(Image credits clockwise from top left: Caitlin B Photography, Pinterest, Dessy Style 4512, Zack Wolf Photography.)
Who doesn't love blue? It's one of the most easy-going colors around, with so many shades with so many names.
We're thinking mist, bluebell, periwinkle, storm, navy, sapphire, hyacinth, cornflower, sky ... So it's perfect for mixing and matching, playing around with an ombre theme, as you see here.
Want blue flowers in your wedding bouquets?
Think of all the shades of blue that take their names from blooms and you'll realise you'll have no trouble sourcing the right shades for you. Think delphinums, forget-me-nots, larkspur, hydrangeas.
We love blues for coastal weddings, particularly in light and airy shades. Wear a light blue in a floaty chiffon on a warm beach and let the breezes waft around you.
Blues are also perfect for a spring wedding and for mid-summer, country-style wedding days.
Blue and metallics
Shimmering golds and silvers are a big wedding trend happening just now. Pair blue bridesmaids frocks with metallic sandals and you'll be right there.
On your tables you can have a shiny sequinned table runner over a blue cloth. Carry the ombre theme through to your wedding chair covers with different shades of blue, rather than just the one.
From left to right: Style 6752 , Junior Bridesmaid JR519, Style 2991
Which blues for your maids?
The best way to decide is to get some colored fabric samples from Dessy and hold them up to each bridesmaid's face.
Traditionally blondes look wonderful in a pale ice blue, whereas those with darker complexions and hair will bring out the richness of a turquoise or cornflower blue.
But then again, you could be surprised.
If you're marrying in winter, you might want to dress your maids in heavier fabrics - keeping gossamer thin materials for warmer days. Add a shrug or a stole to keep the cold out.
Another thing about blue - it works from day to night beautifully, so if you're having an afternoon wedding that moves onto evening, then blue is a great decision.