‘Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’. So goes the rhyme for bridal luck and happiness and as many brides as ever are making sure that they’ve got their ‘something blue’ with them on the big day. As we love this tradition and in honour of March’s birthstone, Aquamarine, we thought we’d give you fifteen ideas for your ‘something blue’…
Let’s start with your bouquet and how about including some beautiful blue ribbon? Trailing ribbons are so popular right now and the handpainted silk ribbons from Kate Cullen should be top of your list. Depending on the season, your florist might be able to suggest a blue flower or two for your bouquet. Just add a couple for a hint of ‘something blue’.
There are so many ways that you can include blue touches in your bridal ensemble. Blue shoes (or even blue soled shoes) are a great choice and bring a fabulous pop of colour to your look. A blue belt or sash works perfectly too and if the weather is cooler, a blue shawl or wrap is a brilliant and practical idea. 1950s inspired brides have the fantastic option of a blue petticoat and these look amazing under shorter skirts.
Coloured wedding gowns are becoming more and more popular and an ombre or pale blue wedding dress could be an absolutely stunning option. Katya Katya Shehurina is a bridal designer who uses a lot of colour, especially blue, in her wedding dresses and her coloured slips are so on trend.
Of course your ‘something blue’ doesn’t have to be visible and pale blue lingerie is an elegant and sophisticated option. The wedding garter is also making a comeback thanks to gorgeous handmade designs from companies such as Atelier Rousseau. Featuring exquisite lace and a subtle blue embellishment, these are luxurious, heirloom garters.
Adding a touch of blue embroidery to your wedding gown is a great way to bring some personal meaning to your something blue. How about adding your wedding date, your new married name or even just a little blue heart to the inside of your dress? Another similar idea is to add a blue date ribbon to your gown – you can embroider your date or pick it out in sparkling crystals onto the ribbon and then simply sew it into your dress. Finally, a blue handkerchief or a white handkerchief embroidered with blue is always a wise option – wedding days are known to be emotional!
Finally, let’s not forget that a blue manicure or pedicure could be the ideal finishing touch and your toes will love your for it, especially if you’re jetting straight off on honeymoon after the wedding!
However, if thinking of all the individual elements – old, new, borrowed and blue – seems too tricky, how about a lucky charm pin that includes them all? These are easy to make yourself and you can add anything you like. Perhaps an old brooch, earring or cufflink, a new charm, a blue jewel, something borrowed from your Mum’s jewellery box and even the sixpence too. Attached your finished pin to your gown or bouquet and know that you’ve got all the luck in the world for your wedding day.