Purple Flowers for Your Wedding Day

Purple is a very popular color for spring wedding flowers. Even if your main wedding theme color isn’t purple, a little spray of something purple can add a dash of color to an arrangement of white wedding flowers, or a little bit of contrast to an arrangement of pink wedding flowers. I’m going to tell you about some of the most popular choices in purple wedding flowers, and what you should know about each.


Roses are perhaps the most popular flowers for weddings, and there are many varieties of purple roses. A purple rose is said to symbolize enchantment, desire, and love at first sight, making it a very romantic choice. Of all the purple wedding flowers, the rose is perhaps the most versatile. The flower girl can scatter rose petals that exactly match the roses in the bridal bouquet and other flower arrangements. Roses come in various sizes, and mini roses are especially suitable for corsages.

Calla lilies come in various colors, including deep purple. Their elegant, elongated shape is a bit exotic. Calla lilies are associated with beauty and majesty, but there’s no special meaning assigned to purple ones. They work well in elegant, sophisticated arrangements.

The lush bunches of tiny flowers of the purple lilac have a strong, distinctive smell that evokes memories of springtime for most of us. Lilacs have been used to symbolize the first emotions of love, similar to purple roses. One problem that is often encountered with lilacs, however, is that they often don’t last as well as other cut flowers. This problem may be counteracted with proper cutting that creates a lot of surface area at the base of the stem for the flower to soak up water. If you want to use lilacs for your purple wedding flowers, make sure that they will be available at the time of year you plan to get married.

Hydrangeas come in purple, commonly in pastel shades, and their big clusters of flowers add a lively puff of color a flower arrangement. They make particularly good altar flowers because of the large size of the clusters. Like lilacs, however, hydrangeas have woody stems that need to be cut just right to draw up enough water, or they will wilt quickly.

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Irises may be counted as purple wedding flowers or blue wedding flowers. Their bold petals and sleek leaves make them instantly recognizable. The yellow center of the classic purple-blue iris creates contrast that makes the whole flower appear more brightly colored. Irises can be an excellent way to tie together a bouquet of purple and yellow spring flowers. The long, straight stems of irises make them good material for simple bridal bouquets, as well.

Orchids come in several varieties, and many shades of purple. They are popular in Japanese-style flower arrangements, and they last relatively well. A simple cascade style bouquet of orchids, with little or no added greenery, goes well with almost any style of wedding dress. Orchids inside glass containers make fashionable centerpieces. When considering orchids for your wedding, though, remember that they can be fairly expensive. Mixing them with other varieties of flowers can help keep the cost down.

Purple tulips tend to be available from florists in the spring, but if you plan ahead, you may be able to get greenhouse-grown tulips at other times of the year. To some, a bouquet of purple tulips symbolizes love, faith, and trust, which makes it very thematic for a wedding. Similar to irises, tulips tied with a simple ribbon can make an attractive bouquet on their own, or they may be used as part of a more complicated arrangement of purple wedding flowers.

Some less common varieties of purple wedding flowers include purple Vanda, spider mums, and Lisianthus. The Mariachi Lisianthus has an intriguing pattern of white petals tipped in purple. If you want a purple bridal bouquet with a wildflower theme, consider flowers like purple daisies, asters, lavender, and larkspur.