Ask Kate: How do I have a nightlife themed wedding and what colours work best with purple?

April 19, 2013

Kate Thompson has been offering heart-felt advice and sparklingly different wedding inspiration for ten years. She is married with two children, and often features in the national press. With her warm and caring nature and off-beat sense of humour, she'll answer every question with knowledgable insight and understanding to help and inspire or simply restore your peace of mind.


I am having a hard time putting all my ideas together to make a wedding that will look beautiful, classy and romantic. I am having my wedding and reception at a place that is surrounded by windows to allow us to see Chicago’s tall buildings. I like the idea of a nightlife-themed wedding, but I also like the idea of a royal wedding. How can I make this classy and romantic? My main color has to be purple, what colours would work best with this?


I love the sound of your venue with its windows and city view. I agree a nightlife themed wedding would be amazing! There are so many ways you can make it the romantic and stylish event you envisage and still have a hint of royal wedding with your regal Pretty in Purple decor. A city nightlife themed wedding reception should be neat and sharp in its styling unlike the more organic look of a country do. I love these purple city style topiary trees which would look great in the centre of each table. Giant Martini glasses filled with shiny, light-catching purple foil wrapped chocolate love hearts is another showstopper of a city style centrepiece. For a truly unique wedding look for your reception, have some city skylines created from black card and decorate the walls with them and use the same image on your menus and table numbers and place cards.

A rich purple is a strong colour so be careful what other colours you team it with. A gentle, creamy ivory will set it off beautifully, as will a pretty lilac or the palest baby blue or pink just as pale green can work too, in small amounts. Introducing an accent colour of silver or gold will enhance your colour scheme further – purple and gold are classic royal wedding colours so you could get a classic royal wedding scheme into your nightlife theme without it all being too overstated. Less is more, as they say! If, on the other hand, you like bold colours together for a ‘bright lights, big city’ feel then team it with red or burnt orange or both for a real clash of colour! Hope that helps. x Please send us your wedding photos for our Real Weddings section as we’d love to see them! x



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