We all know the saying “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” But do you know the meaning of this long-standing tradition? This tradition comes from an Old English rhyme and the four objects that the bride adds to her wedding outfit or carries with her on her wedding day as good luck charms. To inspire your ‘something blue’ I’ve rounded up my 20 favorite ideas from creative brides across Instagram.
1. Your Getaway Vehicle
Okay true, this is a BIG ‘something blue’ but I just love the rather glamorous exit this makes. You could have your exit in a deep navy colored vintage car or a flashy bright blue sports car or even a powder blue Vespa for a magical getaway.
There’s no rule that says you have to actually wear your blue good luck charm so go ahead and dare to incorporate your favorite shade of blue in your cake. Depending on how your partner feeds you the first bite of your cake, you may be wearing it anyway!
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If going with a blue cake is a bit too daring for you why not incorporate the elusive shade into your desserts. Macarons are so cute no matter the shade!
Sprinkle a shade of blue throughout your centerpieces. Blue posies, anemones, hyacinths or hydrangeas amongst other shades will look super pretty. Other floral colors that look good with blue: white, yellow and pink.
Just a touch of “Something Blue!” || Photo: @the_grovers || Floral: @olivewillowdesigns || Venue: @catalinaviewgardens || Video: @cloudlessweddings || Dress: @loveandlacebridalsalon || Tux: @theblacktux || Hair + Makeup: @kaceegeoffroy || Tabletop: Rentals: @TheArk_ || Rentals: @sigpartyrentals @foundrentals || Linens: @latavolalinen || Paper: @littlemisspress || Ring box: @the_mrs_box || Cake: @kdpastrygirl at @thecarnerosinn || Models: @juliascherek @athor13 || #bkwe #weddingdesign #tabletop #weddingdecor #somethingblue #beachwedding #outdoorwedding #placesetting #menucards whitewedding #alfresco
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I love this adorable blue heart stitched into the bride’s gown. Your ‘something blue’ doesn’t have to be anything big or flashy. In fact, it doesn’t even need to be seen. It could be a representation of your wedding date with a little secret blue embroidery addition to your dress – or even on your underwear.
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Save your “something blue” for your new hubby only. Find a lacy lingerie set in a romantic cornflower blue. Or choose one with blue accents — like sweet little bows or sassy blue straps.
It’s not going to clash with anything, and you don’t even have to wear it all day.
8. Wedding Shoes
Hike up your skirt to show off flirty blue heels for a great photo op or if you’re looking for something a bit less obvious try blue-soled shoes.
I am seriously in love with each and every ring box by The Mrs. Box. These beautiful ring boxes are perfect for photo ops and treasured heirlooms for many years to come.
A whopping beauty…@the_mrs_box you can do no wrong. Your feed is a constant source of ring inspiration. Image: @the_mrs_box #wishmewed #weddingideas #weddinginspiration #wedding #weddings #bride #bridal #justengaged #engaged #loveweddings #love #romance #isaidyes #engagementring #bling #sapphire #sapphirering #bluering #somethingblue
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A traditional bridal bouquet will often incorporate different shades of white and be focused around a central ivory tone. But baby’s breath and gardenias aren’t your only option; a pretty blue hue from a delphinium or hydrangea can make your wedding flowers pop.
Yummy colors. The flowers in this bouquet were so perfect for this beach shoot with @jenfujphotography who doubled as the florist as well 🌿 NECKLACE ‘Amalia’ @lindsaymariedesign GOWN @alvinavalenta by @jessicawilliamsnyc
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If blue doesn’t factor into your color scheme – and you don’t want blue flowers to your bouquet, why not consider beautifying the overall bunch with accessories in that shade; such as a ribbon tie to keep the stems together.
Why not have your favorite girls stand-in for the tradition? Blue comes in so many shades, from dark navy to pretty powder blue, so there’s definitely a shade that will be both flattering and loved by your bridal party.
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There’s no rule saying you have to be in something blue. It’s perfectly reasonable to extend your ‘something blue’ to your groom! Perhaps he’s wearing a blue suit, or even a tie, socks or a stylish navy boutonniere may be one option.
The details of this dress from @elayavaughn that we used for the shoot at @composedworkshop are insane. Gotta love as well the stunning headpiece from @lindsaymariedesign 💚. Rest of credits: Photo by @takenbysarah; Planning, design and styling by @claireduranweddingsandevents; Florals by @poshpeony; Workshop @composedworkshop; Makeup by @yamilalebron for @jochycampusano; Hair by @adelamiranda for @jochycampusano; Ribbon by @honeysilkco; Cake by @pasteleriarosario; Coordination by @torcelloeventos; Rentals from @divano_rd; Venue @quintadominicana; Calligraphy by @littlecatcreative and @inloftcalligraphy
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An essential wedding detail, but one most brides will admit they don’t give too much thought to. Sure, it’s easy enough to select one bloom from your bouquet but as much as you love that bright pink peony, we have a feeling he’d prefer a bit more masculine on his suit jacket. This is a great opportunity to incorporate your ‘something blue.’ There are beautiful shades of blue that both you and he will be happy with.
Grooms often play it safe with their suit choices. Black is classic, grey is more casual and navy is trending. Why not step out of this rigid box and choose a dusty blue suit? It is the epitome of fun, summer wedding Our top tip? Experiment with your suit and pick a colour that reflects your personality
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If blue is a part of your color scheme then why not incorporate the lucky charm into your table décor? Pretty place cards, table runners, or candles-the options are endless!
16. Place Settings
Blue hues for your place settings are beyond gorgeous. I love the soft blue hues found in the place settings below!
The best beach wedding inspiration ever! Over the moon for this color palette of blue hues and coral. Thanks to @heyweddinglady for this inspiration. #beachwedding #oceanwedding #beachtheme #bluewedding #seasidewedding #heyweddinglady #cabbageroseweddings #ocwedding #ocflorist #weddingflowers #weddingdecor #centerpieces #floraldesigner #flowerstyle #weddinginspiration
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If you’re not into blue blooms or shoes, why not make your ‘something blue’ a signature drink.
Check out that blue! Inspiring violet cocktail via @londonscocktails @townhousekensington Just ask for no.3 #gin, creme de violette and lavender syrup #cocktail #cocktails #violet #blue #bluecocktail #drink #london #ldn #imbibe #cheers #drinksathome #drinksdelivered #drinkstagram #instapic #instadrink #instacool #pour #thirsty #bar #mixology #mixologist #bartender #flower #party 🍸
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Start your ‘something blue’ from the beginning with your save the dates and invitations. There are so many beautiful shades of blue that will make stunning stationery.
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Guests have to find their way to their seats somehow so why not make it pretty with a rich blue seating chart.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t tell you about my own ‘something blue.’ My Poppy aka my Grandfather loved the Toronto Blue Jays. Many of my memories of him are watching the games with him or playing ball in the backyard with my family. As a way to remember him on our special day, I took a Toronto Blue Jays pin and had it pinned within the tulle of my dress. It was my way to remember my poppy that I miss very much but it was also a way for me to incorporate the ‘something blue’ tradition.
How did you honor the old ‘something blue’ tradition on your wedding day? Leave your suggestions in the comments and pay it forward for future brides!
DON’T FORGET IT: PIN IT!