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Blue is a traditional wedding color, and for good reason. It’s almost universally flattering—there’s a reason jeans are blue!—and it’s popular with both men and women. Blue also teams well with other colors, which helps in creating a color scheme for your wedding. Blue looks great with yellow, pink, mint, peach or coral, lavender…the choices of shade are endless. The only problem with choosing blue for your wedding flowers is that there aren’t many truly blue flowers out there. The most popular blue flowers for weddings are, of course, hydrangeas. But what if you don’t like hydrangeas, or you don’t think they suit the overall style of your day, but you still want to incorporate blue flowers in your wedding?  You’re not out of luck. Hyacinths are beautiful and fragrant, and little grape hyacinths or muscari are an adorable addition to spring arrangements and bouquets. Irises are another springtime blue flower, while delphinium can be used to create striking tall arrangements for altars and escort card tables. There are other blue flowers such as tweedia, nigella and scabiosa that your florist can use to great effect. Finally, blue thistles and blue-gray succulents can be beautiful additions to any arrangement.

This is pretty much the ultimate in blue bridal bouquets; it was inspired by Texas bluebonnets. It was created with belladonna delphinium, muscari, scabiosa, veronica, thistle and hyacinth.

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Image via SMS Photography

Hyacinths are beautiful and highly fragrant spring bulbs that come in a range of blue shades (along with white, pink, purple and yellow.)  Grape hyacinths, or muscari, also come in a range of blue shades, but aren’t hyacinths as such. Both, however, are charming additions to wedding bouquets and arrangements, although the more aromatic hyacinths may not be appropriate for wedding centerpieces.

Deep blue hyacinth together with muscari, freesia, gypsophilia, hydrangea, stock and lisianthus makes a stunning bridal bouquet:

An exquisitely fragrant bouquet of blue hyacinths and white freesia:

A closeup view of a hyacinth, Vanda orchid, and off-white ranunculus bouquet:

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Image via Together Weddings and Events

The small flowers known as grape hyacinths, or muscari, are also spring bulbs but are otherwise not related to the hyacinths above. They’re called “grape” because they’re most common in a purple-blue color, but muscari are also available in pale blue, white and pink.

Here light blue muscari are teamed with anemones, freesia and tulips:

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Image via Green & Gorgeous

Unlike the “other” hyacinths, muscari aren’t fragrant and are an excellent choice for a blue-themed reception centerpiece.

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Image via Melani Lust Photography

Another beautiful blue bridal bouquet of muscari, forget-me-nots, and delphinium:

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Image via Yasu + Junko Photography

Tweedia is a small, star-shaped light blue flower. Here it’s mixed with ivory roses in a traditional bouquet:

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Image via Jen Fariello Photography

This bridal bouquet mixes tweedlia, hydrangea, Dusty Miller, Vendela roses, bunny grass, tuberoses and Leucadendron:

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Image via Floral Verde LLC

A boutonniere with tweedia,  Dusty Miller, and stephanotis:

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Image via Azul Photography

Blue thistles have become a popular way to bring both the color and textural interest into wedding flowers. This bridesmaid’s bouquet of slate blue thistles mixed with nude or pale peach roses and wheat makes an extremely attractive fall statement.

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Image via Caroline Tran Photography

Blue thistle mixed with other dried and fresh florals makes a striking rustic boutonniere:

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Image via Fuller Photography

The bride’s bouquet from the same wedding has a natural, rustic feel, combining blue thistle with muscari, white roses, stock and greenery.

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Image via Fuller Photography

A bridal bouquet of darker blue tones comprised of thistle, dried lavender, seedpods and pink roses:

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Image via With Every Bloom

Blue thistles also look fabulous mixed with dark or bright blooms, such as in this bridal bouquet of blue eryngium thistle, Merlot ranunculus, cranberry orchids, cream roses, blue privet berries, seeded eucalyptus,  and burgundy & green foliage:

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Image via Gabrielle Touchette Photography

Blue thistle looks amazing  in this bright rustic bouquet of purple-blue veronica, hot pink stock, pink roses, cream tulips, and lime green bupleurum greenery:

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Image via Jennifer Poynter Flowers

And thistles also look amazing in this vibrant bouquet of peonies, garden roses, ranunculus, astilbes and dahlias with messy greenery:

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Image via J. Renee Studios

Come back next week for the rest of our post on blue flowers—we may decide to sneak some hydrangea in there after all. Otherwise we still have tall delphinium, bright irises, succulents, and berries to cover… If you’re already inspired, give us a call at 631.271.7050 and make an appointment to discuss the most beautiful day of your life.  Or come back net week to read the rest of our post on blue wedding flowers.