The colour purple has been associated with royalty for centuries; during the Elizabethan era, sumptuary laws decreed that only royalty and the aristocracy could don the colour. For a regal wedding affair, decorate in shades of purple, offset by white or black and gold, and make use of every aspect of the wedding to make the royal colour scheme evident.
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The wedding party spends most of the event in the centre spotlight, allowing the bride and groom to express their colour theme through the wedding attire. The bridal attendants can wear matching purple dresses, or each attendant can wear a similar dress in a different shade of purple. The groomsmen can wear purple cummerbunds and boutonnières. An untraditional bride may consider wearing a purple wedding dress, while a bride who likes the traditional wedding white can accessorise the dress with purple shoes, purple jewellery, and matching hair accessories. Bridal attendants can carry purple flower bouquets tied with a purple ribbon. Flower options include asters, irises, purple phlox, lilac, clematis and tulips.
For an indoor event, line the walls of the venue with purple silk fabrics. Designate a table for wedding favours and fill the table with miniature purple picture frames wrapping in purple tulle. Inquire with the venue provider about bringing in purple spotlight lighting for the dance floor. For an outdoor wedding reception, place purple balloon arches over a special table. Paint a plywood dance floor purple and surround it with vases of flowers. Alternatively, rent a purple LED dance floor for the event. Hang purple flowers from trellises and around patios.
Cover each table with a dark purple tablecloth. Attach silk flowers in different coordinating shades of purple at various places throughout each tablecloth for a unique decoration. Place a purple place mat at each place setting along with a purple-hued drinking glass. Fill purple vases with purple flowers and place them in the centre of each table. For evening affairs, fill clear candle holders with purple-hued LED candles. Cover chairs with purple slipcovers or tie a large purple ribbon into a bow on the back of each chair.
Plan a variety of foods to coordinate with the purple wedding theme. Fill platters with purple Belgian endive leaves and cover the leaves with foods such as elderberries, plum slices, purple grapes, purple carrot slices, and cauliflower. Cover a tray of cookies with purple royal icing. For a wedding reception centrepiece, have a multi-tiered white wedding cake made with ornate purple icing on each tier. Have sugar paste or silk flowers placed on the top of the cake and on the edges of each tier.
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