Are you looking for something blue ideas for your wedding day, but also wondering how to update the tradition? If so, I feel you. When I got married I was DEVOTED to being a modern, feminist, hip bride. Sure, I was having a wedding, but I wasn’t doing it my grandmother’s way. But the truth was, I kept being tugged back to those old traditions. Namely, the traditions in the traditional bridal poem:
and a sixpence in her shoe
Turns out, each of these items is traditionally worn for luck and I am a sucker for good luck talismans, so it’s no real surprise that I was into the tradition.
- Something Old is to provide protection for your future offspring.
- Something New signals optimism in your bright future.
- Something Borrowed is supposed to come from a happily married couple, to bring you the same kind of good luck
- Something Blue represents fidelity, which the Oxford dictionary describes as, “faithfulness to a person, cause, or belief, demonstrated by continuing loyalty and support.” 😍
- Sixpence In Her Shoe: is a symbol of prosperity, and also is there to ward off bad luck/ the evil eye. (Traditionally this is put in the left shoe.)
I held my dad’s mother’s handkerchief that I’d inherited, that had blue flowers on it (my something old and something borrowed in one). My hair flower was new. I borrowed diamond earrings from my grandmother who was happily married for many years… and a friend gave me a sixpence that still resides inside my left wedding shoe. (Sixpences are no longer legal tender in England, but they can be found on Etsy for a song.)
But of all of the traditions, Something blue for your wedding day seems like the one best suited to a modern upgrade or fun twist. So with that in mind, we dug to the bottom of the internet to find everything from skirts, to nail polish, to ties and cufflinks (for the gender-nonconforming folx), to underwear… to a neon sign (I mean not technically on your body, but it’s your wedding, so you make the rules).
Let’s go shopping!
Something Blue Ideas for Your Wedding
Blue Necktie: “Something blue” ideas don’t necessarily need to be showstoppers. In fact, this subtle blue floral necktie is minimalist perfection.
Vow Books: If you don’t feel like wearing your “something blue” you can opt to hold it instead. Write your wedding vows in a blue vow book like these luxurious velvet suede books from In Loft Calligraphy. And if velvet isn’t your style, you can find just about any other style of blue vow books here.
Reception Dress: You know we love an outfit swap! So if you’re in the market for a reception dress, why not make it your “something blue”? And let’s be real, that statement bow is where it’s at!
Neon Sign: Say it with lights! Blue ones. And then hang it up at home post-wedding for custom, kick-ass decor!
Custom Sneakers: These custom Converse check all the boxes. Most importantly, comfort (but the white satin laces don’t hurt either). If athleisure is more your vibe you can also customize a pair of Nikes or another fan fave—custom vans.
Photo Locket: This “something blue” wedding idea is APW approved by our very own Alyssa, who wore this sweet locket during her recent wedding. Love!
Blue Suiting: Wouldn’t this light blue suit be perfect for a courthouse wedding? We think so!
Colored Glass Cake Stand: You know the part I mentioned about you making the rules? There’s no one that can tell you not to make your something blue tableware-related. Plus, this blue cake stand pulls double duty if you decide to break it out on your wedding anniversary every year. That’s pretty sweet if you ask us.
Blue Cufflinks: Sometimes you need to elevate a dress shirt and cufflinks (or bolo ties) are one of the easiest ways to do that. We’d start with the blue cat’s-eye cufflink above but also really love these raw gemstone cufflinks, too!
Blue Bouquet Ribbon: Remember when we did our own APW twist on “something blue” but it kinda turned into a blue-on-blue-on-blue situation? Steal one of these ideas or all of them. But if you were to steal just one, we’d recommend a stunning blue bouquet ribbon like this one from Silk & Willow (pictured above).
Handkerchief: Blue floral handkerchiefs are probably one of the most traditional takes on “something blue” ideas. So much so, that if someone in your family doesn’t have one for you to borrow, you literally have THOUSANDS of stunning vintage ones available for your selection on Ebay and Etsy. You won’t be disappointed!
Undergarments: And if you want your “something blue” to be totally hidden, look no further. Blue (seamless) underwear it is!
Blue Earrings: We love these simple topaz and diamond earrings from Mejuri. Bonus, they would make a great addition to your daily accessory collection.
Monogrammed Heart Patch: Tuck this customizable patch away, sewn inside your wedding dress or the interior of a suit. And if you’re feeling crafty post-wedding, you can upcycle it onto (or into) your favorite denim jacket!
Denim Jacket: Custom denim jackets, you know them, you love them. Get one bedazzled with pearls or take a denim jacket you own already and personalize it with wedding-themed embellishments. Seriously, the options are endless! We particularly love these letter patches 😉.
Blue Veil: Maybe you want to make a statement, but don’t want to commit to an entire blue dress or a blue suit. The perfect compromise will have you looking like an absolute dream in a veil like this.
Bouquet Charm: If you’re in the market for “something blue” ideas that are sweet and sentimental, we got you. Add a charm to your bouquet with your loved one’s photo so they can be by your side in spirit if they can’t be present at your wedding.
Guest Book: Like I said before, you don’t have to wear it, you can make blue a part of the details. It is your wedding, after all!
High Heels: We gave you a sneaker option, so of course we had to point you in the direction of some beautiful blue heeled shoes. Opt for these shoes for a more traditional look or go all out with a pair of these!
Are you planning on partaking in the Something Blue Wedding tradition? What are some of your favorite “something blue” ideas that you’ve seen? Traditional and non-traditional, we want to hear all about it in the comments!