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.

Kimberly’s Regency Purple and Apple Green Wedding


Hello. My wedding is June 20, 2012 on Mackinac Island, Michigan. It will be an outdoor ceremony, and my colors are Regency Purple and Apple Green. The bridesmaids’ dresses are purple as are the groomsmen’s vests and ties. My dress is a “diamond white” from Maggie Sottero, so not the traditional stark white. I am on a very tight and small budget. I have no idea where to go with flowers. I want something simple, but elegant for the girls and myself. Also, need to think of flowers for the decorations of ceremony and reception. Any tips, ideas and suggestions are very welcomed!Thanks!

Hello Kimberly!

I love your color choices! Vibrant, bold and romantic. We started with an inspiration build-a-bouquet from Afloral.com featuring cream roses and purple daisies. Elegant cream roses and whimsical daisies in purple create this bouquet and you can add green gerberas, hydrangeas, or pom pom mums. You can finish the bouquet with matching green or purple ribbon. Your girls can carry matching purple kissing balls instead of bouquets, or you can hang the kissing balls around your venue. To complete your color scheme at your venue, we suggest rose petals in Apple Green and Purple, as well as Sparkle Birch Branches for your centerpieces. Congratulations, and happy planning!  Jill

Gail’s Multicolored Wedding Bouquet Inspiration Board

Gail’s Wedding Details:
Black dresses(6 attendants) each trimmed in a diff. color, yellow,pink,green,blue,purple,orange not pastels but bold vibrant colors.  Thinking of mixture of flowers in all the colors for bridesmaids.  Love bling!
Centerpiece suggestions??  Using Black and whites also. Thanks for your help!

Gail,  I love your bold choice of colors.  The inspiration photo from photographer Heather Parker can be adapted to any flowers you want and it shows how all of your colors can look beautiful together.  It includes:  Bright Fuchsia Peonies, Rustic Sunflowers, Purple Iris, Vibrant Orange Roses, and finally Lime Green Hydrangeas.  You can add black and bling elements by wrapping your bouquet with our black Satin Ribbon and adding some Bouquet Crystals/Jewels.  Our Premade Bouquet in similar colors, would look lovely in a cylinder vase with glass Vase Filler on our Diamond Table Runner (shown below) for your centerpiece. Happy Planning, Mindy

Sparkle & Shine: Diamond Table Runner with Votive Cups & Acrylic Ice


In Love With Lavender Weddings- Rustic Romance

There is something so romantic and feminine about lavender.  From the heavenly smell to the delicate blooms, this flower is perfect for a Lavender Wedding Theme.  We carry it in dried bundles that can be cut to make small projects, or combined with other bundles to make a centerpiece by itself.  Have you ever seen a bouquet with lavender in it?  It is so simple and lovely that it makes a perfect wedding bouquet.

We decided to include it in our Fall barn wedding photo shoot this year because it works so well for lavender weddings.  It couldn’t be simpler to create some amazing designs, and a little can go a long way!

Take these place settings, for instance.  We took some card stock, penned the name, and then used a bit of floral tape to wrap some sprigs of dried lavender. We cut two openings into the side of the card stock and tucked the wrapped sprigs right in there. Voila! Super simple and very inexpensive, yet tasteful and elegantly sweet. ( I think it took us less than 5 mins to assemble the whole thing.)

How about napkin rings? Sometimes dressing up a table for purple wedding themes is as simple as adding a touch of color at the place setting.  Napkin rings can be costly, but this pretty lavender accent will add class to your table settings without adding burden to the wedding budget.
We wrapped another few sprigs of lavender with some floral tape (larger sprigs this time) and secured it within the napkin with a soft chiffon ribbon.  The chiffon adds romance and the lavender adds a touch of color and is considered to be a wildflower, which goes well with both rustic and barn themed weddings.

For a centerpiece that is natural and beautiful, try using stem wrap to tie two bundles together.  Finish with a chiffon ribbon for a fragrant centerpiece that anyone can create.  To create bouquets that tie in with the lavender theme, simply cut some longer sprigs from the bundle and add them to other flowers of your choice.  We chose some white pom-pom mums, and we used our handy stem wrap to tape them all together, finishing with the chiffon ribbon for the perfect lavender bridal bouquets or lavender wedding flowers.

Lavender is great because it is so versatile and the color will blend with many wedding theme ideas. It’s perfect for wedding themes by color,
including purple wedding themes. Imagine candles, soft lighting, and a hint of lavender in the evening air. How romantic!

Just because you aren’t having a barn wedding doesn’t mean you can’t have this rustic and romantic flower in your arrangements.  It will work well outdoors and indoors, and the little buds that come off the bundles can be tucked into the bottom of your containers instead of stones or marbles, or inside little bags for the perfect sachet wedding favor. Your guests can enjoy the soft fragrance long after you say “I do” and will remember how lovely your wedding was.


Heather’s Orange, Purple & Green Inspiration Board

Heather wrote:

Hi Mindy,

Could you provide me with some inspiration for my wedding….  Here are some details:

July 2012, Outside (I want kissing balls hanging with ribbon on the end chairs)

My color scheme is orange/purple with some green accents.  My bridesmaid dresses are a dark purple.  I like elegance and romance. My favorite flower is the gerbera daisy, roses and calla lilies. I would love for your creative insight.

Thank you,


You picked the right flower for elegance and romance, the rose.  We could start your bouquet with creamy white roses & calla lilies, add a touch of purple & orange gerbera daisies, and add a dash of green berries.  We have a lovely selection of satin and sheer ribbon that would go perfect with your bouquet.  You could use a premade bouquet of solid purple for your bridesmaid bouquets.  I love the kissing ball idea.  We have a large selection of premade kissing balls that would make decorating a snap!  I hope you like this color inspiration and I look forward to seeing what you create.  Thanks Mindy

**Click the highlighted text to view the silk florals used in the above Inspiration Board.