Blue is, perhaps, one of the most timeless and versatile wedding colors. After all, we all know the traditional wedding rhyme that states, something borrowed, something blue. With wedding planning back on the rise, we imagine we’ll be seeing lots of wedding themes based around a variety of blue shades throughout the next few years (if not longer).
As a primary color, blue matches with nearly any other hue to create a perfect wedding color palette. Plus, as a generally calming shade, it’s known to symbolize serenity, stability, inspiration, wisdom, and reliability. How about that for your nuptials?
If dreamy blues fit the theme and color scheme you imagine for your big day, we’ve got just the information for you. From the most popular shades to how to use them on your wedding day, we’ve gathered all of your need-to-knows—as well as our favorite blue wedding color ideas—below.
The color blue has a wide range of shades, with a spectrum running from soft, pastel blues to a deep, rich navy. Each of these hues evoke a different feeling, so it’s 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 takes place, as well as affect the other colors you choose as part of your palette. With this in mind, we’ve identified six beautiful blues to help you decide your blue wedding color palette.
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.
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.
This high-end brand’s shade of blue is so well-known, it’s become what it’s referred to as. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Put an artistic and unique twist on your invitations by using a watercolor motif instead of a more classic floral option. The result will be a whimsical, yet elegant look that is guaranteed to wow your guests before they even arrive at your wedding venue. We highly recommend this paper suite design for beach weddings and spring weddings, where serene nature is abundant.
We’re willing to bet that the box your engagement ring came in was somewhat boring, or perhaps branded with the jeweler’s logo. For your wedding day, invest in an elegant blue ring box that you can bring out for the exchange of rings. You can also showcase it earlier in the day by featuring it in your photographer’s flat lay or detail shots, alongside your engagement ring, accessories, and paper suite.
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.
We’re big fans of bridal parties wearing matching outfits while getting ready. While they don’t necessarily need to be robes or pajamas, but a matching ensemble can look beautiful in photos and make everyone immediately feel a part of the big day. Opt for something in a blue shade (or multiple), so the photos from this part of your day will be cohesive with the rest of your shots.
If blue truly is your color, turn heads by donning a blue wedding dress with a delicate blue lace overlay or a colored ribbon tied around the bodice of your gown. You can also seek out gowns with a bit of blue pattern, if you’re looking for something truly unique.
Similarly, though much more subtle, many brides have started to add their “something blue” by having a seamstress add their initials and wedding date in a blue thread to the underside of the gown’s hem.
For a fun and elegant pop of color, consider pairing your wedding dress with a pair of blue flats or heels (or whatever type of shoe you’d like to wear). This is a fun and subtle way to incorporate the color, especially when you hit the dance floor.
While a popular idea is to dress your bridesmaids in blue bridesmaids dresses, we’re also fans of incorporating smaller pops of blue into their—and the groomsmen’s—ensembles. Consider matching blue shoes, jewelry, hair ribbons, ties, bowties, pocket squares, and/or dress socks.
A bold and unique way to incorporate blue into your look is to dye your locks for the big day. This hairstyle is an extraordinarily original idea, making it one that’s sure to turn heads and keep all eyes on you throughout the big day. If dying all of your locks isn’t ideal, consider a soft and subtle light blue streak behind the ear.
Add a pop of blue to your wedding decor by bringing blue velvet armchairs into your reception. Place them at the head of your sweetheart wedding table, in a cozy wedding lounge, or sprinkled throughout your reception for guests to relax atop.
The colors that you decide to include in your wedding flowers—centerpieces, wedding bouquet, wedding arch, and the like—are the colors that are most likely to stand out throughout your ceremony and reception. Incorporate shades of blue with flowers like hydrangeas and delphinium. Blue flowers can be soft and delicate (perhaps paired with greenery in a garden wedding?) or pack some punch, depending on the types you request or DIY.
Pair your dessert with the color of the evening by requesting that your cake be frosted or decorated with blue. Pale blue all-over color, watercolor brush strokes, teal ribbon, blue florals—each of these blue wedding cakes and more are sure to impress before and even while being cut into.
Welcome your guests to your reception and guide them to their seats with color-coordinated escort cards. Depending on your theme, these can go in many different directions. For example, beach weddings can feature painted oyster shells, blue sea glass, or little blue umbrellas on their escort cards. Meanwhile, stylish affairs can use blue tassels, ribbon, or card paper.
Bring blue right to your wedding guests’ tables with a blue table runner, blue napkins, vintage mismatched dishes, and colored goblets. Balance it out with some white for a tablescape worthy of Bridgerton’s Duke and Duchess of Hastings.
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 style 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’ve seen, there are a variety of shades to consider and an infinite amount of wedding inspiration to use throughout your celebration. That said, the most important thing is to have fun while doing it, just like the rest of wedding planning.