The saying goes; ‘something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue,’ for what a bride should wear on her wedding day for good luck. The rhyme has its roots in 19th Century England, but it’s a ritual that is still popular today with many brides around the world. While it can be easy enough to get you hands on something new, something old and something borrowed, many brides are left wondering what they can have for their something blue, apart from the obvious blue garter!
As an award-winning wedding planner, I’ve chatted to lots of brides about different ways to incorporate that ‘something blue’ into their wedding day. Thankfully today brides are spoil for choice in what they can use. Here’s just a small selection of some of the more unusual and modern ways to add in that ‘something blue.’ If you’d like to chat about your wedding day in more detail, please get in touch.
Carrie Bradshaw’s Manolo Blahnik proposal shoe from the Sex and the City Movie has inspired a whole generation of women to go for blue shoes on their wedding day. But if you don’t fancy the stark contrast of a rich blue shoe, why not consider blue shoe clips, blue ‘I Do’ stickers for the soles of your shoes or look for shoes with a blue sole or insole for that hint of the colour.
Secret Label or Bows
When it comes to your ‘something blue’, it doesn’t necessarily have to be something that’s visible to everyone. Sewing a custom label with the wedding date and details on it, into your wedding dress is a subtle and very personal way to get your ‘something blue’ included in your day. Equally tying a blue ribbon on the underside of the dress is a quick, easy and also very personal touch.
For the bride who likes to multi-task, why not have your bridesmaids dressed in blue? It’s a really simple way to make sure you’ve got that ‘something blue’ box ticked and it solves the questions of what colour to have for your bridesmaids dresses!
More and more brides and their bridesmaids have custom made hangers for the big day, so why not go for a blue one, for a unique take on ‘something blue?’
Flowers are a more visible way to inject that splash of ‘something blue’ into your wedding, but the beauty of flowers is that the colour can be as strong or light as you wish, depending on the flowers. Also don’t forget you can wrap some blue ribbon around the base of the bouquet either.
There is something really vintage chic about hairpins and combs on a wedding day, whether your hair is up or down. And if you’re lucky enough to have a special hair slide or pin from a relative that has a touch of blue to it, then it’s the perfect way to tick ‘something blue’ (and something old) off the list!
Not every bride is into nails, but it’s surprising how amazing a pop of colour can look on those wedding day talons. If the thought of blue nails scares you, think about super light baby blue shades or some cool 3D embellishments. Don’t forget you could paint your toenails too, as those are less visible!
If you’re not keen on having something blue in relation to your dress, hair or makeup, then why not go with a blue cake? It’s a great way to inject some colour into your big day and a really unique way to get that ‘something blue’ in there.
Have fun with your wedding day transport and go for ‘something blue!’ Vintage style VW campers or beetles are a great choice, as are Vespa’s and even push bikes too!
For a really unique take on the ‘something blue,’ why not create a signature blue cocktail and have it waiting for your guests when they arrive? Or have blue bubbles for the wedding toast?