1/10 If just one dessert isn’t enough, plan a sweets table where everything from the pastries to the linens to the labels is in the wedding’s grey and purple palette. Sweets Stylist Amy Atlas designed this yummy-looking table with custom purple garland, tiered grey cakes by The Caketress, coordinating cupcakes by Erica OBrien Cake Design, and ivory and lavender cake pops from New York Cake Pops. Click here to get more sweets table ideas from Amy.
Photography courtesy Sweets Stylist Amy Atlas
2/10 Fashion-forward brides may think nothing of an all-grey or -purple wedding dress, but if you’re going for something a little more traditional, choose a classic white or ivory gown with a colourful accent. Carolina Herrera accented the waist on this voluminous ball gown with a grey ribbon sash. The Isadora Gown, USD 6,990, is available at Carolina Herrera Boutiques in New York City, Los Angeles, Dallas and Bal Harbour.
Photography courtesy Carolina Herrera
3/10 Your wedding invitation will give guests a sneak peek at what they can expect on the big day, so choose a design that fits the look and feel you’re going for. Minted.com’s collection of designs by indie artists ranges from ornate and reserved to cool and casual. For a laid-back, modern affair, opt for the Swanky Hotel design by Splendid Press (100 invites from USD 204, shown on left), or for something a little more romantic and formal, try the Love and Marriage invitation by Paper Dahlia (100 invites from USD 234, shown on right).
4/10 Accessorize your wedding-day look with a fabulous, definitely wear-them-again pair of purple pumps! Christina Louboutin’s “Crazy Fur” d’Orsay is a show-stopper with glitter across the toe and strap and purple-dyed mink at the heel. The 4 ¾-inch (120 mm) heel isn’t too high when you take in the platform, but definitely bring a lower-heeled option in case your feet start to protest after a few spins on the dance floor. USD 1,195, Neiman Marcus.
5/10 Dress up the reception tables with grey and purple linens, colourful glassware and purple blooms. The centrepieces, by Janie Medley of The Bride’s Cafe, include anemones, sweet peas, lisianthus, viburnum, green hydrangea and black parrot tulips. Gold and feathered accents also enhance the tablescape.
6/10 Outfit your groom in the wedding’s colours with a classic grey suit, light purple shirt and coordinating tie. The bridal bouquet our groom is carrying here, by Janie Medley of The Bride’s Cafe, is made of sweet peas, anemones, parrot tulips and jasmine vine. The groom’s boutonnière complements it with a similar palette.
7/10 It’s almost impossible to find one dress colour that will flatter all of your bridesmaids, so opt for two! Monique Lhuillier’s stunning bridesmaid dress collection is filled with gowns your girls will love and, more importantly, wear long after your wedding day has passed. This short strapless tulle cocktail dress has a shirred bodice, a drop waist and a grosgrain tie around the waist, shown in Dove and Violet. USD 328, available at Bella Bridesmaid salons nationwide.
Photography courtesy Bella Bridesmaid
8/10 Add some colour to your tiered white wedding cake with various blooms in purple hues and just a hint of grey. Going for a romantic or vintage look? You’re sure to love the two-tiered Maggie Austin Cake (shown on left) with ruffles edged in the faintest bit of grey, orchids and small purple blooms. For the more traditional bride, Elegantly Iced’s “lace” tiers (shown on right) are dotted with bouquets of lilac and plum blooms and feature a sparkly silver (it’s in the grey family) “buckle” in the centre.
Photography courtesy Elegantly Iced and Maggie Austin Cake
9/10 Let’s face it; there are very few grey-coloured flowers to choose from, so mix up your bouquets with various purple shades from a light lilac to a dark plum. These bridesmaid bouquets, by Janie Medley of The Bride’s Cafe, are made with ranunculi, sweet peas, dusty miller, veronica, hellebores and scented geranium leaves.
10/10 No wedding album is complete without a photo of the guys showing off their cool socks! Pick up some colourful, striped pairs for the groom and groomsmen to wear, and remember to add this must-have image to your photographer’s shot list. The patterns shown here are from Etiquette Clothiers (USD 14), Mr. Porter (USD 20) and J. Crew (USD 32).
Photography courtesy Etiquette Clothiers, J. Crew and Mr. Porter
Grey is the new black. It goes with everything—yellow, pink, navy—and unlike black, it works great for both day and evening weddings. While the wedding colours grey and yellow have been featured all over the web (have you seen the results page on Pinterest?), we decided to go with a fresher colour combo and paired grey with purple for this Pick a Palette Colour Craze.