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Blue Wedding Color Combinations

Blue can be combined with a variety of colors that each create gorgeous wedding color palettes.  Blue is a cool, dominating color in any palette.  It’s richness and strength make it the main focal point of any combination.

Even with this dominating nature different colors paired with blue can emit a variety of different moods.  Understanding colors, their personalities and how they interact with each other is an important key to choosing the right color combinations for your wedding day.  To say you want a blue wedding is only the first step in making your wedding color choices.

Blue and Green Wedding Flower Centerpiece; lantern, hydrangea, calla lily
Blue and Green Wedding Flower Centerpiece; lantern, hydrangea, calla lily

Blue and Green Wedding Flowers

Blue is a cool color, it is mellow and tends to recede.  The color green is actually a variation of blue, blue mixes with yellow to create green.  It too is a cool color on the color wheel.

Paired together, a blue and green wedding is calm, soothing and rich in deep colors.  Blue is the more classic of the two hues and dominates over green, whether both are used in color choices for flowers or one is picked up in accents like ribbon.

Pink and Blue Wedding Flowers, flower girl, pomander ball, photo credit: cedar
Pink and Blue Wedding Flowers, flower girl, pomander ball, photo credit: cedarwoodweddings.com

Blue and Pink Wedding Flowers

The color combination of blue and pink is the opposite of our last choice.  Pink is a warm color, created from mixing red with white.  Pink is warm and radiates energy.

While blue with it’s strong nature still presides over pink they both get attention in this color pairing.  The two play off of each other giving energy and life to both blue’s rich nature and pink’s radiant nature.  Typically pinks will be picked up in flower choices while blues can be added to with accenting blooms, it also works for a fabulous ribbon color choice.

Blue and Orange Wedding Flowers, bouquet and stripe ribbon, photo credit: theperfectpalette.com
Blue and Orange Wedding Flowers, bouquet and stripe ribbon, photo credit: theperfectpalette.com

Blue and Orange Wedding Flowers

Another vivid color pairing is blue and orange.  The two colors are opposite of each other on the color wheel, this is called complementary colors.  Used together these types of colors bounce off of one another for a bold pop of color.

Anyone looking for a color rich and playful wedding can think about this color combination.  Dark blue or navy are more traditional, sophisticated hues perhaps picked up in bridesmaid dresses, orange is a bold, yet playful pop of colors that would work well in wedding flower bouquets.  The bride’s wedding flower bouquet can pick up blue trends from the bridesmaid’s dressed in a bouquet ribbon wrap.

One color, blue.  Paired with three different color choices can create three completely different looks.  When planning your wedding colors it is a good idea to ponder how each color will interact with one another to center in on the right wedding color choices.

5 Tips for Creating a Romantic Wedding Centerpiece

Are you a romantic at heart?  If the answer is yes, chances are you have been dreaming about your wedding day for quite awhile now. Many brides want their special day to feel and look like a fairytale.

Planning your wedding you don’t need a stylist or a ton of extra cash to go into expenses for creating a romantic wedding centerpiece for your fairytale wedding.  A romantic wedding centerpiece can fit into a variety of wedding themes from vintage, rustic to modern.  I have five great, universal tips to share with you on how to create a romantic wedding centerpiece whatever your theme may be.

  1. Color Palette– a romantic wedding is soft and feminine.  Often  for this look color palettes are made up of traditionally feminine hues, pink, blush, purple, peach.  Warm hues are also ideal to be igniting yet inviting.  Colors in a romantic wedding palette complement each other they are not too bold and do not compete with each other.
  2. Flowerswedding flowers are beautifully showcased in a romantic wedding centerpiece, they are at the main focal point in any arrangement.  Soft, feminine hues are picked up in rose, peony, ranunculus and hydrangea flower petals.
  3. Lighting– in soft votives and tall pillars candle lighting is another central, important element to a romantic wedding centerpiece.  The right candle lighting accenting romantic wedding flowers can set the mood for your whole wedding look.
  4. & 5. The two final tips to creating a romantic wedding centerpiece go hand in hand.  Small details and personalized touches are key to bringing the look of a romantic centerpiece together.  Details like hanging jewels, bouquet or centerpiece charms, vintage heirlooms or pictures will add depth and meaning to decor items.  Those little touches that have a tie to the bride and groom and their families will connect with others on a more deeper level.

Creating a romantic centerpiece with the right color palette, type of flowers, lighting and special details does not have to be overly complicated or expensive.  Many of the tips will cost you nothing.  One more tip for you today keep in mind starting out with the right information and knowing the direction you would like to take your wedding look can save you both money and time as you begin your wedding planning or wedding purchases.

Top Tips: Coordinating Wedding Party Flowers

Brides planning your wedding party’s flowers around your bridal bouquet can be easy.  Don’t get overwhelmed with too many choices when deciding on bridesmaids’ bouquets, boutonnieres and corsages.

If you’ve settled on your wedding flowers and bouquet style your work is half way done.  Coordinating the rest of the wedding party’s flower arrangements will be based off the decisions you’ve made for your bridal bouquet.

Wedding colors  + Wedding flowers + Bridal bouquet style =

A Good Start in Coordinating Your Bridal Party Flowers

The bride’s bouquet is going to be more elaborate, typically consisting of two- three types of flowers and color choices.  That gives you more options to break down flower arrangements into smaller bridesmaid bouquets, boutonnieres and corsages.

The bridal party flowers are going to be an extension of your more elaborate bridal bouquet.  They are meant to accent and complement the main focal piece carried by the bride who should be the center of attention on her wedding day!

Lets take a look at two different bridal bouquets and their coordinating bridesmaid bouquet and boutonniere:

Hot Pink and Black Wedding Flowers; adamandkavya.tumblr.com; etsy.com; wildorchidcustomfloraldesigns.com
Hot Pink and Black Wedding Flowers; adamandkavya.tumblr.com; etsy.com; wildorchidcustomfloraldesigns.com

Hot Pink and Black

The hot pink and black bridal bouquet is composed of three types and colors of flowers with some dramatic black feather and rhinestone accents.  It gives us a great start to break down flowers into smaller and simpler arrangements.

The bridesmaid bouquet borrows one type of flower from the larger bouquet.  A simple hand-tied gerbera daisy bouquet captures the same style with black ribbon accents and touches of rhinestones.  The boutonniere pulls all three color choices together with a simple flower combination.

Three different arrangements that work together by coordinating flowers and colors.

Rose Peony Pink White Peach Wedding Flowers; weddingchicks.com
Rose Peony Pink White Peach Wedding Flowers; weddingchicks.com

Pink, White and Peach

The peony and rose bouquet in pink and white is a fresh, full arrangement perfect for a spring or rustic wedding.  The bridesmaid bouquet is a smaller, fun version of the larger bouquet.  It uses the same peony stems and mixes in a new peach color in roses accented by baby’s breath.  The boutonnieres keep it traditional and simple with white rose buds and baby’s breath.

These arrangements work with slight variations in colors and flowers but the underlying style remains the same to create  beautiful, fresh wedding flower arrangements.

3 Purple Wedding Color Combinations

Last week we defined color in the Wedding Planning: What is Color? post.  A basic understanding of how color is defined and how colors work together can be quite helpful when planning your wedding colors.

Color is a key element to consider not just when planning your wedding flowers but also when planning your whole wedding look.  Color will set the tone and mood for your special event and specific color combinations can help you get just the right look.

I am going to demonstrate the power of color with one of my favorite hues, purple.  Purple is a popular wedding color choice among brides, in part because it is traditionally seen as a feminine hue but also due to it’s versatility.

Purple is a secondary color created by mixing two primary colors, red and blue.  Red is  a warm color, blue is a cool color.  Purple can sway either way, hence it’s versatility. Combining more red to make purple, like a bright fuchsia, will lean more towards traits of warm colors.  While a combination with more blue, like a deep lavender, will hold more characteristics of cool colors.

Now we know what makes up the color purple, next how does purple interact with other colors?

Purple Pink Rose Hydrangea Gerbera Dasiy Bouquet $10.99
Purple Pink Rose Hydrangea Gerbera Dasiy Bouquet $10.99

Pink, Purple Palette

Combine a vibrant purple with a pink hue for a truly romantic and feminine wedding color palette.  Our rose, hydrangea, gerbera daisy faux flower bouquet creates a brilliant color spectrum that runs between purples and pinks.

Paired with a warm hue pink, purple acts on more of it’s warm color characteristics.  This palette is bright, saturated with hues that grab your attention.

Purple Grey Calla Lily Bouquet $21.49
Purple Grey Calla Lily Bouquet $21.49

Grey, Purple Palette

Paired with a cool, neutral grey hue purple can be quite sophisticated.  Purple acts on more of it’s cool characteristics in this palette colors are calm, mellow and well defined.

This sophisticated palette is ideal for a chic, modern wedding pair with metallics for a touch of glam.  The calla lily pre-made bouquet is the perfect flower choice with rich, exotic, lush faux flowers.

Purple Orange Yellow Bright Bouquet, dahlia, sunflower, cosmos
Purple Orange Yellow Bright Bouquet, dahlia, sunflower, cosmos

Orange, Yellow, Purple Palette

Orange, yellow and purple are complementary colors.  As we mentioned last week complementary colors are opposite of each other on the color wheel.  These colors paired together are bold and pop at first sight.

These colors are fun and playful in the bright rustic afloral bouquet with orange dahlias, yellow sunflowers and purple cosmos.  The perfect pop of bold color and gorgeous flowers for a vibrant spring or summer wedding

As you can see from our 3 purple color palettes one color can take on a lot of different looks.  With a little information about how color works you can get just the right color palette for your wedding day.

Wedding Planning: What is Color?

Picking wedding flowers and wedding colors are two huge decisions that often go hand in hand.  When trying to plan wedding colors where do you even begin?  You may have a favorite color you’d like to incorporate into wedding flower arrangements, you could start there.  But how do you coordinate additional colors into decor and arrangements?

Needless to say there are a lot of questions when it comes to picking your wedding palette.  A basic understanding of color theory and how colors work together can help immensely when choosing wedding colors.

Color Wheel Flowers, photo credit: hgtv.com
Color Wheel Flowers, photo credit: hgtv.com

The Basics

Color Theory 101, the color wheel.  The color wheel is a tool to organize colors and it is designed to show you the relationship between colors.

  • Primary Colors- Red, Blue, Yellow. The three colors all other colors are created from.
  • Secondary Colors- Green, Orange, Purple.  Mix 2 primary colors to create one of the three secondary colors.
  • Complementary Colors- Colors that are opposite on the color wheel.  These colors like blue and orange are bold together and tend to pop, grab attention.
  • Analogous Colors- Colors that run next to each other on the color wheel.  These colors blend well, harmoniously together like yellow, yellow-orange, orange.
Warm & Cool Wedding Colors, photo credits: weddingchicks.com; etsy.com
Warm & Cool Wedding Colors, photo credits: weddingchicks.com; etsy.com

Setting the Mood with Colors

Colors have many characteristics to describe them.  Warm, cool and neutral are another characteristic to classify hues.  These are important classifications and traits to pay attention to when deciding on wedding colors.

  • Warm Colors- reds, yellows, oranges, pinks.  They are vivid and tend to energize.
  • Cool Colors- blues, greens, purples.  Cool hues are soothing, calm and tend to recede.
  • Neutrals- whites, creams, beiges are versatile and work well with any color as an accent to bring out the other color’s traits.

Expanding Your Vocabulary

Color is a powerful element that will ultimately set the mood and scene of your event.  Understanding what defines color and how they work together will help you determine what type of hues will best fit what you’re looking for.  Here are a few more color terms that can be useful in locating just the right color for your wedding flowers and decor.

  • Tint- is the lightening of one color, by adding white.
  • Shade- is the darkening of one color, by adding black.
  • Tone- is the darkening of one color, by adding gray.
  • Monochromatic- the use of one color in your palette, can be used by incorporating tints, shades or tones of a particular color.

Looking for more color inspiration don’t forget to check out afloral.com on pinterest for the latest color boards.  Or email mindy[at]afloral.com for her to create you a custom wedding flower inspiration board based on your color and wedding flower choices!