The color purple is an ancient color, the dye originally being produced from the shells of snails. Because of the rarity, only royalty and emperors were able to afford items in this color and so common connotations associated with purple of nobility, dignity, pride and success. Other connotations include passion, sophistication, ceremony, admiration, mystery, spirituality, fantasy, creativity, wisdom, and purpose. Dark purple highlights the richness of this dynamic color, but for weddings lighter purples are often used because the color appears more romantic and delicate.
While not the most common of flower colors, there are a variety of flowers that bloom in shades of purple and violet. Pansies, allium, wisteria, irises, lavender, lilac, sweet pea, orchids, heliotrope, phlox, crocus, violets, hibiscus, roses, anemones, dahlias, freesias, clematis, peonies, ranunculus, tulips, petunias, gladiolus, hydrangeas, lisianthus, camellia, carnations, and mums a some of the more common flowers that come in purple. Purple flowers are good in monochromatic bouquets or blended with other colors such as green or yellow.