“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, a sixpence in your shoe” It’s a fun rhyme that first originated in 1867, with “something blue” representing love and purity, and has since become one of those quirky little things weaved into wedding folklore, albeit leaving out the sixpence in the shoe. For a traditional wedding, something blue is of vital importance for the bride, so here is a rundown of a few ideas that will surely inspire.
So often we go for the traditional first, but let’s start with some gorgeously funky ideas, such as a blue temporary tattoo. Featured in Brides, this jazzy design is perfect for a bride looking to go a little out of the ordinary, the founder of Tattly Tina Roth Eisenberg said “I had a bride tell me that she used our ‘Okay let’s do this’ temporary tattoo as her ‘something blue’.”
There’s no specific shade of blue that is designated for a wedding, so you have the opportunity to explore a variety of options. In Deer Pearl Flowers, 30 Maritime blue ideas for a wedding have been collected, which is a great idea for any couple with naval or sailing interests. These myriad ideas comprise an elegant pair of blue high-heels and the most beautiful blue bridesmaids dresses.
It doesn’t need to be an accessory, one can incorporate something blue in a much more intimate way yet still give a wonderful style statement, as Zoey Gulmi writes in the Huffington Post, also giving a little history lesson on the importance of blue in the wedding ceremony. “Blue has been connected to weddings for centuries. In fact in Ancient Rome, brides wore blue to symbolise love and fidelity. For modern brides who want their something blue to pop on their big day, use blue stitching to have your wedding date and initials monogrammed on the inside of your veil or dress.”
Taking blue a little further
For couples who want to take the rhyme in a different direction, there are hundreds of ideas for blue decorations, that will make your wedding pop with style and sophistication. The Knot has sourced some superb decor accessories that would bring a stand out quality to your big day, from a blue and white Chinoiserie vase to tall blue and white hydrangea centerpieces. Effort is paid to each accessory’s ability to catch the eye and really make a bold statement, whether it is something with an age old effect or thoroughly modern.
Gosfield Hall, a stunning Georgian manor house in Essex, has a blue theme running throughout its ethereal rooms. This former royal residence is Winner of Wedding Ideas Magazine ‘Best Wedding Venue’ 2011 and Essex Wedding Awards ‘Wedding Venue of the Year – Heritage’ 2012. Gosfield Hall comprises 23 bedrooms and an oak panelled gallery, featuring a 120ft long aisle. The Marquis of Buckingham’s former ballroom will be the ideal location for your wedding breakfast, intertwining an array of blues will be an easy task. Finally, for that extra touch, a good idea is to twirl a sweeping brocade of violets and forget-me-knots down your top table, giving a neat rustic feel and something very traditional.