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Something blue: Unique ideas keep old tradition fresh


“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe.” This wedding tradition and good luck saying has been around for years, a rhyme from the 1800s in England, during the Victorian era.

Back in the day, I remember the “something blue” as the garter worn by the bride or the engagement ring stone, a blue sapphire. For my own wedding, all the men in the wedding party were dressed in navy blue suits.

The color blue is said to represent purity, consistency, faithfulness and love, as well as trust, loyalty, honesty and commitment.

Old traditions help turn celebrations into lasting memories that can be cherished for a lifetime. These days, “something blue” can feature in the wedding in a number of creative ways. Why not arrive or exit in blue vintage vehicle or add a blue bow to a white vintage vehicle? How about serving a blue wedding cake or using blue toasting flutes?

Here are some more creative ways to add something blue on your special day:

  • Blue jewelry, such as earrings, bracelets or necklaces with blue stones, such as aquamarine, topaz, lapis, turquoise, sapphire, tanzanite, tourmaline and moonstone
  • Blue accessories, like pumps, flats or a clutch purse
  • Blue flowers in bouquets, boutonnieres or arrangements, such as periwinkle, blue daisy, anemone, desert bluebell, iris, delphinium, hyacinth, allium, forget-me-not, cornflower, freesia, hydrangea, larkspur, morning glory or orchids
  • Blue ribbon tied in bridal bouquet
  • Blue sash for the bride or flower girls
  • Blue wedding invitations
  • Blue linens for the reception
  • Blue dishes
  • Blue attire for the mother of the bride
  • Blue bridesmaid dresses or groom/groomsmen suits
  • Blue tie or bowtie for the groom
  • Blue monogram for the cake, cake topper or cocktail napkins
  • Blue handkerchief
  • Blue label sewn into the bride’s wedding dress, with the name of the couple and the wedding date