I (Rosanna) have a confession to make. It’s more of a realization four years into married life that I never had a something blue at my wedding. Nothing in my dress, jewelry, bouquet or even underwear had a trace of blue in it. How could I, a self proclaimed (and semi-supertitious) wedding aficionado have overlooked my something blue? Then I started to think – what’s the big fuss about anyway?
As it turns out, this tradition comes from an old English saying:
Something old, something new
Something borrowed, something blue
And a silver sixpence in her shoe
They represent items that a bride should carry with her on her wedding day to bring her good luck. Specifically, blue has been associated with weddings for centuries to represent purity, love and fidelity. Well, most 21st century brides won’t wear a blue wedding gown, and many will probably want to forego the blue shoes, garter and flowers as well, all in the name of good style.
We’ve got a number of wonderful and unique something blue options for the modern day bride – some subtle, others more obvious, but all quite chic and stylish. And if none of these ideas strike your fancy, then you can always do what I did – look up at the beautiful blue sky.
1. Pearl Swarovski hairpins: Elegant and dainty, these light blue pins can be incorporated into your bridal updo or placed into your bouquet.
2. Blue eyeliner: It’s subtle, long lasting and waterproof. Besides, every girl should have blue eyeliner regardless.
3. Hanky panky low rise thong: It’s baby blue, ultra sexy and will hide all of your panty lines. If you want your something blue to be functional yet hidden, you can’t go wrong with these.
4 . Wedding shoe rhinestone applique: Paste these blue rhinestone stickers from Mindy Weiss onto the bottom of your wedding shoes
5. Sapphire and diamond earrings: They retail for almost $9,000, but you can rent them for your big day for only $160 from Adorn.com (one of our current obsessions).
6. Tory Burch sunglasses: If it’s a bright and sunny day, why not wear shades for a few minutes during your cocktail hour or for some fun photos? Plus, you’ll have a great new honeymoon accessory!
7. Wedding day charm cluster: This gorgeous hand made charm cluster designed by Jenny Marsh of Something Forever represents a something old (a pearl), something new (a sycamore seed), something borrowed (a declaration of love taken from a Shakespearean sonnet) and something blue – the flower of a bluebell. Sew it into your dress on your wedding day, and then transfer it onto a chain to wear as a necklace.
9. The Wedding Dresser coverups with Something Blue lining: Virtually all of our coverups by the ultra talented Susan Ruddie of the wedding dresser are made to order with your choice of lining, made of “something blue” rayon bemberg.
10. Cayetano Legacy blue agate necklace: This chunky necklace is a statement piece – the deep blue hue of the blue agate gemstones are sure to stand out, but for the bold and modern bride, it will be sure to stun. And the best part – its coming soon to the Idojour storefront.
11. And if you don’t want to wear anything remotely blue, how about a funny and witty free printable to stash in your purse and show off when asked what your something blue is. Download it here.