DIY: green and purple wedding colors

I’ve noticed a trend with several of my 2010 fall and 2011 spring brides….green and purple wedding colors with a mix of peacock feathers.  As a photographer I love bright, vibrant color palettes for weddings because they photograph beautifully.  I’ve yet to have a wedding with any peacock feathers, so this inspired me to do a little research.  Here is what I found.

The group of photos below is a great way to infuse the peacock theme throughout your wedding from your invitations to your table decor.  In my humble opinion, a little goes a long way though.  The top left photo is great, but I think at every place setting you might have PETA knocking down your door!  This might be best for just the bride and groom’s table.

I am a huge DIY fan, so I wanted to be sure to includes some examples of easy DIY projects.  Most of these could be done for any color palette.

  1. Paper pom-poms: Paired with a crisp white napkin (which most venues provided anyways) a paper pom-pom is an easy way to add a punch of color to your table decor.  Click here for instructions on how to make them yourself.  You can also buy them on Etsy.
  2. Ribbons:  Make a plain white invitation or program look chic by adding a ribbon that coordinates with your wedding colors.  Take it up a notch by alternating ribbon colors (e.g. brown and green) to bring in a second color from your palette.
  3. Basic brown + punch:  Using a solid brown table cloth creates a nice neutral base for your tables.  Add a bright green napkin and now the table will have pops of color at every place setting.  A personalized favor with coordinating paper tags will give the finishing touches.
  4. Grocery store produce: All sorts of produce can be used to help add some color to your seating cards display.  Limes, lemons, apples, oranges, mini pumpkins…these are just a few ideas.
  5. Paper lanterns: Paper lanterns can be found in just about every color, shape and size.  These provide a nice colorful glow at an outdoor reception or on the patio of an indoor reception.  Most are powered by batteries and LED lights, so you don’t have to worry about plugging them in anywhere.  These are rather inexpensive and easy to find (e.g. click here).
  6. Get personal: Who doesn’t love pancakes and syrup?  Take small bottles of syrup, add a crisp white tag and stamp with a coordinating color and add your initials or the guests name.  Stamps and paint can easily be found at the craft store.

What I really love about the projects above is that most of them utilize simple white stationary or linens and then add a pop of color.  White stationary is easy to find at Joanns, Michaels and most anywhere on-line.  White linens are usually what is included at no charge by the venue.  All you have to do is add the punch of color and suddenly it looks like a completely unique wedding detail.  Get your family and bride’s maids involved too and it will be all that much more special!

Here’s one more inspiration board for you!

All of the pictures featured in this post are courtesy of The Knot, Project Wedding, Southwest Weddings Magazine, and Brenda’s Wedding Blog.

Sarah S Those are our colors! I love these colors together!

Suzanne Melissa Test. Please let this work and stop all of the crazy spam!!

Kate Absolutely love this post! Thanks for the inspiration!

Suzanne Melissa Thanks Kate! This was a fun one to put together. I think I will be posting more color inspirations in the future too!!

Emma Mincher amazing arrangements!! im still in the porcess of picking my colour scheme and i am falling more and more in love with purple and lime green. your story boards are true inspiration!! THANK YOU!!!

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