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.)
Accentuate Floral Arrangements With Unexpected Blue Blooms
Wholeblossoms stems ($100 for 80 stems)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)