The age-old adage “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” is a beloved wedding tradition even to this day. No matter your wedding style or design, there is a way to incorporate a hint of blue into your big day. One of our favorites? Blue wedding flowers.
“Adding tones of blue to your wedding color palette is an elegant way to create something timeless,” says floral designer Erice McNeff.
Meet the Expert
- Erice McNeff is the owner and operator of California-based design studio Everbloom Floral Design.
From hydrangea to hyacinth, there’s a plethora of flowers to consider if you’re opting for floral arrangements in shades of blue. “French blue is the tone most naturally found in nature, and it's a color that will never go out of style,” shares McNeff. Hanging installations, bridesmaids' bouquets, and even a corsage all hold endless possibilities when it comes to design direction. “It's also a color that can lend itself to a variety of color palettes; most obviously, it suits well with creamy whites, but it can also be stunning against yellow, tan, and pink.”
Delphinium and hydrangea are the go-tos for a stunning blue arrangement, as they're available year-round and very easily accessible. For something more unique, opt for Muscari or hyacinth.
Read on for 21 dynamic blue wedding flower ideas you'll love.
Small in size but not in impact, the electric, though oftentimes pastel, blue of tweedia should definitely be considered as a candidate. “Tweedia and larkspur work so well as filler blooms,” says McNeff. Just a few sprigs and your eye will be instantly drawn to the cool accent.
Enhance the Venue
Hydrangeas will always have their place when it comes to a design focused on a blue color palette. Evaluate pre-existing spots within the reception venue where you can create a "moment" in which a floral installation can shine.
Keep It Subtle
Opt for a lush, romantic floral arrangement teeming with fresh flowers in neutral colors. Tuck a sprig or two of a blue flower, like Muscari or clematis, for just a subtle hint of blue.
Stick to a traditional floral centerpiece. Have fun with your florist when it comes to the design’s "recipe" and make room for blue blooms amongst a sea of white. Tweedia and sea holly are beautiful options that add texture and variegated shades of blue when it comes to unexpected accents.
Match your table linens or glassware to your blooms to bring the entire tablescape together.
Build a Floral Wall
More is more when it comes to floral installations. Brimming with blooms both dyed and natural, the floral wall at this Detroit wedding at the Shinola Hotel included blue-hued botanicals in pastels for the ultimate wow factor.
Give It to the Bridesmaids
Give your 'maids their moment in the spotlight with blue bouquets. Whether petite posies of hyacinth, a single stem of hydrangea, or a large bouquet of delphinium, a splash of blue will definitely leave a lasting impression.
Accent With Orange
Here’s a color combo we can absolutely get behind: blue and orange. While untraditional in most senses, the contrast of cool and warm tones creates a one-of-a-kind design from centerpieces to boutonnieres.
Create an Altar Moment
When it comes to the ceremony, there’s no doubt you want to make an impact in terms of the design. One of the best ways to do that is with an exquisite altar design. Consider a setup full of gorgeous blooms; the combination of pampas grass with delphinium in blue for this Hamptons wedding might have you seriously considering how you can recreate this exact design.
Mix It Up
Make a statement with a variety of blooms in shades of blue. This blue and white wedding in Michigan boasted an escort card table full of gorgeous arrangements in blue and white vases for an extra pop of "something blue!"
Hang It Overhead
Don’t forget to look up! Create a gorgeous canopy of blooms with an overhead floral installation straight out of your flower fantasies. For this classic wedding on the New England coast, the dance floor was set beneath a floral sky composed of lupines and delphiniums in shades of blue (with some pink and green thrown in) for a larger-than-life ode to "something blue."
Inventive, unexpected, and a perfect choice for a modern or eclectic wedding, consider these an upgrade from standard floral centerpieces. Tall cloches with carefully selected blue floral arrangements are absolutely something that will keep your guests talking about your great style.
Create a monochromatic look with several different blue tones, use a blue hue to create a complementary palette with terra-cotta colors, or create a triadic palette with rich fuchsia blooms and chartreuse greenery, advises McNeff.
Make a Grand Exit (or Entrance)
Embrace blue from the get-go with an over-the-top floral arrangement for your ceremony grand exit. Better yet, position the vessels at the entrance to the ceremony space for a touch of blue on either side of your “I do!”
Don't Forget the Cake
Who says your wedding cake can’t share the "something blue" love? If you’re opting for a flower-adorned cake, consider including a touch of blue among the design for a simple, fresh approach.
Classically chic, choose Muscari for an elegant accent to floral arrangements. It’s perfect for boutonnieres, bouquets, and everything in between. “I actually like to use the same flowers, the soft stems of Muscari and hyacinth, to add engaging movement in both bouquets and centerpieces,” says McNeff.
Embrace a Fall Palette
Normally when thinking of an autumn color palette, dark reds, vibrant orange, or even deep purples come to mind. Well, we’re happy to say that midnight blue has its place in the fall season, too! Get inspired by this Blue Hill at Stone Barns wedding and turn the traditional color scheme on its head. We love the inclusion of blue flowers in this bridal bouquet to accent the stunning orange and off-white design.
Line the Aisle
We love an aisle moment! Line the aisle with floral arrangements both wild and elegant at the same time, creating a shape that stands tall, thanks to blooms like delphinium in their classic blue.
Keep It Colorful
Embrace color: If you go blue, you don’t have to stick to blue only. A myriad of colors might be just your style if you're planning a whimsical celebration. Pops of blue hydrangea throughout the design, like the altar at this Savannah wedding, will draw attention in all the best ways.
Keep It Small
Boutonnieres, while not essential, are a great way to incorporate a touch more of your floral design plans for the big day. Blooms like blue thistle (aka sea holly) are a great option for a subtle but surefire way to check the "something blue" box.
Often closer to purple than blue, hyacinth is the ultimate choice when it comes to color saturation; not to mention, the fragrance is heavenly. Use hyacinth in your bridal bouquet or even in your centerpieces for a charming design perfect for a spring wedding.
Make It Wild
You know how we feel about that just-scooped-from-the-field look of bouquets. Opt for wildflower stems—we’re big fans of the rarely used blue cosmo.