The colours in this wedding inspirational shoot are magnificent. Just as getting married in York will be! Yes, brides all over the UK, and especially those from York, will be inspired by the gorgeous lilac shown here as they work so marvelously with the lush green backdrop of a wedding amongst rolling green hills. The other hues of azure aqua and perfectly pretty peach make this bouquet a wonderful point to build a wedding on! See what else you can do with these colours!
Dresses & Accessories for a Lilac and Peach Wedding
The thing with having two contrasting colours for your wedding theme is that they can really clash and, with lilac and peach in particular, look like the stepsisters from Cinderella. When you’re looking at dresses for your bridesmaid, maybe pick one of the colours for the main body of the dress and hint at the other through accessories like necklaces, flowers or headpieces.
For the wedding dress itself, stick with a classic white look and then add the colour through the details. If you go too over the top with colour, especially pastels like lilac and peach, you could risk your wedding looking too sickly sweet. For flowers, though these hues are spectacular together.
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Food for a Lilac and Peach Wedding
Trying to get food that’s either lilac or peach in its entirety is pretty difficult unless you’re going very sweet with donuts or macarons, or you’re going on the nose with the theme and serving peach-based cuisine. Both of these colours go well with white so you can add elements of the colours to your plainer wedding cake base to tie it all together as shown in the photos.
If you do want to go more literal and inject actual peach flavours into your meal, think about peach and parma ham salads, cobblers and tarts, or even start off cocktail hour with peach bellinis to kick things off.
Bouquets & Boutonnieres for a Lilac and Peach Wedding
Where your lilac and peach wedding theme is really going to come alive is with the floral arrangements. There are varying shades of both lilac and peach so you can build full palettes of colour with your bouquets and centerpieces.
Although with boutonnieres you’ll want to stick to one colour or the other, with the bouquets perhaps opt for a darker shade of lilac and accent the bouquet with the peach and hints of pale lilac to give a fuller effect. As long as you run the themes throughout your wedding flowers and weave them into your wedding details it should all look cohesive.
Menswear for a Lilac and Peach Wedding
Menswear with a pastel colour wedding theme can be a bit tricky – you don’t want to make it seem like a costume, so again, picking a strong base colour for the suit and accenting it with boutonnieres, pocket squares and ties are a great way of tying your lilac and peach wedding scheme all together.
A fun and quirky touch that’s been common since ankle grazer suits have come back into fashion is to have socks that match the colour of the bridesmaid dresses or the overall theme. That way you get flashes of lilac and peach with every bit of movement.
Wedding Reception Music and Entertainment for a Lilac and Peach Wedding
Obviously with a wedding theme that’s based around colours, when it comes to wedding reception music and entertainment there is very little you can do to really tie it into the theme. The good thing is it leaves it entirely open to you and your significant other to choose based on personal preference.
Whether the choice is a full wedding covers band, a brass band, a string quartet, DJ, or just a great playlist that you guys have made piped through your wedding venue’s speaker system, as long as there’s music your wedding guests can move to you can’t really go far wrong.
Favours & Gifts for a Lilac and Peach Wedding
The great thing about lilacs and peaches, in particular, is that they’re more than just colours which means they lend themselves very nicely to wedding favours and gifts. Both lilac and peach have great scents associated with them so a candle or hand creams or packet of potpourri is a great small wedding favour for your guests.
For the wedding gifts for your bridal party consider this scent-based theme and amplify it with pamper packages or food-based, peach infused gifts. Especially if your wedding party likes a good bourbon, infusing it with peach flavour is a nice twist on a southern classic.
Budget for a Lilac and Peach Wedding
Due to this particular wedding theme being a colour-based design, there are plenty of ways to make a lilac and peach wedding work on a budget. Especially considering that both these shades are fairly common wedding colours on their own there are tons of options for keeping costs low.
You can easily imbue your wedding with these colours using draped material and less commonly used flowers, rather than heading for the more expensive lilies and roses. It might also be worth going to the bridal warehouse and outlets for bridesmaids' dresses in these colours as they’re both commonly worn.
Details for a Lilac and Peach Wedding
With colour themed wedding schemes, the devil is always in the details and with your lilac and peach wedding, it is no different at all. As it’s two quite contrasting pastel shades, you want to be quite careful with how busy you make your wedding look – too many bursts of colour will make it look messy.
Instead, try and pull out key hero pieces such as a certain flower or vase and commit to one of the colours. Alternatively, you could switch between lilac and peach across each of the guest tables at the reception so that the colours don’t clash.
Table Setting Style for a Lilac and Peach Wedding
As we’ve mentioned, a relatively safe way to integrate these two contrasting shades into your overall table layout without having horrible clashes is to alternate the two colours between tables having lilac tables and peach tables and setting them according to that colour scheme.
If you do want to mix the colours then consider the crockery and mix and match vintage glassware with a purple or orange tint that gives an elegant and subtle nod to the theme without looking gauche. Of course, you can add lilac or peach runners or chair covers for a more complete look that keeps everything thematic.
Outdoor Wedding Ideas for a Lilac and Peach Wedding
If you’re wanting to have your lilac and peach nuptials in the great outdoors, there are plenty of options you can explore that integrate these two particular colours. The easy way to do so is to find a garden style venue where you can add in lilac and peach flower borders and vines.
Another option is to go with more of a Spanish Revival themed wedding venue and find a peach tone building with sufficient grounds to add in the lilac accents that will really tie your lilac and peach outdoor wedding together – just try and pick a season where the weather is likely to be on your side.
Colour Story: Lilac and Peach
Getting to know some of the other wedding bloggers in this industry has been a true blessing and Kate from Magnolia Rouge is one of the sweetest of the bunch. She envisioned and executed this lilac and peach colour story to perfection – coming up not only with the idea, but also the stationary & styling for this shoot.
Right on the heels of Pantone naming of Radiant Orchid the colour of the year for 2014, the timing of this colour story couldn’t be better!
From Kate – “Mix azure aqua with pretty peach and lovely lilac for an irresistible spring palette. Soft rose accents add warmth, while pops of plum create depth.”
Be sure to take a peek at more images and information from this shoot in the current issue of the Magnolia Rouge Magazine, where on page 113 you can even shop this look!
Credits: Photography: Greta Kenyon // Stationary & Styling: Magnolia Rouge // Floral Design: Leaf & Honey // Cake & Meringues: Florabunda.