Fifty Shades of Blue (and I Hate Most of Them)

I can’t tell if I’m more sensitive to blue or if I’m just going insane, but I’m finding that picking the correct shade of blue for my bridesmaid dresses to be one of the most difficult things in this wedding so far.  Anything that needs to be blue is almost impossible to find in the right shade.

Lavender Bridesmaid Bouquets, Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, Ojai California, Beautiful Day photography,
Photo by: Beautiful Day photography on Inspired By This via

When looking for a shade of pink, I just pick something soft and pastel, and call it a day. With the peach, it was a little more difficult to pick something that was more pinkish than orange, but it was at least doable.

yeah…all those shades can be broken down into two categories for me, hot pink and pastel pinkScreenshot from: Wikipedia

With blues, every time I look at the blue, it seems to change a little, and they always look so different under different lighting as well. I seriously think I’m going insane and I probably won’t ever find a color that I’m happy with.

Screenshot from: Wikipedia

When I try to categorize blues, I categorize them in terms of navy, light blue, teal, and purple blues, and this bright cobalt-ish blue. I’m trying to stay away from greenish and purple tints, but frankly, every tint of blue I can find for bridesmaid dresses just…feels wrong. That’s it—I’m officially insane.

My guess is that there are certain colors, like pink and peach, that are in style right now and they are limited in the color range, making it easy to pick a certain shade. I’m probably not as picky about it as well since I don’t notice the difference.

But with blues, not only is it a much larger group of colors, it’s so hard to get the right shade and feel. I know companies can’t afford to pick every color imaginable, so they have to choose which they think will be the most popular, but the blue options really suck.

Source: Couver

You get your cobalt blue, your aqua, your teal and your navy. Everything else is pretty much non-existent. Either way, I can keep whining about it all day but that isn’t going to change the situation. When you have this problem, what do you do?

1) change your color to be one of the accepted, widely access colors.

2) deal with variations of blue and just go with it

3) get frustrated and decide to forget about blue altogether.

I’m not really sure which solution I’m going with yet, though I think it’s going to be a combination of all three. I’m trying to be open minded about the shades of blue, and I’m trying not to match them at all. I figure whatever color I get is whatever color I get. I’m also trying to push towards the current blue trends.

Image via Inspired By This / Photo by onelove photography

I have even thought about changing from a light blue to a mint color, which I can see also be really pretty in our venue. The mint has many of the same problems though, and mint limits our choices since many things don’t even have a mint option.

I’ve widened my acceptable blue range to pretty much include anything in the not teal category, but even when I find a dress that I really love…such as:

Jenny Yoo’s Keira Dress (which is convertible!)

Keira is the short version on the rightSource: Jenny Yoo


…The color swatches look nothing like the dress. Like…I still haven’t figured out which color that dress is supposed to be (I *think* it’s turkish blue…but I’m not even sure they’re in the same ballpark.). The colors just seem to change so much depending on the lighting.

What would you do? Has anyone else had the blue color searching blues? What do you do when none of the blue colors seem to be what you want?


Mrs. Panda

Boston, MA
Wedding Date:
June 2013
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    Schneewittli 56 posts, Worker bee @ 12:25 pm

    You can order free swatches from J.Crew, that will give you a good impression of the color. Or just pm me and I can send you a pic from one of my bridesmaids when she was trying on the dresses!

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    village_skeptic 1861 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:15 pm

    Blue drove me nuts. It’s why we switched to purple, and then to shades of purple. Oy vey!

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    Serina, Guest @ 9:29 pm

    I had the same problem with blue too! Originally I wanted a cornflower or robins blue shade as well but couldn’t find cheap bridesmaid dresses in the shade I wanted. Most were either a very light sky blue or a turquoise color. I ended up just picking the bridesmaid dresses and they had them in a Malibu blue color from David’s Bridal so now I am trying to match everything else to that same shade as much as possible. Yes everything probably won’t match up that exactly but oh we’ll :/

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    ampen87 10 posts, Newbee @ 11:27 am

    I am considering doing the BMs in an ombre array of blues… getting lighter up to the MOH. It is an interesting look. You are right though, there are about a million shades of blue.

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    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:58 pm

    @ampen87: oh I think that will be lovely together. We ultimately went with a bit of a tealish blue bm dress, and I didn’t try to match the blues to anything else at all. I think it turned out pretty well! good luck!

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