White and Blue Redux

Wondering how to put a new spin on the classic white and blue wedding palette? Take a cue from the past.

Add historical significance by weaving in Old World details such as antique Chinese ceramics, Danish pottery, French transferware and vintage porcelain sprinkled with botanical patterns and colonial motifs.

From place settings to paper goods, play with patterns and decorative details—chinoiserie, geometrics and iconic shapes, such as ikat or Moroccan tiles, that will transport guests to another part of the world—and pick richly textured fabrics like damask, toile and taffeta.

 Style suggestion: Draw attention to prints by pairing them up! The result will be cool, not chaotic.

Here, we present 14 elegant options to import this treasured color team into your special celebration.


Versatile enough for any occasion, “The Hostess” suite by Fresh Love & Co. was inspired by fine china, art deco themes and Chinese ginger jars. Calligraphed names are available for an additional fee. Photo: Rustic White Photography


Bride in Francesca Miranda wedding gown

Francesca Miranda‘s “Suzanne” sleeveless A-line wedding dress with a floral silk skirt, lace bodice and illusion high neckline makes a sartorial statement in this pastoral setting. Photo: Sleepy Fox Photography


Flora Valley white and blue bouquet

Walk down the aisle with lush florals that honor your wedding palette. This verdant bouquet by Flora Valley features Nigella, Echinops, Eryngium, Blue Viburnum Berries and Blue Lace Flower. PhotoSylvia Gil


Oscar de la Renta flower girl dress

This sleeveless, silk A-line flower girl frock from Oscar de la Renta is in full bloom. Photo: John Aquino


Sew inspired
Part of a French inspiration shoot, a pair of dainty embroidery scissors was tucked into a crisp toile napkin to tie the wedding’s “Sew In Love” theme together. Photo: Kristen Weaver


Table numberThanks to its delicate lace pattern, this “something blue” table card drips with vintage charm. Available at Zazzle.


Floral table arrangement

Add “something old” to your table by displaying flower arrangements in English transferware teapots. Photo: Justin Demutiis Photography


Wedding at The Breakers

For Elizabeth and Patrick’s wedding at The Breakers Palm BeachRenny and Reed looked to the East when they designed these sophisticated tablescapes. Photo: Posh Parties


Wedding cake

These precious hand-painted cakes took more than thirty hours to make. “It’s actually harder to paint on cakes,” says Cake Opera Company‘s Alexandria Pellegrino. The edible paint is made of vodka with petal dust, a finely ground, food-safe pigment. Once the edible paint touches fondant, it dries instantly and won’t run or bleed. Photo: Earl Carter


Adapted from Japanese textiles, a damask kimono runner lends drama to an austere tablescape. Flora Touch offers similar ones in a range of colors. Photo: The McCartneys


Swathe head table chairs or guest seating in toile (“fabric” in French). Trivia: A popular fabric in America during the 17th century, toile is often associated with preservationist towns and historical areas. Photo: Kristen Weaver


Toile cake stand

Your wedding cake is the star attraction. Give it a cake stand to suit, like this transferware-inspired one from Fishs Eddy.


Ikat sleepwear

Present your bridesmaids with the gift of a good night’s sleep. A pair of French blue ikat caftan pajamas from Pine Cone Hill will inspire sweet dreams.


Blue and white Delft cupcakes

Inspired by Delft pottery, these hand painted cupcakes from Arista Cakes add the perfect sweet end to a magical day. Photo: Flick

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