- 9 years ago
- Wedding: September 2009
When I got engaged, I sat down with paint chips and chose a simple, elegant color palette: deep purple, antique gold, and ivory. I love sunflowers, but since our wedding is Labor Day weekend, it was a little too early to go fully autumn colored (plus, my Maid/Matron of Honor is getting married in October with wine and gold as her colors, so I didn’t want her wedding to look copy-cat after mine!), and I really did love the way the dark purple looked with sunflowers.
Now, it’s 4 months to my wedding, and I can’t seem to pull together any ideas for reception decor. Apparently my color palette is too hard to match anything to! For the bridesmaids, I’d chosen David’s Bridal lapis (a deep, slightly-bluish purple), but nothing else in the world seems to come in that color! I’ve tried looking for ribbons, tulle, vases, candle holders… nothing. Our venue has a rainbow of table runner colors, but only 2 shades of purple… royal purple (which is too bright and looks awful next to the swatch of lapis) and lavender (which is too pastel for my taste).
I also want to try and incorporate sunflowers into the reception decor (centerpieces, cake, etc.) but I can’t seem to find much inspiration online for elegant sunflower arrangements… everything seems to run more country-chic. The reception will be held in a colonial ballroom, and with the dark purple, I don’t think country-chic would look quite right. I keep waffling back and forth on doing grape-themed decor and sunflower-themed decor… I’d love to combine them somehow, but my creative side keeps curling up in the fetal position.
At this point, I’m down to the deep purple and ivory as my only colors set in stone. Antique gold was also near-impossible to match to anything, and we’re already going to have silver/platinum accents in the wedding party’s attire (though I don’t know if that really matters). I considered adding a leaf-green to the palette, but I’m worried about that overtaking the original purple I envisioned. Would it look odd if the only place that the purple came in was in the attire of the bridal party? I think it would…
Has anyone had reception decor that matched/coordinated with the David’s Bridal lapis color? If so, would you share pictures? I’ve tried looking around, but I’m just so lost at this point. Also, sunflower decor that doesn’t look too autumnal or country? Is it even possible? Or possible to combine grape-themed decor with sunflowers? My head is spinning with all these choices. 3 months ago, I would have laughed if someone told me that wedding colors and decor would drive me absolutely batty. Is this normal???