Blue Wedding Theme

Named Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year, blue is the perfect hue for your celebration. Read more to find out about the various shades you have to choose from and how to plan the perfect blue wedding.

By The Zola Team

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Blue is perhaps one of the most timeless and versatile wedding colors, possibly due to the old phrase “something borrowed, something blue.” But blue stands to become an even more popular color choice for nuptials now that it’s been named Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year.

Though Pantone gave the honor to “Classic Blue” specifically, we imagine we’ll be seeing lots of blue wedding themes in a variety of shades throughout the next few years. As a primary color, blue matches with nearly any other hue to create your preferred palette. Plus, as a generally calming shade, it often symbolizes serenity, stability, inspiration, wisdom, and reliability.

If dreamy blues fit the color scheme you imagine for your big day, keep reading to find out more about some of the most popular shades, plus how to use them to plan the perfect blue wedding.

Selecting a Shade

The color blue has a wide range of shades available, with a spectrum running from soft, pastel blues to a deep, rich navy. Each of these hues evoke a different feel, so it is important to consider the atmosphere you want to create on your wedding day. The shade of blue you select may also be influenced by the time of year your wedding will take place and affect the other colors you choose as part of your palette. With this in mind, Zola has identified six solid blues to help you decide your color palette.

Powder Blue This pale blue shade is a soft and elegant choice for any wedding, but will work exceptionally well in the spring or summer when lighter pastel colors are in season. While powder blue pairs well with other soft colors, it looks most beautiful on its own or with a pop of white. What’s more, most people can wear this color, making it an excellent choice for wedding party attire, such as bridesmaid dresses or handheld flower arrangements.

Blue Wedding Theme Photo Credit // JessShootMe

Dusty Blue Aa s slightly darker, yet still soft shade, dusty blue is taking the wedding industry by storm. Its subtle appeal exudes romance and elegance, making it a pretty addition to any color palette. The hue also has an ethereal feel, which lends itself well to the increasingly popular bohemian theme that more commonly incorporates dusty blue wedding invitations and rustic country wedding decor. This versatile shade is an ideal choice year-round and, like powder blue, will look its best on its own or with splashes of white or other neutrals.

Tiffany Blue This bright and joyful blue is a timeless choice for weddings that will always be a popular color amongst brides. The cheerful hue will do best in a spring or summer wedding paired with pearly whites, which can help to tame this vivid shade. To give this classic color an update, and avoid any tired cliches, incorporate it with some creativity, such as macaroons instead of cupcakes.

Azure Blue A vibrant blue reminiscent of a clear and cloudless sky, azure blue is a perfect choice for summer weddings. Pair it with white for a classic and straightforward color combo, or create a bolder look by choosing other bright complementary colors, such as yellow or pink. For an even more innovative look, try incorporating the ombre trend with this shade of blue.

Sapphire Blue Glowing with energy and passion, sapphire blue is a stunning wedding color. While it will look especially good at a summer wedding, it also makes a great choice for fall celebrations, depending on the colors you pair it with. Try bold, striking colors—like blood orange and tomato —for the perfect summer palette, but consider other rich jewel tones—like plum purple and merlot red—for a beautiful autumn color scheme.

Navy Blue Another classic color choice, navy is often pinpointed as boring or a winter color. In reality, navy blue is a beautiful year-round choice and works well with various other shades. Keep things simple by pairing it with a classic white, or make things interesting with a full palette. This shade can hold its own no matter what you put it with and whether your wedding venue is formal or casual. Incorporate this hue with navy blue wedding invitations, bridal party outfits, or decor.

Using Your Blue

Once you’ve selected your perfect blue shade, it’s time to start thinking about how you want to use the color on your big day. Of course, there are the usual ways to utilize colors, such as wedding party attire and floral arrangements, but thanks to its versatility, blue can also be used in other creative ways throughout your celebration. Here is a list of some of our favorite out-of-the-box ways to create a beautiful blue wedding theme.

Blue Wedding Theme Photo Credit // JessShootMe
  • Engagement Ring: If you haven’t picked out your engagement ring and really love blue, consider opting for a blue gemstone, such as sapphire, diamond, or aquamarine. Not sure you can commit to the color for life? Try a statement piece for your big day. Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, famously wore an aquamarine cocktail ring during her reception.

  • Watercolor Invitations: Put a creative and unique twist on your invitations using a watercolor motif instead of the more classic floral option. The result will be a whimsical, yet elegant look that is guaranteed to wow your guests. Bridal Shoes: One of the easiest ways to add a bold pop of color to bridal attire is to wear colored shoes instead of neutral tones. This is an especially fun choice if you wear a floor-length gown, so your shoes will only be visible occasionally and be a sweet surprise as you walk down the aisle in your beautiful wedding dress.

  • Ring Box: Chances are the box your engagement ring came in was somewhat boring or maybe branded with the jeweler’s logo. For your wedding, invest in an elegant blue ring box that you can use for the exchange of rings. You can also use it in your photographer’s detailed shots of the wedding day.

  • Vow Books: Instead of reading your heartfelt vows from your phone or a stray piece of paper, create simple blue vow books. Not only will they look more elegant during the ceremony, but they will also make a fantastic keepsake for you to look back on for years to come.

  • Bridal Suite Outfits: An increasingly popular trend among bridal parties is to have coordinated getting ready outfits or robes. Opt for something in a blue shade, so the photos from this part of your day will be cohesive with the rest of your shots.

  • Wedding Gown: If blue really is your color, turn heads by choosing a wedding dress with a delicate blue lace overlay or a colored ribbon tied around the bodice of your gown.

  • Gown Embroidery: Similarly, though much more subtle, many brides have started to add their “something blue” by having a seamstress add your initials and wedding date in a blue thread to the underside of the gown’s hem.

  • Accent Chairs: Add a pop of blue to your wedding decor with a pair of blue velvet armchairs as your sweetheart table, in a wedding lounge, or sprinkled throughout your reception.

  • Hair: A bold and unique way to incorporate blue is to dye your locks for the big day. This is an extraordinarily original idea, but it’s one that’s sure to turn heads and keep all eyes on you throughout the big day.

While these are some of our favorite ways to utilize blue at a wedding, the possibilities are endless. For a timeless look, you may choose to stick with floral arrangements, linens, cake decorations, and place settings. But these signature features will give you some creative wedding ideas to help you create a cohesive color scheme.

Creating a blue wedding theme is simple enough, but demands that you pay close attention to the details of your day. Start by selecting your ideal shade of blue, then build your palette and wedding decor around that. As you have seen, there are a variety of shades to consider and an infinite number of ways to use the color throughout your celebration, but the most important thing is to remember to have fun while doing it.

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