9 Surprising Takes on the ‘Something Blue’ Tradition

The practice of brides sporting “something blue” (to symbolize purity) on their wedding day is so dang old that it’s referred to as an "ancient custom" in the 1876 edition of Notes and Queries. And anything that old can use a refresh, dontcha think? We’ve rounded up nine supremely lovely ways to tweak this tradition for the 21st century. (Hint: You’re not limited to just your own accessories.)

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Accentuate Floral Arrangements With Unexpected Blue Blooms

Modernize a traditionally girly wedding palette with punchy blue accent blooms, like tweedia, grape hyacinth, echinops and delphinium.

Wholeblossoms stems ($100 for 80 stems)

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Brackish Bowties pin

Give Your Groomsmen Some Plumage

Wedding getups for dudes can easily become, well, boring. Jazz up the their ensemble with a peacock-feather pin (in lieu of a boutonniere).

Brackish Bowties pin ($60)

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Consider Patterned Frocks For Your Flower Girls

Printed bridesmaid dresses are a major trend right now, so why not let your little helpers in on the fun? Look for a pattern with blue elements or piping and ribbon for a sweet homage to the tradition.

Maisonette dress ($190)

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Frou Frou Chic

Finish Florals In Gauzy Blue Silk

Use broad, cool-toned, semi-sheer ribbon to wrap bouquets and boutonnieres, and as bows on aisles and flower crowns. Trés dreamy.

Frou Frou Chic ribbons (starting at $18)

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Flower Muse

Toss Hydrangea Petals In Lieu Of Rice

OK, so they’re kinda splurgy, but blue petals (instead of expected rice or confetti) make for a bonkers gorgeous (and subtly symbolic) send-off.

Flower Muse petals ($120)

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Look To Natural Elements As Escort Cards

There’s a whole lotta lovely, naturally occurring blue in the world—consider azure sea glass, slate rocks or metallic mussel shells to inscribe guests’ names on.

Greyberry Design escort cards ($1.50 each)

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Sport An Ice-blue Mani-pedi

In a whisper-soft hue, blue can be neutral enough for a classic mani-pedi (but with a sneaky edge).

Essie nail polish ($8)

Pepper Your Paper Goods With A Watercolor Crest

Obsessed with your new initials? Print a custom watercolor monogram on wedding invitations, programs, menus, you name it.

Kearsley Lloyd (price upon request)

Garnish Your Cake In Blooms And Berries

We’re all about edible blue culinary accents (especially for a summer shindig).

We Love Cakes (price upon request)

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From 2014-2019 Grace Beuley Hunt held the role of Home Editor covering interior design, styling, trends and more.
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