Ask anyone: “What is your favorite color?” and about 60 percent will say blue. It’s the world’s go-to hue. Brides are especially enchanted by September’s sapphire gemstone, a venerable stone revered as a symbol of love, commitment, and fidelity.
From Technicolor butterflies to pottery-inspired treats, here are 12 details to turn your marital passage true blue.
Photo courtesy of Swank Productions
Blue may be the world’s favorite color because it inspires calm and serenity. Swank Productions cast blue-toned lighting against the ceiling and walls at the Angel Orensanz Foundation to imbue a winter wonderland effect for this Narnia-inspired wedding and reception.
Photo courtesy of Ken and Dana Design
Take a cue from your favorite celebrities—Elizabeth Hurley, Penelope Cruz, Victoria Beckham, and, of course, Kate Middleton—and spice up your ring finger with a sapphire center stone sparkler. This conflict-free, 3.8-carat sapphire Camilla ring ($3,150 by Ken and Dana Design), is practically identical to the one Kate now sports.
Photo courtesy of Tony Ward
This silk georgette gown by Tony Ward (price upon request) has a thigh slit, tulle overlay, embroidered ribbon foliage, and a sheer neckline.
Photo courtesy of Bright Bird Photography
Can you imagine tossing this whimsical bouquet? Anemones invariably make a unique statement and are virtually scentless, so their aroma will never compete with other florals or your cuisine. This London bride carries a bantam bouquet, tied with a blue-and-white striped ribbon.
Photo courtesy of Carmen Salazar Photography
Sapphire-stained chair cushions and oversized velvet-and-diamond bows add a decadently delicate touch.
These colorful butterflies ($28.50 for 30 butterflies from IncrEDIBLE Toppers) are a treat to the eyes—and the taste buds.
Photo courtesy of Crisman Studios
Salud! Encourage guests to raise a glass with a signature cocktail topped with fresh blueberries.
Photo courtesy of Morning Wild Photography
Photo courtesy of Garrett Richardson Photography
In China and Japan, paper lanterns ($14.99, 6 lanterns from Michaels) are not only decorative, they are symbols of joy, celebration, good fortune, and longevity. Blue lanterns connote healing, trust, exploration, and immortality.
Photo courtesy of Joie Lala
Here’s your something old, new, and blue: Skip traditional, paper table numbers and affix numeric stickers to slices of agate or banded chalcedony ($4 per mineral slice, from The Hollow Geode).
Every couple needs a handy pair of salad servers and we like this wooden pair ($48 from Urban Poppy) for its pretty pop of indigo.
Photo courtesy of Arista Cakes/Serena Owen
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Photo courtesy of Chris Isham
The wedding’s getaway car doesn’t get any cuter than this—a restored 1953 Chevy pickup truck—and there’s ample room to transport an entire bridal party in rustic style.