How To Plan A Blue Themed Wedding
Beautiful shades of blue can be used to achieve a magnitude of different themes and settings for your wedding. I will create a mood board, style concept and colour scheme as inspiration for your blue themed wedding.
For a classic style, you can pair blue details with white, or use a mix of blue shades for a more rustic wedding feel. This also works well if you want your wedding to be predominantly blue, without it becoming too overpowering. However, different shades of blue can be pared with other colours that complement each other in order to achieve your blue themed wedding.
For example, for an autumn wedding, you may wish to pair teal with shades of rust or orange. Or you could achieve a more delicate scheme if you pair slate blue with blush pink.
The 2 most popular shades of blue for next wedding season are powder blue and inky blue. I particularly love inky blue, which I used as the predominant colour for my blue themed wedding, pairing it with a dusty blue and off-white, with pops of burgundy – gaining my inspiration from a blog post on Elegant Wedding Invites – as I think it creates a lovely romantic feel.
The 2 most popular shades of blue for next wedding season are powder blue and inky blue.
My Concept Boards for a Blue Themed Wedding
I started by scrolling through Pinterest, building a colour scheme from images that I particularly liked. I then developed this into my Colour Concept Board. From this I could build my Style Board focusing on particular elements that I loved – I like weddings that combine the colour scheme with neutral undertones and lots of greenery.
Table Decorations – How To Dress Your Table
I think incorporating blues into the table decorations is an easy way to create your overall colour scheme. Having small details like blue glassware, linens or stationery works in a nicer way than opting to have blue flowers. You will have limited choice (hydrangea, delphinium), if you choose blue bouquets.
In order to keep with the romantic theme I would use wooden tables, opting not to use a table cover, creating a rustic feel. This would look beautiful with the floral arrangements described below. You can then dress the table with the blue decorations – maybe choose a dusty blue table runner.
For this concept, I would choose to use natural coloured crockery, such as Classic Crockery’s Natural Stoneware Collection
You can pair this with silver cutlery to keep it simple. Or try pairing it with gold cutlery (both demonstrated in the concept boards above). This then means that you can add other metallic gold accents throughout the rest of the scheme.
Flowers – Introducing a Bold Colour
Instead of opting for blue flowers, I chose to use greenery combined with off-white flowers, and pops of burgundy, which I feel is a sophisticated way to incorporate the new colour. In the mood board below, I have chosen to use Astrantia, Red Hypericum (St Johns’ Wort) and Amaranthus (Red Root). Other flowers that would work with the scheme would be Roses or Queen Anne’s Lace.
For the greenery you could choose eucalyptus or ferns. Their dusty green shade would tie in nicely with the blue shades of your wedding, whilst still complimenting the burgundy. If you want to add a subtle shade of blue to your bouquet, then draw inspiration from many Pinterest images and include thistles, which add that extra hue.
A lot of my blue scheme came through the dresses and the suits. This is an easy way to incorporate any colour into your scheme.
Dresses and Suits
As you can see from my concept boards, a lot of my blue scheme came through the dresses and suits. This is an easy way to incorporate any colour into your scheme. To keep with the feel of this concept, I would choose long, A-line skirts of varying shades. I would also choose dresses from the same collection, maybe with different necklines. This will help create the romantic feel we are trying to achieve.
I really love mismatched dresses as I feel like it allows the bridesmaids to feel unique and beautiful in a dress that will suit them – as it can be tricky to find a colour, cut and style to suit all your bridesmaids.
When it comes to mismatched dresses, they can be as matched or different as you like, I find it works best when they have a common element (eg. Same length, material etc) as this will tie your bridal party together. If you opt for a dusty blue then your bouquet of greenery, whites and burgundy, will stand out against it. You can have a simple but elegant green and burgundy button hole for your grooms’ men, paired with navy suits.
If you don’t like blue dresses then, with this colour scheme, you can choose either natural dresses or burgundy dresses. However I feel that blue best compliments this wedding – After all, we are trying to create a blue themed wedding!
The Cake – Incorporating a Hue of Blue
When it comes to the cake, you can keep the romantic theme by choosing a cake decorated with hues of blue, ombré or marbling. If you like traditional white cakes, you could opt for blue detailing, like ribbons or floral decoration.
I am a big fan of ‘semi-naked cakes’ where a minimal amount of frosting is swiped around the sides. To fit the concept I’ve created I would choose either a ‘semi-naked’ or white cake. I would also incorporate some metallic detail, especially if included elsewhere, as it adds some definition to the cake.
I particularly like this cake from Princess Patisserie as I think it fits the romantic theme, whist also including the gold. The subtle hint of blue frosting, combined with the dusty blue ribbons, nicely ties it into your blue themed wedding. It could then be dressed in a wreath of greenery including some of the burgundy flowers used in the bouquet, such as the Red Hypericum or Amaranthus.
This cake was found in a styled shoot by Jessica Davies Fine Art Photography. The shoot, like our concept, combines romance and elegance with aspects that are a little wilder and more rustic – such as our floral arrangements and tables.
Photographer | Jessica Davies Fine Art Photography
Styled Shoot | Want That Wedding
If you combine multiple shades of blue, it’s about off-setting them with other colours or natural undertones in order to achieve the most beautiful blue themed wedding.
Overall, if you want to achieve a blue wedding, I think the most important factor is finding a balance. You don’t want every single feature of your wedding to be blue otherwise it will become too intense. So, it’s down to personal taste – whether you want to go classic (blue and white), romantic (blue, off-white and burgundy) or delicate (slate blue and blush). Even if you combine multiple shades of blue, it’s about off-setting them with other colours or natural undertones in order to achieve the most beautiful blue themed wedding.
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