How to Incorporate Purple Flowers into Your Wedding

Everything you need to know about how to make purple flowers work at your wedding.

By Deanna deBara

How to Incorporate Purple Flowers into Your Wedding
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  • There are a huge variety of purple flowers that you can incorporate into your wedding—from lilac to lavender, dahlia to delphinium, or orchid to hydrangea.
  • Consider working purple flowers into your wedding bouquet—or into your wedding party’s bouquets.
  • You can also scatter purple flower petals down the aisle (or pass the responsibility onto the flower girl).

When it comes to choosing flowers for your wedding, there are a huge variety of colors at your disposal. But, if you want to go with a color palette that’s both versatile and timeless, you’d be hard-pressed to find an option better than purple flowers.

Purple flowers come in a range of shades. No matter what kind of seasonal wedding you’re planning, there are purple flowers that you can incorporate into your wedding floral design.

But, what exactly are the purple flower options out there, and what are the best ways to work them into your wedding design?

Let’s take a look at some of the most popular purple flowers, plus how to incorporate those flowers into your wedding:

Purple Flowers to Consider for Your Wedding

First things first, if you’re considering incorporating purple flowers into your wedding, you need to know what your flower options actually are.

When planning your wedding florals, there are a huge variety of flowers to choose from—in various shades of purple—including:

  • Lilac
  • Lavender
  • Orchids
  • Delphiniums
  • Dahlias
  • Roses
  • Freesia
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Hydrangeas
  • Wisteria
  • Tulips
  • Sweet violets
  • Purple anemone

If you’re not sure which purple flowers would work best with your wedding color palette or wedding decor—or, which purple flowers will be available on your wedding day—consider talking to a wedding florist. He or she can help you figure out which purple flowers are the best fit for you, your partner, and your big day.

Now that you know some of the purple flowers that are available for your wedding, let’s jump into how to work those flowers into your wedding design, shall we?

Make Purple Flowers the Focus of Your Wedding Bouquet...

When it comes to wedding flowers, there are few arrangements as important as the wedding bouquet. So, if you want to incorporate purple flowers into your wedding, the wedding bouquet is a great place to start.

For an intricate bouquet with plenty of visual interest, try crafting your bouquet out of flowers in different shades of purple—from pale lavender to a deep purple. If you want to do something more subtle, pick a single purple flower, and then round out the bouquet with greenery or flowers in more neutral colors, such as white or ivory.

… or Your Centerpieces

The bouquet is the focal point when the bride is walking down the aisle. But, the centerpieces are the focal point during the reception—making them another great opportunity to feature purple flowers.

If you want to keep your centerpieces traditional, you can craft floral centerpieces—either entirely out of purple flowers or by mixing purple flowers with other greenery and neutral-colored flowers (similar to how you might incorporate them into your bouquet). If you’re going for a more unexpected centerpiece idea, pair purple flowers with the other materials you’re using in your centerpieces—for example, shells (for a beachy centerpiece look) or vintage glassware (for a more boho vibe).

Scatter Purple Flowers Down the Aisle

If you want purple flowers to be one of the first things that your wedding guests see when they arrive at the ceremony, consider scattering purple flowers—like purple rose petals—down the aisle of your ceremony site. Or, if you want things to be more interactive, give the flower girl purple petals, and have her scatter them as she walks down the aisle during the ceremony.

Top Your Wedding Cake With Purple Flowers

Your wedding cake is another fantastic—and somewhat unexpected—opportunity to incorporate purple wedding flowers into your wedding. Top your cake with a variety of purple blooms, or use purple flowers to decorate the cake stand and add visual interest to your cake display.

Opting out of a cake? Not a problem! You can work purple flowers into just about any wedding dessert. For example, if you’re serving donuts, you can stick purple flowers into a few donuts on the dessert table. Having a candy bar? Alternate glass containers of candy with glass containers of purple flowers to mix things up and add visual interest.

Match Purple Flowers With Your Wedding Party’s Attire

The happy couple aren’t the only people with flowers on their wedding day. Generally, the wedding party also has flowers—whether that’s bridesmaids carrying bouquets or groomsmen wearing boutonnieres. So, if you want to feature purple flowers in your wedding, your wedding party is a great place to do so.

If your wedding party has purple elements to their wedding attire (for example, purple bridesmaids' dresses or purple ties for the groomsmen), consider choosing purple flowers for their bouquets and/or boutonnieres in a matching or complementary color. For example, if your bridesmaids are wearing dark purple dresses, you could either feature dark purple flowers in their bouquets or go with a complimentary purple shade, like a pale lavender.

When it comes to incorporating purple flowers into your wedding, the sky’s the limit. But these ideas are a great jumping-off point to get you thinking about where to feature purple flowers on your big day, plus how to work purple flowers into your overall wedding aesthetic.

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