Purple Possibilities

When it comes to wedding colours, there’s purple, and then there’s Ultra Violet – Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2018. René Hart explores how you can incorporate this chic and cool colour into your wedding.

If you’re after a fashion-forward big day, then incorporating Ultra Violet into your wedding style is the way to go. Described by Pantone as a “spiritual, cosmic hue”, injecting this purpleblue shade into your décor is the perfect way to make a bold, colourful statement at your wedding. Said to symbolise experimentation, boldness and nonconformity, Ultra Violet is perfect for those quirky and unique couples who aspire to create a wedding that is like no other. Its deep and mystical hue will certainly catch eyes!

Here, Queensland Wedding & Bride explores some ideas on how to work this great shade into your wedding.

Combining Colour

If you don’t want your reception to look monochromatic, incorporate other colours that complement the blue-purple hue. Integrate silver or gold for a regal look, add lighter shades of lavender for an ombré effect, or even fuchsia and magenta for a feminine feel.

Even lighter tones of lilac and lavender, venturing further into pastel pinks, can offset an otherwise deep and dark colour scheme. Select two or three variations of purple to work in harmony with Ultra Violet for optimum impact. Adding in a few deeper tones to complement the violet tone will help elevate this look to create a warm and inviting palette.

Shine A Light

Lighting plays a big role in the world of wedding design. It enhances what you want to see, and hides what you don’t. A great way to use Pantone’s Colour of the Year is by having it illuminate your wedding. You can use Ultra Violet to uplight the space, or have it projected over the dance floor.

The transformative power of purple creates a luxurious, romantic and uniquely alluring wedding event space. Those looking for a more dramatic statement can uplight the walls to create an entirely violet venue. Striking lighting installations and backdrops are tamed with this colour’s calming effect, while still creating a dramatic ambience.

Take A Seat

While you don’t need to go crazy with violetcoloured décor at your ceremony, adding elegant touches here and there can be quite stunning. Bows in Ultra Violet for your chairs are an easy and affordable way to include a splash of ontrend purple. Similarly, inject the colour into your ceremony décor by tying bunches of purple flowers to the chair at the end of each aisle.

Head-Turning Tables

Opt for vibrant pieces like violet-coloured menus or place cards to create the perfect ethereal effect. However, with a colour as strong as Ultra Violet, it’s important not to let it overwhelm the wedding décor. If you want to use Pantone’s Colour of the Year in your linens, consider a sleek violet table runner, and work in another similar colour.

Glassware or coloured ceramic vases will also bring in the colour in a not-so-obvious way. If your tablescape is fairly neutral, you can always use your stationery to bring in a touch of purple.

In The Middle

Simply put from a perspective of décor, table centrepieces are the heart of any wedding reception. If you are going for a less decadent look, green and purple succulents are a striking accent to your table décor that also act as fantastic take-home favours for your guests.

Flowers are a perfect addition to centrepieces – speak to your florist for some top tips on which flowers are in season for your wedding day. Lavenders can create a gorgeous overhead floral display, or can even be used on the table beside your napkins if you don’t want to go too crazy with the colour.

Style Me Pretty

The key to successfully incorporating Ultra Violet into your wedding is minimalism. Keep in mind that your venue will likely have its own style and colour, so use it subtly to ensure it doesn’t clash with other colours within the space.

If you are trying to sparingly incorporate Ultra Violet into your wedding colour palette, consider using different varieties of flowers. You can even ask your florist to use muted variations of violet-coloured flowers as accents with blush or cream. This will allow you to use the shade with some added pastel to tone it down, which will complement the purple.

When in doubt, trust the experts! If you need more help incorporating Ultra Violet into your wedding or event, reach out to a styling company that understands your needs to help you create your dream wedding. Whether you are a bride who wants breathtaking and dramatic décor, or one who prefers more minimalistic details, Ultra Violet is a beautiful colour that can easily be incorporated into your wedding.

Image Credit: Leigh Warner Weddings