This humble purple flower may be small, but it’s huge in the world of weddings this year! Whether it’s the flower, the colour, the scent or the flavour, lavender is popping up everywhere in modern weddings. If you’re inspired by this pretty English bloom, then take a look at these lovely lavender wedding ideas…
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One of the best places to use lavender flowers is – no prizes for guessing – in your bouquet! Freshly-cut lavender smells incredible and makes a beautiful impact when used in a single-bloom bouquet. Lavender dries and keeps better than most flowers without losing its fragrance, so if you’re having a rustic wedding then why not try a dried flower bouquet? It’ll look just as gorgeous and save you a few pennies too!
Don’t just limit your lavender to your bouquets – dried and fresh lavender looks beautiful in buttonholes and on pew ends, too. For table centres or floral arrangements, pair it with baby’s breath for a blousy countryside feel, or with pale green foliage like olive leaves and eucalyptus. Fresh lavender in pots also makes for an easy DIY table plan or table numbers – simply push signs with your table number or your guests’ names into the soil!
Take inspiration from the different shades of blue and purple in lavender plants with ombre bridesmaids’ dresses. Remember that if you have lavender bouquets, then you’ll want to contrast with a lighter shade of purple, or an entirely different shade such as silver or sage green, to avoid your flowers getting lost in the photographs. Alternatively, why not give your girls lavender-coloured dresses, but contrasting bouquets in shades of ivory?
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Actual lavender flowers can be too fragile to use in your hair, so why not go for the next best thing with delicate purple hair accessories and matching jewellery? The Allure of Lavender collection from Glitzy Secrets is perfect for this, and includes hair combs and pins as well as jewellery. Not only will they look beautiful paired with an ivory bridal gown, they make ideal gifts for bridesmaids too.
As well as looking beautiful, lavender makes for a fragrant and delicious addition to plenty of different foods, and works well with Provencal flavours such as honey and lemon. For your drinks, why not serve lavender lemonade or a cocktail using a flavoured syrup such as a Lavender Collins? As it’s a floral taste, lavender is ideal for desserts and cakes; macaroons, panna cotta and shortbread are all great options, and you could even make peach and lavender jam for favours.
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