7 Ways to Elegantly Incorporate "Something Blue" Into Your Wedding Day Outfit

by Alex Mottershead

We all know the age-old wedding adage "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue," but so many brides are at a loss when it comes to incorporating these ideas: especially concerning the color blue.  So here are some ideas to help spark your creativity and add something blue to you or your wedding dress on your special day.

1. Something Embroidered

                                         Photo by Cameron Ingalls, Inc./The Knot

                                         Photo by Cameron Ingalls, Inc./The Knot

This one is a personal favorite of mine because it is so subtle, but very personalized.  There are a multitude of ways that you can incorporate something embroidered that's blue onto your dress, may it be your wedding date, your new married name, a simple heart, or whatever you feel compelled to add.  The beauty of this idea is that no one has to know about it but you.  The date embroider on the inside bottom hem of the dress has been reprinted again and again on Pinterest and also makes for a cute "Something Blue" photo.

2. Shoes

 

                  Photo by Studio 11 Weddings/Something Turquois

                  Photo by Studio 11 Weddings/Something Turquois

There are three ways to incorporate blue into your shoe ensemble. (1) You can always go for a pop of color and pick a blue shoe to go with your wedding dress. (2) You can purchase a shoe with some type of blue accessory on it or even add one yourself.  Maybe small flowers, sparkles, a little bow, you name it. (3) I've seen a handful of DIY photos now of brides coloring the bottoms of their heels blue.  This is the most discreet of the three if you're looking for something not as forefront and something unique.

3. Ribbons & Tags

 

                                   Photo by Daisy to Sunflower

                                   Photo by Daisy to Sunflower

As for ribbons, you can add those wherever you want: you hair, the bouquet, your shoes, around your wrist like a bracelet, etc.  This is probably one of the easiest something blues on the list because there are so many options.  Maybe even switching out the normal ribbon on a corset-backed dress with blue ribbon could be an option to explore.  As for the tag, this is very similar to the embroidery idea.  By added a small blue tag on the inside of the dress you've fulfilled the requirement for something blue.  You can then personalize the tag, depending on the same with a date, maybe a quote, or whatever you like.

 

4. Jewelry

                                               Photo by Candace Berry Photography

                                               Photo by Candace Berry Photography

Whether it is earrings, a bracelet, a necklace, you name it, find something that you love AND that has a little blue in it too.  Maybe there's something in the family that's been passed down and is blue...that way you can knock two off your list!

5. The Bouquet

                                            Photo by Kate Headley/The Full Bouquet

                                            Photo by Kate Headley/The Full Bouquet

Don’t be afraid to be a little daring with your bouquet and add a little, or a lot, pop of blue.  It could be just in the ribbons as I mentioned above or you could find some beautiful blue flowers to add.  You can also explore the world of broach bouquets and see what broaches (with blue) you can find.

6. Undergarments

                                        Photo by Captured Photography by Jenny

                                        Photo by Captured Photography by Jenny

Depending on the style of your dress, the fabricated, and a few other factors, you may be able to swing wearing some sexy blue underwear beneath your dress.  If not, maybe a blue garter is more your style.  Just experiment beforehand and see what works with your dress and what you're most comfortable with.

7. Nails

 

                                              Photo by Ariane Moshayedi Photography

                                              Photo by Ariane Moshayedi Photography

This last idea you'll chalk this up as either an immediate yes or no in your book depending on your style.  So many brides go for the classic and clean pink and white or a French manicure, but maybe you're looking to spicy it up and go with either a bold or mellow blue nail. Or maybe you just want to add a small blue design.  It's your choice!