Nautical But NiceNautical but nice

Colour palette: Navy blue and burnt orange
Particularly suited to summer weddings this contemporary colour scheme is vibrant and fun.


  • Use navy coloured pashminas as chair covers in the ballroom and tie the napkins with pencil thin strands of navy blue ribbon
  • Centrepieces should pick up the burnt orange colour and if the budget allows opt for a rose called Estelle – a delicious burnt orange fading to coral
  • Hurricane lanterns and tealights should be clear glass for a clean cut contemporary feel


  • Burnt orange highballs [made using blood orange juice and triple sec] are delicious during the drinks reception as are shot glasses filled with gazpacho

Royal Affair1Royal Affair

Colour palette: French blue, royal blue, ruby red

A classic pairing red and blue work well together for either a ‘vintage’ themed or a contemporary wedding. For a vintage themed wedding this is what I suggest:


  • As red and blue are such strong colours flowers should be arranged in clear glass containers – vintage crystal for preference
  • Antique silver candlesticks – perhaps adorned with strands of pearls – should be used to dress tables, window ledges etc which should also be layered with vintage doilies and napkins in whites and ivory
  • Red and blue cushions and vintage quilts can be thrown over deckchairs and onto the grass


  • A selection of blue berry cocktails makes for a fun drinks reception – try blueberry julep, mojito and basil and for those of you not as keen on cocktails as me the latter uses rum as a base with fresh mint and basil and has quite a kick!
  • Little pots of homemade strawberry jam also look cute on the wedding breakfast tables and make great favours

Blue And IvoryBlue Ivory

Colour palette: Teal, navy blue, royal blue, ivory

A lovely contemporary colour palette which works by layering shades of blue with warm ivory.


  • Ivory candelabra and blue washed glass  tea lights on giant mirrored plates make stunning centrepieces; alternate these high displays with low displays using ivory coloured roses – Chantilly is a favourite and is a true ivory
  • Use navy to anchor and highlight the look by wrapping lengths of navy ribbon [velvet is best] around the napkins and as the background colour on the table number stands


  • The Hummingbird Bakery makes pop cakes in any colour – so you could have a mixture of scrummy little navy, teal and royal blue cakes piped with ivory squiggles for desert – or even in place of the wedding cake!!!!

Blueberry PieBlueberry Pie

Colour palette: cornflower blue, navy blue, sky blue, lavender, white and crushed pink

Blueberry pie is my favourite moody blue colour palette to work with and suits the English rustic look very well


  • Flowers look pretty in a variety of tin glazed and pottery jugs and containers in shades and hues of moody blue
  • Lace runners, candles on mismatched blue and white plates, a table plan written in liquid chalk on a ‘beaten up’ baroque mirrored frame all add up to the  look and feel
  • Napkins should be folded to create a pocket for a sprig of lavender at every place setting whilst silvered tea lights and fancy white metal hurricane lamps liberally sprinkled on the tables are just right for the blueberry pie look


  • Blueberry muffins or pies make a scrummy dessert or you could think about hiring cornflower blue sundae dishes to serve ice cream or sorbet in instead!

*All photo credits to Style Me Pretty