Help – Spring Wedding Colors – Navy that's NOT preppy?

posted 3 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
549 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

i think if you pair it with the right rustic details, you can make it work. for instance…what if youd id something like this:

and wrapped it with a navy ribbon with jute twine over it?

and used brown craft paper or natural cardstock to go with your navy and pastel palette?

basically…i think if you used enough burlap, jute, and craft paper, you could make navy not-nautical. 😀

i think navy and coral automatically look sort of preppy, though…maybe if you went with navy and more of a chartreuse and yellow palette?

ok, just kidding. here navy and coral don’t look preppy. maybe if you used chartreuse with those instead of a more mint it would read more springy/rustic?

good luck! 

Post # 4
562 posts
Busy bee

Definitely not! We are country/rustic couple who are doing a country vintage theme, and navy was definitely a possibility for us! We went with coral/mint green/ peach however I think its honestly going to turn out being pretty much country wildflower theme because we are going to use different flowers at every table and maybe tie it together with a coral ribbon. 


Anywho- navy is not always preppy! I would have no hesitation using it. 

Post # 5
1258 posts
Bumble bee

Not at all! I think if you pair navy with soft colours or a neutral colour it just appears elegant, but you can use rustic details to fit your theme.  Other posters have given great visuals – but stay with muted tones and I think it’ll work out perfectly. Use different textures perhaps too in your decor…burlap, twine, mixed with a soft or satin-y fabric. 

Post # 6
351 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

To me, navy with coral or mint SCREAMS “Country club!” It makes me imagine polo shirts and golf courses. I love navy, but it just doesn’t seem very rustic to me.

Generally, warm colors like brown, coral, gold, plum, rust, and cream evoke a rustic feel. And cool colors like gray,  icy blues, navy, lilac, silver, and white evoke a more sophisticated, modern feel.

if you used a warm colors as your main colors, with small touches of navy, that would look nice. I’m imagining champagne and light brown, with navy and coral accents. That would be pretty!

Post # 7
2136 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I think if you do navy with more muted colors (sage green, rustic browns, champagne, etc) it won’t look too preppy.  Navy can be a neutral- it definitely doesn’t automatically mean nautical!  Pair navy with one other brighter color and one other neutral and you’d have a lovely color palate! 

Post # 8
42135 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I don’t think navy automatically means nautical. It’s the other things people add that say nautical- anchors, gold braid , etc.

Navy is a neutral and can be used all year with many different colors.

Post # 9
844 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

How about something like these boards I made?





Post # 10
309 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’m doing “rustic navy.” I’m super preppy, but FI is super country. We are doing navy, gray, and blush for our colors. the girls’ dresses are navy but everything else is gray and blush. I think “preppy” starts to come in if everything has super clean lines and you try to incorporate any sort of pinstripes, plaid, polka dots, etc In there!

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