Over the coming months I’m going to look at different ways of using colour in your table decorations. Whilst it might not be top of your ‘to do’ list initially, when the day arrives and you and your guests walk into your wedding reception (before the party antics are under way!) you want the look and theme running across the tables to give that instant wow factor and be a lasting memory from the day. Taking inspiration from everyone’s favourite chocolate maker, I thought I’d start with purple…
So, purple. A colour symbolic of spirituality, royalty and wealth or, more importantly, a colour that suits most tastes and tones which is important given the country we live in and the distinct lack of sunshine in our lives!
Planning your wedding or party table decorations can take longer than you might think, so it’s important to allow yourself plenty of time to achieve the look you want. Play around with different ideas and you can’t beat doing a mini table mock-up. I’ve borrowed my future mother-in-law’s bridge table as it’s a nice size to practice on!
I’ve tried to create three different looks using purple as my main colour inspiration.
I’ve started with a white base, table linen and napkins and gradually built up the look by introducing various purple accessories. The cake stand as a centre piece gives a lovely vintage feel to the table and adds nice height to the floral arrangement. I’ve also mixed various ranges together which I think works well.
As the name suggests, this look is all about the luxury. Dark velvet table linen gives a warm feel to the overall look of the table, complemented by dark shades of purple, black and highlighted with gold.
Again starting with a white base and gradually adding hints of purple colour through various table decorations, but this time I have achieved a more sparkling lustrous feel to the theme of the table by using lots of glassware and copious amounts of clear sparkling table crystals. Instead of scattering the table crystals I’ve used them in smaller piles around the table and in a salute to the fabulous Miss Monroe I filled a martini glass with purple chocolate balls and more crystals (oh if only they were diamonds, wishful Thinking!!) but there is something hugely satisfying about fishing a chocolate out from amongst the sparkle. Working with these beautiful purple table decorations has been one of my favourite stylist jobs so far – I hope you love them too!