easier DIY project with your bridesmaids’ bouquets.  Purchase the same pre-made bouquet we used as the foundation in this project and just wrap the stems in burlap ribbon for a smaller version perfect for bridesmaids!

What Silk Wedding Flowers Have to Offer

Silk flowers are a growing industry that is continually evolving and expanding.  The wedding world has seen a surge in the use of silk flower arrangements from brides and wedding planners looking for affordable wedding flower options.

For anyone planning a wedding silk flowers offer two great benefits:

  • Silk flowers offer better options than fresh cut flowers.
  • Silk flowers offer great savings.
Echeveria and Blossom Bouquet
Shop Afloral.com for a variety of Silk Flower Options; Echeveria and Blossom Bouquet with moss bouquet wrap

Companies like afloral.com now offer a variety of silk flower options in stems, sprays or bushes, also available are real touch flowers and even trendy succulents like agave and echeveria.  Succulents are a hot new wedding bouquet and wedding table centerpiece item, perfect fit for a rustic or woodland wedding theme.

More to Offer

Silk flowers are available all year round not bound within a particular season.  Trendier items like succulents or exotic blooms such as orchids can be found at reasonable prices, not marked up just because of their spike in popularity.  Those looking to incorporate some non-traditional hues into decor can find a variety of color options from bright neons, muted pastels to rich gothic hues.

Half the Cost

The biggest and major reason in the surge of popularity in silk flowers is their affordability.  Silks offer the same look as real flowers at a fraction of the cost.  Silk flowers can be purchased by the stem for bridal bouquets or wedding table centerpieces from $1.99 to $10.99 a stem.  Silk sprays and bushes are another option to be trimmed down into silk floral arrangements.

Even brides not looking for DIY wedding flower arrangements can still cash in on the affordability of silk flowers.  Pre-made bouquets are a  great non-DIY silk flower option ranging in price from $7.99 to $19.99 an arrangement.  Pre-made silk bouquets are versatile, they can be used as bridal bouquets dressed up with a few bouquet accessoriesPre-made bouquets can also be a budget friendly and easy centerpiece idea arranged in vases or decorative containers.

Great savings and better options.  With today’s educated and budget savvy shoppers who couldn’t pass up a deal and the over all great look of silk flowers?