Saturday, 24 November 2012

Purple Power - A perfect colour for Wedding Flowers

Hello everyone.  I'm really happy to bring you our guest post which appeared this week on the fabulous Boho Weddings Blog just in case you missed it.  Here goes! ....

Today I’m going to show you a range of purple flowers and give you some idea of what’s in season and when.

Pouring through wedding blogs and magazines recently, I noticed that many of the trends for next year’s Bridesmaids dresses colours are gorgeous sumptuous ‘Cadbury’s’ purples, rich plums and steely platinums.  Often, when I’m working through a consultation with a bride, having talked first about her fabulous dress, I then find the colour of the bridesmaids’ dresses can really influence the colour of the flowers.

For those of you who aren’t turned on by soft pastels, blushes and pretty pinks; purples, lilacs and lavenders can offer a really gorgeous alternative with a bit more depth of colour.  One thing to bear in mind is that dark purples are very recessive which means that they can ‘disappear’ in arrangements in atmospheric, less well-lit venues such as churches and panelled rooms in Stately Homes.  They are beautiful though, and as long as your florist understands colour and light, she or he will know what to do and you should be fine!

If you’re looking for ideas for a purple theme, then here are some of my designs from this year’s weddings. 


Combine lilacs with dusky pinks and pale steely blues to create a fantastic misty palette which works perfectly with platinum.  Use echinops and ‘Memory Lane’ roses teamed with sedum if you’re having an Autumnal wedding.

Memory Lane roses with sedum and echnops

Cute little porcelain tea cups using alstromeria, bouvardia, echinops, sedum and roses

I love the long stems of this vintage bridal bouquet with a brooch detail

 Panicum grass add a little whoosh of texture to this design


Gorgeous by itself – I love the simplicity of a heavenly scented lavender bouquet in the height of Summer, or for a barn wedding add some wheat or corn for a really rustic look.

If you're looking for British grown - then this Shropshire lavender might just be the answer

Finish your buttonholes with pretty ribbon to enhance the colour of this fresh lavender

 Three kinds of lavender - pink, lilac and lavender

Dark Purple

This is such a lovely velvety colour – choose the darkest anemone and cheerful iris for gorgeous Spring florals or use the ever popular and stunning double lisianthus, available all year round.

To prevent dark purples from receding into the background, add fresh whites and steely grey foliages

A long table decoration - perfect for a top table

A close-up of all those gorgeous Spring florals

I hope you’ve found this post helpful, if you’d like to see more of my seasonal, romantic flowers with a ‘just picked’ look, pop across to my website where you can browse through my wedding portfolio.  I’m happy to travel around the country if you’d like a consultation so do get in touch - we've weddings in and around Sheffield and much further afield booked for next year!  

If you've any questions or want help identifying specific purple flowers - then do get in contact.

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