Blue. The color of the unknown horizons. The color which paints our sunny cloudless days in a bright periwinkle blue and our velvety nights in inky hues. Blue is the color of the depths of the oceans and bubbling streams. A color that speaks of beauty unknown and unexplored, blue is a timelessly beautiful color. Blue has glorified royalty, graced the working class, has sparkled in the boundless skies and the eyes of your sweetheart alike, and still continues to awe you with its disarming beauty. From the blue irises on the summer day to the blue strip of water calling out to you for an exotic beach vacation, blue still fills our hearts every day. It is no surprise that blue has a specific role to play in the most amazing day of your life.
So how exactly did wearing blue on your wedding day started becoming a tradition? Being a part of the Old English rhyme, "Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, A Sixpence in your Shoe", which essentially names the four good-luck objects a bride should include somewhere in her wedding ensemble on the wedding day. Having “something blue” is meant to deflect that pesky Evil Eye as the color blue stands for love, purity, and fidelity, the three pillars for a solid marriage. Originally, the tradition meant wearing a blue garter worn beneath the bridal white dress. But later it went on to the inclusion of the color blue in any part of your bridal getup, whether it's a ribbon in your curls or the blue clematis in your bridal bouquet. The color blue still stands the test of time and though it has evolved with the trends and it is still there- loud and proud. The color is calming, restful, and serene yet instills confidence and whispers of royalty, which explains why it is universally embraced.
Okay, what is the most noticeable thing at a wedding? Why, clothes, of course! Especially the bridal dress takes the prime focus of the wedding day and everything from her hairpin to her nail color, speculated and awed upon. Which is why the easiest way to incorporate the color blue is the outfits of both the brides and the grooms. Here are some easy ways you can sneak in this pretty color into your wedding day ensemble:
• If you are going all-in with blue as something more than "something blue", having your bridesmaids dress-up in gorgeous powder blue or navy floor-length dresses might be the way to go.
• Having your handsome groom dressed up in a gorgeous black tuxedo with a blue jacket instead of black will be a pretty sight, we promise. Go for a deep royal blue and in opulent fabrics, and you won't be disappointed.
• If blue does not match quite well with your set color scheme, you might want to invite the color into your getting-ready session. Wear matching blue pajama sets or silky blue robes and chill out before the ceremony takes off!
• While wedding whites are the norm, adding a pale blue, almost-white sash to your bridal ensemble can be pretty cute and a sneaky way to get your "something blue" in.
• Adorable flower girls with flower girl dresses in the prettiest of blues? We approve! It is a subtle addition to your wedding color theme yet not overpowering.
• Slip a band of blue around your leg in the name of some stunning garter. Given it is where the tradition originally started from, it’s a fabulous choice!
• For the alternative bride with a bit of edge in her taste, wearing a veil made with light blue lace or tulle fabric might be a fabulous idea. It will surely give your bridal look a whimsical vibe. Go for either an ombre effect or a full tone.
• The most fabulous way to give a nod to this tradition is to wear a blue bridal dress! Whether you opt for a wispy-as-air light blue or a cobalt tone, we love to see color in bridal wear and more and more brides warming up to it.
The wedding decor has a huge role to play in bringing the wedding theme together. It is the little things like table settings, floral arrangements, or lanterns that provide the final touches on your wedding day. The flecks of this color in wedding decor can bring your ambiance alive! Whether you are using this color as an accent touch in your decor or sneaking it in clever little ways, the wedding decor is your playground to play with this color. Here are some of the subtle decor elements in the pretty blues:
• Nothing says that the "something blue" needs to be on the person, which means you can incorporate it into your paperwork. Whether it is a muted blue-hued invitation or royal blue table seating chart accented with gold, paperwork contributes largely to set the tone for the wedding, and a dash of blue here and there will be the perfect touch of luck!
• Why not go all out and let your getaway vehicle be a shade of blue? A vintage four-wheeler with the loveliest shade of blue will be romantic, old-fashioned, and will end your wedding day on just the right note! In fact, a charming vintage car can be both your "something old" and "something blue"!
• Intricate blue tableware can make for a stunning ornate tablescape and will add an exotic vacation vibe to your wedding reception area! Feel free to layer a variety of blue china and glassware and add in blue vases for a mix-and-match look. This is perfect for a summer wedding!
• Linens are perfect for embracing this hue, as it will add to the decor in a more all-consuming way. Go all out with a bright blue table cloth for your wedding reception, or hold it back by just adding traces of blue in the cloth napkins. The choice is yours.
While you might have made commitments to a completely different color theme for your wedding day, incorporating the color blue into your outfit might distract from that, accessories come as a true blessing. Subtle touches of blue, either in the jewelry or in the shoes can help you sneak in your something blue without adding to the decor or outfit in a major way! Read on to find out different ways to incorporate the color here:
• Wearing a pair of blue heels? The perfect contribution to the tradition. A heel is an understated way to make room for your "something blue", as it will be playing peek-a-boo from under the skirt of your dress and will not distract from your wedding theme. If you want to show off the shoes, however, go for higher heels and mirror the color in another accessory!
• One of the most romantic ways to incorporate this color is through the engagement ring. Whether you go for an oval-shaped aquamarine or a pop of sapphire, a ring with a blue stone is classic, unexpected, and serves the purpose perfectly! A dash of blue can also be added to other bridal jewelry like a necklace, earrings, etc.
• A vintage embroidered hankie with blue thread is a sweet touch and gets the job done in a perfect way. You can have it either monogrammed or have a quote embroidered to it. It is a beautiful keepsake and is immensely sentimental. Something you will be able to pass on to your daughter.
• How about a lovely satin or velvet ribbon tying your bouquet in a pretty bunch? Whether you are thinking thin wispy bands of ribbons, or thicker and shorter ribbons in fun prints like gingham or polka dot, the choice is entirely yours. you can also layer the ribbon with lace for a romantic vibe.
• The most fun part of adding the "something blue" is that it can make an appearance in the most unexpected of ways! Let your groom contribute by incorporating the color in his shoelaces or cufflinks. A pretty broach is also a fun yet elegant way to let the color play.
• The most understated way to incorporate this tradition is by getting your nails painted in blue! It's genius really, as it's not necessarily a part of your outfit. You can go for an egg-shell pale blue for warmer weddings and a darker broodier blue for the cold winter weddings.
Food and Beverage
An unexpected way to get this color in? Introduce it in food and beverages! Whether it is on the sweet table or as a fun beverage, a pop of blue will be an intriguing mix into your wedding day, and will appropriately play your “something blue”, adding a bold streak of color to your decor! Bonus point- and blue food or beverage will be fun for your wedding photographers to capture! Here are some easy ways to add some blue to your wedding day through food and beverage.
• A fun way to add the shade of blue is with a pair of cake toppers in blue. Whether it is a fun and quirky design, or something vintage and meaningful, a pair of blue cake toppers can let this tradition come to life in an unexpected way.
• Speaking of cakes, a wedding cake is a perfect way to add in that shade of blue. Whether it is with minimal trimmings, or with a bold blue cake in all its glory, a blue cake is sure to get a lot of attention, and the positive kind!
• Another way to mirror in the shade of blue is through your sweet table! Whether it is through romantic cookies iced in blue or lovely cakes or rock candies, blue is a lovely color and will draw in a lot of sweet tooths to the table.
• Lift the spirit of your wedding day by mixing in a fine wedding cocktail in a vibrant blue! Not only it will be intriguing, but it will also add a whole bunch of luck to your special day!
Like the decor, the wedding flowers add to the scene greatly! Whether it is the touch of blue reflected all throughout the floral arrangements, or just on the bridal bouquet, flowers are the prettiest way to bring in some color. Here is how you can sprinkle some blue onto your wedding scene with some blue blooms.
• Dip your toes into the color by just adding traces of blue into your bouquet or a lone blue flower hidden in a bunch, or go all out with a blue bouquet, we promise it will look gorgeous either way. If you are committed to the color scheme of the wedding which does not include blue, find a clever way to add blue minimally.
• What better than being surrounded by the arch of blue flowers as you say "I do". Decide on how intense you want the color to be. If it's a summer wedding, wispy traces of baby blue are enough, while a winter wedding with deep blue flowers will make your ceremony look like a magical event!
• Let your groom wear your luck in his heart by wearing a boutonniere with either a blue ribbon or a blue sprig of flower in it! It is sweet, romantic, and a clever way to play out your "something blue.”
Blues are universally accepted and adored. It can be fleeting color, barely there, and also a bold stroke of brilliance in canvas. It can be soothing like a bubbling stream and wildly overpowering and beautiful like a sky full of stars. From the powder-blue Cinderella dreams from our childhood to the allure of a blue diamond sparkling enticingly, something about the color blue is humble yet rich! For your wedding day, embrace the "something blue" tradition with wide-open arms, because it's always great to have lady luck favoring you, but we promise you will be doing so by looking as pretty as a picture!
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