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.
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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 can also be stunning against yellow, tan, and pink.”
Amongst a wide range of flowers available for a stunning blue arrangement, delphinium and hydrangea are a go-to, says McNeff. “They're available year-round and very easily accessible. For something more unique, I recommend Muscari or hyacinth.”
Read on for 21 dynamic blue wedding flower ideas you'll love.
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 these shades of bloom 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 including blue-hued botanicals in pastels for the ultimate wow factor.
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, tall cloches with carefully selected blue floral arrangements are absolutely something that will keep your guests talking about your great style. “You could create a stunning monochromatic look with several different blue tones, or use a blue hue to create a complementary palette with terra-cotta colors, or a triadic palette with rich fuchsia blooms and chartreuse greenery,” says McNeff.
“I actually like to use the same flowers, like the soft stems of Muscari and hyacinth, to add engaging movement in both bouquets and centerpieces,” says McNeff. Classically chic, choose Muscari for an elegant accent to floral arrangements. It’s perfect for boutonnieres, bouquets, and everything in between.
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 the bridal bouquet to accent the stunning orange and off-white design.
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 planning a whimsical celebration, and 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.