There are numerous reasons to love the color purple, especially the soft, beautiful shade of lavender. This color calls to mind a graceful elegance with hints of romance and femininity—and it’s a great focal point for a wedding (especially a spring wedding!).
By planning a lavender wedding theme, using both the color (which is similar to lilac) and the flower, you can create a wedding experience that feels soft, beautiful, and laced with love. Of course, it's always a good idea not to go overboard with anything—but when you love lavender, you love lavender.
In a perfect world, planning your wedding in the midst of a fresh lavender field would be a thing, but, alas, it’s not. Creating your own lavender field isn’t very reasonable, either.
What you can do, however, is dress up your wedding day with shades of lavender—and then use the flowers to enhance your decor, your attire, your food and beverages, and everything in between. (You can even send lavender wedding invitations to set the tone for your special day!)
Let’s take a look at seven lavender wedding ideas for the perfect lavender-themed wedding ceremony and wedding reception:
Lavender is great for wedding attire or as an accent color, as it nicely complements several different colors that you can pair it with. If you love the look of a traditional white or cream-colored wedding gown, lavender goes with it stunningly. You can dress up the ladies in your wedding party in lavender bridesmaid dresses, while the groomsmen can wear a lavender tux with cream or white accents.
If you want a slightly different look to your wedding attire, something that is bolder and less traditional, you could flip those colors around and wear a lavender wedding dress. Meanwhile, you can dress your wedding party up in cream or white, or even another complementary color. Girls can wear white or cream dresses with a lavender sash, and guys can wear white or cream-colored tuxes and add lavender accents, such as a lavender tie and cummerbund.
An increasingly popular idea is for a bride to wear a light gray or silver wedding dress. It’s a beautiful color that pairs exceptionally well with lavender. You can ask your wedding party to wear a darker gray tuxedo and bridesmaid dress respectively, with added lavender accents, such as sprigs of lavender for your boutonnieres and lavender ribbons in the ladies’ hair.
You could even try something fun and quirky, such as asking everyone to wear lavender tennis shoes with their formalwear. It’s cute and unexpected, and it allows you to tie the color into your wedding attire in a way that’s fun. There are so many ways to mix things up to create a look that is refined and pulled together, but still gives a nod to the whimsical, while honoring the lavender wedding theme that you love so much.
There are plenty of creative ways to incorporate lavender into your centerpieces.
Make lavender bouquets for the table, using sprigs of lavender, baby’s breath, and wheat for a rustic, vintage feel.
Make an arrangement with lavender-colored candles and pretty rocks in a contrasting color.
Make a floating candle centerpiece with small, lavender-scented tea candles lit within.
Find large, lavender-colored crystals to use as a centerpiece, or even consider battery-powered lavender salt rock lamps.
Fill Mason jars half way with dried lavender, tie some twine around them, and place a small candle inside the jar.
Decorating for your wedding is always exciting. There are many ways to use lavender buds as a part of your wedding decor beyond just in your table centerpieces. Since lavender is not super expensive, it can make a great decoration to jazz up your wedding chairs that line the aisle.
You can mix lavender sprigs with some greenery and baby's breath, or tie lavender sprigs together with wheat and attach them to the end chairs closest to your aisle. You could even line the aisle itself with lavender fabric and sprinkle it with white flower petals or silver confetti.
Another cute idea is to create smaller Mason jar arrangements similar to your centerpieces that you can scatter throughout the room on other tables, such as the gift table and the guest book table.
Little dishes of dried lavender in commonly neglected areas, such as the bathroom, also add a nice touch to your wedding decor.
Some couples love the idea of draping guest tables in lavender linens and using another color for accents and centerpieces. Alternatively, if you like using contrasting colors, why not choose a different color for your table linens and then cover them with lavender table runners? It’s a more subtle look that still keeps with the lavender wedding theme.
Speaking of table runners, you could also add lavender table runners to buffet tables, and tie lavender sashes around reception chairs. There are so many different ways to use lavender in your wedding theme, so you just have to sit down and start writing out exactly what you want, which will help bring that vision to life.
Your wedding color palette is the perfect opportunity to embrace a lavender theme. There are so many colors that complement the lavender color scheme.
You can go with different shades of purple mixed with lavender, or, if you like to be a bit different, go with contrasting colors.
Mint green is a beautiful color to pair with lavender, and it keeps the decor looking soft and romantic.
Pink also looks amazing with lavender, no matter if you opt for brighter, deep pink or a softer, pastel pink. Darker pink provides more contrast and is eye-catching, but soft pink is dreamy.
Shades of blue work very well with lavender, especially pastel blues. Or, you can opt for darker hues for contrast in your color scheme. Shades of teal are beautiful when paired with lavender, too.
Lavender also goes extremely well with shades of silver and gray, in addition to other neutral colors, such as gold and beige.
Surprisingly, orange is another color that complements well with lavender, and it’s great if you prefer a brighter, more colorful theme for your wedding. There’s just something refreshing about these two shades when paired together.
Oh, favors, favors. There are many cute ways to incorporate lavender into your wedding favors.
You can give your guests little bars of lavender soap, wrapped and tied with a sprig of lavender.
You can give your guests pretty bags of dried lavender, attached to a small sprig of freshly cut lavender flowers.
If you prefer to give your guests something sweet at the end of the night, there are lavender-colored M&M’s that you can purchase by the pound. Put them in tiny decorative boxes tied with a lavender ribbon.
When in doubt, or in need of a bit of photographic inspiration, Pinterest always has a plethora of different ideas on ways to incorporate lavender into your wedding favors, along with creative ideas for just about everything else related to wedding planning.
Lavender is a flower—and, as such, it makes a great addition to wedding bouquets, boutonnieres, and floral arrangements.
Add lavender to the bridal bouquet—and make the color pop by pairing it with white or cream-colored flowers (peonies and roses work particularly well).
Create lavender boutonnieres for the groomsmen. You can either keep it simple and just add a sprig of lavender—or dress it up with some additional greenery or small white flowers.
Fill mason jars with lavender and greenery and place them on tables throughout your reception space for simple, eye-catching floral arrangements.
Wedding arches are a great way to incorporate lavender into your wedding—both the flower and the color. Consider draping lavender fabric across your wedding arch—and then complete the look with lavender, greenery, and complimentary flowers (cream, white, or other purple flowers will all work well).
Of course, lavender wedding theme ideas aren’t the only direction you can go in when planning your wedding celebration. However, if you’re a fan of something a little different that works just as well with a soft, romantic vision as it doesn with a playful, colorful one, we declare that a lavender theme is darn near perfect.