You’ve probably heard of the wedding day tradition where a bride is supposed to wear something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. According to The Knot, this tradition goes back to an old English rhyme about the four objects that will bring good luck to a bride on her wedding day. Something old represents continuity; something new brings optimism for the future; something borrowed symbolizes happiness; and something blue stands for purity, love, and fidelity.
The first three items should be pretty easy to incorporate. But it’s ‘something blue’ that might prove a challenge. Now I’m not the biggest stickler for tradition, but I do think it’s fun to find a creative way to hide a hint of color in your all-white ensemble. I’ve been brainstorming a list of ‘something blue’ ideas for my own wedding day, so I thought I’d share them with everyone for today’s Tuesday Ten.
Here are 10 creative ways to wear something blue on your wedding day…
1. Blue pedicure
Whether you’re wearing closed toed shoes or open, a blue pedicure is a sweet and subtle way to wear your ‘something blue.’ Try Essie’s ‘Borrowed & Blue’ from their wedding collection or ‘Blu’ by Zoya for that perfect pale blue hue.
2. Blue lingerie
If the fit and material of your dress allows it, pick out some beautiful bridal lingerie in a robin’s egg hue. I also love these adorable undies from BHLDN, with ‘The Mrs.’ embroidered in blue.
3. Blue jewelry
A statement necklace with a bit of blue in it is a great way to add a pop of color to your white dress. Or, simply don a dainty sapphire pendant or a sweet sapphire ring on your right hand.
4. A hidden blue heart
This is one of the sweetest takes on ‘something blue’ that I’ve seen. Take an old dress shirt from of your father’s (or another loved one that you’d like to honor) and cut out a heart to sew inside your dress. A similar option is to embroider your wedding date in blue on the underside of your gown.
5. Blue garter
Whether or not you’ll be upholding the garter toss tradition, wearing a blue garter is still an easy and concealed way to sport your ‘something blue.’
6. Blue hanky
Chances are you’ll be shedding at least a few happy tears on your wedding day. So why not dry your eyes with a blue handkerchief? You can even find a pretty vintage one from the flea market or Etsy, and check ‘something old’ off of your list at the same time.
7. Your vows in blue
If you’ll be writing your own vows, consider composing them on blue paper or using blue ink. Along with serving as your ‘something blue,’ having a handwritten love note is a lot more romantic than a typed up version.
8. Blue shoes
Since your shoes are often covered by your dress anyway, this option doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have bright blue pumps peeking out in every photo. But if you’d rather stick to a more traditional hue for your footwear, opt for blue soles. You can either paint the soles of your shoes blue or have a cobbler rubberize the bottoms in blue, which will also make them more comfortable—win win!
9. Hidden blue ribbon
If you have a fuller dress, tie a bit of blue ribbon into the under layer of tulle. It’s so pretty, feminine, and easy to execute at the last minute for any of you procrastinators out there.
10. Blue in your bouquet
Your bouquet is a great place to tie in a little something blue. Either wrap the stems with blue ribbon or tuck one small blue flower into your arrangement.
Can you think of any other creative ways to wear your ‘something blue?’
Please share them in the comments!