If you’re choosing to incorporate the tradition of “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue,” into your wedding, then you might be struggling to figure out what your “something blue” should be for your wedding day. This can be especially true for those of us who don’t have a shade of blue as one of our wedding colors — those of you who do have it easy!
The Meaning Behind the Rhyme
The saying of “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, a sixpence in your shoe,” comes from an Old English rhyme. It names the four “good luck” objects, along with a sixpence to bring you prosperity for your wedding day (BTW — a sixpence is a coin)!
If you are following the tradition of this rhyme for your wedding day, then, traditionally, the bride should include all of these items in her outfit or to carry with her on the wedding day. However, many modern brides have decided to change up the tradition and incorporate the items into various aspects of their wedding day! They can be incorporated into your outfit, other members’ outfits, or ceremony/reception decor.
32 Ways to Incorporate “Something Blue” into Your Wedding Day
If you’re someone who is struggling to figure out how to incorporate your “something blue” into your wedding day, or you just want to choose something more creative, here are 32 ways to incorporate blue into your wedding day. With 32 options, you’re bound to fall in love with one of them!
1. Sapphire Ring
Adding a sapphire cocktail ring to your fingers on your wedding day can be an elegant touch to your accessories. Or, maybe your engagement ring or wedding band already has sapphire incorporated! If that’s the case, then your blue is already covered.
There are a few ways to incorporate blue into your wedding veil. You can choose an ombre veil that goes from white to blue. This is an excellent choice if your bridal party is wearing blue (although their outfits would already count as your blue item, too)!
You can incorporate blue into your wedding bouquet by using some blue flowers (think hydrangeas, hyacinth, and lavender), tying a blue ribbon around the stems of your bouquet, or adding in some type of blue charm within your flowers or attached to the ribbon.
There are a lot of different ways that you can use embroidery to incorporate blue into your wedding day! The most common would be on your wedding dress — have your wedding date or new last name embroidered into the inside of your dress with blue stitching. Or, if you’re wearing sneakers on your wedding day (like Converse), you can have something embroidered onto them.
If you’re using a lot of signage throughout your wedding, incorporate some blue into them! This could include a welcome sign or table numbers.
6. Wedding Dress Sash
Use a wedding sash or belt to incorporate blue into what you’re wearing on your big day. Most people want to wear a white dress, so using a belt or sash is an excellent way to include some blue into your outfit!
There are a number of ways to incorporate blue into wedding-day shoes. The shoes that you wear all day could be blue, you could change into a different pair of shoes for the reception that is blue, or you could have blue laces. Of course, your groom or other members of the wedding party could have blue shoes, too!
8. Dress Up the Dogs
If you’re having the furry members of your family be a part of your wedding day, then you can use them to incorporate your “something blue!” Dress them in a blue bow tie or ribbon!
9. Flower Girl
Have your flower girl wear a blue dress on your big day. They will look adorable walking down the aisle in a blue dress!
Use aquamarine or sapphire stones as a part of your earring design to add blue to your day-of look. Whether you choose some statement drop earrings or simple studs, they will add a gorgeous touch to your outfit!
Instead of choosing the classic nude or french manicure, opt for something a little bolder and go with a blue manicure! It doesn’t have to be anything too crazy, choosing a pale blue shade will give you that touch of blue that you need. If you don’t want blue on your fingernails, get a pale blue pedicure — no one will know, but you’ll still have the blue incorporated!
One of the most classic ways to incorporate your “something blue” is with your garter. A soft blue with some feminine beading will make you feel gorgeous all day long!
13. Day-of Clutch
All of the essentials that you may need on your wedding day can be stashed in a beautiful, blue clutch. Navy will work best if your wedding is more formal, while a pale blue will go nicely with something more casual.
You know that at least one person will be crying some happy tears on your wedding day. Choosing handkerchiefs that include some blue is an incredibly practical way to incorporate blue. It can be wrapped around your bouquet or kept handy by someone in your bridal party!
15. Mom or Dad
Have your mom, dad, or both be your “something blue!” They can incorporate this in so many ways, whether it’s a blue dress, suit, socks, shoes, tie, or accessories.
Anyone’s shoelaces can be blue. If you’re wearing sneakers on your big day, then choose blue laces! If you aren’t, then your groom or groomsmen could have blue laces. The possibilities are endless!
17. Smoke Bombs
Smoke bombs are all the rage. They’re very popular with gender reveals, but why not incorporate them into your wedding day? They make for an excellent photo op, too!
18. Wedding Dress
If you’re not looking for a traditional, white dress, why not try out a blue dress? It doesn’t have to be navy or anything too crazy. It could be a very pale blue or even have blue underneath the overlay!
19. Ring Box
Use a blue ring box to store your rings in before you say “I Do.”
Your lingerie underneath your dress can easily be your “something blue.” Be careful though, and make sure it can’t be seen through your dress!
21. Flower Crowns
Use blue flowers to incorporate into a flower crown for yourself, your bridesmaids, or your flower girl.
22. Getting Ready Outfits
You can use blue robes, flannels, or pajamas. The possibilities are endless!
23. Groom or Groomsmens’ Tuxedos
Have your groom, groomsmen, or both wear navy tuxes for the day! They are so close to black that you may not be able to tell the difference, and they can pair incredibly well with certain bridesmaid dresses, such as a light pink!
24. Getaway Car
“We’re ridin’, in a getaway car, there were sirens in the beat of your heart…” – Taylor Swift
Why not rent a car to leave the reception with your new hubby in an antique, blue convertible? Besides, this will take care of your “something blue” AND “something old!”
Use your favors as a way to include the color blue into your big day. These could be anything from candy to custom-painted cookies to blue sunglasses.
Are you getting married on a particularly sunny day? Use sunglasses as a fun photo prop for you and your new spouse. They can also be used for the rest of the wedding party, or even as favors for all of the guests!
Perfume is an excellent way to incorporate blue. It makes for a great photo prop, too. Some choices are:
- Daisy Dream by Marc Jacobs
- Light Blue by Dolce & Gabbana
- Tiffany & Co perfume
Blue can be incorporated into your wedding stationery. This could be your save the dates, invitations, or envelopes. Whatever the case is, they also make for excellent photo ops!
29. Chinaware at the Reception
Still haven’t chosen chinaware for your reception? Why not make it blue? Or at least have blue accents?
30. Bridesmaid Gifts
Gift your bridesmaids blue tote bags on the morning of your wedding!
31. Wedding Cake
You can choose to incorporate blue into your wedding cake. Whether you choose to make the entire wedding cake blue, have a small pop of color, or use a blue cake topper, it’s sure to be a hit!
It can certainly be scary to go for a blue eyeshadow on your wedding day, especially since most brides choose something neutral. However, there are dozens of ways to have a subtle pop of blue added to your eye look, and your makeup artist will know the right way to do that.
33. Book of Vows
Are you writing your own vows? You’ll need something to write them in — choose small blue books to keep your vows safe for your big day! Again, these make for an excellent photo prop.
34. Cape or Shawl
If you’re getting married in the winter months, or if it’ll be a bit chilly — wear a cape or shawl that is pale blue! If you want to be a bit more casual, you can go for a custom jean jacket.
Use your linens to incorporate blue. This could be your napkins, table runners, or tablecloths.
36. Bridesmaid Dresses
Finally, use your bridesmaid dresses as your “something blue.” They will look gorgeous and pair nicely with a lot of different colors!
How to Choose Your Something Blue
Before you choose your blue item for your wedding, it will help you to choose your wedding dress first! This will help you figure out whether or not you want to have blue incorporated into your outfit.
If you’re in the Maryland area, book an appointment today with K&B Bridals!