Purple is one of the must-have wedding colours right now and is a firm favourite among our readers and forum brides.

Purple petals are a hot trend (Image: Katebarnard.co.uk)

A popular colour

The colour was everywhere at the National Wedding Show over the weekend, according to our Editor Rachel Morgan, with many suppliers shouting about how popular the hot shade has been. Shropshire Petals revealed that purple has been the most-requested colour over the past six months and their popularity is showing no signs of slowing down! Real-petal confetti is a fab idea for decorating your venue in your chosen colour, from the aisle to the tables. A lot of venues are now becoming more eco-friendly, too, meaning traditional paper confetti is out and pretty real petals are in!

Purple passion

Rachel found one of her favourite ideas of the show on the Chambord stand. Not only because she got to sample the tasty liquer (!), but because when it’s mixed with Champagne it creates a gorgeous purple-coloured tipple. Why not give guests a taste of your colour scheme right from the start and serve this at your pre-dinner drinks reception? Two Birds bridesmaid dresses were another big hit at the show. These fab gowns can be wrapped in 15 different ways, allowing your bridesmaids to create a unique look that suits their body shape and style. They’re also available in a great range of colours – including our favourite purple shade. And Girls of Elegance also revealed their beautiful new shoe collection at the show, including the incredible butterfly design. Soon these will be available with coloured crystals – another way to add a pop of colour to your bridal look.

The Two Birds Bridesmaids' dresses went down a storm at the NWS

Ideas for wedding colours

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Purple’s versatility makes it the perfect  choice for modern brides. Mixing different shades gives your colour scheme depth and allows you to select shades that suit your bridesmaids’ skin tones. For hot summer celebrations, purple looks fabulous when mixed with lime green or orange, and winter weddings look chic with colour palettes of purple, ivory and gold. The key thing to remember, whatever colour scheme you choose, is that not everything has to match exactly! So many brides get bogged down with getting every detail to look just right. As a bride-to-be myself, I can relate to this, but it’s important to take a step back. Subtle hints of purple in the details are enough to tie the theme together without over doing it. Think ribbons, table crystals, confetti and so on. Use purple in your details and make your day stand out! For more inspiration on creating the perfect purple scheme check out the gorgeous real-life weddings on our website.

What is your favourite wedding colour? Are you having purple?

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