Think of clouds in a dawn sky, the soft mauve of spring flowers – for those of us who love to be ultra feminine.

–    Combine with ivory, and purples of the spectrum from dark to mid to pale

–    With cornflower blue and chocolate

–    With mid grey and burgundy

–    With white, dove grey and silver

–    With cherry red

–    With cream, apricot and pewter

–    With ivory and pink and/or soft yellow

–    Pewter, silver and sparkling glassware

–    With sage green, touches of darker sage green and darker lilac

–    Agapanthus, lilacs, cornflowers, delphiniums, larkspur, white roses, lilac roses, orchids tinged with green, lavender, grey leaves, green leaves from lime to celadon to grey green, hydrangeas, sweet peas

–    Lace, crystals, sequins, soft floaty fabrics, lilac hail spot muslin over ivory silk lining, lace gloves, diamonds, pearls

–    An ‘olde worlde’ feel – lace overlays, embroidered organza, beading, frilled blouses, long skirts with trains, parasols, faux fur wraps – look at 1900’s fashion for inspiration for your bridal party dresses

–    1920’s flapper fashion – straight dresses with lace overlays, dropped waists, cloche hats, beaded headbands, fabulous shoes embellished with crystals, feathers – in fans, long ostrich feathers

–    Arrive at the wedding in a carriage, or beautiful old cars like Bentleys, Mercedes

–    Small silver photo frames at each place setting with the guests’ name can double as favours, glass votives with lilac candles

–    For a winter wedding, large containers of bare white branches, festooned with your flower of choice, strings of crystals, up lit with hidden lights or with candles and rose petals surrounding the container. Use these in doorways, entrances, create a walkway, on either side of a fire place, on tables

–    For a summer wedding outside, create a secret garden look with vines and branches over and around a pergola, garlands and pots of flowers – hydrangeas, sweet peas and ferns are particularly pretty with this theme. Make the most of existing features such as stone walls, fountains, ponds

–    A cake decorated simply with silver balls (cachous), tiny sugar flowers randomly set all over, or a croquembouche with spun toffee and dotted with sugared violets. A cake covered with sugared flowers such as violets, hydrangeas (flowers picked individually off the flower heads), or sweet peas

–    Lilac lining in the mens’ suit jackets

–    Silver edged glassware or crockery, silver cutlery, silver chairs, mirrors on the tables and on the wall to reflect sparkle, the palest of lilac in table linen, enhanced with the other colours of your chosen palette in flowers,  napkins, cake, garlands


Skirt from Brides, Stationery by Stationers Engraving New York via Martha Stewart Weddings, cupcake from Daisy Hill Cake Company Dusty Lilac Flower Barrettes from BabbsBoutique on Etsy