While doing the research for this post, I found some of the best ideas on the forums at Brides.com and in the real weddings section of the Knot (Ashley & Mike got married in my hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota). Both of these websites provide an abundance of great decorating ideas for a blue and brown wedding.
I especially love the use of blue hydrangeas for a summer wedding (when hydrangeas are at their peak bloom and the least expensive). Natural blue flowers are very difficult to find so using hydrangeas in the reception centerpieces as well as in the bridal bouquet and boutonnieres is a great idea. Hydrangeas are super easy to work with so if you are a bride on a budget, they are a great bouquet option because you can just put a bunch of mop head flowers together and wrap the stems with ribbon that coordinates with your color scheme to create a simple, yet elegant arrangement.
As shown in the photograph below, brown table covers combined with simple white chair covers that are tied with blue sashes can create a lovely effect. Ashley and Mike used tall wire table number holders to help guests find their seats. In addition, they used tea light candles throughout the reception for ambient lighting. The use of both tall and short floral arrangements creates an eye-appealing effect on the wedding reception tables and allows your guests to see each other either above or below the floral arrangements. Simply stunning!