Purple is a popular wedding color that speaks of femininity and refinement. It is an excellent option for women who like pink, but feel it has been overused as a wedding color. Purple is also an easy wedding color to work with when planning and creating your wedding reception decorations and table settings.
Different hues of the color purple can be combined to decorate your reception and create stunning centerpieces and places settings.
There are a number of ways to incorporate colors from lilac to rich, royal purple into your wedding reception decorations. The following ideas are inexpensive, easy, and creative ideas for decorating your wedding reception with flair.
Purple wedding reception decorating ideas using gift boxes on tables.
Make purple gift boxes and make a random stack as the centerpiece for each table. The boxes can be stacked in tiers and tied with a white bow or purple bow in a much darker or lighter hue of your wedding color. It also looks great to stack the boxes more randomly, with two larger boxes side-by-side on the table and a smaller box sitting astride the other two.
Accent with flowers in complementary colors, including darker and lighter hues of purple and use tea lights at each place setting.
Use complementary small boxes to place wedding favors at each place setting.
The key to successfully decorating in purple using gift boxes is using varying hues of the color purple and incorporating white as necessary to break the color pattern. For example, this setting would look best on a white or very pale purple table cloth.
Add purple accents to wedding reception tables using candles.
A simple table setting can become simply elegant with the addition of decorative candles or floating candles.
~Create your own DIY candle decorations.
Decorative candles can be expensive. The good news is that you can make beautiful candles of your own using inexpensive supplies. Buy white candles of varying size for $1 – $3. Use stencils to hand paint or sponge floral designs on candles. You can also add beads, rhinestone studs, or faux gemstones to candles using a small dot of hot glue. (It only takes a drop because the candle will melt in response to the hot glue allowing you to easily embed decorations in the candle. )
Candles can also be decorated for your reception table using ribbons or netting that match or compliment your wedding colors.
~Use floating tealight candles.
Purchase clear glass vases in a variety of shapes and sizes from a local thrift stores and yard sales. You will save several dollars per vase by purchasing them second hand.
Place purple marbles in the bottom of your vase container and fill it within 1″ of the top and place a floating tealight candles in each vase.
Another option is to alternate vases using clear florist marbles in some and colored marbles or rocks in others. Alternate clear water and purple water, made using red and blue food coloring, filling the vases to within an inch of the top. Float tealight candles in every vase.
Use 3 to 5 vases of varying sizes and heights on each table. Use more or less depending on other table decorations. For example, if you add small stems of flowers in bud vases among the floating tealight vases you may want to use fewer tealights. If the candles are the main centerpiece you may want to use more vases. Table size should also influence your choices. Remember to leave enough space for guests’ plates.
Suspend floating lanterns to create regal ambiance for your purple wedding reception.
Lanterns create a sense of romance like no other lighting, so consider using sheer, round lanterns to decorate your wedding reception. You can find lanterns in a variety of colors at Luna Bazaar. They also have lighting supplies for lanterns.
For the best results when using lanterns for decoration choose a variety of purple colors.
When using purple lanterns, it will be best to use very pale table clothes, accented with purple chair ribbons and a simple table top flower, like a Calla Lilly (live or silk). You can add more purple to the table with the place setting and napkins. It is important, however, to implement cool neutral colors, like white, to keep your wedding reception from being too purple.
New and creative purple wedding reception decorations and centerpieces.
Allow your creativity to be your guide when making decisions about decorations and table settings for your reception. If you get a new, wild idea give it a try. There is no rule that you have to do something that has been done before.
One fun way to experiment with purple wedding table arrangements is to assemble large glass vases, as mentioned above save money by purchasing vases second hand. Choose a uniform design, or use a variety of shapes and sizes.
Place one large vase on each table and fill it with potpourri accented in purple. Use large pieces for spacers to give the potpourri a light and airy feeling.
Place two small, unassuming vases of flowers, such as purple chrysanthemums, on either side of the main vase.
Use small votive candles to accent each place setting.
Try different contents in the vase that is the focal point on the table. Make your own purple 2″ paper mache balls using different colors of colored tissue paper.
~How to make purple paper mache balls for table decorations.
Dip purple tissue in a glue and water mixture and wrap over balloons blown to 2″. Allow to dry. For sturdier paper-mache use construction paper, or first cover the balloons in newspaper and use tissue paper for the final coat. You can always use paint and add designs to your paper mache wedding reception creations.)
Handmade paper mache decorations are inexpensive, but priceless unique wedding reception decorations.
Create dramatic purple wedding reception decorations and table settings using your own ideas.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with your own creative reception decorations, table settings, and centerpiece ideas. Begin planning your wedding reception decorations in plenty of time to allow you to experiment until you find the combination that feels just right to you for your wedding reception.
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