31 Ideas for Any Blue Wedding Color Palette, From Light Blue to Navy

Check out some of our favorite ways to use this timeless-meets-trendy color.
Samantha Iacia - The Knot wedding style expert
Samantha Iacia
  • Samantha writes articles for The Knot Worldwide, with a speciality in wedding decor, trends, and fashion
  • Prior to The Knot Worldwide, Samantha was a features and weddings contributor for The Baltimore Sun
  • She is based in Washington, D.C. and holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism
Updated May 18, 2022

While some trends come and go, blue wedding themes and color palettes remain consistently popular with couples year after year. The reason? Blue is a classic, unproblematic hue, and there are so many different shades of this color to choose from that it's easy to work into nearly every wedding style, theme and season. If you're in the process of choosing your wedding colors, or if you've already nailed down your color scheme and want to start looking for inspiration, these blue wedding color ideas prove just how versatile (and lovely) it can be.

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Blue Wedding Theme FAQs

What does the color blue symbolize at a wedding?

Traditionally, the color blue has been associated with calmness, stability and peace (just think of how at ease you feel after looking at a sunny blue sky or clear blue water). For your wedding day, blue is one of the most timeless color choices, but you can make it as modern or as classic as you'd like by pairing it with various accent colors and metallic hues.

What colors go with blue for a wedding?

As one of the three primary colors, blue acts as a complementary tone in more ways than you might first expect. Lighter shades of blue, like sky blue and dusty blue, are often featured in spring and summer wedding color palettes with other pastels, such as blush, lilac, sage green and butter yellow. Navy blue is a popular color for fall weddings and winter weddings, especially when incorporated into a color palette of jewel tones, like burgundy, emerald and dark purple. If you love bright, vibrant colors, pair a greenish-blue color (like teal or turquoise) with coral, orange and fuchsia for an eye-catching effect.

Light Blue Wedding Ideas

Pale blue shades—including cornflower blue, dusty blue, sky blue and French blue—are ideal for creating a romantic, laid-back atmosphere. These lighter tones are perfect for rustic weddings, beach weddings, garden venues and vintage-inspired themes. Feeling trendy? You'll love the 2022 Pantone Color of the Year, which is a pretty periwinkle blue called Very Peri.

Light blue and navy wedding invitations

Skip the plain white invitation envelopes for light blue ones instead. A collection of vintage stamps adds an entirely one-of-a-kind detail to wedding stationery.

Light blue bridesmaid dresses

Blue is one of the most popular bridesmaid dress colors of all time, and that's because it looks great on just about everyone. Embrace the trend of mix-and-match wedding party outfits by letting your 'maids choose their favorite style in a light blue color or pattern.

Wedding bouquet ribbons

While you can definitely add blue wedding flowers to your bouquet, that's not your only option. Incorporate your blue wedding theme by wrapping the stems in decorative ribbons instead, like these luxe velvet and raw silk pieces.

Light blue suit

For summer and spring weddings, a light blue suit is the perfect alternative to darker ensembles. If you're worried about it coming across as too casual, opt for a three-piece set and keep your accessories classic.

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Blue flower girl dress

flower girl wearing blue and white lace dress holds hands with grandmother wearing same dress
Joseph Rogero

It's a misconception that your flower girl has to wear all white (and she'll look just as adorable even if she doesn't). Choose a flower girl dress with blue embroidery, lace or other embellishments as another way to show off your wedding color scheme.

Light blue wedding vow books

Sometimes it's the tiniest details that make all the difference. You might not think it's important to have special wedding vow books, but a customized booklet doubles as a beautiful prop for your wedding detail flatlay photos—plus, it preserves your handwritten vows for decades to come.

Dusty blue escort cards

Jazz up traditional white escort cards with gold wax seals and hand-tied ribbons in varied blue shades.

Blue floral napkins

Don't underestimate the impact of decorative table linens. If you're planning to stick with standard white tablecloths and dinnerware, the simple addition of colorful napkins will instantly make your table settings look more decorative without completely throwing off your budget.

Light blue chair swags

Your wedding reception chairs are another way tie in your blue wedding theme (literally). Decorate the backs of you and your spouse's chairs with airy blue chiffon swags and touches of greenery to make your seats feel extra special.

Blue wedding cake

This fondant wedding cake is a gorgeous example of how you can incorporate a trendy design element, like ombré blue sugar flowers, in an elegant way.

Pashmina wedding favors

Keep guests cozy during a chilly sunset ceremony or evening reception by offering pashminas in a blue color that complements your wedding decor.

Royal Blue Wedding Ideas

Some shades of blue, like royal blue and cobalt blue, are great for bringing a punchy, energetic vibe to your big day. These highly saturated colors look especially fun when paired with other bold tones, like hot pink, orange and lime green.

Wedding stationery suite

A couple well-placed accents of royal blue liven up this black and blush invitation suite, taking it from classic to festive.

Royal blue wedding shoes

Colorful blue shoes are one of the easiest ways to add the wow factor to your wedding outfit, and they also double as your something blue if you're into following tradition. Love Carrie Bradshaw's closet? A pair of the famous royal blue Hangisi heels by Manolo Blahnik are the obvious choice.

Blue wedding dress

If a white wedding dress isn't traditionally worn in your culture (or if you simply want something more unexpected), consider wearing blue instead.

Royal blue tuxedo

This royal blue tux is modern and fashion-forward. Dress your groomsmen in dark blue or gray suits to stand out even more.

Floral chuppah

Set the scene for your vow exchange with a color-packed wedding arch or chuppah, like this one featuring bright blue and purple hydrangeas, delphinium, roses, orchids and greenery vines.

Wedding table numbers

wedding table number made from blue and white patterned ceramic tile
Joseph Rogero

Design your table numbers using ceramic tiles with a royal blue and white pattern. They'll add an artistic, eclectic look to your tablescapes.

Royal blue couch

Rental furniture is another great way to add pops of color throughout your venue, especially if there's a lot of blank space you need to fill. Add a floral installation above a blue velvet couch to turn the space into a 'grammable backdrop your guests will love.

Velvet rental chairs

No room for a cocktail lounge area? Use colorful rental chairs at your reception tables instead—you can splurge on special chairs for just the head table or sweetheart table to stay on budget.

Blue macramé decor

boho macrame wedding decoration made from navy and royal blue yarn
Katie Rivera Photography

Macrame is a major boho wedding detail. Use blue yarn to create decorative woven hangings as a backdrop for your ceremony, dessert table or anywhere else at your venue that could use a pop of color.

Colored glassware

Royal blue water goblets stand out against this all-black tablescape, giving the decor a contemporary, edgy spin. Marble accents and rose gold flatware add to the streamlined look.

A favorite for formal weddings, navy blue wedding themes are undeniably sophisticated and chic. This dark blue color, which can almost look black in certain types of lighting, is often paired with white, gold and green to create a refined, elegant wedding aesthetic.

Finish a classic navy blue stationery suite with calligraphy and enclosure cards to reflect the formality of the occasion.

Navy blue bridesmaid jumpsuits

Floor-length gowns will always be a timeless choice, but you can give your wedding party's attire a little 21st century upgrade by opting for jumpsuits instead. Solid navy and midnight blue tones will keep the mix-and-match styles looking cohesive.

Groom's tuxedo

Offsetting a navy blue groom's tuxedo with black suits or tuxes for the groomsmen is one of our favorite formal wedding looks (velvet jackets add even more of a luxe element).

Wedding ceremony programs with navy blue ribbons

Use navy blue grosgrain ribbons to add contrast to white stationery items, like these watercolor ceremony programs.

Reception bar decor

wedding bar decorated with oversized navy blue and white stripes and wedding monogram across the front
Jessica Eileen Drogosz

For preppy and nautical themes, navy blue and stripes go hand-in-hand. Decorate your wedding bar—or a blank wall—with oversized stripes and a monogrammed crest for extra personalization.

Escort cards with wax seals

navy blue tented escort cards with gold wax seals and gold handwritten calligraphy
BKB & Co.

Tented escort cards feel anything but basic when you add gold wax seals and matching gold calligraphy.

Navy blue napkins

Dark navy blue napkins take this monochromatic white tablescape to the next level by adding visual drama and contrast.

Patterned tablecloths

If your reception is taking place outdoors or in a very large space, using patterned linens will help prevent your tables from "disappearing" into your surroundings. A navy blue and white print is the perfect backdrop for metallic gold accents and greenery centerpieces.

Blue chinoiserie vases

white wedding tablescape with navy blue chinoiserie vases and lisianthus centerpieces
Joseba Sandoval

We cant talk about our favorite blue wedding ideas without mentioning chinoiserie. Whether you opt for matching vessels or choose an assortment of vintage ginger jars in all sizes and heights, chinoiserie adds a charming yet polished look to your decor.

Navy blue wedding cake

Your wedding cake is a prime opportunity to design something that's totally to your liking. Turn your dessert table into a conversation piece with a navy blue and white houndstooth-inspired confection.

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