Wondering how to get that perfect shade of blue in your wedding bouquet? With various shades of blue still being one of the number one wedding colors, I thought I would spotlight one of my favorite little blue flowers to work with. The tricky thing about naturally blue flowers is that they either come in reeeeaaaalllly bright royal blues, or super soft baby blues. It gets difficult to control different shades and tints in a bride’s color palette with naturally blue flowers. Five years ago, every bride wanted bright, aqua blue in her bouquet, and then this softened into a Tiffany/Robin’s egg blue, which has now deepened to navy in order to pair with the neutral grays that are so prevalent. Enter the thistle. Noxious weed it may be (see my in-law’s horse pasture…) but blue thistle is THE PERFECT flower for incorporating blue into the color scheme of your flowers.
The blue in thistle isn’t necessarily a true intense navy blue, but more of a worn down, rustic navy blue. It seems to have hints of gray in it that make it a little more neutral so that it fits well with any color palette.
For example, this summer wedding of navy, orange, peach, gray, and cream:
I love how the thistle throws in that dark accent without stealing all the attention from those fabulous orange roses!
Another perfect example is this neutral wedding in gray, cream, and white with navy accents. The thistle paired perfectly with deep navy and cream linens and décor, whereas royal blue or light blue delphinium would have clashed in the most horrible way.
If you’re looking for a more romantic color palette, and love all those dreamy blush weddings, check out how the thistle warms against these pastel pink roses and astilbe.
Photo cred: Hawkeye Photography
And one last final example of how moody that thistle can get in a cool color palette:
I love how the thistle turned the whole bouquet icy and moody for this winter wedding I recently posted.
And this is just color my friends. Don’t even get me started on texture and negative space :) Thoughts on thistle? Love it? Hate it? Tell me all about it!
Meet the Designer
Emily first fell in love with flowers while studying floral design at Brigham Young University-Idaho in 2002. She did her first wedding that same summer and has been designing weddings ever since. With over 12 years of experience in the floral and wedding industries, Emily loves creating flowers that bring beautiful colors, textures, and most importantly, memories to every event.