As florists, the most challenging colour to work with is undoubtedly blue. Whilst blue is a primary colour, and what could be classed as a fairly conservative colour perhaps when thinking about Navy Blue, when it comes to flowers, it proves quite difficult. Despite this, varying shades of blue remain popular. One major factor that I believe contributes to blues popularity is the fact that in one of its varying shades, it seems to be able to complement most complexions. Aside from that, blue is a fairly conservative colour and therefore should stand the test of time, and when it comes to weddings, timeless is key.
But Blue in nature, doesn’t tend to be an easy task…..Blue, from soft powdery baby blues to strong navy blue in fabrics, no worries, but as soon as a client wants to ‘match’ that fabric…..well, that opens a whole world of trouble. The difficulty with blue when working with flowers is that very few flowers exist in straight clean colour tones, making it near impossible to ‘match’ them. As a florist, I do not see this as a major issue as it is not essential to match every element, but rather use complementary colour tones to create a harmonious colour palette. Some blue blooms are more silvery or dusty, with an almost grey over tone, others tend to look more purple in some lights. There are several blooms available in more powdery baby blue tones, so if you do prefer to match colours, then this may be the best choice for you!
In order to incorporate true primary blue tones you may need to look beyond flowers. Think about ways you can add your chosen feature colour in unique touches throughout your day. Why not use coloured glassware on your tables, or bottles as your pew ends, ribbon details on plain dresses, or choose strong primary blue bridesmaids gowns.
If you favour softer, more powdery baby blues you can sprinkle touches of this colour thoughout most elements as it is not as strong or contrasting as a primary blue. Gorgeous flowergirl outfits can incorporate baby blues easily, soft blue semi precious stones in jewellry, soft blue toned flowers are easier to come by, men’s ties or handkerchief details, even powder blue suits, cake icing, or check out these gorgeous doors that you could hire as your ceremony backdrop!
Navy blue is the most conservative of all the blue hues. It is a strong, sleek tone that can easily be incorporated into bridal party outfits, with navy suits, bridesmaids gowns and navy detailing on flowergirls dresses.
I love the way this cake utilises some softer blue flowers on top, and then used blueberries at the base. Pieces of navy lace can feature on invitations, bouquet handles, and even as a trim on the cake.
By no means am I trying to deter any beautiful brides-to-be from using blue, but rather trying to show alternative ways the colour can be used throughout your day with some gorgeous results!
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