Ultraviolet Wedding Reception Decor that won't look like Barney the dinosaur!
If you're planning a wedding for yourself or someone else who wants to incorporate purple into the wedding colors –without it looking like a Barney wedding– we've got you dialed in.
Do you know that purple goes by a different name? Ultraviolet is the trendy new name that makes it marketable. Whatever, it's still purple! I've found that people have strong feelings about purple. They either love or revile the color of bruises! Before Barney the Dinosaur and his annoying song hit the scene, I wore purple often. At least until everyone decided it was hilarious to be a snarky clown making remark about how Barney and I would make a great couple. Mmkay... Before that ridiculous dinosaur came on the scene with his suit, purple was a normal beautiful color completely free from animosity. Purple, just like all bold colors, when used in moderation, is luxurious! After all, it's the color of royalty.
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Wedding RECEPTION decorations
Creating a dramatic impact throughout the room, the floral centerpieces alternated between short and tall. Each table included a bottle of wine that also matched the table names which were named after the couples favorite California wineries. Unscented tea-light candles illuminated the ballroom giving it a romantic ambiance that felt warm and cozy.
The silver trays in the photo below, came from Dollar Tree and were painted with chalk spray paint. A chalk pen, not regular chalk, was used to pen the table names. The tea-lights also came from Dollar Tree.
Look closely, the wedding favors are placed above the place settings. Each translucent box holds a silver customized wine stopper and is tied with a delicate bow made from sheer ribbon.
Staggering ultraviolet wedding centerpieces
The centerpieces alternated between short and tall creating a dramatic impact throughout the room. All of the flower arrangements are beautiful; my favorite one of all is the tall champagne glass shaped vases. To dress those up for the big day, a band of rhinestones were hot glued towards the top of the rim.
Sweetheart table for the two love birds
The couples sweetheart table included handmade touches with customized the Mr & Mrs lettered swag draped across the front. Customized His & Hers burlap seat covers, also handmade, laid across the back of the couples chairs.
All the little details are charming and cute on their own, but the centerpiece with the vibrant shades of purple, ultraviolet, green, and orchid bring life into this corner.
His & hers wedding cakes
I love how the cakes incorporated the couples individuality into the reception.
My brother, a lifelong fan of the SF Giants, had his grooms cake decorated to look like a baseball, while the bride opted for a traditional tiered wedding cake topped with more of those gorgeous flowers.
Throughout dinner, the dance floor remained lit with the couples initials written using a classic calligraphic font.
Another fun surprise-is the twist the couple gave to the traditional desert table here with a milk and cookies bar.
It's perfect for guests who might like a small snack in between busting grooves on the dance floor. Have you noticed the ultraviolet lighting used in a few strategic areas of the reception like here behind the cookie bar?
No detail went overlooked . . .
Photos by ABM photography captured shots of beauty along with ones full of personality too.
The hole in one shot is fitting of Elliot & Christinas personality and a great conclusion to a beautiful, but hot, wedding day in southern California.
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