Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Nuptial Trends: Red & Blue!

This week I thought we could look into a color palette trend that happens to correlate with the recent holiday: Red & Blue!

Check it out:

How to pull off this look...

In terms of bouquets, you can do either red or blue flowers; or a combination of both. Some popular red flowers for weddings are carnations, roses, chrysanthemums, dahlias and peonies. For blues, popular wedding flowers are blue anemones, cornflowers, hyacinths and even blue hydrangeas!

Here are a few samples:

One way to bring the scheme into your ceremony is to add a colorful aisle runner!
Other ways are chair covers,
or pew decoration!
Some ideas for the cake... you could do blue icing with red accents,
blue icing with red flowers,
or white icing with red AND blue flowers!
Another sweet dessert option is cupcakes,
or perhaps cotton candy! (Or a candy buffet!)
For centerpieces, you can use any of the flowers listed earlier either together in one arrangement or in individual vases.
You can also utilize one color for the flowers and then bring in the other color with ribbon or other accents.
For the men, I love the look of a blue tie with a red bout! A classic combo!
Bring your ring bearer into the color scheme with a red or blue pillow with the opposite accent. Like this adorable one:
For the girls, I personally love the look of blue dresses with red flowers. You can do aqua dresses,
or a darker, azure blue.
A way to bring the red in? Add a sash! Or even red shoes!
If you want to do a neutral color dress, you can bring in color with a pashmina, or even a bright necklace!
Signature drinks are a fun way to add color to your cocktail hour. Check out Stirrings to learn about some unique blue drinks, like a blueberry daiquiri or a Lady Bleu!
You can tie the color scheme into all of your paper products, ranging from menus:


Escort cards,
and Favor tags!
Finally, for extra touches of color during your reception you can add lighting,
colorful napkins or accents,
chair decor,
table numbers,
and colorful seating!
Where do wedding trends come from? Fashion, of course! Check out these Red & Blue trends at:


Old Navy,

and Nine West!

What color palette did you use (or are you planning on using) on your wedding day?
I'd love to hear what you came up with!

All images courtesy of The Knot or websites listed.