Nothing says 'hello summer' more than a fresh palette of pretty pastels. With a whole spectrum of soft shades to choose from, it's hard to pick our favourite wedding colour but we think a pastel blue wedding theme is right up there with the best. Keep reading for the best ways to include fresh blue tones in your special day:
The trend for colourful dresses continues, with shades of blush, cappuccino and gold being spotted on fashionable brides. Take this style a little further with a pastel blue wedding gown paired with white or ivory accessories. With such delicateness, layers of light powder blue tulle, sheer organza or lace are the perfect fabrics when introducing colour into your bridal gown as give a subtle wash as opposed to block tones. If you're unsure about wearing a coloured gown, sometimes a dipped hemline on a classic A-line gown or a lightly shaded sheath dress is all you need for a well-considered nod to primrose pastels to complement your blue wedding theme.
If a blue wedding dress sounds a bit too daring for your tastes, try introducing colour with your accessories. There's lots of pastel blue options to choose from, including catwalk-worthy Manolo Blahnik heels that Carrie Bradshaw herself would be proud of. Don't worry if your budget won't stretch to designer shoes, there are plenty of jewel encrusted and embellished pumps and stilettos on the high-street that will add the finishing touch to your beautiful blue bridal look. For a finishing flourish, soft blue wedding jewellery or a hair accessory will bring your special day style together with perfection.
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When it comes to picking the perfect pastel blue for your best girls, you'll find there's at least 50 shades to choose from. First decide whether you'd like subtle barely-there blue or a vibrant pop of pastel for maximum impact. Then look at a range of matching and complimentary colours and work out the best combination for you. Go for a whole rainbow of cool ice-cream shades or keep it simple with tonal maxi dresses. Don't be afraid to play around with different necklines and hem lengths too; perhaps an asymmetric dress for full chested maids or those that want a little more coverage and strapless dresses for the petite ladies in your party. And there's more good news; pastel blue suits practically every skin tone which makes your decision much easier!
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It's often the pop of an accent colour that brings a table setting to life. Blue always works well with white table linens which tend to be provided as standard at most wedding venues. Table runners are the simplest way to include a specific colour into your table decorations. Match them to your key accent colour and watch your tables come to life. Alternatively, if you're catering to a small number of guests invest in pastel blue table cloths for a real statement. When it comes to your favours try to think outside the box. Food always goes down well and sweets are a firm favourite with adults and children alike. Pick up some mini blue buckets and fill them with sweet treats to keep your guests smiling all the way to the dance floor.
If dramatic cakes take your fancy, choose an ornate four or five tiered masterpiece covered with pastel blue and ivory icing. Grand wedding cakes make a real talking point but, if small and perfectly formed is more your thing, ask your cake designer to create a series of miniature cakes each with its own unique decoration. Sweet-toothed couples have also been known to fill cake stands and plates with pastel blue macaroons for guests to enjoy throughout the day.
Hydrangeas typically spring to mind when we think about pastel blue flowers and who could resist their full and fluffy heads. Just a few hydrangea stems will create a dramatic display. However, nothing echoes the soft chiffon folds of a wedding dress better than a bouquet of peonies. We can't resist the periwinkle blue variety that look so fresh and elegant next to a simple ivory gown. Complete your bouquet with a soft blue satin or velvet ribbon left untied to blow gently in the warm summer breeze.
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