There is something about blue that gives it a universal appeal. Perhaps it’s due to its vast spectrum of shades, each with a distinct quality that evokes an equally distinct response. For some, blue can mean coolness, serenity, calm; or intensity, mystery, magic. For others, it can bring to mind a tranquil sea, the midnight sky, a delicate blue flower, the intense cobalt blue of Mediterranean interiors, or a chirping bluebird.
This marked popularity of blue makes it an appealing choice for a wedding event color palette, while its range of shades is an event stylist’s dream. Decor elements may be items that are naturally blue—such as hydrangeas, forget-me-nots, hyacinths, or delphiniums—or that come in the desired shade, whether candles, tableware, or favor containers. When applied tastefully and stylishly, decorating a wedding event with such a likable color as blue is simply irresistible.
An elegant seaside engagement party is the perfect opportunity to emulate the look of the sea and sky in the table setting. A light blue tablecloth sets the stage for this display with touches of a complimentary warm color, orange, on the shell accents.
The ivory of the plate, napkin, and menu card stands out strikingly, creating a clean, crisp look in keeping with the seaside venue (see above).
Blue has been such a favored color for porcelain ware that the term “blue and white” is the familiar name for a type of Chinese ceramics and “Delft blue” refers to the fine porcelain pieces crafted in the Dutch town by that name. For a party with a Russian ball or winter theme, Fabergé-inspired porcelain eggs in footed egg cups take center stage on an opulent favor table. The blue floral designs and gleaming gold trim on these containers convey an Old World charm perfectly in keeping with the theme and the richness of the setting.
Blue need not always be the dominant hue at a wedding event to make its presence felt. It may be used to interplay with other colors, such as in this combination of navy blue, royal blue, and lilac used for a fairytale-inspired “Dream Come True” theme. Presented in ribbons draped gracefully over a towering centerpiece of white favor boxes and extending amidst the glittering, candlelit table display, the navy and royal blue serve to add a touch of drama to a primarily soft and sweet setting.
Unique shades of blue can make a decorative statement. Satin ribbons in Tiffany blue, for instance, immediately enliven an otherwise pale or neutral table setting while maintaining a cool, classy look. Silvery keepsake boxes atop the ribbons remind one of elegant Tiffany pieces themselves.
A stunning shade of aqua is paired with brown and sandy hues to capture a seaside look of a “Sweet Sailing” themed event. While blue dominates the display, it is softened and sweetened by the natural tones of seashell trays filled with white Jordan almonds arranged on a tiered centerpiece. Colorful, pastel taffy candies teeming out of simple cylindrical glass vases are also decorated with aqua ribbons and brown paper bands. Individual seashells and a starfish echo the seaside theme, while providing final tempering touches to the all-blue display.
In a table setting, colors play off of each other, bringing out their individual subtleties in the process. For instance, a predominantly sky blue display gets a lift with the infusion of elements in a rich magenta or deep fuchsia, such as this organza-wrapped favor box. In turn, the blue background makes the organza’s color appear more vivid and vibrant against a backdrop of cool hues.
This same contrast with fuchsia can be made with the use of flowers. An outdoor table setting owes its appeal to a lush centerpiece of fresh orchids in this vibrant shade set against a sky blue tablecloth.
Once again, the use of blue as an accent rather than as the dominant color at an event makes it more dramatic. White candles, for example, can be presented as spa party favors in aqua organza wraps. The color lends feminine chic to the favors themselves, while making a striking addition to the occasion’s decor.
True to its adaptable quality, blue can take on a variety of appearances when used in different patterns. A blue and white gingham ribbon adds homey charm to a beach-inspired favor dish. Blue stripes can play up a nautical or preppy scene; while blue polka dots, florals, and paisley patterns can create a whimsical ambiance at a bridal shower or tea party.
Items in a striking shade of blue readily catch one’s eye, even tucked away amidst other decor elements. Intentionally “out of place” in this muted Victorian-inspired setting, edible treats in aqua-colored wrappers, for example, are invitingly visible through the mesh of a dainty favor bag.
In a table display already alive with strong colors, blue serves as a perfect complement. When used in subtle decor accents, such as place card holders and votive candle holders dotted with blue rhinestones, it in fact serves to bring out the other colors more prominently.
Glittering blue rhinestones are a lovely touch on votive candle holders in gleaming silver. Resting upon a delicate tulle table covering and with tiny tea lights reflecting off the blue stones, these votives create a fittingly ethereal look for a butterfly themed wedding reception—featuring decorative accents all in shades of blue.
What beachside wedding party would be complete without decorative elements making reference to the ocean and its many variants of blue? A pale blue bucket filled with favors, treats, and tropical aqua -wrapped spa essentials sends guests off in style—its ivory-colored contents perfectly echoing the surrounding sand and seashells. What a lovely beach wedding guest gift!
The Different Ways to Play with Blue
The key is to first decide on the desired look for the occasion and then to select the particular shade or shades of blue that will create it. For instance, a monochromatic palette using shades ranging from sky blue to royal blue to Wedgwood blue to navy blue may result in a clean, crisp appearance, an intense, exciting ambiance, or a calm, cool atmosphere. It all depends on which shade is chosen as the dominant one. Alternatively, blue used with different colors also results in distinct looks. Blue combined with violet accents, for example, says “cool,” while blue combined with accents in warm colors like red, orange, pink, or yellow sets a bright and cheery mood.
Inspiration Board via Pinterest
We just adore this color with its calming and cool hues! Let our inspiration board of silver and iced blue get you started with planning a stylish blue wedding: