Autumn is definitely the dream season for a country-themed wedding. But with nature’s strong hues out in all their splendor, now’s your chance to go for a look that’s “a little bit country” and a whole lot of modern. Your color options? Not your traditional dainty pastels this time. Instead, try a hot duo of orange + purple! And to help you work these into your wedding look, here is some truly striking inspiration from real weddings and styled shoots.
Think Contemporary with Touches of Country!
Orange is a typical sight at fall weddings. Purple we sometimes see through the use of plum. But pairing these 2 colors in one palette instantly creates a contemporary look that can turn even ‘country’ into ‘trendy’! Here are our suggestions for doing this in style.
1. Let florals work their charm. In traditional country-themed events, it’s often flowers that provide the soft, heartwarming atmosphere. There’s no need to break that practice here. As you’ll notice in the images we’ve selected, there are beautiful blooms in each one. You are styling a wedding, after all.
Autumn has a wonderful array of flowers to choose from, too! Some popular ones are dahlias, sunflowers, alstroemeria, calla lilies, carnations, hydrangea, anemones, ranunculus, zinnias, and of course roses.
2. Highlight the color contrast. Don’t be timid about setting these two bold colors against each other. That is, in fact, what this palette is all about. So for your wedding party, your bridal bouquet would be a stunning focal point for this—perhaps using accents like brooches and a ribbon wrap. Then, your bridesmaids could don eye-catching purple dresses and mimic your bouquet with theirs; while your groom and his groomsmen could sport colorful boutonnieres of purple and orange blooms. Note how they stand out against a navy suit or perhaps a gray one. So the gents can look dapper indeed!
3. Incorporate modern elements. Some tricks for giving a country theme a contemporary flair? Consider a wedding cake with unexpectedly sleek layers and clean lines—softened with some flowers. Your paper products, like invitations, place cards, and ceremony programs, could maybe have a geometric pattern or a hint of metallics you wouldn’t normally see in such a theme.
4. Keep some sweet touches. If you feel sentimental about a cozy country look, though, do keep some sweetness in there. See this ultra-charming welcome display we found, with everything from a watering can to a wooden caddy to a floral scarf to a dainty doily—but jazzed up with our orange and purple combo! This could work, too, for vignette-style centerpieces, your guest book table, or your favors display.
So, are you still wary of such a bold color pairing? Or is orange + purple now on your wedding palette ‘short list’? Stay tuned for more of our Fall Wedding Palettes’ series running through till September.
Bouquet – Luck Bridal Designs
Bride and bridesmaids – Carley Rehberg Photography, via Heart Love Weddings
Boutonniere – Figlewicz Photography, via Belle The Magazine
Cake – Beautiful Blooms
Welcome display – Event Crush, via Emmaline Bride